St Rose of Lima

“Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gift of grace increases as the struggles increase.” (St. Rose of Lima)

St. Rose was born in 1586 in Lima, Peru, and named Isabel.  A nurse remarked that she was “beautiful like a rose” and the name stuck.  From a very young age, Rose felt chosen by God.  She took to disfiguring her face by rubbing it with pepper to ward off would-be suitors.  At twenty, she took the habit of the Dominican Third Order and chose for her hermitage a tiny hut in the family garden.  She cared tenderly for the poor in a room of her parents’ house.  She was frequently criticised by her neighbours, but also frequently consoled by profound experiences of Christ’s presence.  She died in 1617.


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