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St Margaret of Hungary

There were many miracles that St. Margaret of Hungary performed while alive (and even more attributed to her intercession after she died), but here’s a couple from “Margaret: Princess of Hungary” (written by S.M.C. and published by the Blackfriars), that involve Dominican friars and also reveal a bit of her personality and sense of humor.

One day, a friar came to the monastery to preach to the nuns.  The community invited him to stop the night and give them a second sermon the next day.  The friar refused; he had work to do and could not spare the time.  Leaving the parlor, he went in search of his horse and trap, for King Bela had evidently built a bridge from the mainland to the island.  Margaret was very anxious for him to remain; when, however, she saw that he was determined to go, she made no comment but betook herself to prayer.

When the Friar reached his trap, he found that the vehicle was broken and unusable.  On making wrathful inquires, he was assured no one had touched it.  There was nothing else to be done but to make the best of a bad job, go back to the monastery for the night and give the nuns the sermon they had requested.  He also must have had a sense of humor, and he had made a good guess as to the cause of the mishap, for the next morning, when his exhortation was ended, turning to Margaret, he said:

You have forced me to do what you wanted, Sister; now you must give me back my trap.

Margaret still said nothing, but betook herself again to prayer and straightway the vehicle was found completely repaired, though no one had been near it since the previous day.

The same thing happened to another friar who refused to stay and preach a second sermon; only in this case, the victim had gone some distance before the break-down of his cart forced his return.  On a third occasion when a like request had been refused, Margaret said she would pray for such a downpour of rain as should force his return; and this is what actually happened.
And the last miracle we will share here was worked because her truthfulness was called into question (and also explains why Margaret is invoked in floods).  Margaret had been relating to the Provincial and a group of sisters some circumstances connected with a flood of the Danube she had seen.  The Provincial refused to believe her; he told her that it was impossible for anything of the sort to have occurred, and that she must have imagined it.

Margaret was angry, for to call her truthfulness into question in this way was to cast a doubt on her honor as a Dominican; and she gloried in belonging to the Order of Truth.  She cried out:

My God, I beg of you to show that I am speaking the truth!

Immediately the waters of the Danube began to rise, overflowing the river banks.  Swiftly rose the river, and soon the community were driven from the shore where they had been standing back to the monastery. Still the water continued to rise until the whole ground floor of the building was submerged, and the nuns were obliged to retire to the upper part of the house.
The Provincial, somewhat perturbed, climbed the enclosure wall, and from this vantage point watched the flood waters continue to rise.  Then the nuns gathered around Margaret, begging her to undo the mischief she had done.  This she was quite willing to do now that the veracity of her statement had been proved.  So she prayed again, and the waters immediately began to subside.  The flood had begun just after Vespers (sunset), and by Matins (midnight) the river was again flowing smoothly between its banks; and more wonderful still, it had carried its mud back with it, leaving no trace whatsoever of the flood.

St. Margaret of Hungary, pray for us!

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