St. Martin de Porres (1579-1639)
Martin was the illegitimate son of a Spanish nobleman and a young freed black slave. As a child, he joined the Dominicans, where he quickly became known for his tender care of the sick. He established an orphanage and a hospital for the poor children of the slums. He lived an austere life, fasted regularly, never ate meat, and spent much time in prayer and meditation.

Reflections from the Saints

Charity may be a very short word, but with its tremendous meaning of pure love, it sums up man's entire relation to God and to his neighbor.
– St. Aelred of Rievaulx