St. Mary Magdalen in ecstasy.
Today is the traditional feast of St. Mary Magdalen, who happens to be another monastic archetype, and a favorite saint of mine. Legend suggests the penitent ended her life at Sainte-Baume in Provence - not far from Marseilles. The Sanctuaire Ste-Baume preserves the cave wherein the Magdalen supposedly spent the last part of her live. I believe the site remains the custody of the Dominicans. In the mid-1970's I visited there, at that time the Dominicans no longer believed the legends surrounding the saint. I'm not sure anyone does today.
C'est dommage. Eh?