Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance. So she came running to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, and said, "They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we don't know where they have put him!" So Peter and the other disciple started for the tomb. Both were running, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. He bent over and looked in at the strips of linen lying there but did not go in. (John 20:1-5)
Pistis Sophia, p. 193:
"Where I shall be, there will be also my twelve ministers, but Maria Magdalene and John the Virgin will tower over all my disciples and over all men who shall receive the Mysteries of the Ineffable. And they will be on my right and on my left. And I am they, and they are I".
Mary Magdalene kneeling, St. John in red clothing
I hereby dedicate this work to St. Mary Magdalene and St. John the Apostle. May they stand as pillars in the invisible temple, where Jesus Christ is the true corner stone and High Priest, and men are living stones and holy priesthood. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
6.6.2009 Tampere, Finland
Especially in gnostic writings St. Mary Magdalene represents inner, more spiritual and esoteric stream of Christianity. The same is true concerning St. John the Evangelist, whose gospel is the most profound of all the four, and who also received the Revelation. Even though we are convinced that the "Beloved Disciple" is John - and even further: John was earlier known as Lazarus, the Gospel according to John being the only gospel telling this incident ("Lord, the one you love is sick") - not Mary Magdalene, it is in a way appropriate that precisely these two have been confused with one another.
John was the only male disciple who had courage to stand at the foot of the cross of his Lord. There was also Mother of Jesus. We may remember, that Jesus entrusted his mother to John's care, and a legend tells us that they moved to Ephesus, where John was a bishop, and with them Mary Magdalene was helping him with his work for the Gospel. Both Maryies can be seen as two aspects of Wisdom of God - Holy Sophia - incarnate.
Remembrance of the Martyrs
The Gay Holocaust Memorials
United Order of Sergius & Bacchus
Lawrence "Larry" Fobes King 1993-2008
The Harvey Milk City Hall Memorial
Harvey Milk.com: Never Blend In
The Cathars: Martyrdom
Homily for the Montsegur Day (16th March 1244)
A Brief History of the Medieval Knights Templar
A Homily for the Day of the Martyrdom of the Holy Templars
Interestingly, in the Middle Ages so called "sodomy" and heresy were intertwined; in many languages these two concepts were so closely related, that they were used as synonyms. Both Cathars and the Knights Templars - persecuted by the Church - were accused of not only heretical beliefs but sodomy as well. (Love for cats was also often mentioned, for cats were related to devil.) We are in a good company!
We now know very well that "sin of Sodom" was not homosexuality, but hostility towards strangers; rape was an extreme way to humiliate a man - show dominion. Nothing to do with sexual orientation and love making between two equal and consenting adults.
Furthermore, English word "heretic" stems from latin word haereticus, meaning "choise". So originally it meant people who had "chosen" another way - they were advocators for freedom of choise!
St. Francis of Assisi
Francis of Assisi is certainly one who deserves the title "Saint" and is worth veneration. He was the first saint who had stigmata. Franciscans still emphatize his special position as "another Christ" (alter Christus). It is said, goodness of God, our Saviour, became visible on earth through him.
"A saint is simply a human being whose soul has grown up to its full stature, by full and generous response to its environment, God. He has achieved a deeper, bigger life than the rest of us, a more wonderful contact with the mysteries of the Universe; a life of infinite possibility, the term of which he never feels that he has reached." - Evelyn Underhill
A Franciscan Prayer Book
Companions of Jesus
Contemporary Order of St. Francis
Ecumenical Franciscans of the Renewal
Franciscan Community of Mercy
Franciscan Feast Days
Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement
Franciscan International Study Centre
Franciscan Missionaries of the Cross
Franciscans of Divine Mercy
Franciscans of Divine Providence
Franciscans of Reconciliation
Franciscans of the Holy Cross
Franciscan Spirituality, what is it?
Mercy of God Community
Mission Episcopate of Ss. Francis and Clare
Monastery of Saint Francis
Order of Ecumenical Franciscans
Order of St. George of Cappadocia, An Interfaith Franciscan Order
Parallels between the Buddha ans St. Francis of Assisi
Saint Francis and the Sultan by John Tolan (pdf)
Society of the Franciscan Servants of the Poor
St. Francis of Assisi on Animals
St. Francis Pilgrimages
Stories about St. Francis and the Animals
Tau Community of Saint Francis
The Fourth Order of Francis and Clare
The Francis-and-Islam Connection
The Franciscan Archive
The Franciscan Experience
The Franciscan Intellectual Tradition
The Order of St. Francis - Lutheran
The Pilgrims of Saint Francis
The Saint and the Sultan
The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi
Who are Franciscans?
World Community of Saint Francis
Other Saintly People
Albino Luciani - Pope John Paul I
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Great Characters of Universal Gnosticism
St. Gemma Galgani
The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi
Martin Luther King Jr. - A True Historical Examination
The King Center
Friends of Silence
Mysticism and Modernity
Roots of Western Mysticism Resources
The Evelyn Underhill Association
The Friends of Julian of Norwich
The Metaphysics of Mysticism: A Commentary on the Mystical Philosophy of St. John of the Cross
And the Greatest of all, the One and Only...the One for All: