Today is the Feast of the “Pearl of York”, St. Margaret Clitherow, an English martyr, killed horribly by pressing in 1586.
She helped priests, which brought the terrible death they inflicted on her on 25 March, “Lady Day” which was also Good Friday.
They stripped her, layed her on her back, put a fist sized rock under her spinal column, placed the door of her house on top of her and then started to add weight. In 15 minutes, her back snapped and she died.
She was pregnant.
St. Margaret Clitherow, pray for us.
Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote a poem about here. HERE