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Quote/s of the Day – 4 February – Thursday – ‘Go!’ Mark 6:7-13

Quote/s of the Day – 4 February – Thursday of the Fourth Week of Ordinary Time, Readings: Hebrews 12:18-19, 21-24, Psalms 48:2-3,3-4, 9, 10-11, Mark 6:7-13

And he called the twelve
and began to send them out,
two by two …

Mark 6:7

“Go into all the world
and proclaim the gospel
to vthe whole creation.”

Mark 16:15

“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 to continue to hold
the battle line, in defence 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”

St Martin de Tours (c 316-397)

“Pray as though everything depended on God.
Work as though everything depended on you.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father & Doctor of the Church

“What a tragedy,
how many souls
are being shut out of heaven
and falling into hell,
thanks to you!”

St Francis Xavier (1506-1552)

“We ought to instruct with meekness
those whom heresy has made bitter and suspicious
and has estranged from orthodox Catholics,
… Thus, by whole-hearted charity and goodwill,
we may win them over to us in the Lord.”

St Peter Canisius (1521-1397)
Doctor of the Church

“Let us go in simplicity,
where merciful Providence leads us,
content to see the stone on which we should step,
without wanting to discover,
all at once and completely,
the windings of the road.”

Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (1813–1853)
“Servant to the Poor”

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Quote/s of the Day – 2 September – “I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God” – Luke 4:43

Quote/s of the Day – 2 September – Wednesday of the Twenty-second week in Ordinary Time, Readings: 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, Psalms 33:12-13, 14-15, 20-21, Luke 4:38-44

“And the people sought him and came to him
and would have kept him from leaving them,
but he said to them,
I must preach the good news of the kingdom of God
to the other towns as well; for I was sent for this purpose.”

Luke 4:42-43

“Peace be with you
as the Father has sent me,
even so I send you.”

John 20:21

“Proclaim the word;
be persistent
whether it is convenient or inconvenient;
convince,
reprimand
and encourage
through all patience and teaching.”

2 Timothy 4:2

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 to continue to hold
the battle line, in defence 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

St Martin de Tours (c 316-397)

“I preached myself,
the scholars came and praised me.
I preached Christ,
the sinners came and thanked me.”

St Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
Doctor of the Church

“It is no use walking somewhere to preach,
unless our walking is our preaching.”

St Francis of Assisi (c 1181-1226)

“What a tragedy,
how many souls
are being shut out of heaven
and falling into hell,
thanks to you!”

St Francis Xavier (1506-1552)

“Christ has no body on earth but yours,
no hands but yours,
no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes through which, the compassion of Christ, looks out to the world.
Yours are the feet,
with which, He is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands,
with which, He is to bless others now.”

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582)
Doctor of the Church

“Never say to God: “Enough;”
simply say, “I am ready.”

Bl Sebastian Valfre (1629-1710)

“I greatly desire to become a saint,
that I may be able to make others saints
and thus procure the glory of God.”

St Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

“In everything,
ask yourself only
what the Master would have done
and do that.”

Bl Charles of Jesus de Foucauld (1858-1916)

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Quote/s of the Day – 22 July – “But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb…” Perseverance

Quote/s of the Day – 22 July – Feast of St Mary of Magdala, Readings: Song of Solomon 3:1-4 or 2 Corinthians 5:14-17, Psalm 63:2-6, 8-9, John 20:1-2, 11-18

Speaking of:  Perseverance

“But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb…”

John 20:11

john 20 11 but mary stood weeping outside the tomb - 22 july 2020

“And will not God vindicate his elect,
who cry to him day and night?”

Luke 18:7

luke-18-7-and-will-not-god-vindicate-his-elect-who-cry-to-him-day-and-night-16-nov-2019 and 22 july 2020

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 to continue to hold
the battle line, in defence 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

St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

lord if your people still have need of my services - st martin of tours 22 july2020 (2)

“Our pilgrimage on earth cannot be exempt from trial.
We progress by means of trial.
No-one knows himself except through trial,
or receives a crown,
except after victory,
or strives,
except against an enemy or temptations.”

St Augustine (354-430)
Father and Doctor of Grace

our pilgrimage on earth cannot be exempt from trial - st augustine 22 july 2020

“For now, let us persevere, children,
dear children, let us be patient for a little,
brothers, dear brothers.…
Who will be crowned without having fought?
Who will go to rest if he is not tired (cf. 2 Tim 2:5-6)?
Who will gather the fruits of life,
without having planted virtues in his soul?
Cultivate them, prepare the earth with the greatest care,
take trouble over it,
sweat over it, children, God’s workers,
imitators of the angels,
competitors with incorporeal beings,
lights for those who are in the world (cf. Phil 2:15)!”

