SAINT
DYMPHNA
          May 15                                                                                             Patroness of the:
                                                                                                                       Mentally Ill
ST. Dymphna was born in the seventh century. Her father, Damon, a chieftain of great wealth and power, was a pagan. Her mother was a very beautiful and devout Christian.
Dymphna was fourteen when her mother died. Damon, her father, is said to have been afflicted with a mental illness, brought on by his grief. He sent messengers throughout his own 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, with St. Ocrebran, her confessor and two other friends ran away.
Damon found them in Belgium. He gave orders that the priest be executed. Then Damon tried to persuade his daughter to return to Ireland with him. When she refused, he drew his sword and executed her. She was then only fifteen years of age.
Dymphna was made a martyr 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.
Prayer
Hear us, 0 God, our Savior, as we honor St. Dymphna, patroness of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Help us to be inspired by her example and comforted by her merciful help.

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