St. Martin of Tours

St. Martin of Tours

St. Martin of Tours (316-397).  Born in Pannonia pf pagan parents, he received baptism, gave up his career as a soldier and founded a monastery at Liguge in France where he led a religious life under the guidance of St, Hilary.  After his ordination to the priesthood, he was chosen to be Bishop of the city of Tours, where he constantly gave the good example of a good shepherd, founding new monasteries, instructing his clergy and preaching the Gospel to the poor.  Tradition has it that when he was a soldier, a poor man begged from him.  He took off his army cloak and halved it with his sword, giving half to the beggar.  That night, Christ appeared to him to thank him for his generosity in sharing his cloak.  St. Martins’s Summer is a spell of fine weather which sometimes occurs around his feast.  We can only hope it occurs this year!!

Picture: St Martin leaves the life of chivalry and renounces the army (fresco by Simone Martini)

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