Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 22: Saint Margaret of Cortona

St. Margaret of Cortona statue
at St. Margaret Mary Church
 in Puebla State, Mexico

History

Margaret had a rough start in life. Her mom died when she was young, and her step-mother wasn’t very nice to her. So, she ran away and stayed away for nine years. When she saw that she had been wrong, she went back to her father to apologize. He and his wife refused to take her back, so she went to live with in a monastery. Still, she had trouble living a godly life. She ran away again for a short time, and when she came back, she had tied a cord around her neck to symbolize her desire to serve God. After that, she worked hard, taking care of the sick and the poor, and learned to pray and stay close to Jesus. 

Activity

It’s always hard to admit that we are wrong. It’s especially hard when we try to apologize and we’re not forgiven by the people we hurt. Lucky for us, Jesus is always ready to forgive! Today, make a cord necklace to wear as a reminder to apologize when you’re wrong and to trust the Lord to absolve you of your sins. You can use any kind of cord, such as parachute cord. If you like, follow this video to make a knotted heart in the center to represent God’s love. 

Saint Margaret of Cortona, pray for us!

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