St. Rose of Lima is the patroness of Latin America and the Philippines. The given name of this South American saint was Isabel, but she was such a beautiful child that she came to be called Rose and that name remained. As she grew older, Rose became increasingly beautiful. On one occasion, her mother placed a wreath of flowers on her head to flaunt her loveliness. But Rose had no desire to be admired for her physical beauty, for her heart had been given to Jesus. So Rose put a long pin into the wreath, piercing herself so deeply in the process that the wreath was only removed with difficulty.
Rose worked diligently to support her poor parents and she humbly obeyed them, except in their hope for her to marry. That she would not do, as she had dedicated herself to Christ alone.
Through her life Rose faced many temptations and at times she suffered terrible loneliness, for God seemed far from her. Yet she willingly accepted all of these troubles for love of Him. Tradition holds that during her last bout of sickness, St. Rose prayed, “Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase Thy love in my heart.”
(This narrative is printed on the back of Note Cards. A copy is included with each plaque.)
Prayer to St. Rose of Lima
Admirable Saint Rose, you were truly a sweet flower blooming on the rugged soil; you were indeed a rose among the thorns, bearing with meekness and patience the stings of envious tongues, and preserving perfect purity and modesty amid the alluring blandishments of a deceitful world.
By the merits which you have thus gained with our divine Lord, obtain for me the grace to bear my afflictions with patience, to remain pure and modest, to be meek and humble, and to be faithful to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, so that I may be ever more pleasing and acceptable in the sight of my dear Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.
(This prayer is printed on the back of Prayer Cards only.)
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