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Neither Saints Nor SinnersWriting the Lives of Women in Spanish America$
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Kathleen Ann Myers

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780195157239

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195157239.001.0001

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Redeemer of America

Redeemer of America

Rosa de Lima (1586–l6l7)—The Dynamics of Identity and Canonization

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Neither Saints Nor Sinners

Rosa De Lima

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the saint-making process of America's first saint, Rosa de Lima. Through a reconstruction of her life story as an ascetic third-order Dominican in Lima and an examination of her canonization process from 1617 to 1691, one can glimpse the often inconsistent observation of rules of sainthood in the century after the Counter-Reformation, which had revised the Catholic Church's guidelines for sanctity. Rosa's choice to remain outside the convent as a lay religious woman and to follow extreme penitential practices reflected a largely unchanged expression of feminine affective piety and undermined the Counter-Reformation's attempts to curb individual spiritual practices and to cloister women.

Keywords:   Rosa de Lima, canonization, Dominican, Rosa de Santa María, penance, Catherine of Siena

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