FEBRUARY PATRON SAINTS OF HEALTH

Depression: Margaret of Cortona

1247-1297     Feast Day: February 22

A Franciscan tertiary, Margaret had lived with her lover until his murder. Upon her conversion, she struggled with the temptation to return to her former life. She suffered extreme bouts of self-hatred and had to be prevented from self-mutilation. Despite the ridicule and gossip that surrounded her, she was extremely spiritual, experiencing visions of Christ.

Other Patronages: Fallen Women, Falsely Accused People

Invoked Against: Temptation

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