Patroness of Right-To-Life Groups, the Handicapped, and the Physically Challenged
Blessed Margaret of Castello, OP, (1287-1320) was born into a noble family of Metola, southeast of Florence: hunchbacked, deformed, blind, lame and a midget. When she was about six years of age, her parents walled her up beside a chapel. There she could only attend Mass and receive the Sacraments.
After fourteen years of imprisonment, her parents took her to a shrine in Cittá-di-Castello to pray for a cure: the tomb of a holy man named Fra Giacomo. When no cure took place they abandoned her. Eventually she became a lay Dominican and spent the rest of her life in prayer and works of mercy.
Blessed Margaret lived in prayer and charity, helping the poor. When she died at the age of thirty-three, the townspeople thronged to her funeral and demanded that she be buried inside the Church of Saint Dominic. After a crippled girl was miraculously cured at the funeral, the priest allowed Margaret’s burial inside the church.
Margaret’s remains were transferred because her coffin was rotten. Her clothes were also rotten, but her body was preserved. She was beatified on 19 October 1609 by Pope Paul V. Her canonization is pending.
PRAYER FOR ENLIGHTENMENT
O God, by whose will the blessed virgin Margaret was blind from birth, that the eyes of her mind being inwardly enlightened she might think without ceasing on You alone, be the light of our eyes, that we may be able to flee the shadows of this world and reach the home of never-ending light. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
(1) Our Father;
(1) Hail Mary; and
(1) Glory be to the Father
PRAYER FOR DISCERNMENT
Compassionate God, You gave your divine light to Blessed Margaret who was blind from birth, that with the eye of her heart she might contemplate You alone. Be the light of our eyes that we may turn from what is evil and reach the home of never-ending light. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.
PRAYER IN TIME OF TROUBLE
Almighty and Eternal God, the comfort of the afflicted, the strength of the burdened, and the hope of the unwanted; may the prayers of those who call on You in any trouble be heard by You; so that all may rejoice to be helped by your Mercy in their need.
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V. Pray for us, Blessed Margaret.
R. That we may made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us Pray:O God who wished Blessed Margaret be blind from birth so that the eyes of her soul, enlightened by your grace, might more clearly see the value of spiritual realities: graciously grant that we may perceive the hidden dangers in the world of darkness and safely reach our home of eternal life. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.