Blessed Margaret of Castello
National Shrine

Blessed Margaret of Castello, O.P.

O my God, I thank you for having given Blessed Margaret of Castello to the world as an example of the degree of holiness that can be attained by anyone who truly loves you, regardless of physical abnormalities.  In today's perverted culture, Margaret would have, most likely, never been born; death through abortion being preferable to life, especially life in an ugly distorted, twisted body.  But Your ways are not the world's ways . . . and so it was Your Will that Margaret would be born into the world with just such a malformed body.  It is Your way that uses our weakness to give testimony to Your power.  Margaret was born blind, so as to see You more clearly; a cripple, so as to lean on You completely; dwarfed in physical posture, so as to become a giant in the spiritual order; hunch-backed, so as to more perfectly resemble the twisted, crucified body of Your Son.  Margaret's whole life was an enactment of the words expressed by Paul: So I shal be very happy to make my weaknesses my special boast so that the power of Christ may stay over me and that is why I am content with my weaknesses, and with insults, hardships, persecutions and the aginies I go through for Christ's sake.  Fir it is when I am weak that I am strong.  (2 Cor. 12:10)

I beseach you, O God, to grant, through the intercession of Blessed Margaret of Castello, that all the handicapped . . . and who among us is not? . . . all the rejected, all the UNWANTED of this world, may make their weaknesses their own special boast so that your power may stay over them now and forever.  Amen.  Blessed Margaret of Castello, pray for us!

Imprimi Potest:
Very Rev. E.R. Daley, O.P.
Prior Provincial

+Thomas J. McDonough, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville
5 December 1980

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