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!
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. )
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.
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!
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.
St. Philomena necklace from Sagely Sparrow.
A St. Rose of Lima necklace or St.Philomena bracelet over at Ave Maria Faith Crafts
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 Dow
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.
As I am gearing up to start school next Monday, check out Back to School Big Sale we are having over at Hair Bows 4 Life .
With God’s merciful Love,