Martin de Porres

Martin de Porres

The Rose in the Desert

by Gary D. Schmidt
Publisher: Clarion Books
First Edition, ©2012, ISBN: 9780547612188
Hardcover, 32 pages
List Price: $18.99 Sale Price: $16.14

Historical Setting: Peru


As the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a former slave, Martin de Porres was born into extreme poverty. Even so, his mother begged the church fathers to allow him into the priesthood. Instead, Martin was accepted as a servant boy. But soon, the young man was performing miracles. Rumors began to fly around the city of a strange mulatto boy with healing hands, who gave first to the people of the barrios. Martin continued to serve in the church, until he was finally received by the Dominican Order, no longer called the worthless son of a slave, but rather a saint and the rose in the desert.

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