St. Rose Philippine Duchesne – The Saint Who Prayed Always

My Dear People,

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was born in Grenoble, France during the French Revolution. She had a great desire to leave France and serve the Native American population in America. As a Madame of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, she came to serve at their academy in St. Charles, MO and in Florissant, MO. It wasn’t until the end of her life that she got her wish to serve the Indian community in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. It was at that mission, that this great Saint and patron of St. Louis, MO became known as the “saint who prays ALWAYS.”

The Indian children would place leaves and sticks upon her feet as she knelt to pray at night, to see if she would stop and to take a break. Eight hours later the next day, they would find the twigs in exactly the same place as they had left them the previous night before, undisturbed. What a great witness for the Church, to have such a dedicated lover of Jesus constantly in prayer. Today’s Gospel from Luke teaches us that we are to be persistent in our prayer. Would anyone accuse you of praying constantly to Our Lord? What a great accusation that would be. Ceaseless prayer should be the goal of all Christians. Ask God for a prayerful heart. He will give you your hearts desire.

Entrusting you to the care of Our Lady,

Fr. Mark Bozada

May we be persistent in our prayer and sacrifice, even when it is not convenient.

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