Martin de Porres was born in Lima, Peru in 1579. When Martin was only 10 years old, his father abandoned the family. Martin became a barber and later joined the Dominican friars. There he learned some basics of medicine and was able to care for the sick. He founded an orphanage as well as a small hospital for the poor of the city and cared for them personally. In this way, he was able to support the family. Later, he felt a call to join the Dominican Order. His days were filled with nursing the sick and caring for the poor. He was also able to raise funds as dowries for poor girls so they could marry or join a convent.
At Martin’s canonization, Pope John XXIII remarked, “He excused the faults of others; he forgave the deepest injuries. He comforted the sick. As his biographer wrote: ‘Thus he deserved to be called by the name the people gave him: ‘Martin of Charity.’” May we strive to be as charitable.
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