Monday, February 22, 2016

St. Margaret of Cortona

St. Margaret is one my favorite saints. She lived openly for nine years as a wealthy man's mistress and had a child. Her lover was murdered and she sought help from the Franciscans. They took her in and one day she changed. Margaret rejected other men who offered to take her as their concubine and she began taking care of the sick free of charge. She became a Third Order Franciscan, founded a hospital and spent the next 29 years of her life doing penance. At first people laughed and expected her to go back to her old way of living and even accused her of attempting to seduce one of the monks but after a while they were so impressed by her life and talks that many people, changed their lives.


Hans Georg Lundahl said...

Santa Margarita de Cortona, nació en Laviano,1 Umbría en 1247 y murió en Cortona el 22 de febrero de 12972 siendo una franciscana de la Tercera Orden. Canonizada en 1728, su fiesta litúrgica se celebra el 22 de febrero.

León X permite a la ciudad de Cortona de celebrar una fiesta en su honor. En 1623, Urbano VIII extiende este permiso a la Orden Franciscana. En 1728, Benedicto XIII procede a su canonización.

That Pope Leo X permitted Cortona to celebrate her might have been one of the things that ticked Luther off, considering how Jansenist he seems to have been previous to becoming outright heretic.

Thanks for introducing me to a new Saint!

Hans Georg Lundahl said...

"She was in charge of making sure all pizzas were cook properly. Therefore the pizza Margherita being named after her."

Guess which pizza I loved from my visit in US at age 8/9 (i e around ninth birthday)?

"With her child, she returned to her father's house, but her stepmother would not have her. Margaret and her son then went to the Franciscan friars at Cortona, where her son eventually became a friar. She fasted, avoided meat, and subsisted on bread and vegetables."

I was nearly going to ask whether her child's descendants were still there, in a way they are, they are called Franciscans.