St Theodore the Studite (759-826)
Monk

Catechesis 28

for now let us perseverd children - st theodore the studite 22 july 2020

“Don’t sow your desires
in someone else’s garden,
just cultivate your own, as best you can;
don’t long to be other than what you are
but desire to be thoroughly what you are.
Direct your thoughts,
to being very good at that
and to bearing the crosses, little or great,
that you will find there.
Believe me, this is the most important
and least understood point to the spiritual life.
We all love according to what is our taste,
few people like what is according to their duty
or to God’s liking.
What is the use of building castles in Spain
when we have to live in France?”

dont-sow-your-desires-st-francis-de-sales-24-jan-2018-24-jan-2020 and 22 july 2020

It is not then a case for tears,
that we have so much work to do for our souls,
for we need great courage to go ever onwards
(since we must never stop)
and much resolution to restrain our desires.
Observe carefully this precept,
that all the Saints have given to those who would emulate them –
to speak little, or not at all,
of yourself and your own interests.”

St Francis de Sales (1567-1622)

Doctor of the Church

the-work-is-never-finished-st-francis-de-sales-27-march-2019-and-24-jan-2020 and 22 july 2020

“Love never says
‘I have done enough.’”

St Marie Eugénie de Jésus (1817-1898)

love-never-says-i-have-done-enough-st-marie-eugenie-de-jesus-10-march-2020 and 22 july 2020

“On the last day, we will not be asked
if we accomplished great deeds,
or been acclaimed by men,
rather we will be asked
if we followed His will,
in the state and condition,
to which we were called.”

The Eighth Circular Letter

St Guido Maria Conforti (1865-1931)

on-the-last-day-st-guido-maria-conforti-5-nov-2019and 22 july 2020

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Thought for the Day – 11 November – “If you had faith …”

Thought for the Day – 11 November – Monday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel: Luke 17:1-6 and The Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

St Martin, the Miracle-Worker

By St John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

Two Essays on Biblical and Ecclesiastical Miracles

And the Lord said,
“If you had faith as a grain of mustard seed,
you could say to this sycamine tree,
‘Be rooted up and be planted in the sea,’
and it would obey you.”

Luke 17:6luke 17 5 if you had faith as a mustard seed and you said to this tree - 11 nov 2019

“Before Martin was a Bishop, while he was near St Hilary at Poitiers, a certain Catechumen, who lived in his monastery, died of a fever, in Martin’s absence, without baptism.
On his return, the Saint went by himself, into the cell where the body lay, threw himself upon it, prayed and then raising himself with his eyes fixed on it, patiently waited his restoration, which took place before the end of two hours ….
At another time, on his giving orders for cutting down a pine to which idolatrous honour was paid, a heathen said, “If thou has confidence in thy God, let us hew the tree and do thou receive it as it falls.   If thy Lord is with thee, thou wilt escape harm.”
Martin accepted the condition and when the tree was falling upon him, made the Sign of the Cross.   The tree reeled round and fell on the other side!   This miracle converted the vast multitude who were spectators of it.”

St Martin of Tours, Pray for Us!st martin of tours, pray for us 11 nov 2019

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Quote/s of the Day – 12 November – “I will do the work You entrust to me.”

Quote/s of the Day – 12 November – The Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours (c 316-397) and Blessed Vincenza Maria Poloni (1802-1855)

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 to continue to hold
the battle line, in defence 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 of Tours (c 316-397)lord if your people - st martin of tours prayer - 11 nov 2019

“The poor are our masters,
let us love them and serve them,
as we would serve
Jesus Christ Himself. “

Blessed Vincenza Maria Poloni (1802-1855)the poor are our masters - bl vincenza maria poloni 11 nov 2019

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One Minute Reflection – 12 November – ‘..You must forgive him.’

One Minute Reflection – 12 November – Monday of the Thirty Second week in Ordinary Time, Year C, Gospel:   Luke 17:1-6 and the Memorial of St Martin of Tours

“… if he sins against you seven times in the day and turns to you, seven times and says, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.” … Luke 17:4

REFLECTION “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things” (1 Cor 13:7).  By this the apostle Paul showed that love can persevere steadfastly because it has learned to endure all things.   And in another place he says:  “Bear with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace” (Eph 4:2-3).

