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St. Christina the Astonishing

July 24, 2018

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St. Christina the Astonishing (Monday). At the age of 22, St. Christina (1150-1224) died of a seizure. But in the middle of her funeral Mass, she sprang out of her casket and flew up into the rafters, astonishing the assembly. When she came down, she reported that she had come back from heaven on a special mission to convert sinners, which included doing penance for the poor souls in purgatory. “She voluntarily lived in extreme poverty, wearing only rags and living without a home,” says ChurchPop. “She avoided human contact as much as possible. But deprivation wasn’t enough: she also sought out suffering to increase her penance. People watched her intentionally throw herself into fires and remain there for extended periods of time. She would appear to be suffering greatly, with terrible shrieking, but then  would exit the fire completely unscathed. She allowed herself to be attacked by dogs and would intentionally run her body through thickets of thorn bushes. And in winter, she would immerse herself in a nearby river and remain in the nearly freezing water for hours or even days on end. As if this wasn’t extreme enough, she would apparently even allow herself to be sucked into water wheels of nearby mills, getting spun around. Again, as painful and harmful as these things seemed to be for her, she would always emerge seemingly unharmed. Astonished, yet?”


July 24, 2018
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