Saint of the Day: Margaret of Cortona
Italian, b. 1247, d. 1297
patroness of single parents, homeless, temptations, single laywomen, midwives, mental illness, penitents
In times of desolation, God conceals himself from us so that we can discover for ourselves what we are without him.
— Saint Margaret of Cortona
- Read / listen Profile from americancatholic.org
- Read Bio from EWTN
- Read Life of Saint Margaret of Cortona by Antonio Giovagnoli (archive.org)
- See 1758 painting by Gaspare Traversi (Metropolitan Museum of Art)
- See 1737 painting by Giovanni Piazzetta (National Gallery of Art)
- Listen Homily about the saint for the February 22 feast day
Why two feast days? Usually a saint’s feast day is celebrated on the day of his or her death, or on some other significant date. St. Margaret died February 22 and was canonized May 16.