Franciscan Saints

28th December

The Servant of God Margaret Stadler

Virgin, Second Order

It is commonly acknowledged that our holy Father, St. Francis had great devotion to the holy Childhood of Jesus, being the very first to build a crib, like those we have at Christmas today. With the approval of the Pope he had the holy sacrifice of the Mass Offered up before it. Francis had a child like purity and simplicity of soul and an ardent love for the Word made Flesh, and these drew him and many of his children to this devotion.

Of those numbered among his followers the members of the Second Order, the poor Clares excelled in the virtue of a spirit finding expression in the Holy Childhood of Jesus and are known for a tender devotion to the divine Child.

Among them the servant of God, Margaret especially outshone herself. Living in the convent at Sefflingen, close to Ulm in Suabia, once while absorbed in contemplating the lovableness of God who came into this world as a Child, hours swept by yet Margaret was unaware of the passing of time, and neglected her duties in the kitchen.

As our Divine Saviour fed His spouse with heavenly sweetness, He also wished to provide for the bodily nourishment of her fellow sisters. A uniquely beautiful boy
was seen in the kitchen at that time, busily preparing the food and once set before the the sisters at mealtime, they declared that they had never tasted anything
so delicious. The wonderful little cook vanished his task accomplished.

From then onwards, Margaret was ever more faithful in her devotion to the Child Jesus. Rich in heavenly merits, her life came to a close in 1521.

Prayer of the Church

O, God, whose only-begotten Son has appeared in the substance
of our flesh, grant we beseech Thee, that by Him in whom
outwardly we recognize our likeness, we may deserve to be inwardly
created anew.
Who liveth and reigneth with Thee and the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and forever.

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

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