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House of Castello

House Patron: Blessed Margaret of Castello     CASTELO
House Color: Yellow
Feast Day: April 13
Motto: Domine, ut videam (Lord, that I might see)
 
Symbol: The Castle
The castle tower denotes the noble birth of Margaret, in Citta-di-Castello, a town in Italy’s Tuscan region.
 
Crest:
The yellow of the House of Castello signifies the joyful optimism of Blessed Margaret, whose unfailing trust in the goodness of God encouraged the lives of the townspeople who cared for her.  The crest bears the black and white Dominican shield, marked with the “C” for Blessed Margaret’s Tuscan hometown, Citta-di-Castello. The castle tower denotes her noble birth. The crutches remind us of her severe physical disability which caused her parents to shun her, but by which she discovered the path to holiness. The motto Domine, ut videam comes from the story of the healing of a blind man in Luke 18: “Jesus asked him, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ He replied, ‘Lord, please let me see.’  Jesus told him, ‘Have sight; your faith has saved you.’” Although Margaret lacked physical sight, she “saw” with the eyes of her soul God’s personal love for each human life.  Blessed Margaret’s parents were ashamed of her deformities and disappointed she was not the son they longed for. The blessed one, however, bore her sufferings with great cheerfulness and humility. Blessed Margaret of Castello, pray for us!
 
The statue of Blessed Margaret of Castello can be found in the rotunda outside the library.