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6 Healing the Sick, Helping the Poor: Service and Identity in the Miracle of the Daughter of Nicolo di Benvegnudo

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On March 11, 1414, Nicolo di Benvegnudo of San Polo was elected to serve a term as a deacon for his district. His youngest daughter had been afflicted with a severe congenital illness. She was partially or fully paralyzed, suffered from seizures and a type of strabismus that made her nearly blind, and could not talk. Nicolo touched the crystal case of the relic with the candles and went home for dinner. At this point his wife, decided to vent her frustration and declared that she could not put up with the handicapped child any longer and would rather see her dead. Nicolo scolded her mildly that that was up to God's will, touched the girl's forehead with the candles, and prayed that she might be restored to health. The child immediately cried out loud three times and, her vision straightened, and she began walking at once.

Keywords: Nicolo di Benvegnudo; San Polo



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