St. Rose of Lima
God, You filled Saint Rose with love for You and enabled her to leave the world and be free for You through the austerity of penance. Through her intercession, help us to follow her footsteps on earth and enjoy the torrent of Your delights in Heaven. Amen.
St. Rose was born in Lima, Peru in 1586. As a girl she took a vow of virginity and began to live a life of extreme penance and mortification. She excelled in needlework and used this skill to help support her family, which was poor. A beautiful girl, she deliberately cut her hair and tried in various ways to hide her beauty so that she would not be sought in marriage. In 1606 she became a dominical tertiary and for the remainder of her life followed a program of rigorous penance and of prayer. She ate very little, helped the poor and was granted the grace of mystical union with God. She died in 1617 at the age of 31. She was canonized in 1667, the first saint from the Americas to be canonized. She was a lovely saint and has been a gracious patroness of this parish. We have no way of knowing the great graces she has obtained by her intercession for this parish, certainly one of the first in this country to be placed under her patronage. We owe a great deal to her; and her name, Saint Rose, is one of the most familiar and dearest names in our lives.
St. John the Evangelist
God, through St. John the Apostle You willed to unlock to us the secrets of Your Word. Grant that what he has so excellently poured into our ears, we may properly understand. Amen.
St. John, the son of Zebedee, and the brother of St. James the Great, was called to be an Apostle by our Lord in the first year of His public ministry. He became the “beloved disciple” and the only one of the twelve who did not forsake the Savior in the hour of His Passion. He stood faithfully at the Cross, where the Savior made him the guardian of His Mother. His later life was lived in Jerusalem and at Ephesus. He founded many churches in Asia Minor. He wrote the fourth Gospel, and three Epistles, and the Book of Revelation is also attributed to him.
St. John was brought to Rome and tradition states that he was ordered by Emperor Domitian to be cast into a caldron of boiling oil, but came forth unhurt and he was banished to the island of Patmos for a year. It is estimated that he lived to be very old and he died in Ephesus around the year 100. St. John is called the Apostle of Charity, a virtue he learned from his Divine Master, and which he constantly lived in word and example. The “beloved disciple” died in Ephesus where a stately church was erected over his tomb. It was afterwards converted into a Mohammedan Mosque.