Learn about the gifts and graces of St. Rose of Lima, the first canonized saint of the New World
St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617), Patroness of the Americas, is the first canonized saint of the New World. She was the tenth of thirteen children, and her mother experienced no pain at her birth. Though exquisitely beautiful (hence her nickname, Rose), she refused to marry, and while helping support her family by needlework and growing flowers, she practiced heroic charity and lived as a Dominican Tertiary in her parents’ home. Rose tenderly cared for the sick, even those with repulsive wounds, and she often obtained miraculous cures for people from the Child Jesus.
On other occasions, she worked miracles in order to feed the members of her family, and became known as “Mother of the Poor.” Rose continually prayed and offered her sufferings for the conversion of the idolatrous Incas. In the year 1615, through her prayers, the Blessed Sacrament and the people of Lima were spared attack by savage pirates. St. Rose was a friend and confidant of St. Martin de Porres, who lived in the same city. Her mystical experiences caused an ecclesiastical inquiry.
Though dead at only 31, St. Rose’s love of God was so intense that she was recognized as a saint in her own time and was canonized by the Church just 54 years later, in 1671. St. Rose of Lima has captured the imagination of the world and stands as one of the most popular saints in the history of the Church.
This book is awesome. I didn't think I'd enjoy it as much as I did. It made me fall in love with St. Rose. Also a lot of interesting history as well as Saints Turibius and Martin de Porres.
Lynn the Teacher(New Jersey, CA, May 5, 2010)
This is for your own editorial desk--not for public review. Raised Catholic, taught Catholic, married Catholic, still Catholic, widowed Catholic, raised four children and four grandchildren Catholic--and no! this is such pre-Vatican, creepy stuff it should be in the shredder. I can't even give it to granddaughter Rose lest she actually believe it is good modeling. Read it yourself, especially if you are a woman, and you need not wonder where tortured consciences and skewed judgements came from. Open your windows, let in some healthy fresh air, and find a healthy writer to chronicle Rose's life for children to read. Please. Yuck.