St. Rose of Lima
By Mary Fabian Windeatt
Narrated by Violet
When Rose was born, she was a beautiful little baby. Her mother and her grandmother argued about what her name should be. Her grandmother wanted her name to be Isabel after herself, and her mother wanted her name to be Rose because she was so beautiful. They finally decided on Rose.
Rose was the eleventh child born in her family. Rose went with her family to Quivi and because her father could not find enough work in Lima where they lived.
Rose had her confirmation in Quivi and she was the only girl in the church.
When Rose was 28, she asked Ferdinand her brother to get her a gold ring that said, “Rose of my heart, be thou my spouse.” She went to the church to pray about whether or not she would become and Augustinian. She was kneeling before the Blessed Virgin Mary and she could not get up when it was time to go to the convent. She felt that Mary was saying something to her in her heart. She said, “Rose, do not go to the convent to be an Augustine.” And the infant Jesus spoke to her in her heart also and said, “Rose of my heart, be thou my spouse.” Instead of going to the convent of the Augustinians, she went home and decided to become a Dominican Nun like St. Catherine of Siena.
She asked Ferdinand to help her build an adobe hermitage in her parent’s garden so she could live as a hermit. She said she would not have any visitors. Later, Rose went to live with one of her mother’s best friends, Dona Maria.
Rose died when she was 31 years old on the Feast of Saint Bartholomew. Her feast day is celebrated on August 23 each year. She was the first canonized Saint of the America’s.