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Blessed Herman Joseph And The Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Blessed Herman Joseph And The Blessed Virgin Mary. 

Day 34: Rosary Reflection

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Blessed Herman Joseph of Steinfeld and The Blessed Virgin Mary

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Blessed Herman Joseph was born and went to school in Cologne, Germany of Steinfeld. He attended school and very early he was known for devotion to the Blessed Virgin. At every available moment he could be found at the church of St. Mary on the Capitol where he sought out the altar of the Holy Virgin to recite the Rosary and to converse with Mary, and with childish simplicity, he would tell Her all of his wishes.

Living in Germany, it was frequently cold, and Herman’s family were very poor and could not even buy him a pair of shoes so he would walk barefoot to the Church to pray before the statue of Virgin Mary. On one such occasion, Our Blessed Mother spoke to Hermann through Her statue:

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Blessed Hermann’s family was quite poor in material goods, but rich in devotion and spirit. They taught their son to confide in Jesus and Mary.

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“Hermann,” said Our Lady, “why do you go barefoot when it is so cold?”

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“Because, my Mother, I have no shoes, for my parents are poor,” he replied.

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“Go to that stone,” said Our Lady “and you will find all the money you need for shoes.” Hermann went to where She directed him and found the price of his shoes as Our Lady had told him, and returned to thank her. “Whenever you are in need of anything,” Our Lady told him, “All you have to do is to go to that stone. But you must always go with full confidence.” Hermann returned to the stone, only in extreme need, and it never failed him.

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The next day Herman stopped at Church to thank Our Lady for his new shoes, and of course, he wanted to show them to Our Blessed Mother and the Child Jesus. He also wished to light a candle in gratitude, or bring flowers, but being too poor, had neither to give. Instead, he offered Our Blessed Mother the red apple his mother had given him for lunch.

Upon reaching the statue, he realized that it was too high for him to reach, given that he was still a child. Standing on his tip-toes, he reached up towards the image of Mary, and said “Here, Blessed Mother.” Miraculously, the statue’s arm and hand reached down to receive the gift, and thanked him. Those who later visited the Church saw the statue reaching down and holding an apple. To this day, the devout leave fresh apples at the foot of this statue in remembrance of this event.

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