A joyfully Franciscan view of Catholic life, inspired by St. Clare (Santa Chiara) of Assisi!

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Chiara Offreduccio (St. Clare) was born in 1194. It is said that when her mother had Chiara in her womb, an angel appeared to her and said, "your child will be a light that will illuminate the world!" Hence, her mother named the child Chiara, which means "light. As G.K. Chesterton put it, St. Clare was a romantic figure just like Juliet was. However, instead of running away from her family in order to be with an earthly man, Clare gave up everything and ran away from her family for the love of her Savior!

Saturday, September 16, 2006

"Saints Behaving Badly": St. Margaret of Cortona

I received a proof edition of a book titled Saints Behaving Badly. The book gives brief overviews of the lives of Saints who used to live sinful lives but were called to extraordinary holiness. Not only did it provide a synopsis of Holy Father Francis' life, but also helped me to meet other beautiful, albeit lesser-known, Franciscan Saints!

One of those lovely Saints is Saint Margaret of Cortona. Her life is especially applicable to us today.....she managed to extricate herself from a life of lust and fully embrace the joy of a chaste life in union with Christ. Through her intercession, may we also rise above the sexually-charged mores of our society and experience love as God intended it.

You can find an overview of St. Margaret of Cortona's life here.

Pax et Bonum!


Blogger Kelly Joyce Neff said...

This is moving and very inspiring.

10:02 PM  
Anonymous Barbara said...

When I was a girl, I had a book called, I believe, Saints for Sinners. It was a wonderful compilation of lives of unique saints, among them Margaret of Cortona. Her story was less emotionally overwrought than the one you linked to your website, but it nonetheless enamored me of her.
I hope some day to visit Cortona and pay respects where she lies incorrupt.

4:49 PM  

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