A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk; a monk who was maneuvered into being a bishop; a bishop who fought paganism as well as pleaded for mercy to heretics —such was Saint Martin of Tours, one of the most popular of saints and one of the first not to be a martyr.
Born of pagan parents in what is now Hungary and raised in Italy, this son of a veteran was forced to serve in the army against his will at the age of 15. He became a Christian catechumen and was baptized at 18. It was said that he lived more like a monk than a soldier. At 23, he refused a war bonus and told his commander: “I have served you as a soldier; now let me serve Christ. Give the bounty to those who are going to fight. But I am a soldier of Christ and it is not lawful for me to fight.” After great difficulties, he was discharged and went to be a disciple of Hilary of Poitiers (January 13).
On a bitterly cold day, a famous legend goes, Martin met a poor man, almost naked, trembling in the cold and begging from passersby at the city gate. Martin had nothing but his weapons and his clothes. He drew his sword, cut his cloak into two pieces, gave one to the beggar and wrapped himself in the other half. Some of the bystanders laughed at his now odd apearance; others were ashamed at not having relieved the man’s misery. That night in his sleep Martin saw Christ dressed in the half of the garment he had given away, and heard him say, “Martin, still a catechumen, has covered me with is garment.”
He was ordained an exorcist and worked with great zeal against the Arians. He became a monk, living first at Milan and later on a small island. When Hilary was restored to his see after exile, Martin returned to France and established what may have been the first French monastery near Poitiers. He lived there for 10 years, forming his disciples and preaching throughout the countryside.
The people of Tours demanded that he become their bishop. He was drawn to that city by a ruse—the need of a sick person—and was brought to the church, where he reluctantly allowed himself to be consecrated bishop. Some of the consecrating bishops thought his rumpled appearance and unkempt hair indicated that he was not dignified enough for the office.
Along with St. Ambrose (December 7), Martin rejected Bishop Ithacius’s principle of putting heretics to death—as well as the intrusion of the emperor into such matters. He prevailed upon the emperor to spare the life of the heretic Priscillian. For his efforts, Martin was accused of the same heresy, and Priscillian was executed after all. Martin then pleaded for a cessation of the persecution of Priscillian’s followers in Spain. He still felt he could cooperate with Ithacius in other areas, but afterwards his conscience troubled him about this decision.
As death approached, his followers begged him not to leave them. He prayed, “Lord, if your people still need me, I do not refuse the work. Your will be done.”
Pray for us…..Be our help…I make this prayer in Jesus Holy Name…Amen
When was he born then died? What are the dates of all his accomplishments? His life was exemplary but we need dates to properly appreciate his place in history. Thank you
St. Martin of Tours pray for us! pray for Christs’ Church on earth. That we may all be one as God in one. Pray for our Bishops, catechumens and catechists. may the holy Spirit enlighten them, May the Lord be with them and all of us always, may they never feel abandoned. may our Mother Mary wrap us in her loving mantle and bring us ever closer to Christ and His most Sacred Heart. Amen.
Please help me San Martín to meet the way and jobs to find the charity and solve my problems which you know I have and make me walk secure in my life please tell my God thank you for this affirmative response. I love you.
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Saint Martin..please guide our country back to peace and justice and Christianity.
Saint Martin please guide our country back to peace, justice and Christianity
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Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us!
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You see, O God, that we can place no trust in ourselves. Grant that in all adversity we may be protected by the intercession of your blessed confessor and Bishop Martin. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever. Amen.
St. Martin pray for us.plead the Lord our God to for give me all my trespasses and to give me Money to solve all my problems which requires Money.Amen
Saint Martin of Tours, pray for us. Lead all the warriors in this current chaos with bravery, clarity, love and righteous anger at those who refuse to submit their will to a loving God, our Father Almighty, our Holy Trinity. Bring success to their mission.
All holy men and women, martyrs, saints, angels, pray for us.
Holy Family of Nazareth, restore matrimony and family life.
Transform all of mankind’s iniquity into integrity. Amen.
Ecce Crucem Domini!
Fugite partes adversae!
Vicit Leo de tribu Juda,
Radix David! Alleluia!
Saint Anthony of Padua, pray for us. For Italy.
Saint Teresa of Avila, pray for us. For Rome.
Blood of Christ Crucified, cleanse the Vatican.
Saint Martin of tours pray for us amen
Dear St. Martin of Tours,
Please pray for the people of earth, as the whole world fights coronavirus. Amen.
Dear St. Martin of Tours,
Please pray for the people of earth, as the whole world fights each other. Amen.