In 12th century Belgium, at the funeral of a young shepherd girl, a miracle took place. Instead of passing on to heaven she chose to return and spend the rest of her long life making penance to earn the freedom of souls held in purgatory. In her time she lived wild and homeless, was imprisoned, and finally took refuge in a monastery. Learned men and royalty respected and sought her wisdom. But the most astonishing thing about Saint Christina The Astonishing was that she could levitate high above the stench of this sinful world.