The life of St. Rose of Lima is filled with grotesque physical penances that scandalize us today. Traditional images of her have focused on her asceticism rather than aspects of her life that might speak to us. After carefully rereading traditional biographies, Brother Robert realized that her abusive childhood had much to do with the ways she later treated her body. Despite her childhood experiences, in her adult years she was a mystical poet who cared for the poor and sick. Her life itself was a miracle, and her icon celebrates the ways she chose life over death.