|Incest or death? Death, please.|
Caesarea, a young maiden in southern Italy, became the object of her dad's lust. She resolved to escape from home before some hideous sin was committed, but dad was very watchful. She told him she was going to take a bath, and then tied two doves together and placed them in the tub of water. While they were splashing around, she slipped out the door and down the road.
|You eat what you like and I'll eat what I like!|
Eventually, the old man figured it out and went tearing after her. He spotted her down by the shore. in a treacherously rocky spot. He was not far from her when a sudden sea fog rolled in. It was, to quote Yukon Cornelius, as thick as peanut butter. He slipped, splashed, and subsequently succumbed. Caesarea, guided by a bright light, entered an aperture that had just opened in the cliff wall. When she was safely inside, it closed behind her. She passed through the tunnel into a cave which served as her hermitage for the rest of her life. There's a cave, apparently hers, somewhere around Otranto that pilgrims used to visit.
|St. Dymphna, as depicted by Jennie Wojtowicz|
Dymphna caught wind of this and told her priest, Father Gerebenus. They set sail at once, eventually landing in Belgium. They built a small chapel at Gheel and lived like peaceful hermits until Damon showed up one day and beheaded them. Their bodies were entombed at Gheel, which became a popular pilgrimage, famous for miraculous healing, especially of the mentally ill.
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