Saturday, 4 November 2017

# Saints

Saint Martin de Porres

Portrait of St. Martin de Porres, c. 17th century, Monastery of Rosa of Santa Maria in Lima. This portrait was painted during his lifetime or very soon after his death, hence it is probably the most true to his appearance.


The 3rd of November is the feast day of Saint Martin de Porres. He is the patron saint of the Diocese of Biloxi, Vietnam, Mississippi, black people, hair stylists, innkeepers, lottery, lottery winners, mixed-race people, Peru, poor people, public education, public health, public schools, race relations, social justice, state schools, television, Mexico, and Peruvian Naval Aviators.



Saint Martin de Porres lived between 1569 and 1639 and born in Lima, Peru. His nobleman father did not acknowledge his illegitimate son for 8 years, and his mother was a freed slave woman from Panama, of an African or Native American descent. His father eventually abandoned the family when Martin's sister was born. He was raised in poverty, and as a young man worked as an assistant to a barber-surgeon, learning medicine and caring for the sick. At the age of 15 he joined the Dominican friars, becoming a Lay Brother. He nursed the sick in the Dominican infirmary and the sick among the townspeople. He even gave his own bed to a sick man. He worked as an almoner as well, and begged for money, using the  money to help with his work to tend the poor and sick. An orphanage was founded by him, and he tended to African slaves and gave alms to those in need. He demonstrated miraculous powers, healing the sick, bi-locating, levitating, expressing hidden knowledge, and communicating with animals. His sanctity was well known with many people coming to him for spiritual direction.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

November 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, My motherly heart suffers as I am looking at my children who do not love the truth, those who are hiding it - as I look at my children who do not pray with their feelings and actions. I am sad as I am saying to my Son that many of my children no longer have faith, that they do not know Him - my Son. That is why I call you, apostles of my love: you strive to look to the very depth in human hearts and there you are certain to find the little hidden treasure. To look in this way is mercy from the Heavenly Father. To seek the good even where there is the greatest evil - to strive to comprehend each other and not to judge - that is what my Son is asking of you. And I, as a mother, am calling you to listen to Him. My children, the spirit is mightier than the flesh, and, carried by love and actions, it overcomes all obstacles. Do not forget: my Son has loved you and loves you. His love is with you and in you when you are one with Him. He is the light of the world and no one and nothing will be able to stop Him in the final glory. Therefore, apostles of my love, do not be afraid to witness the truth. Witness it with enthusiasm, with works, with love, with your sacrifice, and, above all, in humility. Witness the truth to all those who have not come to know my Son. I will be alongside you. I will encourage you. Witness the love which never ends because it comes from the Heavenly Father who is eternal and who offers eternity to all of my children. The spirit of my Son will be alongside you. Anew I am calling you, my children: pray for your shepherds, pray that the love of my Son may lead them. Thank you.

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