Saint Rosalia was born in Palermo, Sicily, as the daughter of Sinibald, the Lord of Roses and Quisquina. Remarkably, she was also a descendant of the famed Charlemagne.
During her younger years, Rosalia felt a profound detachment from worldly desires and instead developed an unwavering devotion to God. Leaving behind the comforts and status of her noble heritage, she sought solitude and spiritual fulfillment in a cave. Inside this cave, she inscribed a simple yet profound declaration: “I, Rosalia, daughter of Sinibald, Lord of Roses and Quisquina, have chosen to dwell in this cave out of love for my Lord, Jesus Christ.”
Embracing a life of solitude, Rosalia underwent rigorous mortifications and continually sought to strengthen her connection with God. Later in her life, she moved to Mount Pellegrino, located a mere three miles from Palermo. This relocation was symbolic: she was positioning herself close enough to her familial home to constantly remind herself of the worldly life she had renounced.
The world remained oblivious to her secluded life until after her death in 1160. It wasn’t until the 17th century, in 1625, that her body was discovered. This discovery occurred during the pontificate of Pope Urban VIII.
Saint Rosalia’s life, marked by deep spiritual commitment and a deliberate departure from worldly temptations, is commemorated on her feast day, September 4th.