Jesus, if you knew who I was, you wouldn’t let me touch your feet. Yet it is because you know who I am that you let me touch your feet. (ref. Luke 7:36-47) Mary Magdalene had a past. Although Jesus absolved her sins and healed her, she still had memories and shame to deal with.
A cradle Catholic, Debra Black received the gift of completing the full 19th annotation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola in 1998 under individual direction of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary. She repeated the exercises in 2001 and remained an Associate to the Loreto Sisters through 2009. In 2015 she was missioned through the Lanteri Center for Ignatian Spirituality to provide spiritual direction and lead the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. She also is a perpetual member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, former Commissioner for the city of Glendale, AZ and has decades of parish and community service. Over 40 years of professional experience includes 32 years of leadership in international higher education. Debra is mother to Sienna and resides in Bellingham, Washington. You can follow her work at TheFaceofGraceProject.com