He was born in Germany in 1013 and became a monk. Blessed Herman was also known as Herman the Cripple because he was crippled by a paralytic disease from early childhood. He was a scholar, composer, musical theorist, mathematician, and astronomer. He wrote a treatise on the science of music, several works on geometry and arithmetic, and astronomical treatises including instructions for the construction of an astrolabe which caused him to sometimes be credited as its inventor.
He composed the Marian prayers Alma Redemptoris Mater and the Salve Regina which we pray each time we say the Holy Rosary.
Despite significant physical limitations and suffering, the bright and contemplative mind of Herman advanced not only our understanding of the physical world, but furthered our devotion to Our Blessed Mother. This Benedictine monk died in 1054.
The Gospels do not hesitate to put us followers of Jesus in a bad light. We, represented by the disciples, can be so dense that we miss something that evil demons know and that even a blind man can see. That is, that Jesus is the presence of the Reign of God among us.