Saint Martin de Porres, Pray for Us!

November 3 is the optional memorial of Saint Martin de Porres. If you are a regular reader here at Simple Catholic Living, you may know that Saint Martin is one of my favorite saints. In fact, I think I may mention him every year on his feast day. ๐Ÿ™‚

Saint Martin de Porres, Pray for Us

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I can’t help myself. He is a saint who suffered great poverty and adversity in his life. He faced rejection (from his own father!), racism, and injustice. Yet, he remained kind, charitable, and humble through it all. He gave what little he had joyfully and loved everyone. Like Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Martin loved all animals, great and small – and they loved him back.

Saint Martin was also one of those saints that received extraordinary graces from the Lord, such as bi-location. However, they were never the focus. Prayer, penance, love. Those are the things that set Saint Martin apart.

Well, it is what sets apart all saints, isn’t it? They love, pray, and give more than the rest. But, since the day I learned about him I have been drawn to him. I want to love God as he did and serve my neighbor as he did.

He is a great model for us all. Saint Martin de Porres, pray for us!

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Saint Martin de Porres

“Blessed are the Poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

This week we will be celebrating two big feasts of the church: All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day. However, instead of focusing this post on one of them, I want to mention another (optional) memorial that’s this week: Saint Martin de Porres.

Saint Martin has a special place in my heart. I was first introduced to him when I first got involved with the Little Sisters of the Poor. Then when I became a novice and took my religious name, it was Sister Elizabeth Martin – after Saint Martin de Porres.

He had to endure a lot of injustice in his life. He was the son of a free black woman and a Spanish Grandee; but, his father did not recognize St. Martin as his son until St. Martin was eight. He lived in abject poverty; but, never let the scars of life embitter him. He trusted in the Lord. He gave to those who were poorer than himself. He was goodness and kindness personified.

Saint Martin was also one of those saints that received extraordinary graces and even had the gift of bi-location. How cool is that? ๐Ÿ˜‰ More importantly, he lived a life of prayer and penance, was charitable, and so humble that when he eventually sought entrance into the Dominican order, he didn’t think himself worthy enough to become a brother. He asked to be a lowly lay helper (although the community “made” him become a brother several years later).

We can strive to imitate many of his virtues and ask him to help us to trust in the Lord when we are faced with injustice or difficulties in life. St. Martin de Porres, pray for us!

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