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Saint Rose of Lima Saint Rosa de Lima

She was born in 1586 in Lima, Peru. Died in August 24 1617, the daughter of 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. She was offered marriage by a very rich man, but she refused because she wanted to live for Jesus only.

She had to work very hard in order to help her parents when they lost their fortune, she also cared for the poor.

Because of her purity  and charity the holy infant Jesus appeared to her several times to tell her how pleased God is with those who are merciful.

She is the first saint born in South America. She had great devotion to Saint Catherine of Siena.

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Saint Rosa de Lima