|Hares always get the girls.|
Oringa, called Christiana, was a farm girl whose parents died while she was young. Her older brother arranged for her to marry a wealthy farmer, but she fled into the woods before the wedding was performed. She worked for a while as a domestic servant in a pious family, then became a wandering miracle-worker, and finally returned to her hometown, Castello di Santa Croce, to found an Augustinian convent. Her story ends with her death in 1310, but the best parts are recounted below.
|Stay here while I pray, all right?|
When she was tending the cows but needed to pray, she would ask them politely to stay close by. Apparently they did.
|$2.29 can feed a whole village.|
During a famine, she sustained the population of Santa Croce with fava beans from her field. They were apparently the only thing growing. During her festival each year, little loaves of bread are distributed freely.
She made a pilgrimage to Mount Gargano once. That's a mountain where Michael the Archangel made an appearance to a farmer. Being a lone girl climbing a narrow path in the wilderness, she was an easy target for criminals. I'm not sure what their intent might have been, but the good angel showed up again, armor shining and sword flaming. That sent the baddies packing -- you bet.