We’ve made it to the letter “D” in the blogging from AtoZ challenge! Here are some Saints (who’s names start with D) that caught my attention:
I am in awe of St Dionysia. The heart of a mother, combined with strength only The Father can give……….when her own son trembled at the sight of his mother’s torture, she said to him, “My son, do not forget that we have been baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity. We must not lose the garment of our salvation, lest the Master of the feast find us without wedding clothes and cast us into outer darkness.” Unfortunately he too was cruelly martyred, but his mother’s words gave him the strength to endure. Her feast day is December 6th.
When St Dorothy refused to “sacrifice to the gods”, she was tortured and sentenced to execution. On the trail to her execution, a young lawyer asked her to send him some fruits from the garden that she had announced she’d be in soon (mocking her as she looked forward to heaven). Just before her execution, she knelt and prayed, and an angel sent him a basket with 3 roses and 3 apples and a note from St Dorothy, that she would meet him in the garden. He was converted to Christianity and himself was later martyred.
St Dymphna was a young girl of only 14 when her mother died. Her father, Damon, suffered from mental illnesses triggered by his grief. When a woman who resembled his wife could not be found (he wanted a wife that looked like his deceased wife) his advisers told him to marry his daughter. At once St Dymphna fled along with St. Gerebran her confessor and 2 friends. When Damon found them, he ordered the priest’s head be cut off. And when St Dymphna still refused to leave with him, he drew his sword and removed her head as well. She was only 15 when she died. 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.
You can read more on Saints whose names begin with the letter “D” HERE
Tomorrow we’ll take a look at some Saints who’s names begin with “E”!