I think that she lived for several years in Rennes-le-Chateau. And that she preached here and baptised people here. I have pictures of the places where she baptised people and of the cave, still called the “Cave of Mary Magdalene”, where she meditated. And healed people. I also think that she preached the original teachings of Jesus and herself. What we would call now Gnostic Christianity.
She preached with so much love, so much conviction and so much power that her message was deeply embedded in the land. A message that was picked up by the Cathars in the 11th and 12th century when the Church of Rome was as corrupt as it could be and had lost most of its authority.
In this book I call France the Second Holy Country, because Christianity as we know it today, survived thanks to France. To powerful kings and emperors, like Clovis, Charlemagne and Louis XIV. I talk about the Cathars, the Knights Templar, the crusades, the Arc of the Covenant and the Holy Grail.
For more than ten years I traveled all over France, visiting the places where Mary Magdalene is either remembered, venerated or buried. Where the legends and folktales about her are abundant. I have visited almost all cathedrals, churches and basilicas dedicated to her. And the caves and others sacred places where she might have been. And not only Mary Magdalene but also the Black Madonna’s. Those powerful images of the ancient Goddess Isis. There us no country in the world that holds so many statues, paintings, stained glass windows and other images of Mary Magdalene as in France.
I took hundreds of pictures of her. In well-known situations as anointing Jesus, the crucifixion or the “noli me tangere” scenes. But also in less known situations. Beautiful, very moving pictures. And many pictures of the churches and basilicas dedicated to her. And of course the Black Madonna’s. And not to forget paintings and pictures of Jesus and Mary Magdalene clearly in love. Not John the beloved disciple, resting his head on Jesus shoulder, but Mary Magdalene, a woman, in the arms of Jesus.
Finally I wrote about Sacred Femininity. And how Mary Magdalene is the perfect symbol for the love, the power and the wisdom of women. And a model for Sacred Femininity. Concluding with a message to the Church. For where the Star of Mary Magdalene is rising, the Star of the Church is turning paler every day. Mary Magdalene, the Apostle of the Apostles, the person closest to Jesus, and women still being kept out of the Church. Incredible. “Use” Mary Magdalene, is my advise to the Church. Mary Magdalene, “the Saviour of the Church”. Wouldn’t that be something?
The manuscript on Mary Magdalene in France is written in English. It contains 100 pages typed text. And I have more than 400 pictures to go with it. Some of them very special. I am still looking for an English or American publisher for this book. A Dutch version will be published end of 2011.