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Wednesday, February 20th - St Eucherius B

Thursday, February 21st - St Severian BC

Friday, February 22nd - St Peter's Chair at Antioch - St Margaret of Cortona Pen

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Sunday, February 24th - Sexagesima Sunday

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Saint Margaret of Cortona

Today's Gospel relates the parable of laborers hired at various hours of the day, beginning with those who "bore the burden of the day and the heats"; ending with those who "worked but one hour." All received an equal recompense from the Master, Who "will give to the last even as to the first". Jesus asks, "Is it not lawful for Me to do what I will?"

The author of the Imitation advises: See thou dispute not the hidden judgments of God; why this man is left thus, and this other is raised to so great a grace. These things are above the reach of man, neither can any penetrate into the judments of God. Consider instead that "Thou art just, O Lord, and Thy judgment is right."

This week we observe the feast of a penitent-turned-Saint who, called "at the eleventh hour", heard from the lips of Jesus Himself the loving address of "Daughter."

Saint Margaret of Cortona, February 22 (shares the feastday with Saint Peter's Chair at Antioch!)

Margaret was born of farming parents in Laviano, Tuscany. When she was seven, her mother died and her father remarried. Margaret missed her mother and did not get along with her stepmother. Margaret ran. For nine years she lived with Arsenio, a young man of Montepulciano, and bore him a son. However, she always remembered a prayer learned from her mother: "O Lord Jesus, I beseech thee, grant salvation to all those for whom thou wouldst have me pray." Like Saint Augustine, she prayed for strength to break the bonds that held her - but not just yet.

One day she was waiting for Arsenio and was met instead by his dog. Sensing something amiss, Margaret followed the dog and discovered his murdered body in the forest. The crime shocked Margaret into a life of penance. After ridding herself of all her trinkets and jewelry she returned to her family with her son, wanting to live as a penitent, but her father and stepmother refused to take her in. The Franciscans to whom she appealed for help turned her away saying, "You are too young and too pretty". Two ladies took the sad pair into their home and later introduced Margaret to the good friar who became her confessor. After a rigorous general confession, she had the joy of hearing Jesus call her "Daughter". Margaret made a total commitment to Jesus, Who had already begun to give her glimpses of Himself in mystical prayer.

Margaret pursued a life of prayer and penance at Cortona. Although her fear of herself was never far away, she grew in confidence because she knew that Jesus' love and grace would not fail her. She established a hospital and founded a congregation of tertiary sisters. The poor and humble Margaret was, like St Francis, devoted to the Holy Eucharist and the Passion of Jesus. These devotions fueled her great charity and drew sinners to her for advice and inspiration.

Margaret died at the age of 50 in 1297, and was canonized in 1728.

Reflection

Seeking forgiveness is sometimes difficult work. It is made easier by meeting people who, without trivializing our sins, assure us that God rejoices over our repentance. Being forgiven lifts a weight and prompts us to acts of charity.

Thanks be to God for His goodness to me; thanks be to God now and in eternity!


Prayers for our Country


O God of earth and altar, bow down and hear our cry, our earthly rulers falter, our people drift and die; The walls of gold entomb us, the swords of scorn divide; take not Thy thunder from us, but take away our pride.

From all that terror teaches, from lies of tongue and pen, from all the easy speeches that comfort cruel men, From sale and profanation of honor and the sword, from sleep and from damnation, deliver us, good Lord!

Tie in a living tether the prince and priest and thrall, bind all our lives together, smite us, and save us all! In ire and exultation aflame with faith, and free, lift up a living nation, a single sword to thee.