.- This weekend the Archbishop of Santiago, Chile, and President of the Latin American Bishops Conference (CELAM), Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, entrusted the preparations for CELAMâs V General Meeting to St. Rose of Lima, the first native-born saint of Latin America. During a visit to the saintâs shrine in Lima, the Chilean cardinal reflected upon the life of St. Rose, to whom he has a special devotion, and prayed for the saintâs intercession for the upcoming meeting, so that âour peoples may receive the presence of the Lord.â
At the final Mass for the 30th Assembly of CELAM, concelebrated by cardinals and bishops from all over the continent, Cardinal Errazuriz recalled St. Rose as âthe palpable demonstration of holiness in the new world,â and he made reference to various moments of her life in which she expressed her intense love for Jesus, the Blessed Mother and the Church.
âShe was a Eucharistic womanâ who strived to be the âbroken breadâ for others, listened attentively to the Word and received Communion frequently.
Likewise, he pointed out that the saint âcalled on priests to be more fervent and to go to the missionsâ and she reminded them they should not preach âthe Word of God with vanity but rather with simplicity.â
âShe encountered Jesus on the cross, in the Eucharist and in the poor,â the cardinal said, calling her âRose of the poor, Rose of the Eucharist, Rose of Jesus, Rose of the Passion, Rose of the Holy Spirit.â
Cardinal Errazuriz also prayed that the bishops would âfollow the promptings of the Holy Spirit so that we can prepare [for the meeting] according to Godâs will.â