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St. Dymphna's Fire

St. Dymphna is the patron saint of people with mental illness as well as the survivors of incest. Here, she stands with the lights of the village of Gheel behind her. Gheel, Belgium is where she took refuge when she fled to Ireland from her father, a powerful chieftain who tried to force her to marry him. This painting of St. Dymphna shows her with a ball of fire in her hands: she is calm and centered. Her light is strong, and she carries her joy within her no matter what life throws at…