I loved St. Martin since a very young age. At some point, I wrote to the Dominican friars to obtain a relic of the blessed when I was in 4th or 5th grade. They sent me a 2nd class relic, a swatch of his tunic. I now have a 1st class relic encased in a reliquary, along with his pals, St. Rose of Lima and St. John Macias. I was attracted to St. Martin because he seemed to have garnered the very last place amongst Dominican saints. He was a mulatto, a black, and 'only' a donate-brother. Oddly enough, at that age I think I wanted to be black, since black people seemed to be the poorest of the poor in our country at that time. I had no comprehension that my family was also very poor for the times. I often embarrassed my parents with sentiments like that.
Art: Photography: "Saint Martin de Porres" - Pierre et Gilles, 1990
Silver reliquary containing the relic of St. Martin, click to enlarge.
St. Rose and St. John Macias are also included.
St. Martin remains an indiscriminate wonder worker. He is a helper for our animals and pets too. Thank you St. Martin for Gabby's recovery.