July 24 – Saint Christina the Astonishing: Patron Saint against Mental Disorders and of Therapists
Extract from Christina the Astonishing (Multilingual) “also known as Christina Mirabilis, was a Christian holy-woman born in Brustem (near Sint-Truiden, Belgium) in 1150. She is sometimes considered a saint. Christina is as much remembered for her faith as for her numerous and violent fits of ecstasy. . . . When she was 21 (22 according to some sources), she is said to have suffered a massive seizure. According to the story, her condition was so severe that witnesses assumed she had died. A funeral was held, but during the service, she ‘arose full of vigor, stupefying with amazement the whole city of St Trond (Sint-Truiden), which had witnessed this wonder.’ She levitated up to the rafters, later explaining that she could not bear the smell of the sinful people there. Then, ‘The astonishment increased when they learned from her own mouth what had happened to her after her death.’ She related that she had witnessed heaven, hell, and purgatory. It is written that she said ‘As soon as my soul was separated from my body it was received by angels who conducted it to a very gloomy place, entirely filled with souls’ where the torments there that they endured ‘appeared so excessive’ that it was ‘impossible to give an idea of their rigor.’ She continued, ‘I saw among them many of my acquaintances’ and touched deeply by their sad condition asked if this was Hell, but was told that it was Purgatory. Her angel guides brought her to Hell where again she recognized those she had formerly known. Next she was transported to Heaven, ‘even to the Throne of Divine Majesty’ where she was ‘regarded with a favorable eye.’” See PICTURE of Saint Christina the Astonishing. See also: July 24 — Saint Christina the Astonishing (EN), Cristina Mirabilis (la maravillosa) (SP), Beata Cristina l’Ammirabile (IT), Sainte Christine l’Admirable (FR), Saint Christine de Saint Trond dite l’admirable II (FR), 24 lipca – Święta Krystyna (PO). VIDEO: Christina The Astonishing.
Saint Christina the Astonishing, Patron Saint of Therapists (Memorial: July 24)
Extract from Saint Christina the Astonishing: “At age 21, she experienced a severe seizure of what may have been epilepsy. It was so severe as to be cataleptic, and she was thought to have died. During her funeral Mass, she suddenly recovered, and levitated to the roof of the church. Ordered down by the priest, she landed on the altar and stated that she had been to hell, purgatory, and heaven, and had been returned to earth with a ministry to pray for souls in purgatory. . . .She exhibited both unusual traits and abilities. For example, she could not stand the odor of other people because she could smell the sin in them, and would climb trees or buildings, hide in ovens or cupboards, or simply levitate to avoid contact. She lived in a way that was considered poverty even in the 13th century, sleeping on rocks, wearing rags, begging, and eating what came to hand. She would roll in fire or handle it without harm, stand in freezing water in the winter for hours, spend long periods in tombs, or allow herself to be dragged under water by a mill wheel, though she never sustained injury. Given to ecstasies during which she led the souls of the recently dead to purgatory, and those in purgatory to. paradise.” See picture of Saint Christina the Astonishing.
We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Christina the Astonishing on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:
Psychological Trauma in Japan (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: April 25 – May 8, 2011.
Psychological Trauma in Haiti (America) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 1 – March 14, 2010.
That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.
Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary: