Today is the memorial for St. Rose of Lima - one of three Dominican Saints who walked the streets of Lima, Peru in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. St. Martin de Porres and St. John Macias are the other two. Neither of them were priests but both were what we would call today Dominican cooperator brothers.
St. Rose and St. Martin knew each other. She died before St. John Macias entered the Order. He never met the Rose of Lima. Martin and John, however, spent much time in each other's company.
How blessed a city Lima was at that time - to have in its midst such three simple, humble, and holy souls.
As I mentioned in a 2013 post, St. Rose treasured the great spiritual value of sacrificial suffering and invited us to do likewise. If you are interested to learn why, you can read about it here.
Today, I wanted to share another marvelous trait this Saint displayed during her lifetime which I discovered while reading Cultivating Virtue - Self-Mastery With The Saints:
“When the Host is
held on high and a chalice lifted…look up! Look up and see what Mary saw. See a naked man squirming as He bleeds
against a blackened sky; see a battered human body, writhing on a tree,
prisoned there by savage spikes that have torn through Sacred hands and feet;
see thorn-tortured head tossing from side to side as anguished torso labors,
lifts and strains; see the eyes of God roll towards heaven beseeching, as
broken lips blurt out that soul piercing cry: “My God, My God, Why has Thou
forsaken Me?” What is this? This is the Mass. This is Crucifixion. This is what Mary saw at the elevation of
Christianity’s first Mass. This is what you should see at the Elevation
of every Mass!”
(From The Way to God by Father M. Raymond, O.C.S.O.)