Friday, May 15, 2015

May 15: St. Dymphna


St. Dymphna

History

When Dymphna was 14, her mother died and her dad became very depressed. He tried desperately to find another woman who looked just like Dymphna’s mother so he could marry her, but Dymphna was the only girl around who looked like her mother. Her dad tried to pretend that Dymphna could become his wife, so she ran away with her priest and two other friends. Her dad caught them and killed the priest and Dymphna.

Activity

Soon after Saint Dymphna’s tragic death, it was discovered that when people who suffered mental illnesses would get well when Saint Dymphna was asked to pray for them. Do you know anybody who is nervous or angry or sad all the time? Today, ask Saint Dymphna to pray for them using this traditional prayer:



O God, we humbly beseech You through Your servant, St. Dymphna, who sealed with her blood the love she bore You, to grant relief to those who suffer from mental afflictions and nervous disorders, especially __________. 
St. Dymphna, helper of the mentally afflicted, pray for us. (Follow this with the Glory Be.)

Saint Dymphna, pray for us!

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