Thursday, October 7, 2010
We all know that premartial sex is a sin in the Roman Catholic Church. I just don't get how people are expected to hook up with a person for the first time on their wedding night. What if it's less than satisfying? What if you're not happy with the other person's body? What if they're not happy with yours?
That's why, although I am a Roman Catholic, I write my own rules. If I don't agree with something, I don't follow it which is why this is called "A Sinner's Guide to the Saints."
St. Osgyth (also known as St. Osyth) was forced to marry against her will and, to me, that's just as bad as "discovering" sex on your wedding night. She was born a princess and the daughter of a chieftain in Quarrendon, Buckinghamshire, England.
Most of what is known about St. Osgyth is a mix of conflicting legends. She married King Sighere of Essex and they had a son. Some accounts say she was raised in a convent. Others relate that St. Osgyth wanted desperately to become a nun and begged King Sighere to let her enter a convent.
What we do know is that, eventually, he allowed her to become a nun. He also gave her land on which to set up a monastery. St. Osgyth was the abbess there, until she was beheaded by Danish raiders. She died in 700 and her feast day is today.