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A Love Sooner than Later

BROWN PENNY William Butler YeatsI whispered, 'I am too young,' And then, 'I am old enough'; Wherefore I threw a penny To find out if I might love. 'Go and love, go and love, young man, If the lady be young and fair.' Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny, I am looped in the loops of her hair. O love is the crooked thing, There is nobody wise enough To find out all that is in it, For he would be thinking of love Till the stars had run away And the shadows eaten the moon. Ah, penny, brown penny, brown penny, One cannot begin it too soon.

One cannot begin to love too soon--conversely, one should not love too late or in life's demise. That waiting for the "right time," or the "right person" to love, what are these but the cries or sighs of an unready, even tired, heart? One becomes ready only when one begins to understand love slowly (or again), and one understands love progressively when one, simply, performs the act of love. Love, like mos…

The Tears of the Magdalene

There are numerous paintings about the Virgin Mary in any art gallery. Nativities, Annunciations, Mother and Childs, Madonnas, Assumptions, among others, are often depicted in religious art, especially in the Medieval period. And like in galleries, an icon or statue of the Virgin would usually adorn churches or chapels. And doubtless, for good reason: apart from being the Mother of God, we also call her our own Mother--our intercessor, our guide, our counsellor.

Aside, however, from the Mother, there is also another woman often portrayed in art, another Mary, this one hailing from Magdala: the Mary Magdalene. The story of Mary Magdalene has been revised many times in Church history. She has gone from being possessed by the devil, condemned as a sinner and a whore, only to transform into being a model of repentance. She has likewise been erroneously confused with the woman who washed Christ's feet with her tears, dried them with her hair, and perfumed them (Luke 7:38), as she also…