Saint Genevieve (d.500)
for January 3
Saint Genevieve was born around the year 422 in a village near Paris. When she was around seven years old, Saint Germain came to her village to preach against the heresy of Pelagius. While listening to his preaching, he singled her out amid the crowd and predicted her future sanctity. As part of her desire to live in a way that was pleasing to God, she became a consecrated virgin. Genevieve lived in Paris during the time that Attila the Hun was ransacking most of Western Europe. When news broke out in the city that Attila was preparing to attack Paris, Genevieve convinced the people to stay in the city instead of evacuate, and to escape the attack through fasting and prayer. The Parisians did as Genevieve suggested and the Huns suddenly veered off course, sparing the city. Genevieve lived a life of great simplicity and constantly prayed, helped the poor, and fasted. In fact, legend has it that she only ate two small meals of barley, bread, and beans a week. Saint Genevieve is the patron saint against plague, against disasters, of Paris, and of the Women's Army Corps.
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Saint Genevieve was extremely devout and had a very strong prayer life, even escaping attack through fasting and prayer. Have a conversation with God. Thank him for the times that he has answered your prayers as you wished, and for the times when something better came out of an unanswered prayer.
Holy One, thank you for the many times that you have answered my prayers. Thank you too for the times when you did not give me what I wanted but led me to even better gifts. (Taken from “Good News Day by Day: Bible Reflections for Teens.”)