Saturday, January 18, 2014

January 18: St. Margaret of Hungary

St. Margaret of Hungary


Margaret’s father was King Bela IV of Hungary, so she was a princess. But she loved Jesus more than her fancy clothes and castle, so when she was 10 or 12 years old, she became a novice at a Dominican convent for women from noble families. Even though Margaret outranked all the other nuns, she refused to be treated as if she was special. She always took the worst chores and the most difficult cases at the hospital where the sisters worked.


In every home – just like in every convent – there are disgusting, dirty chores that nobody wants to do, like scrubbing toilets, cleaning up after pets or taking out the trash. Today, honor Saint Margaret of Hungary by doing what she would do: choose the worst chore available and do it yourself so that nobody else has to.

Saint Margaret of Hungary, pray for us!

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