Saint Rose Venerini is today’s commemorated saint. Saint Rose was born on February 9, 1656 at Viterbo, Italy. She was a daughter of a Doctor. She entered a convent, but soon returned home to care for her newly widowed mother. Rose invited the women of the neighborhood to recite the rosary in her home, forming a sort of solidarity with them. Rose became convinced that she was called to become a teacher in the world rather than a contemplative nun in a convent. Then she started a free school for girls in 1658. Rose was called upon to organize schools in many parts of Italy, including Rome. Her disposition was right for the task as well, for Rose often met considerable opposition but was never deterred. She passed away on May 7th, 1728.
Rose life stands as a reminder that all we are meant to be put to service wherever we find ourselves.
Saint Rose Venerini, patroness of exiles and steadfast teacher of the poor and unlearned, who courageously taught in accordance with Holy Doctrine in the face of opposition and who humbly built schools and trained teachers all over your country, in confidence we ask you for special intercession as we pray to Our Lord for (name your intention). May you also obtain for us from Jesus and His Blessed Mother the Grace to whole-heartedly follow your words: I feel so nailed to the Will of God that nothing else matters, neither death nor life. I want what He wants; I want to serve Him as much as pleases Him and no more.