Showing posts from July, 2013

5 ways to destroy someone's reputation

A post about public reputation on iBenedictine's blog yesterday got me thinking about how easily someone's good name may be destroyed by unfounded rumours or distorted facts. 

Here's 5 ways to destroy someone's reputation:Believe what you're told without questioning who's saying it, why and on what evidence.Pass on what you've heard 'in confidence' to a few people.Add a few thoughts from your own ignorance, prejudices, jealousies etc.Use social media to pass on rumours or allegations: tweet, retweet, post on Facebook, blog etc.Do nothing to challenge what others are saying when you know the truth is being distorted.

Easy isn't it?
It's always been easy, but with today's communication systems the damage can happen quicker and affect more people. Public figures are particularly vulnerable. I am certainly not saying that people in the public eye should not be accountable for their words and actions. They should be and where there is wrong it s…

Who was the real Mary Magdalene?

Who was the real Mary Magdalene? 

Today is her feast day, so here is a photo of a statue showing the risen Christ encountering Mary Magdalene in a garden near the tomb where he was buried. The statue is in the Angelicum Chapel in Rome, the church of San Sisto and San Domenica. 

Mary Magdalene has been the subject of so much speculation, denigration, imagination and admiration over the last 2000 years, it's hard to sort truth from fiction.

Here is who Mary Magdalene was not:
not one of the other Marys in the New Testament e.g. Mary mother of Jesus or Mary sister of Martha and Lazarus of Bethanynot a prostitutealmost certainly not the anonymous sinful woman who annointed Jesus' feet in the house of Simon the Phariseenot Jesus' wife or mother of his childnot the woman in the musical 'Jesus Christ Superstar' or in the novel 'The Da Vinci Code'Here is who Mary Magdalene was:someone Jesus healed of 'seven demons' and who probably came from Magdala near Capern…

Mary and Martha again

The gospel stories about Mary and Martha of Bethany are among my favourites. Each time I read them I notice something different. I'd love to meet those real women, not the ones presented in medieval art or countless sermons.

One of the stories (Luke 10: 38 - 42)about Mary and Martha  will be read in churches all over the world tomorrow. Some preachers will be saying, 'not Mary and Martha again!' It can be a challenge to find something new to say about that story. And an even bigger challenge not to fall into some of the theological and political traps for the unwary. It's easy to forget that this story is not a parable, but is about real women who love Jesus and struggle to find their role and true voices in a patriarchal society. 

Most of the images in my head of those sisters tend to come from certain well-known European paintings. This African picture interests me because the woman (Mary) sitting with Jesus and learning from him appears better dressed than the one (Ma…