Martín de Porres

November 11

Martín de Porres was the son of a Panamanian Black freed-woman and a Spanish nobleman, but his father deserted the family when Martín and his sister were young. Even though his family was poor, Martín was known for his generous spirit. At the age of fifteen Martín joined the Dominican Brothers as a lay helper and was responsible for menial tasks at the monastery.
Because of his medical skills (some learned while working as a barber in his youth) Martín became known as a gifted healer. He reached out to Lima's poorest population, and even brought some patients back to his own bed for rest. Countless stories were told of miraculous healings and his supernatural gifts.
Martín ate only bread and water, wore a hair shirt, and slept on the ground. He collected alms for the poor and founded an orphanage and a foundling hospital. When he died in 1639, all of Lima mourned.
Pope John Paul XXIII, named him the patron saint of all who work for justice, saying, "lovingly he comforted the sick; he provided food, clothing and medicine for the poor ... thus he deserved to be called by the name the people gave him: Martín of Charity."
If Martíin de Porres had taken the Spiritual Types Test he probably would have been a Prophet. Martín de Porres is remembered on November 11.
Image is detail of stained glass window created by Jill and Robert Hill of HillHouse Studio. The window is in Blessed Sacrament Church, 5050 - 8th Ave N.E., Seattle, WA 98105, 206-547-3020.

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