Saint Martin dePorres - Apostle of Charity
Saint Martin dePorres Apostle of Charity - Saint of the Slaves
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Saint Martin dePorres booklet
His life story
Saint Martin de Porres was born of John de Porres, a Spanish nobleman and
Knight of the Order of Alcantara, and a black free woman, Anna Velazquez.
father was not very happy to find his child was black.
He did not want to be connected with the child in any way.
As a matter of
fact, on the baptismal record there was no mention of the
father at all. The Baptismal certificates read only
"Martin, son of an unknown father." But some years later, he officially
acknowledged Martin as being his son. We’re not sure
if John ever married Anna Velazquez.
If he did, he didn’t treat her very
well. He spent most of his time in other countries, leaving Anna and the
children, Martin and his sister Joan to fend for themselves.
Though Saint Martin de Porres
was not from a poor background, you would not have known it by the way he
and his family lived. They were always at least borderline poverty, and
sometimes full-blown poverty.
But none of this had any detrimental effect on Martin. If
anything, it gave him an understanding and empathy for his poor brothers and
From his earliest days, he focused completely on his Lord present
in the tabernacle of all the churches of Lima and in helping out the poor.
His mother became furious with him in the early days.
She would send Martin
shopping for food, entrusting to him the meager pennies the family had, just
enough to get some bread and a few necessities to see them through their
Saint Martin de Porres inevitably took the money and gave it to the poor.
returned home with nothing in his basket, his mother would let him have it.
"How can you give to the poor? We are the poor!
It’s bad enough that you will not eat today, but
what of your sister and me? We didn’t volunteer to starve!"
He got lost in the churches.
This was his most favorite
When he entered the dark, cool church, the entire world was left
He was in a haven. He spent hours before the Blessed Sacrament, before the
Crucifix looming high on the altar or a statue or
painting of Our Lady. This was truly his home.
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