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Mary Magdalene and the Christian devotion
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By David Conde

When women as women joined the civil rights movements the weight of their need, that goes back to the beginning of civilizations, made a pronounced impact on the on-going struggle by minorities for justice and equality. The weight of this need is so pronounced because the very beginning of civilization featured the division of our of awareness into opposites that divided the sexes.

The males side of our species took ownership of the light and built the institutions accordingly. The Feminine Principle was allocated the dark side that holds the mysteries of our spiritual nature that the Masculine Principle considers chaotic, unpredictable and uncontrollable unless repressed.

Yet it is that spiritual side of our nature that has made a major difference in our existence time and time again. It is the stuff of our heroes that we celebrate without acknowledging where the spirit that made their deeds possible really comes from.

Not only that, now that the power of women has begun to manifest itself in the light of day, it is treated, especially by those in the public square, as an intrusion and an aberration that is not to be believed nor honored. We are witnessing women coming out to challenge their status as silent victims of a system that is ages old.

Things are such that the those that victimize women continue to have a following that will be faithful no matter what. Even Evangelical Christians who are said to be saved and baptized by the Holy Spirit move heaven and earth to get these complaining women out of the way.

Perhaps it is time to review events in original Christianity to understand the role of women and their leadership in our culture and belief system. It is also the Christmas season and almost the time of the Virgin Mary, Jesus and Joseph in Bethlehem.

The birth scene is accompanied by the humble members of the community that come to honor the spiritual power of renewal in the person of the Little Boy. By this time, God and the Holy Spirit were already in action preparing the way for Jesus Christ and his ministry.

The Holy Spirit is best personified by Mary Magdalene who was a special partner to Jesus as he went about constructing the foundation of new belief system. She came to know more about his thoughts than even his disciples.

In the Gospel of Mary, “Peter asks Mary to share with them any special teachings she received from the Savior.” “Peter said to Mary, ‘Sister, we know that the Savior loved you more than the rest of the women. Tell us the words of the Savior which you remember—which you know (but) we do not, nor have we heard them.”

This concept of spiritual wisdom is fundamental to Greek philosophy as the word itself means “love of wisdom.” That is, “philo” meaning love and “sophy” meaning Sophia as the spirit of wisdom come together to describe a most important area human understanding.

Also, spiritual wisdom forms a uniquely feminine part of the Holy Trinity as the Nicene Creed developed by the Christian Church in 325 CA recognizes God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as One.

When Jesus went away, he left the Holy Spirit (a feminine attribute) to watch over humanity. It is therefore hypocritical and not believable that those who profess to love Jesus and say that the Holy Spirit redeemed their lives can then turn against the very manifestations of their devotion.





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