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
Father Arturo Sosa is at it again: You may recall a few years ago, when the Jesuit Superior – they sure can pick ‘em – claimed that the words of Christ in the Gospel were, well, not really the words of Christ. Or at least we don’t know if they were His words, for they didn’t have ‘tape recorders’ back then. So much for divine inspiration and God as the primary author of Scripture.
Well, now Father has claimed the Devil, Satan, Lucifer or whatever name one might give him, is only a ‘symbolic presence’, and not a person. This goes