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).
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.