Oil Dedicated to St Margaret of Clitherow (Patron for Business Women)
St Margaret of Clitherow (Patron for Business Women) from A Blessed Call To Love, Ireland.
Margaret was born in 1556 in Middleton, England. Her father was a wax chandler and both her parents were Protestants. She was not only very attractive but also had a charming personality. In 1571 she married John Clitherow, a well-to-do butcher, and they had three children.
About three years into their marriage, Margaret converted to the Catholic faith. Was a fervent Christian and believed in living her faith to the fullest. She often risked her life harboring priests. She had two chambers where she provided shelter for priests who were fleeing persecution and arrest. One chamber was attached to her home and the other was in another part of the city. Margaret enabled these priests to offer Mass continually, even during the height of the persecutions. Some of the priests were martyred and Margaret herself wished for such a grace. To die for her Lord would be her greatest deed.
Finally, Margaret was arrested and although it is believed that she was pregnant, her sentence was to be pressed to death. On Good Friday, in the year 1586, Margaret, joyous and smiling, was led barefoot to the tollbooth on Ousebridge. She bequeathed her hose and shoes to her daughter, Anne, implying that Anne should follow in her mother’s footsteps and be willing to die for her faith.
Saint Margaret’s hand has preserved at St. Mary’s convent in York. Both of her sons, William and Henry, became priests. Her daughter Ann, to whom she left her shoes, became a nun.