August 23, 2023, Memorial of St. Rose of Lima, Holy Rosary (Glorious Mysteries)

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Friends of the Rosary:

Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Memorial of St. Rose of Lima (1586-1617), the first canonized saint in the Americas.

Inspired by the example of St. Catherine of Siena, Rose became a Dominican lay tertiary and devoted herself to works of active charity while living a life of extreme austerity.

Hers was a life heroic in virtue and penance. Through the practice of penance, she expiated the evils perpetrated by the conquerors in their lust for gold.

St. Rose of Lima suffered repeated attacks from the devil, painful bodily ailments, and from her family, scoldings and calumnies. All this she accepted serenely, remarking that she was treated better than she deserved.

She experienced the comforting companionship of her holy guardian angel and of the Blessed Virgin.

Rose of Lima died at the age of 31, on August 24, 1617, praying, “Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase your love in my heart.”

Ave Maria!
Jesus, I Trust In You!
St. Rose of Lima, Pray for Us!

To Jesus through Mary!

+ Mikel A. |, New York