Sinclair - Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds
including childhood, youth,
people and places in Margaret's life
Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds
(1900 - 1925)
you wish to present your petitions to the Lord through her intercession,
we encourage you to write to:
in Edinburgh, Scotland
poem by Cloistered Poor Clare Colettine Nuns on the 79th anniversary
of her death
From Poverty, to the
Factory Floor, to the Gates of Sanctity
by a Poor Clare Colettine Nun
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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.
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.
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
O Lord, I Come to do your will, to work for your
glory, to correspond to your love, Lord Jesus keep
me this day without sin.
Jesus, Mary, Joseph,
Holy Father St.
Francis, Holy Mother St. Clare and St. Colette,
pray for me always to do the Holy Will of God .
Sister Mary Francis of the Five Wounds (Margaret
Sinclair) prayed this each morning.
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.
As she was wont to say, "For just one soul it would be worth it
This was the fruit of such a deep inner awareness of the duties
of her vocation, and also a sensitivity to the beauty of Jesus Christ,
her Spouse and Saviour.
It made the burdens of life, the trials of her vocation and certainly
the challenge of her last illness bearable, for through it she prayed
for grace and life for sinners.
Intercession for this suffering world is so much part of a Poor
Clare Vocation, to kneel with open hands and heart before Christ
and plead for mercy and grace, it is this zeal for souls that enables
her to bear all hardships and contradictions.
Before the evening collation of bread and tea, Margaret would of
heard the presiding sister pray the following recommendation.
"My dear sisters, I recommend to your prayers our parents, relations
friends and benefactors, the wants of the Holy Church, the intentions
of the Holy Father, all Holy souls, all poor sinners and unbelievers
and all the other intentions ... ( here all the various individual
intentions were mentioned) Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord
is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the
fruit of thy womb Jesus, Holy Mary , mother of God, pray for us
sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen."
Let us praise the Lord. Amen.
A Poor Clare Colettine