Blessed Margaret
Princess of Hungary

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January 28

Margaret was born to Bala IV, the pious king of Hungary. Her parents consecrated her to God by a vow even before her birth, and when she was but three and a half years old she was placed in a monastery of Dominican nuns at Vesprin. Margaret was professed at the young age of twelve. In her tender age Margaret advanced beyond the others in devotion, and was favored with extraordinary communications from heaven.

It was her delight to serve every body, and to practice every kind of humiliation; she never spoke of herself, as if she was beneath all notice; never loved to see her royal parents, or to speak of them, saying it was her misfortune that she was not born of poor parentage. Her mortifications were excessive. Margaret endeavored to conceal her sickesses for fear of being dispensed with or shown any indulgences in the Rule.

From her infancy she conceived the most ardent devotion towards her crucified Redeemer, and kissed day and night a little cross made of wood of the true Cross of Christ, which she always carried with her.

Margaret commonly close to pray before the altar of the Cross. Her affection for the name of Jesus made her have it frequently on her lips, which she repeated with incredible inward feeling and sweetness. Her devotion to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament was most remarkable; she often wept abundantly, or appeared in ecstasies during the Mass. and much more when she herself received the Divine Spouse of her soul; on the evenings before he would eat nothing but bread and water, and spent the night in prayer; on the day itself she remained in prayer and fasting until the evening, and the took a small refection.

Margaret allowed a sensible joy in her countenance when she heard any festival of Our Lady announced, through devotion to the Mother of God; she performed on them and during the octave, one thousand salutations (Hail Mary) each day, prostrating herself on the ground at each, besides saying the Office of Our Blessed Lady every day. If anyone seemed offended by her, she would fall at their feet and begged for their forgiveness.

She was always first in obedience, and was afraid to be excepted if others were enjoined penance for a breach of silence or any other fault. Her bed was a coarse skin laid on a bare floor, with a stone for a pillow. Blessed Margaret was favored with the gift of miracles and prophecy.

She gave up her pure soul to God after a short illness, on the 18th of January, in the year 1271, and of her age the twenty-eighth. Her body is preserved at Presbourg.

Note: See her life by Guerinus, a Dominican, by order of his general, in 1340: and an abridgment of the same by Ranzano. She was never canonized, but is honored with an Office in all the churches of Hungary, especially those of the Dominicans in that kingdom, by virtue of a decree of Pope Pius II, as Touron assures us.


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