Daily Archives: February 6, 2012

ConvertCon episode of The Journey Home on EWTN right now

Okay, so it’s “The Coming Home Network’s Deep in History Conference.” But it’s the same weekend as OVFF, and it’s in the same Columbus convention hotel as Ohayocon, so I think we know what we’ve got here!

Hat tip to Joy, who’s feeling better and who inspired this post.

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India and Dickens

India loves English literature, from Wodehouse to the more sober great writers. So here’s a news story about India and Dickens.

I was never a big fan of Dickens, except his funny bits and some of his short stories. But his sprawling novels’ breadth of vision, and his identification with the most vulnerable adults and children, are very relevant to today’s India — and unfortunately to today’s US.

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St. Dorothea and the Swordmaker’s Wife

Today is the old feast of St. Dorothea, one of the most popular of the early virgin martyrs. She died after promising to prove Heaven’s existence to a skeptical friend. And the story says that she sent fruit and flowers from Heaven to him, along with a heavenly odor of roses.

The Little Flower, St. Therese, and many another saint, have been inspired to try to follow her example, and plenty of people know they have done so after death. But she was the first. Respect St. Dorothea’s seniority!

Today is another old feast that’s far more forgotten — the feast of St. Dorothy of Montau. At seventeen, she married a swordmaker named Albrecht of Danzig (today’s Gdansk). Her love healed his hot temper and made him pious, and the middle class couple went on many pilgrimages together. Alas, he died, and so did all but one of their nine children. After their surviving daughter joined the Benedictines, St. Dorothy became a hermit near the cathedral in Marienwerder, where the Teutonic Order hung out. As she lived her austere life of prayer and penance, many people sought her advice. Her confessor wrote her biography in seven volumes, the Septi-Lilium.

After her death, she was locally venerated as not only a saint, but the patron saint of Prussia. She was beatified, but various stuff got in the way of her canonization (Teutonic Knights not being popular, mostly). So she did not finally have the local practices confirmed by canonization until 1976.

With all the shimsham about how medieval women never got biographies, there sure seem to be a lot of medieval women saints with extensive contemporary or immediately post-mortem ones. Not just nuns, either, but family women.

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