A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF BLESSED MARGARET
OF CASTELLO, "Little Margaret"
Blessed Margaret of Castello was born of a wealthy, noble Italian family
near Florence, Italy in 1287. Born a hunchback, dwarf, blind and lame, her family was
ashamed of her and kept her hidden in virtual imprisonment for nine years in a tiny
cell attached to a forest church. It was only through the family chaplain that
Blessed Margaret came to know God. Seeking a miracle, her parents took her to a
Franciscan Shrine. When she was not cured, they abandoned her.
Blessed Margaret's faith and courage inspired others in the comunity to take pity on her and
to help her survive.
Eventually she became a member of the Dominican Third Order of Castello
where she lived an exemplary life of prayer, penance, and charity. Despite her miseries, Margaret
was serene, cheerful and courageous. She never became bitter, never complained, never reproached
others or lost heart. Discouragement was a word she did not know. She found strength in prayer,
in daily Mass, in Holy Communion and sought help from Jesus, Mary, Joseph and Saint Dominic.
Margaret was courageous because she looked at suffering with the eyes of faith. She did not
know why God permitted her to have so many afflictions. She did know that He was an infinitely
loving and kind Father, who never permits one single misfortune without good reason, who always
turns evil into good for His children. She wondered why people pitied her. Was it not a
privilege to suffer with Christ? Suffering for her was a way to heaven.
Pain made Margaret more sympathetic and understanding towards others. She visited prisoners, helped
the sick and comforted the dying. Since her death, at age thirty-three, she has kept on helping
those who pray to her. Many cures have been attributed to her intercession.
Blessed Margaret of Castello was declared Blessed by the Catholic Church on October 19, 1609.
Blessed Margaret is an inspiration to those who are discouraged and tempted to self-pity. Her
intercession is most powerful to those who suffer from eye and muscular diseases, and she has
become an inspiration for the Pro-Life Movement.
she is a help for those who are unwanted and
Her incorrupt body lies under the main altar in Saint Dominic Church, Castello, Italy. Many
visit her Shrine to venerate her body and pray for her intercession.
Efforts are currently underway
for the cause of the cannonization of Blessed Margaret of Castello.
April 13 - Memorial of Blessed Margaret of Castello
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in the Most Holy Virgin Mary,
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The Apostolic Blessing by the Holy See in Rome is bestowed (October 28, 2013)
Omnia ad majoren Dei Gloriam!
(All for the greater glory of God)
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