ST. ROSALIA, V.
SHE was daughter of Sinibald, lord of Roses and
Quisquina, who deduced his pedigree from the imperial family of
Charlemagne. She was born at Palermo in Sicily, and despising in her
youth worldly vanities, made herself an abode in a cave on Mount
Pelegrino, three miles from Palermo, where she completed the
sacrifice of her heart to God by austere penance and manual labor,
sanctified by assiduous prayer, and the constant union of her soul
with God. She died in 1160. Her body was found buried in a grot under
the mountain in the year of the jubilee, 1625, under pope Urban
VIII., and was translated into the metropolitical church of Palermo,
of which she was chosen a patroness. To her patronage that island
ascribes the ceasing of a grievous pestilence at the same time. On
her life and miracles, see the disquisitions of Stilting the
Bollandist, which fill one hundred and forty pages.