St. Rose of Lima was a Spanish-American laywoman who lived in the 16th century and is recognized as the first saint of the New World. She was born in Lima, Peru in 1586 and was named Isabel Flores de Oliva at birth. Her parents were Spanish immigrants, and she was the first child to be born in Lima.
Rose was a deeply devout Catholic from a young age and spent much of her childhood in prayer and contemplation. She was known for her extreme asceticism and self-mortification, often wearing a crown of thorns and sleeping on a bed of broken glass or pottery. Despite her harsh practices, she was known for her gentle and compassionate nature, and many people sought her advice and guidance.
One of the most well-known miracles attributed to St. Rose of Lima occurred during a famine that struck Lima in the early 17th century. Rose was known for her generosity and would often share her food and clothing with the poor and needy. During the famine, she took it upon herself to care for the sick and starving, bringing them food and medicine despite the risk to her own health. It is said that her garden, which had previously produced only a few flowers, suddenly bloomed with an abundance of fruit and vegetables, which she used to feed the hungry.
Another famous miracle associated with St. Rose of Lima occurred after her death in 1617. Her body was exhumed several years later, and it was found to be incorrupt, meaning it had not decayed despite being buried for several years. This was seen as a sign of her holiness and was considered a miracle by many.
St. Rose of Lima was canonized by Pope Clement X in 1671 and is venerated as the patron saint of Peru, Latin America, and the Philippines. She is also recognized as a model of compassion and selflessness and is remembered for her devotion to God and her commitment to helping those in need. You can learn more about Rose in this catholic.org article on her life St. Rose of Lima, pray for us!