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Thought for the Day – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)

Thought for the Day – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)St.-Martin-Canonization

The example of Martin’s life is ample evidence that we can strive for holiness and salvation as Christ Jesus has shown us:  first, by loving God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind; and second, by loving your neighbour as yourself.”

When Martin had come to realize that Christ Jesus suffered for us and that He carried our sins on His body to the cross, he would meditate with remarkable ardour and affection about Christ on the cross.   Whenever he would contemplate Christ’s terrible torture he would be reduced to tears.   He had an exceptional love for the great sacrament of the Eucharist and often spent long hours in prayer before the blessed sacrament.   His desire was to receive the sacrament in communion as often as he could.martin-de-porres-painting-w

Saint Martin, always obedient and inspired by his divine teacher, dealt with his brothers with that profound love which comes from pure faith and humility of spirit.  He loved men because he honestly looked on them as God’s children and as his own brothers and sisters.   Such was his humility that he loved them even more than himself and considered them to be better and more righteous than he was.

He excused the faults of others.   He forgave the bitterest injuries, convinced that he deserved much severer punishments on account of his own sins.   He tried with all his might to redeem the guilty;  lovingly he comforted the sick;  he provided food, clothing and medicine for the poor;  he helped, as best he could, farm labourers and Negroes, as well as mulattoes, who were looked upon at that time as akin to slaves:  thus he deserved to be called by the name the people gave him: ‘Martin of Charity.’”

The virtuous example and even the conversation of this saintly man exerted a powerful influence in drawing men to religion.   It is remarkable how even today his influence can still come us toward the things of heaven.   Sad to say, not all of us understand these spiritual values as well as we should, nor do we give them a proper place in our lives. Many of us, in fact, strongly attracted by sin, may look upon these values as of little moment, even something of a nuisance, or we ignore them altogether.   It is deeply rewarding for men striving for salvation to follow in Christ’s footsteps and to obey God’s commandments.   If only everyone could learn this lesson from the example that Martin gave us.

Do you desire to be Christ, to follow Christ more closely?   Walk on the path that Saint Martin shows….

This excerpt from the homily of Pope John XXIII on the occasion of the Canonisation of Saint Martin de Porres (Die 6 Maii 1962: AAS 54 [1962], 306-309) is read in the Roman Office of Readings for the Feast of Dominican Friar and friend of St Rose of Lima, Saint Martin de Porres, the apostle of the poor, on 3 November.

St Martin de Porres, Pray for us!st martin de porres pray for us - 3 nov 2017

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Quote of the Day – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)

Quote of the Day – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)

“Compassion, my dear Brother,
is preferable to cleanliness.
Reflect that with a little soap,
I can easily clean my bed covers
but even with a torrent of tears,
I would never wash from my soul,
the stain, that my harshness toward
the unfortunate would create.”

St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)compassion my dear brother - st martin de porres - 3 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)

One Minute Reflection – 3 November – The Memorial of St Martin de Porres (1579-1639)

Set your heart on what pertains to higher realms where Christ is seated at God’s right hand.…Colossians 3:1

REFLECTION – “The example of Martin’s life is ample evidence that we can strive for holiness and salvation as Christ Jesus has shown us:  first, by loving God “with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind; and second, by loving your neighbour as yourself.”   When Martin had come to realise that Christ Jesus suffered for us and that he carried our sins on His body to the cross, he would meditate with remarkable ardour and affection about Christ on the cross.   He had an exceptional love for the great sacrament of the Eucharist and often spent long hours in prayer before the blessed sacrament.   His desire was to receive the sacrament in Communion as often as he could. Saint Martin, always obedient and inspired by his divine teacher, dealt with his brothers and with that profound love which comes from pure faith and humility of spirit.”…..St Pope John XXIII (Homily given at the canonisation of Saint Martin de Porres).the example of martin's life - st john 23rd - 3 nove 2017

PRAYER – Lord Jesus, help us to appreciate spiritual values and give them the first place in our hearts. Grant that we may always seek them first and remain forever united with You. Help us to follow the path of humility St Martin so splendidly showed us, that we may obtain from You, as he did, a place in Your Kingdom. St Martin de Porres, pray for us, amen.st martin pray for us - 3 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 3 November

Our Morning Offering – 3 November

The “FACE PRAYER” by Fr James Pinto MEV

Heavenly Father,
I embrace Your grace this day,
So that I might not:
Think of another,
Speak to another or
Touch another,
without first looking for
Your Face in the other
through
Jesus Christ:
God Incarnate,
God with Skin,
God made Poor,
God with a Face.
Amen!

the face prayer - new

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Saint of the Day – 3 November – St Martin de Porres O.P. “Saint of the Broom”

