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« Reply #16 on: March 07, 2011, 07:17:53 PM »

Sorry for the 'cliff notes' Grin . Your post was so much more complete and interesting and included even the conversations!
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« Reply #17 on: March 07, 2011, 07:38:52 PM »

That was well woth the reading Cat Herder. The story of St Dymphna was pretty vague to me as I learned of her at primary school (not that long ago haha) and all I could remember was that she was killed by her father.

Some similarties in her story to that of little St Philomena.
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« Reply #18 on: March 07, 2011, 11:38:08 PM »

Sorry for the 'cliff notes' Grin . Your post was so much more complete and interesting and included even the conversations!

Thanks, but it was Fr. Lovasik who did most of the work. I just summarized what he had recounted, except the quotes which I brought in verbatim.  I really recommend the "white book," you can call the National Shrine of St. Dymphna (address on first page) and order a copy for something like $5.

Her last (living) words--"Neither a difference of death nor any distance of place can separate those who are united in the bonds of the true faith and who are one in the love of Christ."--have become embedded in my heart as of late. Dymphna is absolutely fearless and also perfectly optimistic, although I'm sure she would say she's simply a realist rather than an optimist.
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« Reply #19 on: March 07, 2011, 11:40:51 PM »

Those truly are words a person can keep in the heart. Cheesy I can feel it myself. The words of the saints have special grace.
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« Reply #20 on: May 15, 2011, 11:06:47 AM »

Today, May 15, is the Feast of St. Dymphna. I am celebrating with waffles (something Belgian) and later on, a reuben sandwich (something Irish.)

As I type this, a beautiful Irish-style storm has swept into the region despite there only being a 10% chance of rain. It has broken a drought which had been classed as "Extreme" by the National Weather Service. The lightning began again as soon as I started typing this...

Yesterday I attended a Mass led by the bishop for the Boy and Girl Scouts who were receiving their religious medals (I was a counselor for one of the classes.) I arrived at the cathedral early to help set up and so I brought with me a Bible and the St. Dymphna "white book" published by Father Lovasik Publications. Needless to say I left both tomes on one of the pews and three hours, 190 or so Scouts, and countless family members and guests later, I was searching all over the cathedral for these two books.  I found them next to a lady who was reading the St. Dymphna book and who gave me a personal testimony of how St. Dymphna had helped her in a time of need. Of course I let her keep the book Smiley

It is often said that there are no coincidences...

EDIT: And today after Mass I learned that an exploratory committee is being formed to build a new church for our parish! This has been much needed as we are busting at the seams!
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« Reply #21 on: May 15, 2011, 03:24:52 PM »

Haha, it sounds like St. Dymphna has her own orchestra in Heaven!

It's great to hear good news about a parish that is full to the brim. Cheesy

I pray you get a fine looking new church built.

St. Dymphna, ora pro nobis!
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« Reply #22 on: May 15, 2011, 04:34:44 PM »

Nine Prayers to Saint Dymphna

Faith

Dear Saint Dymphna, you gave us an example in your own life of firm faith.

Neither flattery, earthly rewards nor the threat of death caused you to waver in your fidelity to God.

Please help us then, amid the uncertainties of life, to imitate your wholehearted dedication to Christ. Be good enough to come to our aid in our need, and pray for us to God. Amen.

Hope

Good Saint Dymphna, you placed all your hope in Christ's promises, and sacrificed even your life in that hope.

The Lord, God, rewarded your constancy by making your name known and loved over many centuries by the thousands whom you have aided in time of difficulty.

Please assist us now in our present necessity, and intercede before God for our intentions. Obtain for us a firm hope like your own in God's unfailing protection. Amen.

Charity

You are celebrated Saint Dymphna, for your goodness to others. Both in your lifetime, and even more in the ages since, you have again and again demonstrated your concern for those who are mentally disturbed or emotionally troubled.

Kindly secure for me, then, some measure of your own serene love, and ask our Lord to give us a share in His life and boundless charity. Amen.

Prudence

You were marked in life, Saint Dymphna, by a high degree of prudence.

You sought and followed the advice of your confessor and spiritual guide. You fled from temptation even when it meant exile and poverty. In your last extremity you chose to die rather than offend God.

Please help us now by your merits not only to know what is right, but procure for us also the strength to do it. Amen.

Justice

Admirable Saint Dymphna, how just you were to all whom you encountered, and how careful you were to give every person his due, and more than he might desire or expect.

By your power with God please come to assist us to be just to all we meet, and even to be generous in giving everyone more than strict justice requires. Amen.

Temperance

Generous Saint Dymphna, like all Christ's martyrs you gained this crowning grace because you prepared for it by a life of self denial.

By faithfulness in smaller things you were ready for your final trial.

Please teach us by your example and help to use the good things of life so that we may not miss our chance for life eternal. Help us, too, to watch and pray for ourselves and others. Amen.

Fortitude

Courageous Saint Dymphna, your strength was from God.

His grace enabled you to resist evil, and to prefer exile to a life of sinful luxury. Christ's own power preserved you faithful to Him in life and in death. In your kindness help us to imitate your example in little things, and gain for us fortitude to bear with the misfortunes we meet, and strength to overcome our weakness. Amen.

Chastity

Most pure virgin, Saint Dymphna, we live at a time when many are intent on satisfying every carnal appetite.

Your single-minded dedication to Christ alone is providential and inspiring.

Please help us by your power with God to see life in proportion as you did. With your aid we propose to perform all our actions for a pure motive, and promptly to resist all our evil inclinations. Amen.

Perseverance


Most faithful Saint Dymphna, you remained true to your baptismal promises to the very end.

You are, therefore, honored, known, and loved after 1,400 years by people you have aided all over the world. We do not know how long or short a time is left to us of this life here, but help us in any case to be faithful to God to the end.

Please gain for us the grace to live one day at a time as if each were to be our last. Amen.

I'm glad this thread was revived as I've been focusing on how virtue is the key to sanctity lately, and learning more about this.

Thanks be to God and St. Dymphna. St. Dymphna, ora pro nobis!
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