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Saint Margaret of Cortona • Playing with the SAINTS!

 

A saintly Cinderella story?

 

by Christine Henderson

 

Poor Margaret! When she was only 7 years old her mother died. To make matters worse, her father remarried and her new stepmom wasn’t very nice. Sound like a fairytale you know? Did you guess Cinderella? Well, unlike Cinderella, she didn’t have talking mice to help her out.

After a few years of living with her father and stepmother, Margaret met a man named Arsenio, and ran off with him. (This man was no Prince Charming! Margaret led a sinful life with him and the two had a son together.)

Ever catch yourself doing something wrong and you know it is wrong, but you do it anyway? You know you should change your behavior, but you choose not to? Well, this is how it was for Margaret. She knew she wasn’t leading a Godly life, but she wasn’t ready to change yet.

One day, while Margaret waited for Arsenio to come home, only his dog returned. This was one smart dog! Margaret scratched the dog between the ears but instead of sitting and wagging his tail, he grabbed Margaret’s apron and began tugging on it. Sensing something might be wrong, she followed the dog. Unfortunately, the dog led her to where her husband laid dead — murdered!

Margaret took this as a sign from God that it was time to start living a pure life. So, she packed up her stuff and took her son and went back home. But, because of the life she had led, her father didn’t want her back home again.

Feeling discouraged, she went to another town where she had heard some friars often helped people willing to reform their lives. When she arrived at that town she met two Godly women. They let Margaret and her son live with them in their home. Margaret reformed her life and spent a good portion of her day praying and doing penance. Her son attended school and later became a Franciscan monk. Eventually, Margaret became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and devoted her life to helping the poor and sick. She even started a hospital.

 

Feast day: Feb. 22

, pray for us!

Activity: Create a stuffed animal hospital

  • Take some rags and cut them into stuffed animal sized bandages (Check with your parents before cutting up any rags.)
  • Collect a bunch of stuffed animals

Lay the stuffed animals out on a couch or bed. These stuffed animals got a little rowdy during playtime and have many cuts, bruises and scratches. They need you to lovingly bandage up their wounds and give them words of encouragement. Be like St. Margaret and take care of them.

Christine Henderson speaks to audiences of all ages about topics ranging from homeschooling to prayer life and everything in between. She does this through sharing stories about the saints and relating them to the topic of the presentation. To learn more, check out her website, PlayingwiththeSAINTS.com or email her at: PlayingwiththeSaints@gmail.com

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Follow Christine Henderson:

Wife, Mom, Homeschooling teacher, Speaker, Blogger: PlayingwiththeSAINTS.com

I am a stay at home-homeschooling mom of six kids ranging in age now from twenty-one to eleven. Currently, I am only homeschooling my two youngest-8th grade and 5th grade. Three of my children are in college and one is at the local high school doing a vocational training program in welding. It is hard for me to believe that my homeschooling journey began seventeen years ago! I also am very involved in my local Toastmaster's club. (This is an international public speaking organization.)  I love speaking to groups and sharing stories about the amazing saints of the Catholic church. In each presentation, I share an exciting story about a saint and then relate the story to a topic requested by the organizer. Topics range from prayer as a busy mom to making the most of the days God gives us. More information is on my website, PlayingwiththeSAINTS.com Or, you can email me at PlayingwiththeSAINTS@gmail.com

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