Saint for the Day - April 9 - St. Mary of Egypt
At the tender age of
twelve, Mary left her father's house that she might
sin without restraint, and for seventeen years she
lived in shame at Alexandria. Then she accompanied a
pilgrimage to Jerusalem, and entangled many in
grievous sin. She was in that city on the Feast of
the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, and went with the
crowd to the church which contained the precious
wood. The rest entered and adored; but Mary was
invisibly held back. In that instant her misery and
pollution burst upon her. T
urning to the Immaculate Mother, whose picture faced
her in the porch, she vowed thenceforth to do
penance if she might enter and stand like Magdalen
beside the Cross. Then she entered in. As she knelt
before Our Lady on leaving the church, a voice came
to her which said, "Pass over Jordan, and thou shalt
find rest." She went into the wilderness, and there,
in 420, forty-seven years after, the Abbot Zosimus
met her. She told him that for seventeen years the
old songs and scenes had haunted her; ever since,
she had had perfect peace.
At her request he brought her on Holy Thursday the
sacred body of Christ. She bade him return again
after a year, and this time he found her corpse upon
the sand, with an inscription sayings "Bury here the
body of Mary the sinner."
Saint for the Day - St. Mary of Egypt
Read about the Saint for today - April 9 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Blessed John Colombini was
converted to God by reading St.
Mary's life. Let us, too, learn
from her not to be content with
confessing and lamenting our
sins, but to fly from what leads
us to commit them.
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