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PRAYER TO ST MARTIN DE PORRES FOR EMPLOYMENT

 

Compassionate St Martin de Porres, you were always a generous and dedicated worker. Not one day of your life found you idle. Help me now in these difficult times to find suitable employment. I have no wish to be without work. By your prayers I hope to be given a situation where I can use to the full all the gifts that God has given to me. Intercede for me that I will obtain guidance in seeking out possible opportunities. When I am employed obtain for me the graces to be faithful and diligent for the glory of God, for my own good and that of all people we serve. Ask God to give me health of mind and body and generosity in meeting the needs of others. I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

 
 

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ANIMALS SOUGHT ST MARTIN DE PORRES OUT SO THAT HE MIGHT CURE THEM

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

HE DOCTORED THEM WITH GREAT AFFECTION AND CHARITY

‘Martin’s joy and delight was to exercise himself in works of mercy and charity. This was evident from the promptness, activity, and supernatural swiftness with which the servant of God worked. Likewise closed doors broke to pieces, as it were, before him so that he could help the needy. Animals obeyed him as if they were rational, and sought him out that his hands might cure them, and he doctored them with great affection and charity.

SUPERNATURAL GIFTS

He knew and could foretell from the beginning of their illness which of the sick was going to die. Several times he said very plainly to me: ‘I know what has been stolen from the clothesroom, who stole it and where it is being kept.’ Later he would bring back these articles to the clothesroom. He told some people what would happen to them and revealed to others their very thoughts; this happened to me many times as I shall relate later.

I SAW HIM RESURRECT A BROTHER

I also saw the servant of God (Martin) free many from their pains merely by placing his hands on them. I saw him resurrect a brother who had died in the Convent, a miracle permitted only to the Saints and Servants of God.

HELPING A STROKE PATIENT

I saw also a paralysed priest whose hands and feet were useless, whose tongue was fettered so that he could not be understood by those who served him; this made him so impatient that no one cared to serve him. Martin grieved much over this poor priest and he told me that he was going to pray particularly for him. God was pleased to answer these prayers, to give the paralytic the power of speech, and to unloosen his hands enough to permit him to use them when eating. What surprised me and others the more was the conversion of the sick Father from an impatient man to one who, suffering many trials, bore them all with great meekness and contentment.’
– This article was published in “Saint Martin Magazine” issue January 2005. For subscriptions please visit http://www.stmartin.ie (external link).

 
 

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EYE-WITNESS ACCOUNT: “I ‘SPIED’ ON ST MARTIN DE PORRES”

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).

 
 

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