Franciscan Saints
 6th November

Blessed Margaret of Lorraine

 Widow, Second Order

Feast  November 2, Beatified 10 March 1921, Rome by Pope Benedict XV; Franciscans and Capuchins observe her feast on November 6


Blessed Margaret of Lorraine was born of the ancient noble family of the dukes of Lorraine. Her sincere efforts to lead a virtuous life attracted attention very early in her life. After the death of her husband, Duke Rene of Alengcon, she undertook the government of the duchy. In this she was guided exclusively by Catholic principles; and by means of prudent economy, she managed to save a regular amount which she used to render aid to the poor and the needy. She took an especial pleasure in nursing the sick and the lepers. She built churches, convents, and hospitals everywhere.


The subject matter taught in the schools and the education of the populous was  of particular solicitude to her. Hard-hearted landlords and selfish officials were dealt with by her with the greatest severity. Notwithstanding, she remained very humble, and spent a great part of her day in meditating on the sufferings of Christ and in performing works of penance.


In later years, after she had transferred the government  to her son, she was invested with the habit of the Third Order. And when that no longer satisfied her desire for perfection, she entered the convent of the Poor Clares at Argenton, which she herself had founded. Blessed Margaret aspired to perfection as a child, a woman, a ruler, a widow, a finally as a religious, and she succeeded in achieving her goal.

 Every Christian is obliged to strive for perfection. It is not without reason that Our Lord says:

"Be you therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect"(Mt. 5,48).

 This obligation does not require the impossible of us. Everyone can love their neighbour, do good, and overcome themselves. Most importantly we must bear in mind that perfection does not consist in external practices, but rather in the disposition of our heart. The motive must be the love of God. All for the love of God!

Blessed Margaret of Lorraine died a saintly death at the convent at Argenton in the year 1527. In 1792 the body of Blessed Margaret was exhumed and found incorrupt. Inside the casket was found a small reliquary which contained her heart.

During the French Revolution a group of Jacobins disinterred the saint's body to profane it, later placing it in a common grave. Only the bones and the saint's heart remain, and are now at the Monastary of Clarisses at Alencon.

Prayer of the church

O God, the Author of every virtue, who didst illumine with
extraordinary merits Thy blessed servant Margaret in every
station in life, grant us through her intercession, that we may live
holily in the state to which Thou hast called us, and may ever
give a good example.
Through the same Christ Our Lord  Who liveth ´┐Żand reigneth
with Thee  and the Holy Spirit,  One God, now and forever.  Amen

Habig, Marion A., O.F.M., 1959, ed., The Franciscan book of Saints, Franciscan Herald press, Chicago, Illinois


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