ST ODILIA
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ST ODILIA
FEAST DAY: DEC 13TH
Odilia was born in France in the seventh century. Since she was born blind, her father wanted to have her put to death, but because of her mother's pleas it was agreed to give Odilia away anonymously to a peasant. At the age of twelve, Odilia was placed in a convent at Baume. Baptized by Bishop St. Erhard of Regensberg, her eyes were opened when touched by chrism during the baptismal liturgy. When her father was told of the miracle, he was so angry at his son for arranging for Odilia's return that he struck and killed him. Later, the father repented and accepted Odilia. However, she fled when he wanted her to marry. Finally, he agreed to let her turn his castle into a convent. She became Abbess and then found another convent at Niedermunster, where she died on December 13 around the year 720.