Today, we celebrate, Saint of the Day (November 3, 2022): St. Martin de Porres. Friend of the poor. Dominican Lay Brother(1579-1639)
Life of St. Martin de Porres
+ Martin de Porres Velazquez was born in Lima, Peru. The son of a Spanish noble and a freed African slave, he entered the Order of Preachers as a lay brother.
+ Serving his community as a barber, farm-laborer, almoner, and infirmarian, Martin devoted his life to prayer and penance. He was also known for his charity to both man and beast.
+ Honored for his spiritual wisdom and insights, he was especially loved by the poor and abandoned.
+ Saint Martin de Porres died on November 3, 1639, and was canonized in 1962.
For prayer and reflection
“It is deeply rewarding for those striving for salvation to follow in Christ’s footsteps and to obey God’s commandments. If only everyone could learn this lesson from the example that Martin gave us.”—Pope Saint John XXIII.
Racism is a sin almost nobody confesses. Like pollution, it is a “sin of the world” that is everybody’s responsibility but apparently nobody’s fault. One could hardly imagine a more fitting patron of Christian forgiveness–on the part of those discriminated against—and Christian justice–on the part of reformed racists—than Martin de Porres.
On this day, the Church also remembers Saint Hubert, the patron saint of hunters. A bishop and missionary, he died in 727.
Saint Martin de Porres is the Patron Saint of:
O God, who led Saint Martin de Porres
by the path of humility to heavenly glory,
grant that we may so follow his radiant example in this life
as to merit to be exalted with him in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(from The Roman Missal)
Saint profiles prepared by Brother Silas Henderson, S.D.S.