A Saint of the Day for Jan.18

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MARGARET OF HUNGARY, NUN

Margaret of Hungary (1242–70), daughter of King Bela IV, was a Dominican nun who entered the convent at age thirteen. When her father ordered her to withdraw from the convent to marry the king of Bohemia, she adamantly refused, threatening to cut off her nose and lips if forced to leave. Her life in the convent was described as one of self-crucifixion because of her preference for the most menial and even degrading tasks, especially in the care of the sick and dying. She died at age twenty-eight. She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1943, at a time when Hungary was under Nazi domination. The Dominicans commemorate her on this day, but her feast is not on the General Roman Calendar.

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