Today is the feast of one of my favorite saints, Rose of Lima.
Rose was born in Lima, Peru in 1586. She was named Isabelle but called Rose because of her beauty and rosy cheeks. When she was 11 years old, she took the name Rose as a confirmation name.
She supported her family by her lace making and embroidery.
She dedicated herself to God early in her life and endured a decade of pressure from her parents to marry.
She was a third order Dominican and was the first American born saint.
She is the patroness of the Americas, needle workers, florists and gardeners.