One day the young but pious Elizabeth, in the company of one or more serving women, descends from Wartburg Castle down to the village of Eisenach , below the castle. She is carrying meat, eggs, and bread under her mantle.
Supposedly she has taken items from the family dining table to distribute to the poor in the village, against the wishes of her family, who frown upon such behavior. Halfway down, she unexpectedly meets her husband Ludwig IV of Thuringia , who asks, upon seeing her bulk, what she is carrying.
Embarrassed and speechless as she is, she does not know what to say. Ludwig opens her mantle, and to his surprise in some versions this takes place in the dead of winter finds her carrying a bouquet of roses.
Very much the same story is told of Elizabeth of Portugal , also known as Elizabeth of Aragon —4 July , who was the great-niece of Elizabeth of Hungary. Married to the profligate King Denis of Portugal , she, like her great-aunt, showed great devotion at an early age, and likewise was charitable toward the poor, against the wishes of her husband.
Caught one day by her husband, while carrying bread in her apron, the food was turned into roses. Since this occurred in January, King Denis reportedly had no response and let his wife continue. The story is somewhat apocryphal; while it shows up in popular versions of the saint's life,   the account is missing from more authoritative sources such as the revised edition of Alban Butler 's Lives of the Saints. Similar also is the legend of Casilda of Toledo died c.
But while Saint Casilda supposedly died in the 11th century, predating the birth of both Elizabeth of Hungary and Elizabeth of Portugal, her hagiography was not written until three centuries after her death, and is likely influenced by the legend of one of these Elizabeths. Of the 15th-century Franciscan St.
One day, leaving the convent with a cloak full of food, he was accused and challenged to open his cloak; miraculously, the loaves of bread had changed into roses. The story of Our Lady of Guadalupe is of an entirely different character, although here again the miraculous presence of the roses in the middle of winter is a sign of the presence of the divinity. The account is a corollary to a Marian apparition , Our Lady of Guadalupe, found in the booklet Nican Mopohua , and supposedly taking place in He returns to his field, where again the Virgin appears to him, with the same message.
Diego again goes to the bishop, with the same result, and the remark that he has to bring a token if he is to be believed.
The fourth time the Virgin appears, she directs Diego toward "varied Castilian flowers" which he picks; she then places the flowers in his mantle. This time the bishop is convinced, especially when an image of the Virgin miraculously appears on Diego's cloak.
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A miracle involving roses occurred to Saint Rita of Cascia. The winter before the end of her life, a cousin visited her and asked her if she desired anything from her old home at Roccaporena. Saint Rita responded by asking for a rose and a fig from the garden. It was January and her cousin did not expect to find anything due to the snowy weather. However, when her relative went to the house, a single blooming rose was found in the garden, as well as a fully ripened and edible fig. Her cousin brought the rose and fig back to Saint Rita at the convent, who thanked her and gave the rose to her sisters.
The rose is thought to represent God's love for Rita and Rita's ability to intercede on behalf of lost causes or impossible cases. Rita is often depicted holding roses or with roses nearby, and on her feast day, churches and shrines of Saint Rita provide roses to the congregation that are blessed by priests during Mass.
On the occasion of the centenary of the canonization of Saint Rita of Cascia, Pope John Paul II stated that the worldwide devotion to Saint Rita is symbolized by the rose, and said: "It is to be hoped that the life of everyone devoted to her will be like the rose picked in the garden of Roccaporena the winter before the saint's death.
That is, let it be a life sustained by passionate love for the Lord Jesus; a life capable of responding to suffering and to thorns with forgiveness and the total gift of self, in order to spread everywhere the good odour of Christ cf.
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