Ordinary Time: September 25th
Historically today is the feast day of Blessed Herman the Cripple (also known as Hermannus Contractus, or Herman of Reichenau, monk, 11th century scholar, composer, musical theorist, mathematician, and astronomer.
Blessed Herman composed the Marian prayers Alma Redemptoris Mater, and the Salve Regina (also known as the “Hail Holy Queen”), which we pray each time we pray the Holy Rosary. Despite significant physical limitations and suffering, the bright and contemplative mind of Blessed Herman advanced not only our understanding of the physical world, but furthered our devotion to Our Blessed Mother. His contributions to both science and faith remind us that regardless of appearance or apparent physical abilities, we each possess immense God-given gifts and talents! He was called "The Wonder of His Age."