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Saint Martin de Porres

1579–1639

Saint Martin de Porres, 1579–1639
November 3

Saint Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru. His father was Spanish, and his mother was a freed black slave. Martin became a Dominican brother. He spent his life doing good works. He went throughout the city, caring for those who were sick and poor. He was a blessing to all he met, even animals. Because he was meek and pure of heart, he saw that the simplest work honored God if it served others. He would ask people for donations to help the poor, as well. Saint Martin lived the Beatitudes and worked for the Kingdom his whole life.

Discuss: How will you prepare for eternal life with God?

Saint Martin was born in Lima, Peru. His father was Spanish, and his mother was a freed black slave. Martin became a Dominican brother. He spent his life doing good works. He went throughout the city, caring for those who were sick and poor. He was a blessing to all he met, even animals. Because he was meek and pure of heart, he saw that the simplest work honored God if it served others. He would ask people for donations to help the poor, as well. Saint Martin lived the Beatitudes his whole life.

Martin is the patron Saint of mixed race people, interracial justice, innkeepers, and public schools. As well as working as a Dominic brother, he founded an orphanage and ministered to African slaves brought to Lima. His sisters ran a hospice in the country, and Martin often took sick people there for her care. He was a friend of Saint Rose of Lima, and they worked together.

Activity
The Simplest Work
Visual/Spatial

Have the child pick a simple work that they like to do or would like to do.

  • Have them illustrate that work in a drawing and show how it works to build God’s Kingdom.
  • Have the child explain their drawing and explain its meaning in relation to building God’s Kingdom.
  • Display their work.