We went to Petrignano where we found the spot where St. Margaret of Cortona found her calling after discovering her lover had been murdered. The story goes that one day, Margaret’s lover left to check his property. When he did not return that evening, she became very worried. After a couple of days, her lover’s favorite dog returned to the castle without him. Pulling at her dress and barking, the dog persuaded Margaret to follow it to the pile of sticks and dirt that formed her lover’s makeshift grave. He had been beaten to death and hastily buried in the woods. Upon seeing her lover’s broken body, Margaret underwent a total spiritual conversion. She blamed herself for his death, and immediately set out to do public penance for her sins. On the spot where this took place is a small church and a plaque on a tree.
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