Martin de Porres

November 3. This 17th century saint was born of a black mother and a Spanish father in a world and culture that separated types and classes of people with a vengeance. But he accepted who he was and used that awareness to make himself sensitive to the needs of others. He served the poor and sick, especially the forgotten black population of the period, and is remembered as the patron of social justice.

Santuario de San Martin de Porres, Albuquerque, NM

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