𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐒𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐲: 𝐀 𝐁𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐨𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐅𝐚𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐈𝐧𝐬𝐩𝐢𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐍𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝟏𝟔 • 𝐒𝐭. 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐠𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐒𝐜𝐨𝐭𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝
𝐅𝐀𝐂𝐓𝐒 𝐀𝐁𝐎𝐔𝐓 𝐒𝐀𝐈𝐍𝐓
Although she was very much caught up in the affairs of the household and country, she remained detached from the world. Her private life was austere. She had certain times for prayer and reading Scripture. She ate sparingly and slept little in order to have time for devotions. She and Malcolm kept two Lents, one before Easter and one before Christmas. During these times she always rose at midnight for Mass. On the way home she would wash the feet of six poor persons and give them alms. She was always surrounded by beggars in public and never refused them. It is recorded that she never sat down to eat without first feeding nine orphans and 24 adults.
In 1093, King William Rufus made a surprise attack on Alnwick castle. King Malcolm and his oldest son, Edward, were killed. Margaret, already on her deathbed, died four days after her husband.
𝘔𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘪𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘨𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘘𝘶𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘔𝘢𝘳𝘨𝘢𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘚𝘤𝘰𝘵𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘳. 𝘓𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘦𝘢𝘳 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘮𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘱 𝘶𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘧𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘦𝘹𝘢𝘮𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘨𝘰𝘰𝘥𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘮𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘺 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘷𝘪𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘰𝘥𝘢𝘺’𝘴 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥. 𝘛𝘩𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘨𝘩 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘥 𝘑𝘦𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘊𝘩𝘳𝘪𝘴𝘵, 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘚𝘰𝘯, 𝘸𝘩𝘰 𝘭𝘪𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘳𝘦𝘪𝘨𝘯𝘴 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘏𝘰𝘭𝘺 𝘚𝘱𝘪𝘳𝘪𝘵, 𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘎𝘰𝘥, 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳.