Sunday, June 16, 2013
|The Little Shepherdess 1885|
Lastnight, as I was scrolling through Facebook, I found this picture attached to an article about St. Germaine (she was "Saint of the Day" for June 15th). I don't know why, but I always thought St. Germaine was a valiant man who fought in the Crusades. Apparently not. There WAS, however, a St. Germain (no "e") who lived in the 3-400's, had a military career & ended up becoming a monk.
St. Germaine was a french girl who was born in 1579. She only lived to be 22. Besides the fact that her mother died, Germaine was born with a gimpy hand & a disease called scrofula, which is a type of tuberculosis. Her father remarried a vicious woman who succeeded in torturing & banishing Germaine from the house because she couldn't stand to look at her. Germaine was forced to live in the barn, eat table scraps & was sent off to spin wool & tend sheep in a particularly dangerous area of the countryside.