READING! “My” for Wednesday, July 22nd

Happy Feast Day for St. Mary Magdalene. She is one of my three personal patron saints – the other two are St. Raphael the Archangel and St. Ignatius of Loyola (whose feast day is July 31st)

Mary Magdalene is an enigmatic figure, especially in our popular culture. In the gospels themselves, she is one of Jesus’ most prevalent disciples and the first one at his tomb.

Yet, she has been incorrectly (and unfairly) identified as a range of unseemly things. This excellent article from the Biblical Archeology Society’s library – “How Mary Magdalene Became a Whore” concludes:

Thus, in one of the passages that became associated with Mary Magdalene, there is a woman named Mary; she is therefore assumed (although this Mary is from Bethany) to be the Magdalene. In other passages, no name is given to the woman, but she is nevertheless identified in later tradition as Mary Magdalene. In one episode the unnamed woman is a public sinner, “a woman of the city” (Luke 7:36–50); her sin, it is clearly implied, is sexual. Sexual sin is the link between this passage and others in later tradition sometimes considered to be about Mary Magdalene: the story of an unnamed woman caught in the act of committing adultery (John 7:53–8:11) and the story of the Samaritan woman said to have had five husbands and to be living with a man not her husband (John 4:8–29).


Here’s the excellent sources that I feature each day – The Week and the Five Things to Know Today

The Conversation

Good News Network site and the Daily “Good News in History”

Creighton U. Daily Reflections

National Catholic Reporter – Copy Desk Daily, July 22, 2020

And a heartbreaking article, also from NCR: “Our most tragic time’: Felician Sisters bear loss of 13 sisters to COVID-19”

James Hohmann mentions this sad story at the end of today’s The Daily 202: The Big Idea Podcast as well as other COVID-19 related information.


And here’s the link (which stays the same each day) to “My”

The Ed Tech Emergent Daily, Wednesday July 22nd You can bookmark this link!


Here’s my TOP FIVE stories from today’s “My”:

[COVER STORY] – “In Defense of Our Teachers” by Dave Grohl drummer for Nirvana and now the Foo Fighters. Grohl, son of a school teacher mom writes:

Every teacher has a “plan.” Don’t they deserve one too?

My mother had to come up with three separate lesson plans every single day (public speaking, AP English, and English 10), because that’s what teachers do: They provide you with the necessary tools to survive.

Who is providing them with a set of their own?

America’s teachers are caught in a trap, set by indecisive and conflicting sectors of failed leadership that have never been in their position and can’t possibly relate to the unique challenges they face….

Teachers want to teach, not die, and we should support and protect them like the national treasures that they are. For without them, where would we be?

May we show these tireless altruists a little altruism in return. I would for my favorite teacher. Wouldn’t you?


Pandemic Cost Kids of Color More Months of Learning”

“Scientists Just Updated One of the Most Important Climate Metrics, and It’s Bad”

What to do NOW to Build Immunity Before Potential 2nd COVID-19 Wave

Dyslexia education in the age of COVID-19


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