Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Saint Dymphna Day is May 15

My "patron" is the Buddha - but my mothers patron was Saint Dymphna. I had never heard of her but I rather like the little story that goes with honoring her. I think I appreciate the fact that Dymphna sprang from an Irish Pagan Cheiftain ! As I mentioned previously, my family was wonderfully imperfect - so I honor my mother's chosen Patron as mine - and hope that they both will protect me from the dark days that occasionally descend. Thanks Mom - for choosing an Irish patron !

St. Dymphna
Feastday: May 15
Patron of those suffering from nervous and mental afflictions.

St. Dymphna
Daughter of a pagan Irish chieftain named Damon. Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his town and other lands to find some woman of noble birth, resembling his wife, who would be willing to marry him. When none could be found, his evil advisers told him to marry his own daughter. Dymphna fled from her castle together with St. Gerebran, her confessor and two other friends. Damon found them in Belgium. He gave orders that the priest's head be cut off. Then Damon tried to persuade his daughter to return to Ireland with him. When she refused, he drew his sword and struck off her head. She was then only fifteen years of age. Dymphna received the crown of martyrdom in defense of her purity about the year 620. She is the patron of those suffering from nervous and mental afflictions. Many miracles have taken place at her shrine, built on the spot where she was buried in Gheel, Belgium.
P.S: The picture is a photo derivative by me .. hopefully Saint Dymohna would approve !

1 comment:

Sarah Ann Smith said...

I LOVE the photo derivative...is that how you did the face of Buddha in the square for SAQA? Way cool...


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