July 22 is the Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, the disciple of Christ traditionally identified with the repentant woman who washed and anointed Jesus' feet and dried them with her hair. Having humbled herself and received Christ's forgiveness, Mary Magdalene was the first of Christ's disciples to see the Lord after His Resurrection on Easter Sunday.
And so, for our novena this week, I have chosen a Prayer to Saint Mary Magdalene. In it, we ask the great saint for her intercession, so that we too may someday enter into the heavenly kingdom. If you have no particular intention for which you wish to pray, please pray for all of those involved in the case of Fr. John Corapi, where, more than a year after the allegations were first made public, true repentance on all sides is the only thing likely to bring about the healing that Father Corapi, his accuser, and the Church all so desperately need.