Happy feast day to all my brothers and sisters in the Province of St. Martin de Porres!
St. Martin is one of the Order's more fascinating saints: medic/healer, animal-lover, tireless worker among the poor, and bi-locator.
Icons of Martin depict him in the (now defunct) Dominican habit of a lay brother. . .
Note that his capuce (hood) and scapular are black rather than white. The lay brother habit was suppressed in the 1960's by General Chapter. . .much to the consternation of many of the lay brothers!
My province maintains Martin's shrine at St Peter's in Memphis, TN.
A prayer for the intercession of St Martin:
To you Saint Martin de Porres we prayerfully lift up our hearts filled with serene confidence and devotion. Mindful of your unbounded and helpful charity to all levels of society and also of your meekness and humility of heart, we offer our petitions to you. Pour out upon our families the precious gifts of your solicitous and generous intercession; show to the people of every race and every color the paths of unity and of justice; implore from our Father in heaven the coming of his kingdom, so that through mutual benevolence in God men may increase the fruits of grace and merit the rewards of eternal life. Amen.
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