This memoir describes the lives of a loving Catholic couple who persevered through poverty, illness and bigotry due to their undying faith in God. This story covers Ignacio T Martínez life’s journey from childhood to death with God shadowing his every move. He was raised in a very traditional Catholic family of 10 during the early 1900’s. He was educated in school until discrimination denied him a high school education. This memoir includes his eventual move to San Antonio after marrying Catalina Campos and raising 10 children. He sacrificed so many luxuries in order to be his family’s hero by taking in relatives who were in need of respite. He conquered serious illnesses with prayer and became his father’s caregiver while raising his own family in the 1950’s. As you read this story, may the Holy Spirit open your eyes to God’s miracles.
Maria Henrietta (Enriqueta) Martínez Hughes is one of the middle children of Deacon Ignacio and Catalina Martínez and she still resides in the San Antonio area. She is married to Steven W. Hughes and together they have two adult sons, Adam Steven and Lucas Daniel. She was a contributing editor in high school for their newspaper and aspired to be a writer. She has been active at her parish, St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Boerne, Texas since 1997. Like her father she was a member of St. Vincent de Paul and was a Bible Facilitator. After completing her 2 year certification in Ministry from Oblate School of Theology she taught middle school Faith Formation. She gave confirmation preparation classes at St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in 1997-1999. She attended St. Teresa’s Academy, San Antonio College and Our Lady of the Lake University and she received her certification as a Certified Property Manager (CPM). Her career in property management extended to Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Texas. Her inspiration to write this book and share her experiences came from her father and mother, who were affectionately known by their grandchildren; and many others, as Papo and Granny.