Sunday, August 23, 2015

Saint Rose of Lima

It was commonly believed that Saint Martin de Porres and St. Rose of Lima are contemporary but I could not have a reference if they have personally met. However, there is a page that say that the only spiritual support that Saint Rose received comes from St. Martin de Porres that can be found here.

St Martin de Porres - 1579 - 1639
St Rose of Lima - 1586-1617

Born as Isabel Flores y de Oliva (20 April, 1586-30 August, 1617) from a Spanish colonial family in Lima, Peru, was nicknamed “Rose” from an incident in her childhood. Rose was the seventh of eleven children born to Oliva and Gaspar Flores.She wanted to be a nun, but instead entered the Dominican Third Order while living in her parents’ home. At twenty she took a vow of perpetual virginity. For eleven years she lived an ascetical life of prayer and died at the age of 31. She was the first person born in the Americas to be canonized.

What St. Rose of Lima attracted to me is her way to do penance without attracting attention. Making penance without others knowing it. Well, we know that we do penance not only for the reparation for the sins committed, but also for our intention which we felt needed. For St. Rose, she prayed for conversion of the Peruvian Indians, for the poor, sick, injustices suffered from Spanish landlords. Her life emulates the meaning of "Redemptive Suffering".

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