Saints of WYD 2011: St. Rose of Lima
Did you know that St. Rose of Lima was not a nun, rather she was a lay tertiary? This means that she lived out vows similar to a nun but lived a lay life outside the convent. She spent most of her life at her family home and she worked hard to help support the family. Unlike most of the other saints for World Youth Day this year, St. Rose is not from Spain. In fact, she was born in Lima, Peru and she is the patron saint of the Americas!
“Apart from the cross, there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.”
~St. Rose of Lima
St. Rose, by her life and suffering, showed us that we must embrace suffering as part of Christ’s redemptive plan for our lives. St. Rose of Lima is also the patron saint of people persecuted for their piety.
St. Rose is a young saint, dying at the age of 31.