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St. Rose of Lima

AUGUST 30 is the traditional memorial of ST. ROSE OF LIMA (+1617). Rose was the first native-born person of the western hemisphere ever canonized.

Rose was the daughter of a Spanish cavalry officer and a native Indian woman. She was born Isabella Flores de Oliva. “Rose” was a nickname from childhood and the name she took at her confirmation. The child was not only pious, but beautiful and grew into a very attractive young lady. Trying to emulate St. Catherine of Siena, Rose fasted and did serious penances. When suitors came along, she cut off her hair and rubbed her face with pepper to ruin the complexion. Rose received communion daily and then spent time in front of the Blessed Sacrament. Then she announced to her family that she had taken a vow of virginity. Her parents gave up trying to reason with her and gave Rose her own bedroom.

Rose became stricter with herself, abstaining permanently from meat and bringing the poor and sick into her room to care for them. She embroidered, made lace to sell and raised flowers in her garden, so as to raise money for her family and the poor.

Eventually, at age 20, she became a lay Third Order member of the Dominicans. She spent hours in prayer with intervals of ecstasy. She died at 31, known and loved by all.

Rose is the patron of embroiderers, gardeners, florists, Latin America, against vanity, and for the resolution of family quarrels.

"Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase thy love in my heart."----Prayer of Rose


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