Saint Martin de Porres Minibook
Title: Saint Martin de Porres
Authors: Bob and Penny Lord
Publisher: Journeys of Faith
Format: Printed minibook
Saint Martin de Porres
Apostle of Charity
Saint of the Slaves
The Holy Spirit is so powerful; He works in marvelous ways. We began the chapters on Saint Martin de Porres and St. Rose of Lima on the Feast Day of St. Toribio de Mongrevo, who baptized St. Rose. He was the Archbishop of Lima, Peru and had a tremendous effect on the spirituality of St. Rose of Lima and St. Martin. The lives of these three Saints of Lima, Peru are strongly interwoven.
Although this is not an account of the life of St. Dominic, the father-in-faith of Saints Rose and Martin, a special tribute has to be paid to this great “Watchdog of God.” 1 St. Dominic was a powerhouse during his lifetime, a true defender of the Church, a watchdog of God. His followers have been commissioned and mandated to be an order of Preachers, to bring the word of God to the whole world and as part of that commitment, to defend the Church in the name of God against her enemies. The two Dominicans we have written about in this book (as well as St. Catherine of Siena, the role model of St. Rose of Lima), truly followed in the footsteps and charism of their founder, St. Dominic.
Martin was born of John de Porres, a Spanish nobleman and Knight of the Order of Alcantara, and a black free woman, Anna Velazquez. Martin’s 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 Martin 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.
Includes account of his many Miracles like the Miracle of the Mice and more.