Have you ever read “Blessed Margaret of Castello” by Fr. William? I have and I’m going to tell you about her. Blessed Margaret was born in the year 1287. She was born a hunchback, midget, blind, lame and ugly. Her parents hated her very much. Margaret loved going to the chapel every day, so her parents built a room next to the chapel so she could walk to it without anyone leading her. After fourteen years of imprisonment, her parents took her to a shrine to pray for a cure. When they found out that there was no cure they left her there. She was still praying to God when the guards went to close the gates, but they stopped when they saw her. One of the guards yelled,
“Little girl! What are you doing out this late? You should have been home by now.” When Margaret heard his voice she assumed he was talking to her. She said,
“Brother I’m blind, please guide me to the door.” He looked confused, and she said, “you see, I’m a midget, I see how my size confused you.” The guard said, “if you are blind, how did you get here?” She said, “by my parents.” He told her she had to get out or he was going to get in trouble. She left and fell asleep on the streets. When she awoke, she walked long ways until she asked someone where another shrine would be, and they showed her. So she went to it and started to go inside, until a Dominican sister stopped her and said, “are you Margaret?” Margaret said yes. The Dominican sister took her and led her to the Dominican convent where Margaret became a Dominican sister and spent the rest of her life in prayer and work of mercy. When she died at the age of 33 in 1320 A.D., the townspeople demanded that she be buried in a church. The priest refused, but when the crippled girl was cured at the funeral, the people got their wish. Blessed Margaret is one of my favorite stories. Her body is still incorrupt.