Tuesday, August 23, 2005

St. Rose of Lima

Today is the feast of one of my favorite saints--Saint Rose of Lima. She was born Isabella de Flores Y Del Oliva to Spanish immigrant parents in Lima, Peru. She was so beautiful, she was called Rose and took the name as a confirmation name.

She lived as a Dominican at home, praying and meditating in her garden and making embroidered items to sell and help her family. She offered up her many sufferings to God. Her life of poverty, chastity and penance was lived in direct contrast to the greed present all around her.

She is the first person living in the Americas to be made a saint. May we all pray for the courage to imitate her holiness!

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