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Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology

St. Rose of Lima

The manuscript contains a pictorial history of the life of St. Rose with a short Latin text of explanation accompanying each of the thirty-eight illustrations. The translations were done by former DSPT student Joshua Kenz.

 

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O Rose, receive the gracious vows of your clients. The voice proclaims thee, the heart and soul beseech thee.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On the twentieth day of April she was born into the world; on the Feast of the Holy Spirit* she was washed by the Spirit and water**.

*Pentecost. The Latin is 'Flaminis in festo'. Flamen is a rare title of the Holy Spirit, naming Him in His office as the one who moves hearts to God; it also means gust or blast of wind.

**The reference is to her baptism, but the image is forceful, with the Holy Spirit [flamen - a blast of wind] and a wave [the waters of baptism]

 

 

 

 

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While she lay in her crib, a rose purpled her countenance. Her mother, rejoicing, said: “You shall [be named] Isabelle Rose.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[The name was] Not perhaps granted by heaven, until the prelate confirmed her. He imposes on her the name and omen of Rose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Virgin Mary approved this pious name of Rose and joined her own to it, bring forth new joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She exhorted her handmaid to weigh her down around the neck and to trample her, and give her beatings and spittle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At the age of fifteen Rose made a vow, cutting off a lock of hair. She suffered cruel fights with her brethren and mother. 

(French) Rose cut off a lock of hair, to escape from marriage: and she attracts for herself the hatred of her family.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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They invited her to several monastic cloisters, still she received the holy habit of Dominic.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She always would drink gall or cold water: and eat bread and herbs which sprouted from the ground. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Often before she drank, she would heat up some water: thus she would remove from herself the thirst for a hot drink, being more grateful for the cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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For herself, for criminals and for those in the fire of purgatory, Rose would give herself harsh floggings three times a night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ninety-nine times, she plucked thorns from within, with which she enclosed her head with a crown.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rose wrapped a lock of hair hanging from a nail: thus she drove away sleep both night and day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Deep sleep often overwhelmed the sleepless Rose while Rose climbed a tall cross and also when she bored a tree trunk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She would sleep on this bed for two hours, and replenish her mouth and stomach with gall.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rose rubbed her breasts with briers and thorns. She tore into her armpits and both her sides.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She tightly covered her mangled body with a hair shirt. She pressed her arms in closely, binding them with a rope.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the home of her father, while the bread-oven was burning she would cross its dome with bare feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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At night, she walked through the garden barefoot on the sharp stones. Thrice Rose succumbed to the heavy cross.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In a pleasant vision, Jesus spoke to her, desiring to be worshiped by Rose with great rigor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lo! Every flower, tree and herb bows its head, esteeming the hours when Rose prays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rosa, while praying, throws roses up to heaven. They form a cross, bordered by an oval border.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She was rapt in prayers and many ecstasies in which, from every side and her mouth, [she] hurled forth flames like a funeral pyre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While she received the sacrament, surrounded by light collected around her, lo! Her entire face shines fiery, like a torch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While the Dutch threatened the city walls, Rose desired to undergo the torments of the martyrs for the sake of the bread of angels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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She loathed the mixture of pure blood from the sick, which she drank entire, that she might offer penance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Look how the devil despises Rose's virtues: the raging river Styx drags her, tosses her about on the floor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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St. Catherine visits and comforts her every day: this she makes the winged heavenly multitude friends of Rose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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With an address and touch of her hand, Mary excites Rose from her sleep to prayer and devotions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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When fearful that she was reprobated, Christ spoke thus: “Thou Rose art this Rose which my right arm holds.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While Rose prayed the hours, turning over the book, behold a little Jesus* smiling crossed the book.

*Iesulus, in the Latin

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While weaving or sewing to get her parents bread, Christ would dash up and offer her kisses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Very often holding hands through the meadows and buildings, behold the little bridegroom visits His bride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Once in an ecstasy of mind a person saw the name “Rose” made to move before a cross on a star.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lo! Amongst the sick, and also she herself ill, she turned into an Angelic form many times and in many places.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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While Rose dies in the house of the quartermaster general, she is turned into the very face of the dying Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here there is a company of angels who lead Rose to heaven. And here Mary holds the garland prepared for Rose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Her relics, her tomb, even her image drives away every illness and death.

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