Roncalli –Genevieve is originally a Germanic and Celtic female name which means Woman of the Race
St Genevieve was born about the year 422 AD, at Nanterre near Paris. She was seven years old when St Germain of Auxerre came to her native village on his way to Great Britain to combat the heresy of Pelagius. The child stood in the midst of the crowd gathered around the man of sanctity. At her desire, the Holy Bishop led her to a church, accompanied by all the faithful, and consecrated her to God as a virgin.
When Attila was reported to be marching on Paris, the city’s inhabitants prepared to evacuate. Still, St Genevieve persuaded them to avert the scourge by fasting and praying, assuring them of the protection of heaven. The event verified the prediction, for the barbarian suddenly changed the course of his march.
The life of St Genevieve was one of great austerity, constant prayer, and works of charity. She died in the year 512 AD.
As we journey through this life, may we always be convinced of the constant protection of God especially when we face difficult situations.
St. Genevieve, pray for us. Happy feast day to all Genevieve.