In 660 AD, Odile ("daughter of light"), the daughter of Etichon, Duke
of Alsace, was born blind. Her father, who was hoping for a boy, was furious. The child was raised
away from her family in a convent and miraculously recovered her sight at age 12. She later refused a marriage
arranged by her father and, eventually, founded a monastery that she governed until her death in 720. She
has since become the Patron Saint of Alsace. A source that flows at the bottom of Ste. Odile's monastery
is said to have miraculous properties for curing afflictions of the eye.