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All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
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Saturday, May 07, 2011

Unknown Saint

I am in Houston helping my dad sort through many of my mother's belongings. I ran across this statue. Can someone help me identify the saint? It is a female saint, wearing a crown, holding a book and a sword. At her feet it looks like the head of satan since he has ram horns. Any idea who this might be?

Aha! I think this is St. Dymphna, a 7th century Irish martyr.


Michelle said...

I give up. Crown + book + sword = ?? Have found Barbara with a chalice, not a book, and Catherine of Alexandria with a sword instead of the usual wheel, but no book. And Theresa of Avila had a book, but no sword. Good luck!

Denise said...

Yes, Michelle, that is about where I was. I was thinking Catherine of Alexandria or St. Barbara but the iconography just doesn't fit exactly. Thanks!

Ginny said...

Saint Dymphna, patron of those afflicted with Depression and Mental illness

Saint Dymphna Prayer

Lord, our God, you graciously chose St. Dymphna as patroness of those afflicted with mental and nervous disorders. She is thus an inspiration and a symbol of charity to the thousands who ask her intercession.
Please grant, Lord, through the prayers of this pure youthful martyr, relief and consolation to all suffering such trials, and especially those for whom we pray.(Here mention those for whom you wish to pray).
We beg you, Lord, to hear the prayers of St. Dymphna on our behalf. Grant all those for whom we pray patience in their sufferings and resignation to your divine will. Please fill them with hope, and grant them the relief and cure they so much desire.
We ask this through Christ our Lord who suffered agony in the garden. Amen.