de Porres: A Saint Of The Americas (15 Days of Prayer)
Saint Martin de Porres, a saint for all people and all times, has
an especially relevant message for contemporary Christians. In Martin
de Porres, A Saint of the Americas, the reader will discover the
cruelty of the time during which Saint Martin lived, a time marked
by racism and the destruction of culture, and Martin's radical,
simple, and peaceful responses to those conditions. Yet Saint Martin,
a model for dealing with peace and social justice issues, is also
a model of finding holiness in the little things of life.
of mixed blood and illegitimate birth, Martin lived his life blending
the best of other spiritual icons: the apostolic zeal of Dominic,
the simplicity and love of creation of Francis, the endless compassion
for the sick and dying of Teresa of Calcutta.
Martin was neither a preacher nor a writer. His greatness lies
in the testimony of his "little way" of life: simple
kindnesses, faithfulness in prayer, and his ability to turn suffering
and oppression into an encounter with God.