This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

October 25 -- Feast of Saint Margaret Clitherow

Margaret Clitherow joins Margaret Ward and thirty-eight others in the collective celebration of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales.

[Okay, let's acknowledge that the number is at least double that, since in retrospect all reasonable people can agree that the Protestants who were killed under Mary were just as much martyrs as the Catholics who were killed under Henry, Elizabeth, and James.]

The Saint herself
I don't really want to consider forty martyrs right now.  God willing (Inshallah, to be wildly and widely ecumenical), I will still be blogging thirty-eight years from now and consider the last of them, but today, let us focus on Margaret Clitherow.

I don't know what to make of the fact that she was born in Anglican England and converted to Roman Catholicism after having three kids.  Or maybe in the midst of having three kids.  At least her husband remained an Anglican, which was lucky, because then the kids were not fully orphaned when the authorities came knocking.  Then again, I guess I do know what to make of it -- it stinks.  Her kids needed a mom more than the Lord needed another martyr, and further, I cannot believe that the Lord was so narrow as to even recognize the difference between a Roman Catholic and an Anglican, let alone give a damn.  But that's just my (potentially sacrilegious) impression of the Lord, and I don't claim any special insight.