MARTIN was born of pagan parents in what is now Hungary around the year 316 and was raised in Italy. The son of a Roman officer, he was forced to serve in the army at the age of 15. He became a Christian catechumen, and was baptized at 18.Prayer
On a cold day, the legend goes, Martin met a poor man, almost naked, trembling, and begging from passersby. Martin had nothing but weapons and clothes. He drew his sword, cut his cloak in half, and gave half to the beggar. That night in his sleep Martin saw Christ dressed in the half of the cloak he had given away, and heard Him say: "Martin, still a catechumen, has covered Me with his garment."
At 23, Martin was discharged and went to be a disciple of St. Hilary of Poitiers, France. He was ordained a priest and after a while, returned to France where he lived for 10 years, getting disciples and preaching throughout the countryside.
The people of Tours demanded that he become their Bishop. He was the ideal good pastor, founding other monasteries, educating the clergy, and preaching the Gospel. He died in 397.
O God, Your Bishop St. Martin, glorified You by both his life and his death. Renew in us Your grace, so that neither death nor life can separate us from Your love.
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