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RE: Nov. 3rd: 'Martin De Porres'-Day

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    I think this story is referring to the Dominican religious order, like the Franciscans or Cappuchins, not the population of Dominican Repuublic. tlbaker1
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      I think this story is referring to the
      Dominican religious order, like the Franciscans or
      Cappuchins, not the population of Dominican Repuublic.

      tlbaker1 <tlbaker1@...> wrote:


      At first the other Dominicans looked down on Martin
      because he was Mixed-Race but he eventually
      won them over by his exceptional humility.


      Insane, aren’t the Dominicans mixed race?????? 
      Well I guess this was in the 16th century, go figure. 
      Poor thing, he has a sweet face…

      Lynne



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      Subject: [Generation- Mixed] Nov. 3rd: 'Martin De Porres'-Day


      Martin De Porres


      (1579 - 1639) 
       

      The Patron Saint of Mixed-Race people and
      of all those seeking interracial harmony.


      Martin was born in Lima , Peru , in 1579, the son
      of a White / Spanish knight, Juan de Porres, and a free
      Black / Negro woman from Panama , Anna Velásquez.

      After the birth of their second child, Juan departed,
      leaving the mother and children to fend for themselves.

      For many years Martin was rejected by
      his father because of his dark skin.

      As a child Martin grew up in terrible poverty but none the less,
      even at that early age, showed considerable compassion and
      generosity for the poor, often parting with his mother's meagre
      resources to help those he felt to be less fortunate than himself.

      Some years later Juan de Porres returned
      to the family and although he did not stay
      permanently, he saw to Martin's education.

      At the age of twelve Martin became apprenticed to a barber,
      which in those times also meant that he studied surgery.

      Three years later he joined the Dominican order
      as a lay-brother working as a barber, a surgeon
      and farm labourer but above all caring for
      the poor, whatever their "race" or 'color'.

      At first the other Dominicans looked down on Martin
      because he was Mixed-Race but he eventually
      won them over by his exceptional humility.

      He would spend his nights in prayer and penance and by day
      he used the skills he had learned in his apprenticeship to
      nurse the sick and plague-stricken in the slums of Lima .


      Martin was a prolific organizer.

      He raised money by begging in order to help
      the poorest and most destitute of the city.

      He established an orphanage, a children's hospital
      in the slums and even a shelter for stray animals.

      Martin was particularly concerned for the welfare of the
      Black slaves who had been brought to Peru from Africa and
      whose "owners" had the power of life (and death) over them.

      The Dominican community recognized Martin's 
      work to such an extent that they accepted his spiritual
      direction, deferring on him the name 'Father of Charity'.

      In 1639 at the age of sixty Martin died of a violent fever.

      At his death-bed the Spanish viceroy, the Count of Chinchón,
      came to kneel before him and ask for his blessing.

      Martin received a beatification in 1837 and 
      was canonized by Pope John XXIII in 1962.

      St. Martin de Porres is considered to be the
      patron saint for people of Mixed-Race.


      He never forgot his humble origins and through his life demonstrated
      that he was a man who was deeply concerned about racial justice.

      Three hundred and fifty years after his death Martin de Porres is
      recognized as an inspiration to all those seeking interracial harmony,
      not on account of any political or revolutionary activity of his but for
      his charity and service to people of all races, even those too proud to accept it.


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