“Chosen because you are beloved and beloved because you are chosen.” This is the way that St. Anselm of Canterbury described St. Mary Magdalene. She has been on my mind during these days as we prepare to move the Chancery (with a new name, the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center) from the grounds of the former St. Mary Magdalen Parish Church, closed in 1996, to a new location – the grounds of the active Holy Family Parish. The actual move likely won’t happen until next March or so, but I am already reflecting on how to continue the presence of St. Mary Magdalene.
Lo and behold, Pope Francis solved the problem. He just made an extraordinary change in the liturgical calendar of the church, raising her annual celebration from a memorial (what most saints have) to the rank of feast, which is on par with the twelve apostles.