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St. Rose of Lima

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St. Rose of Lima

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Today, we also celebrate the Memorial of St. Rose of Lima, the secondary patroness of the Philippines.

Isabel Flores de Oliva was born in Lima, Peru on April 20 1586. Her parents were of Spanish descent and enjoyed a high standing among the newly formed hierarchy of Lima. Their social status, however, was not matched by any great wealth. Isabel, one of eleven children, began her transformation with a change of name, albeit one completely beyond her control. Her mother, along with several other family members and acquaintances, saw a rose bloom upon the face of the infant as she slept, from which day forward she was known as Rosa (Rose)…

In 1602, at the age of 16, Rosa was allowed to enter the convent of the Third Order of Dominicans in Lima. She took a vow of perpetual abstinence and further dedicated her life to others. She opened a clinic offering medical services to the poor. She continued with her harsh fasting, eventually denying herself meat and barely surviving on only the most basic of foods. Her daily penances and mortifications continued, and she donned a crown of thorns over her veil.

Read more at Suite101: St Rose of Lima — Biography of the First Saint of the Americas

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