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Martin de Porres, Saint of the “Least”

This unwanted son found—and proclaimed—his Father’s love

By: Bob French

Eight-year-old Martin de Porres was not what most people today would call a “normal” child. Living in Lima, Peru, in 1587, the boy was already in training to be a barber, which in his world also meant learning to be a surgeon, pharmacist, and physician.

And there was something else that singled him out: Martin loved to pray. Isabel Garcia, whose house he lived in, would peek into his room

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