Friday, January 3, 2014

January 3: Saint Genevieve

St. Genevieve by
Pierre Hébert (1804-1869)
Saint Etienne du Mont Church, Paris

History

When Genevieve was only 7 years old, Saint Germain of Auxerre came to visit her small village near Paris. He noticed her in a big crowd of people and talked about what she would accomplish for Jesus. She was consecrated to God right away and became a nun when she was 15. Genevieve devoted herself to prayer, worship and helping the poor. When the people of Paris where packing up to leave because Attila the Hun was getting ready to attack, Genevieve convinced them to fast and pray instead. Attila the Hun changed his mind about Paris and never did attack!

Activity

As part of being a humble servant of God, Saint Genevieve ate a vegetarian diet. Today is Friday, and Catholics traditionally gave up meat on Fridays, so it’s a good opportunity to try something like what Saint Genevieve would have eaten – a French omelet made of eggs, cheese and herbs. Add some fruit, vegetables or a tossed salad on the side, and perhaps some French bread. If you don’t have your own omelet recipe, here’s one that fairly easy to follow. (If you are using a non-stick skillet, use a pair of chopsticks to stir the eggs after pouring them into the hot pan, so you won’t scratch the surface.)

Saint Genevieve, pray for us!

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