紀念日 / Memorial date
Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr
St. Dymphna was born in around the seventh century in Ireland. She was martyred by her father in the seventh century at Gheel, Belgium. She was canonized by acclamation of the people of God (i.e., prior to the formal canonization process).
Daughter of a pagan Irish chieftain and a beautiful devoted Christian woman whose real name has not come down to us.
Her mother died when she was a teenager. Her father searched for a woman to replace his wife, but found none pleasing to him. He fell in love with her, his own daughter and made advances on her.
She fled to Belgium with St. Gerebernus, an elderly priest and family friend. Her father searched for them, and his search led to Belgium.
When he found them in Gheel, he beheaded Gerebernus, and demanded that Dymphna surrender to him. She refused, and he killed her in a rage.
The site where she died is known for its miraculous healings of the insane and possessed. There is now a well-known institution on the site, and her relics are reported to cure insanity and epilepsy.
St. Dymphna is the patron saint of epilepsy, insanity, mental disorders, mental illness, epileptics, incest victims, loss of parents, mental asylums, mental health caregivers, mental health professionals, mental hospitals, mentally ill people, nervous disorders, neurological disorders, possessed people, psychiatrists, rape victims, the rejected, runaways, sleepwalkers and therapists.
Almighty God, you have given Saint Dymphna
the grace of chastity and martyrdom.
Through her prayers and example,
heal the body, mind, and spirit of humankind,
that we may serve you in holiness of life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.