Neither unity nor peace can be preserved, unless brothers cherish one another, with mutual forbearance and preserve the bond of unity, with patience as intermediary.   How then will you be able to endure these things – not to swear or curse, not to seek again what has been taken away from you, on receiving a blow to offer the other cheek also to your assailant, to forgive your brother who offends you, not only seventy times seven times but all his offences without exception, to love your enemies, to pray for your adversaries and persecutors, if you do not have the steadfastness of patience and forbearance?

We see what happened in the case of Stephen.   When he was being killed by the violence and stones of the Jews, he did not ask for vengeance but forgiveness for his murderers, saying:  “Lord, do not hold this sin against them” (Acts 7:60).” … St Cyprian of Carthage (c 200- c 258) Bishop and Martyr, Father of the Church – The Good of Patienceluke 17 4 - if he sins against you seven times - we see what happened inthe case of stephen - st cyprian of carthage 11 nov 2019

PRAYER – Lord God, Your Son has shown us the way. As we follow in His steps, may we never wander from the path that leads to life. Renew the wonders of Your grace in our hearts so that neither death nor life may separate us from Your love. Holy Father, as You were glorified by the life and death of St Martin, grant that by his prayers, we may receive strength to always give You our hearts, minds and selves. Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, with You in union with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.st-martin-of-tours-pray-for-us-11-nov-2017-no-2

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Memorials of the Saints – 11 November

St Martin of Tours (c 316-397) (Memorial)
Biography here:
https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/11/11/saint-of-the-day-11-november-st-martin-of-tours-c-316-397/

Bl Alicia Maria jadwiga Kotowska
St Bartholomew of Rossano
St Bertuin of Malonne
St Cynfran of Wales
St Isidre Costa Hons
St John the Almoner (c 550-c 616)
St John’s Life:
https://anastpaul.com/2018/11/11/saint-of-the-day-11-november-st-john-the-almoner-c-550-c-616/
Bl Josaphat Chichkov
Bl Kamen Vitchev
Bl (Luigia) Vincenza Maria Poloni (1802-1855)
St Marina of Omura
St Menas Kallikelados
St Mennas of Santomenna
St Mercurius the Soldier
Bl Pavel Dzjidzjov
St Rhediw
St Theodore the Studite
St Turibius of Palencia
St Veranus of Lyon
St Veranus of Vence
Bl Vincent Eugene Bossilkoff

Martyrs of Torredembarra: Members of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, Discalced Carmelites, and Carmelite Tertiaries of Education who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Blessed Bonaventura Toldrà Rodon
• Blessed Damián Rodríguez Pablo
• Blessed Felipe Arce Fernández
• Blessed Frederíc Vila Bartolì
• Blessed Isidre Tarsá Giribets
• Blessed Joan Roca Vilardell
• Blessed José Alberich Lluch
• Blessed Josep Boschdemont Mitjavila
• Blessed Josep Maria Bru Ralduá
• Blessed Julio Alameda Camarero
• Blessed Lluís Domingo Oliva
• Blessed Mariano Navarro Blasco
• Blessed Miquel Saludes Ciuret
• Blessed Pedro de Eriz Eguiluz
They were martured on 11 November 1936 in Torredembarra, Tarragona, Spain and Beatified
• 13 October 2013 by Pope Francis
• beatification celebrated in Tarragona, Spain.

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Thought for the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Thought for the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Martin knew long in advance the time of his death and he told his brethren that it was near.   Meanwhile, he found himself obliged to make a visitation of the parish of Candes. The clergy of that church were quarrelling and he wished to reconcile them.

Although he knew that his days on earth were few, he did not refuse to undertake the journey for such a purpose, for he believed that he would bring his virtuous life to a good end if by his efforts peace was restored in the church.

He spent some time in Candes, or rather in its church, where he stayed.   Peace was restored and he was planning to return to his monastery when suddenly he began to lose his strength.   He summoned his brethren and told them he was dying.   All who heard this were overcome with grief.   In their sorrow, they cried to him with one voice: “Father, why are you deserting us?   Who will care for us when you are gone? Savage wolves will attack your flock and who will save us from their bite when our shepherd is struck down?   We know you long to be with Christ but your reward is certain and will not be any less for being delayed.   You will do better to show pity for us, rather than forsake us.”

Thereupon he broke into tears, for he was a man in whom the compassion of our Lord was continually revealed.   Turning to our Lord, he made this reply to their pleading: “Lord, if Your people still need me, I am ready for the task, Your will be done.”

