This calendar of saints is drawn from several denominations, sects, and traditions. Although it will no longer be updated daily, the index on the right will guide visitors to a saint celebrated on any day they choose. Additional saints will be added as they present themselves to Major.
Friday, December 9, 2011
December 9 -- Feast of Saint Gorgonia
Not a nice thing to name your daughter
Gorgonia, but not a saint
If you had a daughter, I am sure that you would love her. If you loved your daughter, you surely would not name her Gorgonia, right? Somehow, Saint Gregory of Nazianzen the Elder and Saint Nonna chose to name their little girl Gorgonia and still became saints. More remarkably, their little girl grew up with the name Gorgonia and also became a saint (rather than a homicidal freak, as anyone stuck with that name might have been expected to become).
Gorgonia was a women of powerful faith. She was once trampled by a team of mules. They broke her bones and dinged up her internal organs. She declined the help of a physician, however, as that would have been indecent. Instead, she prayed and was healed. Later, she found she was prone to illnesses, including headaches, fever, paralysis, and even the occasional coma. This time she consumed Eucharistic (communion bread) that she had mixed with tears she had shed while her head was resting on the altar.