Friday, November 19, 2010

Saint Rose

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769-1852) was born in France. She joined the Visitation nuns at age 19, but the convent was closed during the French Revolution. She later joined the Religious of the Sacred Heart and volunteered to come to the United States where she helped to open the first free school west of the Mississippi. She later founded the first Catholic Indian school.
Rose Philippine Duchesne was beatified on May 12, 1940. She was canonized on July 3, 1988. November 18 is her feast day.
St. Rose was known for her habit of frequent prayer, especially before the Blessed Sacrament. St. Rose once worked with Native Americans who gave her an Indian name meaning "Woman-Who-Prays-Always."
I would love to be given that name. I would love to be seen as a woman who prays always, a woman who gives witness to the power of prayer, the need for prayer.
St. Rose is quoted to have said - “He who has Jesus has everything.”
Amen to that.

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2 comments :

Mary333 said...

In answer to your question - no, I hadn't heard of this St. Rose :) But I have now! Thanks Colleen!

Colleen said...

Mary, you are welcome! Thanks for stopping by!!