Be Forewarned, I am a Fey and Quixotic Creative Writer

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Story of St. Dymphna

I have mentioned St Dymphna.  She was a young woman in Ireland who had a Pagan father and a Christian mother.  She was a princess.  Her mother died.  The father was beside himself with grief and asked his pagan advisers what he do.  The adviser had searched the land for a replacement for Dymphna's mother with no luck.  He advised St. Dymphna's father to marry his daughter.  When St. Dymphna got word of that she decided to bolt.  She took some friends from court and her confessor.  She ran off to Belgium.  Her father was not far behind.  Apparently he was enraged and he chopped off St. Dymphna's head and killed the rest of the traveling party.  An old tomb was found years later that belonged to St. Dymphna.  St Dymphna lived in the 7 th century.  You can click on the link if you want more details.

What is interesting is that pilgrims from all over came to the tomb and the church in the town of Gheel.  A very advanced attitude developed towards the mentally ill and those with nervous disorders.  People opened their homes to the pilgrims and many people were cured.

The community of Gheel is very advanced in mental health care even to this day.  The New York state OMRWPD owes it philosophy and creation to the model of Gheel, Belgium.

In Massilon Ohio there is a state Mental hospital and a Roman Catholic church which hosts pilgrims to St. Dymphna.  I went in the early part of this century.  We had a relic of hers that was embedded in a cross touched to our heads.

St. Dymphna is sometime depicted with the Devil's head at her feet.  That is a bit of a revenge message that might not go over to well with everybody.  What do you think Dymphna?  Do You like posing with the head of the Devil?  She says "No."


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