Sunday with the Saints: Wonder Women: St. Rose & St. Philomena!

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Saint Rose of Lima by Claudio Coello (1642–1693),

Saint Rose of Lima, the first canonized saint of the New World ,is a beauty and pure saint. Her feast day is coming up on August 23rd.

she was remarkable for a great reverence, and pronounced love, for all things relating to God. This so took possession of her that thenceforth her life was given up to prayer and mortification. She had an intense devotion to the Infant Jesus and His Blessed Mother, before whose altar she spent hours. She was scrupulously obedient and of untiring industry, making rapid progress by earnest attention to her parents’ instruction, to her studies, and to her domestic work, especially with her needle.” – Catholic Encyclopedia  

A role model for today’s young ladies to obey, work hard, and love endless.

I am always amazed of the new things I learn of these saints during my research for the series of Sundays with the Saints.   Did you know that St. Rose of Lima, foretold the exact date of her death? And so great were the numbers who came to her wake that they had to postpone the funereal for days.

“Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.” St. Rose of Lima

Reading this quote of her gives us so much hope and peace in these days, where suffering is everywhere and it seems that our crosses are heavy. Yet if we use this ladder with love and joy, we are sure to reach our goal; HEAVEN!

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St. Philomena.. oh, a dearest saint of mine. We just celebrated her feast day on August 11th but I wasn’t able to get my act together to write a post so I add-on here with St.Rose of Lima. These two lovely young lady are so much alike, ladies in roses.

St. Philomena is prayed to by people of diverse ages, culture and social standing around the world. The young virgin who was martyred at age 13, willingly traded her earthly life for heavenly salvation and continues her work today promoting the virtues of purity and sanctity among the world’s youth and bringing the faithful closer to our Blessed Mother and Jesus Christ. It would seem she was held in quiet reserve by God for nearly seventeen centuries and summoned at a time when so much uncertainty and absence of faith abound. – Sanctuary of St. Philomena

St. Philomena is such a dear saint to me. During the hardest time of my life, after losing Benedicto,  we were bless to attend a very special mass at church in Philadelphia of the Shrine of St. Philomena (which has a first class relic of her), were the pastor of the Shrine in Italy where her body is , was attending this mass. The mass was pack to the max and we were there waiting for the start of the procession.  I recall praying to her asking her to help me during this time of suffering and lose.    A few minuets later, this over whelming smell of roses over came me. I had to take a quick seat due to the impact of the smell. I knew that she was there, she was bringing me a rose off the cross of Christ. I had this healing that knowing that this suffering is full of the sweetness and love of Christ. 



Here are few books worth having in your library to celebrate their feast day.

St. Rose of Lima: The Story of the First Canonized Saint of the Americas (Stories of the Saints for Young People Ages 10 to 100) . My kids love this book, it such an easy read and nice read aloud (even the older ones stay behind to listen to it. )


A Sister Marie Story: Saint Philomena, HELP! by [Henderson, Christine]

 A Sister Marie Story: Saint Philomena, HELP!  

I was honor to review this book. My young daughters enjoyed this take on Saint Philomena through the story of Sister Marie.   Sister Marie does a lovely job of  teaching about St.Philomena to our young readers. This books gives a great an example of living out virtues through Sister Marie as she tends to the poor, sick, helpless as well bring knowledge of an amazing saint. I sure hope that Author Christine Henderson continues to bring other saints to our readers through Sister Marie.


Coloring Pages:


Rose of Lima   Saint Rose of Lima Catholic coloring page: Feast day is August 30th




A picture to colour. Symbols of St. Philomena.    Saint Philomena My favorite Saint I want to be just like her.

Saint Philomena by Immaculata Helvetia, via Flickr


Here are some sweet crafts that can be added to celebrating their feast days.




Who doesn’t like lovely snacks to go along with a feast day!

Rose of Lima Cookies


Apple Roses, it looks very easy and yummy.Puff Pastry Apple Rose Recipe. "You don't need to be a pastry chef to bake this deliciously tempting rose-shaped dessert. It tastes just like apple pie. And it looks a lot like a beautiful red rose. Made with naturally sweet apple slices, sprinkled with cinnamon and rolled up in a perfectly crispy puff pastry." - Manuela from Cooking With Manuela.



Here are some gift ideas from small Catholic Business. Please support these amazing ladies.

St. Rose of Lima felt doll from My Little Felt Friends.No automatic alt text available.

St. Philomena necklace from Sagely Sparrow.

A St. Rose of Lima necklace or St.Philomena bracelet over at Ave Maria Faith  CraftsImage may contain: 1 personImage may contain: jewelry


St. Rose of Lima rosary bracelet from Rosary Heart and Home.