Saint of the Day – 3 November – St Martin de Porres O.P. “Saint of the Broom” Dominican lay Brother, Miracle Worker, Apostle of Charity, Mystic – Also known as:• Martín de Porres Velázquez, • Martin of Charity, • Martin the Charitable, • Saint of the Broom (for his devotion to his work, no matter how menial).   (9 December 1579 at Lima, Peru – 3 November 1639 in Lima, Peru of fever).   Beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and Canonised on 6 May 1962, by Pope John XXIII.   Patronages – • African-Americans, • against rats, • barbers, • bi-racial people, mixed-race people, • black people,
• for inter-racial justice, • for social justice, • hair stylists, hairdressers, • hotel-keepers, innkeepers, • paupers, poor people, • public education, public schools, state schools,
• public health, • race relations, racial harmony, • television, • Peru, • archdiocese of Accra, Ghana, • diocese of Biloxi, Mississippi.   Attributes:  a dog, a cat, a bird and a mouse eating together from a same dish; broom, crucifix, rosary, a heart.   St Martin was noted for work on behalf of the poor, establishing an orphanage and a children’s hospital.   He maintained an austere lifestyle, which included fasting and abstaining from meat.   Among the many miracles attributed to him were those of levitation, bilocation, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures and an ability to communicate with animals.

“Father unknown” is the cold legal phrase sometimes used on baptismal records.   “Half-breed” or “war souvenir” is the cruel name inflicted by those of “pure” blood.   Like many others, Martin might have grown to be a bitter man but he did not.   It was said that even as a child he gave his heart and his goods to the poor and despised.

He was the son of a freed woman of Panama, probably black but also possibly of indigenous stock and a Spanish grandee of Lima, Peru.   His parents never married each other.   Martin inherited the features and dark complexion of his mother.   That irked his father, who finally acknowledged his son after eight years.   After the birth of a sister, the father abandoned the family.   Martin was reared in poverty, locked into a low level of Lima’s society.

When he was 12, his mother apprenticed him to a barber-surgeon.   Martin learned how to cut hair and also how to draw blood–a standard medical treatment then–care for wounds and prepare and administer medicines.

After a few years in this medical apostolate, Martin applied to the Dominicans to be a “lay helper,” not feeling himself worthy to be a religious brother.  After nine years, the example of his prayer and penance, charity and humility, led the community to request him to make full religious profession.   Many of his nights were spent in prayer and penitential practices;   his days were filled with nursing the sick and caring for the poor. It was particularly impressive that he treated all people regardless of their colour, race, or status.   He was instrumental in founding an orphanage, took care of slaves brought from Africa and managed the daily alms of the priory with practicality, as well as generosity.   He became the procurator for both priory and city, whether it was a matter of “blankets, shirts, candles, candy, miracles or prayers!”   When his priory was in debt, he said, “I am only a poor mulatto.   Sell me.   I am the property of the order. Sell me.”

Side by side with his daily work in the kitchen, laundry, and infirmary, Martin’s life reflected God’s extraordinary gifts:   ecstasies that lifted him into the air, light filling the room where he prayed, bi-location, miraculous knowledge, instantaneous cures and a remarkable rapport with animals.   His charity extended to beasts of the field and even to the vermin of the kitchen.   He would excuse the raids of mice and rats on the grounds that they were underfed;   he kept stray cats and dogs at his sister’s house.

Martin became a formidable fundraiser, obtaining thousands of dollars for dowries for poor girls so that they could marry or enter a convent.

Many of his fellow religious took Martin as their spiritual director, but he continued to call himself a “poor slave.”   He was a good friend of another Dominican saint of Peru, Rose of Lima.

Saint Martin experienced the exclusion, derision and discrimination of racism.   Instead of growing bitter, he used his experience to reach out and comfort others.   Martin’s unwavering love of God and devotion to the Passion sustained him in his charitable works that often went unacknowledged.

“Compassion, my dear Brother, is preferable to cleanliness.   Reflect that with a little soap I can easily clean my bed covers but even with a torrent of tears I would never wash from my soul the stain that my harshness toward the unfortunate would create.”

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Memorials of the Saints – 3 November

St Martin de Porres (Optional Memorial) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuSZKazd8jg

St Acepsimas
St Acheric of Vosges
Bl Alphais of Cudot
Bl Berardo dei Marsi
Bl Berchtold of Engelberg
St Caesarius
St Cecilio Manrique Arnáiz
St Clydog
St Cristiolus
St Domnus of Vienne
St Elerius
St Englatius
St Florus of Lodeve
St Francisco Colom González
St Gaudiosus of Tarazona
St Germanus
St Guenhael
St Hermengaudius of Urgell
St Hilary of Viterbo
St Hubert of Liege
Bl Ida of Toggenburg
St José Llorach Bretó
St José Ruiz de la Torre
St Libertine of Agrigento
Bl Lorenzo Moreno Nicolás
St Malachy O’More
St Papulus
St Pierre-François Néron
St Pirmin
St Quartus
St Rumwold of Buckingham
St Sylvia of Rome
St Theophilus
St Valentine of Viterbo
St Valentinian
St Vitalis
St William of Vosges
St Winifred of Wales
St Wulganus

Innumerable Martyrs of Saragossa: A large group of Christians martyred in Zaragoza, Spain by Dacian during the persecutions of Diocletian. Dacian ordered all Christians of the city into exile under pain of death; when they were assembled to leave, Dacian ordered imperial soldiers to massacre the lot of them. They were martyred in 304.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Cecilio Manrique Arnáiz
• Blessed Francisco Colom González
• Blessed José Llorach Bretó
• Blessed José Ruiz de la Torre