Stories, traditions keep devotions to the saints alive 

Cait Dohmeier clutches the silver medal that dangles from her neck, moving her thumb along its raised surface to outline the face of St. Dymphna. She uses the token, a souvenir she bought in 2007 from a street vendor in Paris, to help her through bouts of anxiety.Today, like most days Dohmeier calls on her, St. Dymphna intercedes and a calm comes over her.Dohmeier, 26, a store clerk who lives on the Southside of Chicago, said she chose Dymphna, the patron saint of mental health, as her confirmation saint in 2005. She has since called upon her to relieve her panic attacks that stem from family issues.

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