Here was a man words cannot describe.   Death could not defeat him nor toil dismay him.   He was quite without a preference of his own, he neither feared to die nor refused to live.   With eyes and hands always raised to heaven he never withdrew his unconquered spirit from prayer.   It happened that some priests who had gathered at his bedside suggested that he should give his poor body some relief by lying on his other side.   He answered:  “Allow me, brothers, to look toward heaven rather than at the earth, so that my spirit may set on the right course when the time comes for me to go on my journey to the Lord.”

“Never was there any word on his lips but Christ and never was there a feeling in his heart except piety, peace and tender mercy.”

a letter by Sulpicius Severus (c 360 – c 425) Born around 360 AD in the region of Gaul (modern France) called Aquitaine, Sulpicius Severus was an up and coming lawyer till his wife’s death caused him to pause and take stock of his life.   The example of his frend, St Paulinus of Nola (354-431) and the exhortations of St Martin, bishop of Tours, led to his conversion to the monastic life.   He settled on an estate in Southern Gaul and set to work writing the life of St Martin who was still alive at the time.   The work became very influential on later authors writing lives of the saints.   According to one author, Sulpicius was ultimately ordained a priest and lived till about 420.

St Martin of Tours, Pray for Us!st martin of tours - pray for us - 11 nov 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Quote/s of the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

“Now let me fight for God.
As for your bonus, let someone
who is going to join the battle receive it.
I am a soldier of Christ-
combat is not permitted me.”now let me fight for god - st martin of tours - 11 nov 2018

“In the name of the Lord Jesus
and protected
only by the sign of the cross,
without shield or helmet,
I shall penetrate the enemy’s ranks
and not be afraid.”

St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)in-the-name-of-the-lord-jesus-st-martin-of-tours-11-nov-2018

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One Minute Reflection – 11 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 12:38–44

One Minute Reflection – 11 November – Today’s Gospel: Mark 12:38–44 – Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B and The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

“For they all contributed out of their abundance but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, her whole living.”…Mark 12:44

REFLECTION – “Now if someone is wondering what the cost is, here is their answer – he who offers a Kingdom in heaven has no need of earthly coin.   No one can offer God anything except what already belongs to Him since all that exists is His.   And yet God does not give away so great a thing without a price being placed on it, He does not give it to someone who doesn’t value it.   For indeed, nobody gives away something they hold dear without placing some kind of value on it.   From now on, then, if God has no need of your goods neither does He have to give you this great thing if you refuse to love Him, all He requires is love, without which nothing constrains His giving.   Love, then, and you will receive the Kingdom, love and you will possess it… Love God more than yourself and already you begin to have what it is you desire to possess fully in heaven.”…St Anselm (1033-1109) Doctor of the Churchmark 12 44 - but she gave everything - from now on then - st anselm - 11 nov 2018

PRAYER – Lord God, Your Son has shown us the way. As we follow in His steps, may we never wander from the path that leads to life.   Renew the wonders of Your grace in our hearts so that neither death nor life may separate us from Your love.   Holy Father, as You were glorified by the life and death of St Martin, grant that by his prayers, we may receive strength to always give You our hearts, minds and selves.   Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, with You in union with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity, amen.st-martin-of-tours-pray-for-us-11-nov-2017-no-2

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Our Morning Offering – 11 November – Prayer of St Martin of Tours

Our Morning Offering – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

I Will Fight Beneath Your Banner, Lord
Prayer of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

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.
Ameni will fight beneath your banner lord - st martin of tours - 11 nov 2018.jpg

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Thought for the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Thought for the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Today, November 11, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Martin of Tours (also known as “Martin the Merciful” and the “Glory of Gaul,”), bishop, teacher, apostle of charity.   Saint Martin saw himself as a member of the “Army of God,” not the army of man.   Zealous in his love for the Lord, he served (sometimes reluctantly, but ever obediently) those in need and those who sought him out, for his eight-one years on the earth.   Remembered for his great charity, Saint Martin inspires us still today to help those in need, as Christ would have helped them.

Martin’s worry about cooperation with evil reminds us that almost nothing is either all black or all white.   The saints are not creatures of another world.   They face the same perplexing decisions that we do.   Any decision of conscience always involves some risk. If we choose to go north, we may never know what would have happened had we gone east, west, or south.   A hyper-cautious withdrawal from all perplexing situations is not the virtue of prudence; it is in fact, a bad decision, for “not to decide is to decide.”

