Our friend, Saint Rose of Lima, possesses deep love of God and demonstrated this virtue through her startling piety and sacrifice for God and others. Praying with a Saint Rose rosary provides a cue to obey as one way to achieve humility. St. Rose grew up at a time of widespread Christian growth in South America. As a little girl in Peru, she developed a profound desire to cut off anything that may prevent her from reaching heaven. A physically beautiful young lady, she disfigured her face and wore a crown of thorns as penance. Her parents were aghast at the lengths she went to in her faith and fought with her constantly to force her to marry. While she desperately wanted to join a convent, in obedience to her parents, she lived at home as a Third Order Dominican, working day and night to support her financially struggling parents with gardening and sewing. Later in her life, she designed one room on their property as a place to welcome the poor and sick of Lima. St. Rose was the first unofficial "social worker" of Peru. St. Rose is the patroness of South America and the Philippines. Her feast day is August 23.