22 Nov HOLY SOULS – Day 20
Mother Margaret of Jesus was born in Cumberland on May 18th 1913, the youngest of four children, all of whom entered religious life. By the time she was thirteen she had lost both her parents and she lived with her older sister Marion, and later taught with her in the La Sagesse school in Liverpool. Her older brother, Edmund, became a Benedictine and Michael a Jesuit, while Marion entered Carmel in Liverpool and Margaret at Notting Hill in 1941, being one of the last postulants to be received by Mother Mary of Jesus.
Sr Margaret became a faithful and generous Carmelite, always happy to use her time and her many talents in the service of the community, readily offering to fill any gap that occurred, heedless of an already overcrowded programme. She was the devoted custodian of our archives and the author of “In the Silence of Mary”, the biography of Mother Mary of Jesus, which grew out of much patient research among innumerable scraps of faded paper covered in fine French handwriting. In January 1984 she was elected Prioress but only held the office for 16 months. A severe ‘flu epidemic struck the community in February 1985 and she was one of the first victims. This was followed by a series of heart attacks and she spent her last weeks in St Charles Hospital, next to the monastery. On May 28th she suffered a final coronary and the sisters were called to her. She remained conscious and peaceful, awaiting God’s moment, able to recite the evening Angelus when our monastery bell was heard ringing. Half an hour later the suffering of so many weeks was over and the fulness of life had begun.