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Monday, August 23, 2010

St. Rose of Lima

Today is the feast of St. Rose of Lima who was born in Lima, Peru in 1586. She joined the Third Order of the Dominicans and lived in a tiny hut in her parents' garden. She cared for the sick and the poor and also worked to help support her parents. She was canonized in 1671, the first saint from the "New World".

I am reading Martin Laird's "Into the Silent Land" and finding it a book to stop and pray over rather than just reading it. He says that "while the discovery of this silent land is deeply personal, and no one can do it for us, it is at the same time deeply communal: paradoxically no one discovers the solitude of inner silence by oneself." He speaks of God as our "homeland" and that God is the ground of our being so we are united to Him only need to realize this.

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