St. Margaret of Scotland (Feast: November 16)
Born around the year 1046, Margaret was a pious and virtuous English princess of the House of Essex.
She and her family fled north to the court of the Scottish King Malcolm Canmore to take refuge from William the Conqueror. Malcolm was captivated by Margaret’s goodness and beauty, and in the year 1070, they were married at the castle of Dunfermline.
A veritable blessing for the people of Scotland, Margaret brought civilization, culture and education to the rough Scots.
She benefited her adopted country both academically and spiritually by obtaining good priests and educators for her people.
She softened her husband’s temper, cultivated his manners, and helped King Malcolm to become known throughout the land as one of the most virtuous kings of Scotland.
Margaret bore Malcolm six sons and two daughters and reared them with utmost attention to their Christian faith.
One of her daughters later married Henry I of England and three of her sons occupied the Scottish throne.
Margaret lived a most austere life, giving herself mostly to God by fasting often, denying herself sleep and praying for long periods of time, the king often sharing in her prayers.
In 1093, King William Rufus of England attacked Scotland, and Malcolm was killed in battle.
Margaret, already on her deathbed, died four days later. She was buried in the Abbey of Dunfermline, one of the many churches she and her husband had founded.
Canonized in 1250, she was named patroness of Scotland in 1673.
SAINT OF THE DAY
Here we discover something akin to the “Secret of Mary,” of which Saint Louis de Montfort speaks.