Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went away quickly from the tomb, fearful yet overjoyed, and ran to announce the news to his disciples. Matthew 28:8

Second only to Mary, the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene is my favorite person in the New Testament. Much maligned as a supposed prostitute (which she was most certainly not) and the subject of many works of fiction (some more outrageous than others), the real Mary Magdalene was an intimate friend and faithful disciple of Jesus. Not only was she present at the foot of the cross when most of the others ran away, but also, impressively, she is mentioned in all four gospels as the person chosen to announce the news of the resurrection to the world. Out of all the disciples, she never abandoned Christ because she understood his message of love on a very deep level. I invite you to learn more about this wonderful saint who will lead you back to the garden on Easter morning with the resurrected Christ, overjoyed.