OF THE REVELATION WHICH SEVERAL PERSONS HAD
OF THE GLORY OF S. ROSE
THERE is no Saint in heaven, of whom we may not say what S. Bernard said in pronouncing the eulogium of S. Victor the martyr, namely, that he instructed us by his example, and employed his credit with Almighty God for our advantage; for they were not raised to this eminent sanctity solely for their own perfection, but that the example of their virtues might be an inducement to others to practice the same. And as men cannot imitate their actions, nor call upon them in their necessities, unless they are informed of their happiness, God makes known their merits by extraordinary means, such as visions and apparitions, that being persuaded of the excellence of their state, they may aspire to their sanctity, and use their intercession to obtain this grace and relief in their afflictions of soul or body.
By these miraculous means God revealed to many persons the immortal glory of S. Rose, and He made use of her prayers to soften the hearts of a great number of sinners, whose unhappy obstinacy had hitherto given little hopes of their salvation. But before we relate these particular circumstances, we are glad to be able to assure the reader, that nothing is advanced which has not been taken from the authentic examinations which were made of the virtues, graces, and miracles of our Saint. As Aloysia de Serano, who has been mentioned before, was united with our Saint by an intimate friendship, she was the first to whom God made known the glory which she possessed. One day when she was absorbed in God, she saw the Blessed Virgin before a magnificent throne, holding a rich and bright crown in her hand to place it on the head of one for whom she seemed to be waiting: on the other side she beheld a multitude of virgins encircling S. Rose, and bringing her joyfully to the feet of the Mother of God. All these illustrious virgins were crowned, and carried palms in their hands; Rose alone was without a crown, and had only a palm; but a moment after she saw the Blessed Virgin place upon her head the brilliant crown she had held in her hand. A person of the greatest experience in mystical theology confessed to Don Gonzalez, and writing before the apostolical commissaries, that S. Rose had appeared to him twenty-two times during the three weeks after her death, quite surrounded with glory.
The physician Don Juan de Castile, so well known for his virtue, made oath before the same commissioners, that S. Rose had appeared to him several times, fifteen years after her death, environed with an extraordinary light, and that he saw her in the midst of this light, clothed in her habit of religion, but so majestic and glorious, that he could not find words to explain her splendor; she held a lily in her right hand, the emblem of her virginity; and during these visions she spoke of the happiness of the saints in so sublime a manner, that he could not find terms to express their glory. In the last examination made at Lima, in 1631, he deposed on oath, that for six months, whenever he made his meditation, either by day or night, he had been allowed to see the royal magnificence with which Almighty God rewarded the merits of S. Rose, by means of an angel whom she sent from heaven to invite him to witness this delightful spectacle.
That which happened to Diego Hyacinthe Paceco, a Spaniard is very wonderful. He was a poor man, who earned his bread at Lima by copying writings for Lawyers; and Diego Morales, a notary in S. Rose’s cause, having pressed him to engross two thousand rolls of writings concerning the proceedings and other authentic pieces concerning the examinations which had been made of the life and miracles of S. Rose, he despaired of being able to finish them on account of the shortness of the time given him, and also partly because his fingers were in some degree benumbed, and the nerves of his hand entirely relaxed. During the night S. Rose appeared to him; she approached him, and taking his arm she pressed it violently; the pain having awakened him, he though it was a dream; but finding himself perfectly cured, he perceived that it was a reality, and that our Saint had really appeared to him and cured his hand, that he might finish what he had begun.
She appeared to several other persons after her death, surrounded with odoriferous roses, in the delicious garden of her Divine Spouse, particularly to a good widow, who lived at Lima in the odor of sanctity. One day when she was enraptured to see our Saint amidst a great multitude of angels and saints, Rose said to her, “Mother, this state of glory is only acquired by generous efforts; much labor is necessary; for the recompense with which God crowns our trials is exceedingly great: you see how His mercy rewards abundantly, and even beyond my hopes, the pains I suffered, and the few good actions I performed while on earth.”
As she was very charitable towards the inhabitants of Lima during her life, she testified to them, by several apparitions, that she felt the same interest for them now she was in heaven; for this widow, when recommending the town to her prayers, was ravished into an ecstasy, and in her rapture saw S. Rose, who, consoling her, said, “Mother, I will do what you ask of me, and god has promised to grant me for these dear people whatever regards their salvation; I remember perfectly those thing which have been recommended to my intercession, and I will not fail to ask for them.” This is conformable to what sister Catherine of S. Mary testified before the commissioners, to the effect that S. Rose had appeared twice to her after her death. On the first occasion, our Saint encouraged her in the extraordinary pains which tormented her in her afflictions; and the second time, she saw S. Rose in the air above her sepulcher supplicating, on her knees, the Majesty of God for the town of Lima. The cure of Father Augustin de Vega, a celebrated religious of the Order of Friar Preachers, and the Provincial of the kingdom of Peru, is very remarkable. His life was despaired of, the physicians had given him up, and they had ceased to give him remedies, for every one was of the opinion that his illness was incurable, and that he would never recover. S. Rose appeared, during the night in which his death was expected, to Don Christophe de Ortega, and desired him to go very early the next morning to the provincial, at the convent of his order in Lima, and to assure him from her that he would recover from this sickness, and that Almighty God had chosen him for a bishop that he might labor in the service of the Church, and employ the great talents which he had given him. He went, spoke to this dying priest, and made known to him what had happened during the night, and delivered the message with which S. Rose had entrusted him; and from this time the father began to improve, and some time after he was elected bishop of Paraguay, and became one of the most celebrated and learned prelates who have governed the Church of Jesus Christ in the New World.
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