Wednesday, November 4, 2009

St. Dymphna

Our second daughter has recently, or should I say finally - has chosen her Confirmation saint. After listening each night to her prayer intention to choose between St. Germaine Cousin and St. Dymphna. I am uncertain why this is her choice, but I am confident in her prayerful discernment. She has so many very numerous patron saints - St. Lucy, St. Claire, St. Rose of Lima, St. Anne, St. Bernadette, St. Catherine of Alexandria (whom she is named after) and St. Germaine Cousin...just to name a few - but for some reason she is especially close to St. Dymphna. I suspect its because my daughter is somewhat of a princess and Dymphna is the patron of princesses, or maybe its the heroic virture in being a virgin martyr. I can tell you she's not nervous or mentally ill - nor is anyone in our family - so go figure.

So welcome to the family St. Dymphna! Ora pro nobis!


Cathy_of_Alex said...

Durn, you know who I was rooting for! :-)

Jackie Parkes MJ said...

Be very grateful if she would pray for me!
Oh btw don't wanna frighten anyone! But 8 years ago there was no mental illness in our family either a bit like St Therese's family really.

Dymphna said...

Ah Dymphna! My dearest saintly friend.

Anonymous said...

I, too, chose St. Dymphna as my confirmation saint. A choice my mother found slightly peculiar, but rather fitting as my undergraduate degree is in Psychology and St. Dymphna is the patron saint of the mentally ill. I stumbled across your blog today in search of meditations after a rough couple of days and Lord saw fit to show me a kindred spirit. I am of Swedish heritage and Catholic! Didn't know there were many out there! :)