Elizabeth Hruska's letter, “Mystery of the Magdalene” (Aug. 8-14), was most welcome. I have long held the belief that Mary Magdalen belongs in the family of Martha and Lazarus, that she is the repentant sinner mentioned in the account of Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Thomas á Kempis, Lives of the Saints, and by tradition.

This beautiful woman deserves our admiration because of her strength (willing to anoint the dead body of our Savior); of her fearlessness (confronting those in authority); and for her great love, (rewarded by her honor of being first to see Jesus after his resurrection). We need her powerful example for our times.

BONNA HOLZHEIMER, Louisville, Kentucky