PRAYER # 4 TO SAINT ROSE DE LIMA (A MOTHER’S PRAYER.)

Saint Rose, devout Virgin,
fragrant rose in the garden of God,
sweetly blooming amid the thorns of distressing tribulation
and severe mortification,
white as snow in the immaculate innocence of your heart,
glowing in the love of God that consumed you.
Your devotedness to your parents was so great
that you labored night and day to relieve their poverty,
and most tenderly cared for them in their sickness.

Most grateful, most humble daughter,
have pity on me and my children.
Teach me, by conduct truly Christian,
to deserve the warmhearted gratitude of my children.
Teach my children to appreciate my love
and the numerous sacrifices
that I cheerfully make for their sake;
teach them to repay the same by filial love and obedience,
and chiefly by fervent prayers for me.
Bless me and my entire family.
May our hearts be intimately united even in adversity.
Let us not place our happiness in temporal prosperity,
but rather in the hope of a future,
eternal blessedness.
Pray, likewise, O sainted patroness of America,
for all Christian mothers in particular,
that Christian life and sentiments
may everywhere be awakened among them.
May these sentiments spread far and wide,
uniting all families into the one great family of God,
in which Jesus Christ may live and rule
with God the Father and the Holy Ghost.

Amen.

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