Many years ago, I remember reading a blog post in which the author made the point that God must really love people because He keeps on creating them. Of course, on an intellectual level we believe that God loves us with an infinite love. He created us, and He created everything in creation for us. Then after we rejected Him, He came to live with us, suffer, die, and rise again for us in order that we might be with Him forever.
Rejected at Birth
Bl. Margaret was born in the year 1287 to Parisio and Emilia della Metola in their family castle near Mercatello sul Metauro in the modern day country of Italy. Her parents had been childless for many years and therefore were excited and anxious about the birth of their first child. The father was clear that he wanted a boy in order to have an heir. The mother wanted a healthy child. Bl. Margaret was neither.
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Placed in a Cell
She was to live in this cell for ten years. The priest who said mass in the castle chapel became her main contact with the outside world. He befriended Margaret and taught her as much as he could with this arrangement.
Looking for a Miracle
The father and mother packed off Margaret who was covered as much as possible in order to avoid her being seen and made the trip to the shrine. Although they presented her and said prayers at the shrine asking for her healing, nothing happened. Margaret was not healed, and her parents, frustrated and at wit's end, decided enough was enough. They left their daughter to fend for herself in the streets and returned home to their castle. They never saw their daughter again.
With nowhere to turn and unprepared for life outside of her cell, Margaret became a beggar who asked for alms and slept wherever she could find a place to sleep. She lived off of the generosity of others. However, she soon began to be welcomed in the homes of poor, kind townspeople. She was a different sort of beggar. Despite her hardships of being a blind, lame beggar cast into an unfamiliar world, she remained cheerful, grateful, and even generous. Margaret trusted in the goodness of God even in the face of the tremendous human cruelty to which she had been subjected.
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Image: Statue of Bl. Margaret of Costello from St. Patrick's in Columbus, Ohio
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