Saint for the Day - November 11 - St. Martin of
When a mere boy, Martin
became a Catholic catechumen against his parents'
wish; and at fifteen was therefore seized by his
father, a pagan soldier, and enrolled in the army.
One winter's day, when stationed at Amiens, he met a
beggar almost naked and frozen with cold. Having no
money, he cut his cloak in two and gave him the
half. That night he saw Our Lord clothed in the half
cloak, and heard Him say to the angels: "Martin, yet
a catechumen, hath wrapped Me in this garment." This
decided him to be baptized, and shortly after he
left the army. He succeeded in converting his
mother; but, being driven from his home by the
Arians, he took shelter with St. Hilary, and founded
near Poitiers the first monastery in France.
In 372 he was made Bishop of Tours. His flock,
though Catholic in name, was still pagan in heart.
Unarmed and attended only by his monks, Martin
destroyed the heathen temples and groves, and
completed by his preaching and miracles the
conversion of the people, whence he is known as the
Apostle of Gaul. His last eleven years were spent in
humble toil to atone for his faults, while God made
manifest by miracles the purity of his soul.
Saint for the Day - St. Martin of Tours
Read about the Saint for today - November 11 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
It was for Christ crucified that
St. Martin worked. Are you
working for the same Lord?
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