Rose of Lima (Memorial)
Born 1586 at Lima, Peru as Isabel, to Spanish immigrants to the New World. A beautiful girl and devoted daughter, she was so devoted to her vow of chastity, she used pepper and lye to ruin her complexion so she would not be attractive. Lived and meditated in a garden, raising vegetables and making embroidered items to sell to support her family and help the other poor. Dominican tertiary in 1606. Mystic. Visonary. Received invisible stigmata. Suffered from assorted physical and mental ailments. First saint born in the Americas. Founder of social work in Peru. Great devotion to Saint Catherine of Siena. Died August 24, 1617, at Lima, Peru. Beatified April 15, 1668 by Pope Clement IX, Canonized April 2, 1671 by Pope Clement X.
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