July 22nd marks the feast of St. Mary Magdalen, the first witness to the resurrection of Jesus.
When Mary Magdalen came to the tomb and did not find the Lord's body, she thought it had been taken away and so informed the disciples. After they came and saw the tomb, they too believed what Mary had told them. The text then says: "The disciples went back home," and it adds: "but Mary wept and remained standing outside the tomb."
We should reflect on Mary's attitude and the great love she felt for Christ; for though the disciples had left the tomb, she remained. She was still seeking the one she had not found, and while she sought she wept; burning with the fire of love, she longed for him who she thought had been taken away. And so it happened that the woman who stayed behind to seek Christ was the only one to see him. For perseverance is essential to any good deed, as the voice of truth tell us: "Whoever perseveres to the end will be saved."
from a homily by Pope Saint Gregory the Great
Last year Ruth shared a recipe for Madeleine's in honor of her feast day. Since I never did get around to ordering a Madeleine Pan, I've decided to try baking the recipe for Magdalenenstriezeln (St. Magdalen Fingers) found in Cooking With the Saints. The author shares that it is an "old German recipe for almond-covered cookies. There are quite a few German recipes that associate almonds with Mary Magdalen." They sound fairy simple to make and look delicious!
(St. Magdalen Fingers)
1/2 cup Butter
1/2 cup Sugar
3 tablespoons Sour Cream
2 cups flour
1/2 cup almonds, slivered (I used chopped almonds)
1/2 cup cube sugar
Use an electric beater to cream butter and sugar until light. Add eggs 1 at a time and continue beating. Add sour cream. Finally, fold in flour.
Butter baking sheet and spread mixture finger-think onto it.
To make course sugar, crush sugar cubes with a rolling pin. Cover dough with slivered almonds and the course sugar.
Bake until golden brown at 350°F (175°C) for about 35 minutes.
While still warm, cut into pieces as long and as wide as a finger.
Makes about 30.
PRAYER TO SAINT MARY MAGDALEN
Saint Mary Magdalen, woman of many sins, who by conversion became the beloved of Jesus, thank you for your witness that Jesus forgives through the miracle of love.
You, who already possess eternal happiness in His glorious presence, please intercede for me, so that some day I may share in the same everlasting joy. Amen.Pin It