Julie Billiart was a teacher, a foundress, and a resistor of the anti-Church French Revolution. Julie was born in , the sixth of seven children born to a prosperous farming family at Cuvilly in northern France. Even as a young child, she had a keen interest in religion and in tending to the needs of the poor. By the age of seven, she had memorized the Catechism.
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An active girl in Cuvilly, traveling, shopkeeper, comforting the sick, leading the parish, Julie lost the use of her legs at the age of 31 years and would only regain her active life at the age of During the 12 years that remained of her life, she displayed an intense activity, completely devoting herself to the realization of her apostolate, the Christian instruction of poor girls. The long days of inactivity and pain during her paralysis taught her to appreciate the joy of being able to perform the simplest tasks! The circumstances of her paralysis. In , Julie was speaking with her father at home, when a large rock was thrown through the window and a shot was heard.
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But perhaps the most outstanding opponent of the Jacobins, and certainly the most unusual, was St. Julie Billiart, for she was paralyzed and conducted her defiance from her bed. Julie Billiart was a born teacher.