Saint Martin de Porres was born to a possibly black, possibly indigenous woman from Panama and a hispanic man from Peru. He was called "half-breed" and "war souvenir" by those of "pure" blood. Despite the prejudice against his racial makeup, Martin gave with a generous heart, even as a child.

Martin is the patron saint of social justice and racial relations. Racism is a sin almost nobody confesses. Like pollution, it is a “sin of the world” that is everybody’s responsibility but apparently nobody’s fault. One could hardly imagine a more fitting patron of Christian forgiveness–on the part of those discriminated against—and Christian justice—on the part of reformed racists—than Martin de Porres.

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