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St. Rose of Lima

Aug 9, 2017

     Born in colonial Peru, Rose worked constantly to help her poverty-stricken family.  From early on, she wanted to become a nun and practiced heavy penances.  When her parents tried to make her marry, she marred her face with pepper and cut her hair to deter suitors.  She became a lay Dominican, despite opposition.  Concerned about the living conditions of Native Americans and slaves, she cared for homeless children, the elderly, and the sick in her home.

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