When we serve the poor and the sick,
we serve Jesus.
We must not fail to help our neighbors,
because in them we serve Jesus.
St. Rose of Lima
Today is the feast of St. Rose of Lima, the first American saint. She is known for her life of contemplation and poverty, as well as for a number of ascetical practices we might find disturbing today. But she was also known for her care for the poor, the sick, and the suffering. She, like many contemplatives, realized that love of God must include love of the poor.
She is the patron of the diocese of Santa Rosa de Copán, Honduras, where I serve, though her feast is celebrated in most of Latin America on August 30.