Wednesday, August 23, 2006St. Rose of Lima
Today's saint, Rose of Lima Peru, was well known for her self-mortification. It is said that she received so many compliments on her beauty that she used to rub pepper and lye on her skin in order to disfigure her face and make it blotchy.
While self-mortification seems to have lost its place in today's society... i.e., "it is more for admiration than imitation", I tend to think it should still be practiced in smaller, less drastic ways than some of the great saints.
I won't get legalistic on what we should and shouldn't do... just be conscious of the choices you make throughout the day and remember that graces abound in trial and sacrifice. Self-denial does wonders to foster humility and true contrition for sins. St. Rose reminds us: