The Magdalene Heart: A Poetic Novena, Day Five

Do not worry
about your life,
but trust the impulse
of Love instead;
not what you wear
or what you eat
or where to lay
your weary head.

Keep the Child Inside alive,
free from fear’s insidious harms;
for Every Child belongs to God;
Safe in Everlasting Arms.

~a song of Trust

Precious Sister Magdalene,
bearing the wounds of
the mistreated and misunderstood,
you made a profound Act of Trust
in embracing the Friendship of Yeshua;
Jesus, the Christ; submitting to the healing
and transforming Power of His Love,
and walking with Him in inviting others
into the Very Streams of Grace
Which had saved you from
discouragement. despair, and darkness.

Smile at me, Sweet Sister Mary,
when my soul is downcast.
Reach out your warm hand
and invite me back onto
the Christ-Lighted Path;
that I may walk awakened
in the openhearted freedom
of the Childlike Spirit; with Him,
with you, and with All the Great Family of Love.
Now and Forever.
~Amen.

The Magdalene Heart: A Poetic Novena, Day Four

“Add no harshness to the world,”
This Our Lady spoke to me.
“Let Lovingkindness be your way;
walk the Earth delicately.”

Lord, I have no wealth to claim.
My body is not young or strong.
But I will follow just the same;
Anoint Your Feet and sing my song.

~a song of vocation

Brave and Tenderhearted, Sister Magdalene,
May your courage and compassion
in following and serving the Lord,
inspire me, and remind me of
the power of kindness and the eternal value
of simple acts of service, offered in great love.
~Amen.

The Magdalene Heart: A Poetic Novena, Day Three

Yeshua, the Strong,
the Tender;
my soul’s Healer,
my heart’s Mender;
in Love and Trust,
I do surrender all,
my Lord, for You.

Thou Whose Touch
is God’s Own Finger;
‘neath Which no
demon may linger;
Teacher and Friend;
The Kingdom Bringer;
Making All Things New.

~ a song of surrender

Dearest Sister Magdalene,
it was not by force that you were healed,
but through invitation and surrender.
I too am weary of seeing life
through the cloudy lens
of my woundedness.
Help me to fully surrender
to the Life, Light, and Love
that is the Triune God;
that I may, by grace, see clearly
through the Eye of Holy Wisdom;
with New Vision to perceive
the Kingdom of God;
within and without.
~Amen.

The Magdalene Heart: A Poetic Novena, Day Two

I was praying and pondering
when You called my name.
A Sweet Spirit beckoning;
no guilt, no shame.

For You Know the heart of me,
beyond all blame.
Through Your Hands,
Dear Yeshua, my healing came.

~ song of a restored soul

Wise Sister Magdalene, help me;
in the midst of all judgments;
those of the world, and of others,
and of my own accusatory inner voice;
always to hear and to heed the Call of Yeshua;
Jesus, The Christ; and to accept the Healing Love
of the Eternal, administered in the Power of the Spirit,
through the Beloved’s strong and tender Hands of Grace.
~Amen.

The Magdalene Heart: A Poetic Novena, Day One

Since I was a little girl attending Catholic school, I have felt a great affinity with the person and spirit of Mary Magdalene. She was introduced to me as someone who loved Jesus deeply, faithfully, and courageously; and I wanted so much to be like her. Throughout the years, as I have delved into many scriptural, scholarly, legendary, poetic, artistic, and musical renderings of her life, I have searched for one thing in particular in determining what to embrace in forming a personal image and idea of this woman who is understood and misunderstood in so many ways. In developing and nurturing a soulful relationship with Mary Magdalene, I have sought her heart; her beautiful, passionate, courageous heart, which overflows with love for her Beloved Rabboni Yeshua; Jesus, The Christ. There is much I do not and cannot know, but in my every thought of Mary Magdalene, I feel the absolute truth of her love for Him, and His for her. It is a love we are all invited to share in, and to share with…
And so, in these days leading up to the rightly established Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene, I will be undertaking a daily imaginative pilgrimage into The Magdalene Heart that resides in my soul; with hopes of bringing forth a small offering of love for my Lord Jesus, and for those who are kind enough to visit me here at Saint Brigid’s Hearth.
Deep and Gentle Blessings to All,
Cheryl Anne

My Beloved Yeshua
Fully God and Fully Man
Christ, the Everlasting One
Light from Light; The Great I Am

See, I lift my heart to Thee
Hear, my love becomes a song
You, the Love that sings in me
You, the Home Where I Belong

This is Where it all dissolves
Where my separate story fades
In Love’s Stillness all resolves
As Your Prefect Peace pervades

Sun within my soul burn bright
Till Christ Alone is my Delight.

~a song of love

Beloved Mary Magdalene,
Sister of my heart;
Lover of Yeshua;
Apostle to the Apostles,
Please give me
strength and courage
to follow Him,
to love Him,
to proclaim His Goodness
with my words, 
and with my life.
~Amen.

If You Knew

If You knew
the Tenderness
of My Touch,
You would not
withhold Your heart
from My Ultimate Healing.

You would not
wait until
Your final breath
to let it all go
and welcome death.
You would know, My Child,
the time to die is now;
long before You die~

To fall softly
into the Arms of Love;
ever aching and waiting
to hold You once again
and to enfold You
in Primal, Pre-Existent Peace~

To Kiss You
with Compassion
and Light’s Sweet Release.

Oh! If You knew
the Tenderness
of My Touch~
if You could
quiet Your mind
long enough, still enough
to find the Shore
of Your Eternal Soul,
swept with the Swell of My Grace,

You would turn
Your Face toward Me now,
in This Moment,
radiant with a smile
fed by tears;
relinquishing fears
cast out by Perfect Love.

You would know
You Are Enough,
and would raise
Your hands to the skies,
enraptured by the Wild Surprise
of falling upward into
the Gentle Stream of Light
which defies every dark thought
that clouds Your mind~

And You would find,
gazing upon
Your smaller self
from On High,
through My Own
Ancient Eyes of Mercy,
that You Are No Less Beautiful
than the Glory of Creation,
and No Less Beloved
than The One sent in My Name.

So, come…
taste my Tenderness
and carry the Flame
of My Love
in Your own fragile heart,
of which I AM the Center;
and remember…
that of Mine, You Are
a Vital and Precious Part.

~Cheryl Anne
celebrating surrender