March 2, 2018

A Rose By Any Other Name

St. Rose of Lima lived in the city of Lima, Peru. She was born in 1586. At the time of her First Communion, she was already concerned with humility and chastity. Unbeknownst to her mother, she cut off her hair and offered it to God.

She was also worried that her name, “Rose,” was not her baptismal name, but was a name by which people called her because of her beauty. She feared this and wished it were not so.

She prayed about this to the Mother of God. Then, she received Holy Communion, and heard a voice tell her, “Your name pleases my Son, whom I bear in my arms, and, furthermore, you shall no longer merely be called Rose, but you shall take the name ‘Rose of St. Mary.’”

Shapcote, Emily Mary, Legends of the Blessed Sacrament (London, Burns & Oates) p. 109.


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