In the midst of this discussion of newfangled saints, I am brought back to the very beginning on this, the feast day of Mary Magdalene, the very first person to see the risen Lord.
So many wonderful things in her story of finding Jesus. That angels ask her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" and that doesn't seem to strike her as odd. That she recognizes Jesus when he calls her by name.
And the weeping, of course, pejoratively named as "maudlin" in spite of her eminently appropriate behavior by the tomb. What is it about weeping when we are sad that embarrasses people so? Too much feeling, I suspect. Weeping lets other people in in a way that other strong feelings do not. Weeping makes a person vulnerable.
I don't know, honestly, what it is. I do know that I'm mad we have linguistically put Mary Magdalene down for crying in her grief. As we have all memorized, Jesus wept, too. Nobody called him maudlin.