From the Pastor's Desk
September 24, 2017
Hail, Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy. Hail our life, our sweetness and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve! To thee do we send up our sighs; mourning and weeping in this vale of tears! Turn, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this brief exile, show to us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus Christ!
O Clement, O loving, sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.
A beautiful prayer known by many of us. Where did this prayer come from, who wrote it and when?? This prayer addressed to Our Lady was written by a humble Benedictine Monk, who overcame tremendous physical disabilities, and did great things for the Kingdom of God. He was known as Herman the cripple, his feast day is tomorrow. Born with a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida to a poor peasant family. His parents cared for him for a few years, but in 1020, because they could not financially or physically care for him gave him over to the monks at the abbey of Reichenau in Germany; he spent the rest of his life there, he could not walk and traveled around the monastery on a small platform with wheels, pushing himself from one place to the next. He became a Benedictine monk at age twenty, most of the monks frowned upon the idea of accepting a Herman as a brother monk, because he was physically unable to do anything. Herman proved them wrong, a man of great prayer and penance, he also learned how to read and write. A genius, he studied and wrote on astronomy, theology, math, history, poetry, Arabic, Greek, and Latin. Unable to walk, he built musical instruments, and astronomical equipment. In later life he became blind, and had to give up his academic writing. The story goes, that when he was a young man St. Bernard found him alone in the monastery chapel singing the most beautiful hymn. When asked where the hymn came from, Herman said from the depths of his heart. Today he is known as Blessed Herman, and shows to us the value of every human person regardless of their physical or mental capacities. We are created in the image and likeness of God. All people from the first moment of their conception are precious in Godís sight and must be protected to the last moment of natural life. Blessed Herman pray for us, we live in a world that no longer values the sacredness of human life. When you say this beautiful prayer, give thanks to God for Blessed Herman the Cripple.
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