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St. Martin de Porres Medals

St Martin de Porres is the Patron Saint of barbers, hairdressers and racial harmony.

In the convent of Lima, Martin did the humblest tasks. He lived a life of deep prayer, austerity and charity. He took care of the sick brothers with great affection and efficiency, all while remaining very humble. Martin is a great example of humility and a sign of hope for all those who are humiliated because of ethnic or racial discrimination.

His kindness knew no bounds; he distributed alms to the poor and took care of them. The demands on him were so great that he had to open up a clinic in his sister's house. He also took care of animals. He talked to them and asked them not to harm humans. He had an enormous love for all of creation. Martin is an inspiration for all those who commit themselves to protect creation and promote life in all its forms.

Martin created an institution for needy children so that they could get a complete education and learn a trade. He also established an open garden with fig trees in it that was accessible to all the needy. His charity was therefore both imaginative and boundless and he remains a model of proximity to the poor and of advocacy on their behalf.