"The greatest figures of prophecy and sanctity step forth out of the darkest night. But for the most part, the formative stream of the mystical life remains invisible. Certainly, the most decisive turning points in world history are substantially co-determined by souls whom no history book ever mentions."
- St. Teresa Benedict of the Cross, as quoted by Sr. Christine Schenk in "Mary of Magdala's profound connection to Jesus shows us the power of love," published at National Catholic Reporter. Mary of Magdala's feast day is Sunday, July 22.