She was the daughter of a poor farmer who lived near Toulouse, France. Born with a deformed hand, she was also afflicted with the disease of scrofula, a painful skin disease that affect the lungs in adults, leading to TB. Her mother died when she was an infant. Her father then married a most cruel woman who treated Saint Germaine very harshly. The great loves of Saint Germaine were the Blessed Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin. She delighted to roam among the children of her town, and tell them about Jesus and Mary. She died when she was only twenty-two years old. She is beloved in southern France, even to this day, especially in the town of Toulouse. This is the town where Saint Dominic was given the Rosary, in the year 1214, by the Mother of God.
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