St Martin of Tours, pray for us!st martin of tours pray for us 11 nov 2017- no 2

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Quote of the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Quote of the Day – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

“In the name of the Lord Jesus and protected
only by the sign of the cross,
without shield or helmet,
I shall penetrate the enemy’s ranks
and not be afraid.”

St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)in the name of the lord jesus - st martin of tours - 11 nov 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

One Minute Reflection – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Remember your leaders who preached the word of God to you and as you reflect on the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith….Hebrews 13:7-8

REFLECTION – ““I have served you as a soldier. Let me now serve Christ.   Give the bounty to these others who are going to fight but I am a soldier of Christ and it is not lawful for me to fight.”…St Martin of Toursi have served you as a soldier - st martin - 11 nov 2017

PRAYER – Lord God, You were glorified by the life and death of St Martin.   Renew the wonders of Your grace in our hearts so that neither death nor life may separate us from Your love.  Through our Lord, Jesus Christ, with You in union with the Holy Spirit, one God for all eternity.  St Martin, continue to intercede for us, amen.st martin of tours pray for us 11 nov 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Our Morning Offering – 11 November – The Memorial of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

I Will Fight Beneath Your Banner, Lord
Prayer of St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

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.
Ameni will fight beneath your banner lord - st martin of tours - 11 nov 2017

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Saint of the Day – 11 November – St Martin of Tours (c 316-397)

Saint of the Day – 11 November – St Martin of Tours (c 316-397) Bishop, Confessor, Miracle-Worker, Apostle of Charity (c 316 at Upper Pannonia (in modern Hungary) – 8 November 397 at Candes, Tours, France of natural causes).   By his request, he was buried in the Cemetery of the Poor on 11 November 397.  Patronages – • against alcoholism• against impoverishment• against poverty• beggars• cavalry• equestrians• geese• horse men• horses• hotel-keepers• innkeepers• Pontifical Swiss Guards• quartermasters• reformed alcoholics• riders• soldiers• tailors• vintners• wine growers• wine makers• France• 5 dioceses• 31 cities.   Attributes – • apparition of Our Saviour• globe of fire• goose• man on horseback sharing his cloak with beggar• man cutting cloak in half• man holding aloft a sword and cloak• alms.   His relics rested in the basilica of Tours, a scene of pilgrimages and miracles, until 1562 when the cathedral and relics were destroyed by militant Protestants.   Some small fragments on his tomb were found during construction excavation in 1860.    His shrine in France became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.   He has become one of the most familiar and recognisable Christian saints, sometimes venerated as a military saint.   As he was born in what is now Szombathely, Hungary, spent much of his childhood in Pavia, Italy, and lived most of his adult life in France, he is considered a spiritual bridge across Europe.
His life was recorded by a contemporary, the hagiographer Sulpicius Severus.   He is best known for the account of his using his military sword to cut his cloak in two, to give half to a beggar clad only in rags in the depth of winter.  Conscripted as a soldier into the Roman army, he found the duty incompatible with the Christian faith he had adopted and became an early conscientious objector.

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A conscientious objector who wanted to be a monk;  a monk who was manoeuvred into being a bishop;  a bishop who fought paganism as well as pleaded for mercy to heretics—such was Martin of Tours, one of the most popular of saints and one of the first not to be a martyr.st martin of tours info

Born of pagan parents in what is now Hungary and raised in Italy, this son of a veteran was forced at the age of 15 to serve in the army.   Martin became a Christian catechumen and was baptised when he was 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.

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St Martin receives his discharge from the army – Simone Martini

He was ordained an exorcist and worked with great zeal against the Arians.   Martin became a monk, living first at Milan and later on a small island.   When Hilary was restored to his see following his 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.   Martin 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.

One of the most famous stories about Martin of Tours occurred when he was still a soldier.   One day, it is said, he met a beggar wearing rags.   He took his sword and cut his military cloak in half and gave half to the poor man for his warmth.   That night, Martin dreamed that Jesus was wearing the half of a cloak he had given away.   During the Middle Ages, Martin’s cloak (cappa) became a relic that French kings would take into battle.   The person whose job it was to care for the cloak was often a priest and he was called a cappellani.   It is from this that the word “chaplain” evolved.

As death approached, Martin’s 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.”06martinsan-martino-di-toursstmartinStMartinToursstmartin of tourssaint-martin-of-tours-00

Interior of the Basilica of Saint-Martin, Tours, France
Basilica of St Martin, Tours, France