1. I really like stories about people in history, especially stories about compassion or about servants and peacemakers, so, I’m sharing a story I found about San Martin de Porres as the story of the day.

The following is an excerpt from “The Life of Blessed Martin de Porres” by J.C. Kearns

"The following case is typical of Blessed Martin’s charity. While walking along the street one day, the good Brother beheld a poor old man covered with sores—a picture of abandonment difficult to describe. The servant of God carefully raised him up from the ground and carried him into his own private cell. There he gave him every possible comfort, bathing his sores and putting him into his own humble bed. A short while after, the patient was sufficiently recovered and had regained enough strength to permit his leaving. Brother Martin had not as yet had an opportunity of tidying the cell when a lay Brother entered, and beholding the soiled condition of the blankets and linens and noticing the foul odor that remained even after the poor man’s departure, he accused the holy Negro of indiscretion in introducing such cases, perhaps contagious diseases, into the very convent itself. The servant of God listened patiently to the reprimand, but answered in words that are perhaps the most striking that he ever uttered: ‘My dear Brother, it is much more important to have Christlike charity towards your neighbor than to be nicely careful about having your clothes always neat and clean. The stains on this blanket can be washed out with a little soap and water, but those that are a blot on the soul due to lack of charity towards the sick poor can only be washed out with tears of profound humiliation and repentance.’"

This is a little bio about him:

"Martin de Porres was a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people and all those seeking interracial harmony."

Folks also say that he was kind to mice and ants. :)

    I really like stories about people in history, especially stories about compassion or about servants and peacemakers, so, I’m sharing a story I found about San Martin de Porres as the story of the day.

    The following is an excerpt from “The Life of Blessed Martin de Porres” by J.C. Kearns

    "The following case is typical of Blessed Martin’s charity. While walking along the street one day, the good Brother beheld a poor old man covered with sores—a picture of abandonment difficult to describe. The servant of God carefully raised him up from the ground and carried him into his own private cell. There he gave him every possible comfort, bathing his sores and putting him into his own humble bed. A short while after, the patient was sufficiently recovered and had regained enough strength to permit his leaving. Brother Martin had not as yet had an opportunity of tidying the cell when a lay Brother entered, and beholding the soiled condition of the blankets and linens and noticing the foul odor that remained even after the poor man’s departure, he accused the holy Negro of indiscretion in introducing such cases, perhaps contagious diseases, into the very convent itself. The servant of God listened patiently to the reprimand, but answered in words that are perhaps the most striking that he ever uttered: ‘My dear Brother, it is much more important to have Christlike charity towards your neighbor than to be nicely careful about having your clothes always neat and clean. The stains on this blanket can be washed out with a little soap and water, but those that are a blot on the soul due to lack of charity towards the sick poor can only be washed out with tears of profound humiliation and repentance.’"

    This is a little bio about him:

    "Martin de Porres was a lay brother of the Dominican Order who was beatified in 1837 by Pope Gregory XVI and canonized in 1962 by Pope John XXIII. He is the patron saint of mixed-race people and all those seeking interracial harmony."

    Folks also say that he was kind to mice and ants. :)

     
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