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~Blessed Herman the Cripple of Reichenau~
Born with a cleft palate, cerebral palsy, and spina bifida to a farm family. His parents cared for him until the age of seven, but in1020 they gave him over to the abbey of Reichenau Island in Lake Constance in southern Germany; he spent the rest of his life there. He became a Benedictine monk at age twenty. A genius,he studied and wrote onastronomy, theology,  math, history, poetry,Arabic, Greek, and Latin. He built musical instruments,and astronomical equipmen. In later life he became blind, and had to give up his academic writing. The most famous religious poet of his day, he is the author of Salve Regina and Alma Redemptoris Mater.

More on this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hermann_of_Reichenau
http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=283
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