St. Margaret is asked to become Queen of Scotland

March 3, 2014

Malcolm III, King of Scotland

Malcolm III, King of Scotland

When King Malcolm III of Scotland saw the virtues of the youthful Margaret, there arose in his heart a desire of making her his wife. As he did not dare of himself to ask her, he went to Agatha, the mother of the Princess, to beg of her to speak to her daughter on his behalf.

When Agatha informed Margaret of the King’s request, “a sudden paleness overspread her countenance,” says her historian,” and she trembled at her words.” She answered that it would be impossible for her to consent to such a union, for she had already given her heart entirely to God.

St. Margaret of Scotland Immaculate Conception Church, Farm Street, London

St. Margaret of Scotland Immaculate Conception Church, Farm Street, London

But when her mother continued to press her to give her consent, she, after a few moments silence, asked a short delay that she might beg of God to direct her.

Long and fervently did she pray. “Oh my God,” she said, “behold I am in Thy hands; do with me what Thou wilt. I desire only one thing: the accomplishment of Thy holy will. Thou knowest that I have already given my heart to Thee, to love Thee alone; but if Thou callest me to another state, Oh my God, I am ready.”

King Malcolm III of Scotland & St. Margaret of Scotland

King Malcolm III of Scotland & St. Margaret of Scotland

Her prayer was speedily answered. In a short time she rose from her knees, and went to find her mother. “My mother,” she said with calm resignation, “it is the will of God; I consent to accept the King for my husband.”

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Rev. D. Chisholm, The Catechism in Examples (London: R & T Washbourne, Ltd., 1919), 240-1.

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