|Posted by michaela L. on November 2, 2009 at 7:07 PM|
Let Mary Magdalene speak for herself! Indeed, Here is what I saw on EWTN TV lately:
A relic of the “Apostle to the Apostles”—herself, the subject of controversial conspiracy theory claims recently --is here in the United States for the very first time! The relic, a major part of her tibia which is the inner bone of the lower leg (the large one extending from the knee to the ankle beside the fibula) is making its maiden North AmericanTour.
Father Thomas Michelet, a French Dominican priest who carried the reliquary containing the venerated bone, along with Richard Borgman, a former Protestant evangelical pastor who experienced a dramatic conversion to Catholicism seven years ago and who initiated the tour, were guests of EWTN’s own Father Mitch Pacwa on EWTN Live! last October 27 (the same program I saw!). Fr. Pacwa welcomed viewers by pointing out that this was a rare opportunity for them to get Mary Magdalene’s “true story” that they would not get from any “book or video stores” anywhere.
The group revealed that it has been observed that Mary, the Patron of Penitents, is closely associated with the Holy Spirit’s Gift of Tears which is quite consistent with Mary’s appearances in the bible: as the repentant sinner washing Jesus’ feet with her tears; weeping at the foot of the Cross; and as Fr. Pacwa observed, as the first to see the Resurrected Christ prompting Jesus to ask: "Woman, why are you crying?" John 20:15
Borgman also noted that two years ago when the relic was brought to Forteleza, Brazil and carried into a huge cathedral by four firemen, he witnessed "…thousands of people who were screaming and cheering and laughing and crying (italics mine) and jumping in the air. This is the holiness of Mary Magdalene and this is why I wanted to bring the relic to the United States."
Below is a link to an article/photo by PRNewswire-USNewswire about the Tour including itinerary information: