Christ Throwing the Seven Devils Out of Mary Magdalen
Acrylic on Panel, 1980, Br. Jerome Pryor, S.J.

Although this event is related by two of the Evangelists, it has never been painted before to my knowledge.  Scripture scholars debate exactly what is meant by the seven devils, some say it refers to illness; some say to the seven deadly sins, etc.  Scholarly research has proven that she was not the flaming prostitute of tradition.  What is certain is that she was no ordinary woman: she gave enthusiastically everything she had for her devotion to  Christ.   She stood at the foot of the cross (one of the few that dared to) and was the first messenger of the resurrection of Christ.

 

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