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Saturday, 1 March 2014

Nuns in Persecution Part Three

St. Margaret Clitherow's sons and daughters carried on the holiness of their saintly mother. Two of her sons became priests and her daughter, Anne, became a nun with the Ursulines in Louvain.

I think it is interesting to see that saintliness and holiness runs in families

This is not an accident. I know of two holy families in Illinois which have had saints in their ancestry and that holiness has been passed down even to this generation.

Remember, that St. Margaret Clitherow's children were taken away from her and put into a Protestant family. And, yet, grace overcame tyranny.

Also, remember, that St. Margaret was pregnant when she died, and her baby in the womb died with her. She was killed on Good Friday, March 25th, 1586.

That these children went on to carry on the faith to the next generation is one reason why I am concentrating on this little series. When Christ returns, (not in my lifetime), will He find any faith on the earth?

 I say to you, that he will quickly revenge them. But yet the Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find, think you, faith on earth? Luke 18:8 DR

Parents, it is your duty to pass the Faith on to your children. St. Margaret's husband was not a Catholic and he did not take part in her Catholic life of having secret Masses and hiding priests. But, God blessed Margaret's family because of her faith and her death.

To be continued....