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St. Rose of Lima (1617-1668)
Rose was the first saint born in the Americas. She was a beautiful girl who was so devoted to chastity that she used pepper and lye to ruin her complexion. A mystic and visionary, she suffered from invisible stigmata and many other ailments.

Reflections from the Saints

Apart from the cross there is no other ladder by which we may get to heaven.
– St. Rose of Lima
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2379

The Gospel shows that physical sterility is not an absolute evil. Spouses who still suffer from infertility after exhausting legitimate medical procedures should unite themselves with the Lord's Cross, the source of all spiritual fecundity. They can give expression to their generosity by adopting abandoned children or performing demanding services for others.