St. Mary of Edessa: From anchoress to prostitute to miracle worker.


Some saints are sweet and sinless their whole lives; others live for years as wild sinners before experiencing great conversions. And then there are those who try a little of both. For those of us who feel that we’re in the post-conversion phase of our lives but still keep falling, these are saints who remind us that even Jesus fell under his cross. The important thing isn’t never to fall but to get back up and keep going.

It’s a story that’s all too common. A “good Christian” makes one big mistake and never turns back. The devil twists our pride into a conviction that we can never be forgiven, never be what we were, and so we dive headfirst into sin, letting that be what defines us instead of allowing Christ to sign his name over our past once again and claim us as his own.

Mary’s despair convinced her that having fallen once, she could never again be holy. Mary fled her sacred home in the desert for a brothel, there to live as the sinner she was convinced she was destined to be.

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