Saint Rose of Lima coloring page: August 23rd
At birth, Saint Rose was given the same Isabel. However, Isabel was such a beautiful child that she was called “Rose” and the name stuck. Her beauty grew with each year that passed. Her mother loved to show off Rose’s beauty, even placing a wreath of flowers on her head to draw attention to her. Rose shunned such displays and attention and even placed a long pin in the wreath which pierced her head. She cut her hair and rubbed pepper on her face, in an attempt to hide her beauty. Other times, she put herself through severe mortifications like tying chains around her waist.
Against her parents’ wishes, Rose refused to be married, wishing only to give her life to Christ. Her father would not let her become a nun, but that did not prevent Rose from entering the Third Order of St. Dominic. She spent many hours each day before the Blessed Sacrament and fasted often. She also devoted herself to caring for the poor and sick. The crown Rose is commonly pictured wearing is one she made for herself with small silver spikes as penance. St. Rose is the patron saint of Latin America and the Philippines.
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