St. Martin de Porres: A Universal Friend

I have had a long relationship with St. Martin de Porres. It began when I entered the novitiate in 1981 at the Dominican Community of St. Martin de Porres in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. St. Martin de Porres Parish, School … Continue reading

St. Martin de Porres: A Mentor in Friendship with Jesus

You may have heard the popular expression, “you’ve got a friend in Jesus.” Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift (2 Corinthians 9:15). A friendship with Jesus, fostered through a spiritual mentorship with St. Martin de Porres. In preparing … Continue reading

St. Martin de Porres: Patron of Social Justice

Martin de Porres (1579-1639) is a saint who can inform and inspire our age to forge new pathways of racial justice and reconciliation. Martin was born into the turbulent world of Lima, Peru, a generation after its “conquest” by Pizarro. … Continue reading

Chosen by St. Martin de Porres

St. Martin de Porres has been in my life since before I was born. In fact, I was named after him. I did not just choose Martin after I had been given the name and then went looking for a … Continue reading

St. Martin de Porres: Companion and Intercessor

In preparation to celebrate the feast of St. Martin de Porres, members of the Dominican family will offer some reflections on his life and influence in the lives of others. Martin de Porres was born on December 9, 1579, in … Continue reading

St. Dominic and the Rosary

St Dominic preached the Holy Rosary throughout his life. He preached it by example as well as by his sermons. Devotion to the Rosary is most especially associated with the Order of Preachers as being one of its “Apostolates.” I … Continue reading

Our Lady of the Rosary

I have been privileged with the opportunity of experiencing some great works of art from different centuries and artists. One of the paintings that I have encountered more than once is Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary) … Continue reading

Rose of Lima: Discipline and Solidarity

Thirty years ago this month, I entered the Dominican novitiate. A few years later, when I realized I had been baptized on the Feast of St. Rose of Lima, it occurred to me that perhaps St. Rose marked me for … Continue reading

The Greater the Trial, the Greater the Grace

Rose of Lima was famous for the austerity of her life and the ingenuity of her penances. She is probably the best known female Dominican saint after St. Catherine of Siena. As a true mystic, she recognized very early in … Continue reading

“Jesus! Jesus! With me…”

While most Catholics usually celebrate the feast of St. Rose of Lima on August 23, she is remembered on the 30 of August in my native Haiti. Rose of Lima was the first woman to be canonized in colonial America, … Continue reading