Saint for the Day - August 30 - St. Rose of Lima
This lovely flower of
sanctity, the first canonized Saint of the New
World, was born at Lima in 1586. She was christened
Isabel, but the beauty of her infant face earned for
her the title of Rose, which she ever after bore. As
a child, while still in the cradle, her silence
under a painful surgical operation proved the thirst
for suffering already consuming her heart. At an
early age she took service to support her
impoverished parents, and worked for them day and
night. In spite of hardships and austerities her
beauty ripened with increasing age, and she was much
and openly admired. From fear of vanity she cut off
her hair, blistered her face with pepper and her
hands with lime.
For further security she enrolled herself in the
Third Order of St. Dominic, took St. Catherine of
Siena as her model, and redoubled her penance. Her
cell was a garden hut, her couch a box of broken
tiles. Under her habit Rose wore a hair-shirt
studded with iron nails, while, concealed by her
veil, a silver crown armed with ninety points
encircled her head. More than once, when she
shuddered at the prospect of a night of torture, a
voice said, "My cross was yet more painful." The
Blessed Sacrament seemed almost her only food. Her
love for it was intense. When the Dutch fleet
prepared to attack the town, Rose took her place
before the tabernacle, and wept that she was not
worthy to die in its defence.
All her sufferings were offered for the conversion
of sinners, and the thought of the multitudes in
hell was ever before her soul. She died in 1617, at
the age of thirty-one.
Saint for the Day - St. Rose of Lima
Read about the Saint for today - August 30 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Rose, pure as driven snow, was
filled with deepest contrition
and humility, and did constant
and terrible penance. Our sins
are continual, our repentance
passing, our contrition slight,
our penance nothing. How will it
fare with us?
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