St. Martin De Porres, O.P. ~ Minister of Mercy and Compassion

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St. Martin De Porres, O.P.
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St. Martin De Porres, O.P.

Minister of Mercy and Compassion

He touched people,

the sick and dying, the young, the old

to heal their lives.

He touched people, the poor and

the wealth, those in bondage and

the free to heal their lives.

Responding to a call to follow Jesus more

closely, he became a Dominican Friar.

As a Dominican he was assigned

the ministry of healing,

first for friars in his community

who were sick and then

for the sick, the poor, the

unwanted and unloved throughout

the City of Lima.

On May 5, 1962, Pope John XXIII,

in order to bring Martin’s spirit of mercy

and compassion into our day,

canonized him, the first

Black Saint in the Americas

 

Fraternal Blessings,

Bro. Ignatius Perkins, O.P.