St. Margaret of Cortona was born in Tuscany in 1247. After an early life of sins, she went to seek asylum with the Friars Minor at Cortona. She became a penitent and nursed the sick and poor. She joined the Third Order of St. Francis, and she later formed a group called “The Poverelle” (the Poor Ones). She also founded the Confraternity of Our Lady of Mercy and a hospital in Cortona. She is the patron saint against temptations.