Rose of Lima

Posted August 23, 2019 11:39 pm by John Paul Meenan, Editor

Rose of Lima

Rose of Lima (+1617) birth name was Isabel, but called ‘Rose’ when a servant saw her face mystically transformed. Sure enough, Isabel-Rose would go on to become the first native-born canonized saint of the Americas, renowned even during her lifetime for her generosity and charity, flowing from a life of self-denial and asceticism and prayer. Although beautiful and desired, from the earliest age she renounced any thought of marriage, making a private vow of virginity, cutting her hair and smearing pepper on her face, so that she would appear less appealing to members of the less-fair sex. Her father forbade

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