St. Margaret of Cortona- "Patron Saint" of Single MothersCheyenne medkiff // P. G
Margaret of Cortona was born in 1247 in Laviano, Italy and died on February 22, 1297 in Cortona, Italy, being divinely warned of the time of her death.
St. Margaret of Cortona is the patron saint of single mothers, the falsely accused, homeless, orphaned, mentally ill, midwives, penitents, reformed prostitutes, and stepchildren.
St. Margaret of Cortona's feast day is February 22. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII on May 16, 1728.
Margaret's mother died when she was seven years old, and when her father remarried two years later, Margaret felt completely rejected at home. Her stepmother did not care for her husband's daughter and her own father neglected her; as a result, Margaret left home and accepted an invitation to being a mistress to a 16-year old local baron - Arsenio. He had openly stated that he would never marry her, yet Margaret believed that she could change his mind. Margaret bore him a son out of wedlock and after 9 years, Arsenio was murdered in the forest and Margaret discovered his body thanks to Arsenio's dog who led her there.
After his death, Margaret was set on amending her life and raising her son in the right way. She moved to Cortona to seek help from the Franciscan friars, and she earned a living by nursing sick women. Later she served the sick poor without pay. She founded a hospital at Cortona and the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mercy.
O Saint Margaret of Cortona, I come to ask you to please help my mother as she embarks on a new journey as being a single mother and raising her children. As you know, the life of a single mother is difficult and extraneous and I ask that you please guide her to always be confident in her decisions and look to our Lord Jesus Christ for guidance. Amen.