From Poverty, to the Factory Floor, to the Gates of Sanctity
Mary Francis of the Five Wounds - Margaret Sinclair
Born March 29th, 1900 to Andrew and Elizabeth Sinclair in Edinburgh, Scotland, Margaret was the third of nine children. Her father was a "dustman" and the family lived in great poverty in a two-room basement. Poor herself, the young girl, who attended Mass daily, Margaret would seek out those poorer still in the slums of Edinburgh, especially the lonely and the elderly.
Initially educated at St. Anne's School in Cowgate, she later earned a certificate in domestic skills, sewing, cooking, and the like, from the Atholl School of Domestic Economy while working as an errand girl for some small local businesses. Margaret soon knew the drudgery of the factory floor where her piety earned her the scorn of those who worked with her. Before entering Religious Life she was a "French polisher" at the Waverly Cabinet Works, and worked at McVittie's Biscuit Factory. She was also a member of the Sodality of Children of Mary.
Her solicitude for the poor was always accompanied by cheerfulness. She was an angel in the midst of the working class and the down-trodden – Christ could never hide from her behind the faces of the needy and the lonely. In her care for Him in others, He took her to Himself as spouse ... but that is part of the story you are about to read ...
Mary Francis of the Five Wounds (The Venerable Margaret Sinclair)
was a soul motivated to love and suffer, a soul who desired that
her life be a sacrifice for souls.
A Poor Clare Colettine
Totally Faithful to the Sacred Deposit of Faith entrusted to the Holy See in Rome
opera tua ... quia modicum habes virtutem, et servasti verbum Meum, nec non
negasti Nomen Meum”
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