Saints for May 15 2019

Saint Dymphna

St. Dymphna
Patron of those suffering for nervous and mental afflictions

Dymphna was born in Ireland sometime in the seventh century to a pagan father and devout Christian mother. When she was fourteen, she consecrated herself to Christ and took a vow of chastity. Soon afterward, her mother died and her father – who had loved his wife deeply – began to suffer a rapid deterioration of his mental stability.

So unhinged was Dymphna’s father, Damon, that the King’s counselors suggested he remarry. Though he was still grieving for his wife, he agreed to remarry if a woman as beautiful as she could be found.

Damon sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find woman of noble birth who resembled his wife and would be willing to marry him, but when none could be found, his evil advisors whispered sinful suggestions to marry his own daughter. So twisted were Damon’s thoughts that he recognized only his wife when he looked upon Dymphna, and so he consented to the arrangement.

When she heard of her father’s misguided plot, Dymphna fled her castle with her confessor, a priest named Gerebran, two trusted servants, and the king’s fool. The group sailed toward what is now called Belgium, and hid in the town of Geel.[…..] Saints and Angels online- st.

St. Dymphna

St. Gerebrand

St. Achillas

St. Hallvard

St. Andrew

St. Hilary of Galeata

St. Bertha

St. Isidore, the Farmer

St. Britwin

St. Jeanne de Lestonnac

St. Caesarea

St. Nicholas the Mystic

St. Caesarn

St. Peter

St. Cassius of Clermont

St. Torquatus

St. Dionysia

St. Waldalenus