WITNESSES TO THE LIFE OF ST MARTIN DE PORRES
÷ Testimony of Fr Fernando de Aragones OP ÷
“(Fray Fernando worked with St Martin for many years and witnessed some of the striking cures and extraordinary events in Martin’s life.)
‘At different times when I was sick during the night, miserable with my pains and desirous of relief, I called from my secret heart upon the servant of God (Martin) who I knew would be engaged in his customary prayer, and just as if he had heard me he would enter at those unusual hours to help and console me in my affliction. The same thing happened to many others who were sick; he would come in to see them praising God and saying to them; ‘What do the servants of God need?’ and each would tell him his need and afflictions. Benevolently would he then help them as far as he could, seeing in them God for whose sake he did it. As soon as he finished his work of mercy, he would return to his prayer, as I saw many times and experienced in my own case.
During the time which I mentioned above I noticed that many were the offices to which the servant of God, Fray Martin de Porres, attended, being barber, surgeon, custodian of the clothes and infirmarian. Each of these duties was enough for any one person, but he alone filled all of them with great liberality, promptness, and carefulness, without being weighed down by any of them.
It was a cause of wonder, which made me realise that, inasmuch as he clung to God in his soul, all these things were effects of divine grace. Thus would he go from room to room seeking how he might serve the sick. Nothing was left to his diligence and care which his good will did not immediately undertake. While he would be performing the aforesaid duties, the Spirit would call him and he would go into a room, close the door, and kneel down in a corner where he remained in prayer as if his previous work were merely a preparation for it. This I saw happen twice, because I had a key, in case I needed it, for the room where I found him in prayer; and in order that I might not discover him again, the servant of God (Martin), cautious of me, put a latch on the door.'”
– This article entitled “Witnesses to the Life of St Martin” was published in “Saint Martin Magazine” issue December 2004. For subscriptions please visit http://www.stmartin.ie (external link).