Saint Martin

“Lord, if your people need me, I will not refuse to serve. Your will be done.’’

Born to pagan parents; his father was a Roman military officer and tribune. Martin was raised in Pavia, Italy.  Discovered Christianity, and became a catechumen in his early teens.  Joined the Roman imperial army at age 15, serving in a ceremonial unit that acted as the emperor’s bodyguard, rarely exposed to combat.  Cavalry officer, and assigned to garrison duty in Gaul.  While Martin was a soldier in the Roman army and stationed in Gaul (modern-day France), he experienced a vision, which became the most-repeated story about his life.  One day as he was approaching the gates of the city of Amiens, he met a scantily clad beggar.  He impulsively cut his military cloak in half to share with the man.  That night, Martin dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak he had given away.  He heard Jesus say to the angels: "Martin, who is still but a catechumen, clothed me with this robe."  In another version, when Martin woke, he found his cloak restored to wholeness. The dream confirmed Martin in his piety, and he was baptized at the age of 18.

His feast day is November 11th it is celebrated in the Christian religions.  

A prayer that was made by Saint Martin of Tours is called Prayer to continue to Fight for God it goes like this: Lord, if your people still have need of my services, I will not avoid the toil. Your will be done. I have fought the good fight long enough. Yet if you bid me continue to hold the battle line in defense of your camp, I will never beg to be excused from failing strength. I will do the work you entrust to me. While you command, I will fight beneath your banner. Amen  

Saint Martin died November 8, 397 in Candes, Gaul (modern-day France).  

He is the patron saint of beggars, wool-weavers and tailors, soldiers, geese, vintners and innkeepers, and France.

Miracles: When a catechumen died before baptism, Martin laid himself over the body and after several hours the man came back to life.

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