July 22. St Mary Magdalen. St Mary Magdalen has always been a controversial figure.   The different gospel accounts are not clear about her identity but Catholics generally accept that she was a sinner, possibly a prostitute and that she was certainly forgiven by Jesus and became one of his most faithful followers standing by him at the foot of the cross and being one of the first witnesses of the Resurrection.   Her love for Jesus has made her legendary.  If her sin was prostitution  could she be one to whom intercession can be made to combat the evils of prostitution. It is not only sinful for the sex worker as seller but also for the buyer and the same applies to young girls and sugar-daddies or blessers.  Are conversion and true love the key to deal with it?  The older people of the luncheon club decided to offer special prayers to address this problem which nevertheless concerns everyone of all ages.

Reflect, share, act. Scripture:  You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and mercy to Abraham as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.  Micah 7: 20.  Pope Francis. When media and the digital world become omnipresent their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely , to think deeply and to love generously.  LS 47 The current spread of pornography and commercialisation of the body are fostered by misuse of the internet. Reprehensible situations can force people into prostitution. AL 41