St.Philomena Rosary Chaplet from Come Holy Spirit Rosaries


Saint Rose of Lima Wood Figure – Handmade & Hand painted – from In the Loft , Sue DowImage may contain: 1 person


St. Rose of Lima Sleepy Doll by Marzipantz


I pray that you find this post helpful in celebrating more saints.  You might be interest in our Immaculate Heart of Mary post as August is the month of Immaculate Heart.  

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With God’s merciful Love,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life






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Sundays with the Saints: Our Lady of Sunday – How do we celebrate Sundays!

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Have you ever heard the story of Our Lady of Sunday,  also know as Our Lady of St. Bauzille de-la-Sylve?

The story starts with  Auguste Arnaud, a man in his thirties, married with two children. He didn’t faithfully attend Mass on Sundays. He would skip mass to work in his vineyard  in Saint-Bauzille-de-la-Sylve, France

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One Sunday, on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, June 8th 1873 , Auguste went to mass and afterwards went to work in his vineyard. After two hard hours of work, he rested with his lunch . 

Our Blessed Mother appeared to him, 

It was around 7:30, I saw a young woman shows all dressed in white, she wore a fringed belt and her head was crowned with a high crown like a miter. A great white veil came from the top of the crown covering her hands crossing on her chest. The figure of the woman was beautiful, quiet, without expressing neither joy nor sadness. I have not seen him smile. She seemed to be between 25 and 28 years.

Our Blessed Mother told him,

” You have a disease of the vine.  You left St. Bauzille. We must celebrate his feast on day it falls. Next Thursday you must go in procession to St.Anthony and hear mass. In a fortnight you must go in procession to Notre Dame to Canto of Gignac, Montplellier, and city of Lodeve. You must place a cross here to changing it later to another. Come in procession each year. Go tell your father and your pastor all of this, in a month I will come to thank you.

Auguste went with his father to the parish priest who didn’t believe him. He then went to the carpenter to order a wooden cross and planted it at the bottom of the vine at the place indicated by the Blessed Virgin.  With his family, he went to hermitage of St. Anthony the Egyptian and also made a pilgrimage to Notre-Dame de Gignac for mass and morning prayers. He replaced the wooden cross planted in the vineyard by an iron cross that was mounted in a stone pedestal.

On July 8th, Our Lady appears for the second time, as Auguste was working in his vineyard where a crowd of 400 to 600 people waiting. He went to work and take a break. He again took the tool that slipped from his hands. He sat up and grabbed his hat and threw it aside. At the same time as his arm rose into the air, his face became very pale, his hands seemed inordinately elongated, his eyes fixed on something only he could see. He was suddenly moved with lightning speed to the cross (a distance of more than 40 yards.) None of the witnesses rejected this extraordinary fact.

This time, the lady was dressed in clothes of gold and she tells him,

“Do not work on Sundays. Blessed is he who believes and unhappy the man who does not believe. You must go to our Lady of Gignac in procession with your family.”

She slipped the rosary to her left hand and, raising her right hand she blessed him and whole crowd.

Before she left, she said, “Let us sing hymns.”

He turned around and told the crowd to sing and which they sung the Magnificat.

François-Marie-Anatole de Rovérié de Cabrières, Bishop of Montpellier appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the apparitions. Three years later, the commission recognized the authenticity of the apparitions.

Our Lady of Sunday,
Make my heart like a beautiful vine,
Free from the disease of material concerns,
Rid of the weeds of the sin And carrying eternal fruits.
– Father Jean-Pierre Gaillard



There is an amazing short book called , The Land Without a Sunday by Maria Von Trapp (Sound of Music)  where she gives detail of how they  celebrate Sundays and reason to celebrate Sunday as Sunday should be.   

She gives details how they celebrated Sunday in Austria, which she says it will start on Saturday afternoons after 3 pm, the churches bells started to ring  She explains how  everyone puts on his finery.

 In most homes the Sunday dinner was at noon. The afternoon was often spent in visiting from house to house, especially visiting the sick. The young people would meet on the village green on Sunday afternoons for hours of folk dancing; the children would play games; the grownups would very often sit together and make music. Sunday afternoon was a time for rejoicing, for being happy, each in his own way.

On Sunday we often walked to the village church for High Mass, especially after we had started to sing. Later we used to go into the mountains with the children, taking along even the quite little ones, or we used to play an Austrian equivalent of baseball or volleyball, or we sat together and sang some of the songs we had collected ourselves on our hikes through the mountains. We also did a good deal of folk dancing, we had company come or we went visiting ourselves–just as everybody else used to do.

How do we celebrate Sunday, the greatest feast day of our lives?  What are some traditions your family does on Sundays? 

 I think we need a movement,  Take Back Our Sundays!

With the love of Christ,

Cecilia @HairBows4Life

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