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St. Martin de Porres - Watercolor Painting Dimensions - 14.5" X 18.25"

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St. Marin de Porres was the first beatified negro saint, the child of a slave woman and a Spanish grandee. He was born in Lima, Peru on December 9th,1579, and is considered the patron of all those who seek to humble themselves in Godís service. His great kindness, gentleness and concern for the poor were manifested at an early age; even though he was raised in extreme poverty, abandoned by his wealthy father, he would give any money he had to the poor children who lived in the streets of Lima. In order to earn money for those in need, he learned to be a barber/surgeon and was very skilled at healing.

Because of his great poverty and mixed ancestry, he was denied the position of Brother at the Dominican monastery he entered at age 11. For years he worked as a slave for them, sweeping floors, tending to the sick and wounded, and doing any job asked of him, no matter how wretched or low. He was known for his deep humility: once, when the monastery was about to close from lack of funds, he offered himself, to be sold as a slave and the money to be used to save them.

Martin had a great desire to go off to some foreign mission, like China, and earn the palm of martyrdom, however, since this was not possible, he made a martyr of his own body in many ceaseless and severe penances. He was given many graces by God, including bi-location, levitations, and spontaneous healings. St. Martin is also known for his concern for animals, and he opened the first veterinary hospital in his sisterís home. He was also a practical saint, who was a prolific fund-raiser, and was also known for securing dowries for poor brides. He was particularly concerned with black slaves brought over from Africa and became a spokesperson for their rights as humans. The Dominicans eventually recognized his great worth and granted him the title of Father of Charity. He died of a fever at the age of sixty, and was canonized Pope John XXIII in 1962. He is considered the patron saint of those of mixed race, of veterinarians, barbers and the poor.


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