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ST MARTIN OF TOURS: AGED 18, HE DID ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS DEEDS

ST MARTIN OF TOURS: AGED 18, HE DID ONE OF HIS MOST FAMOUS DEEDS

ST MARTIN OF TOURS, BISHOP AND CONFESSOR – MEMORIAL: NOVEMBER 11

Martin was born at Sabaria, in Pannonia. When he was ten years old, against his parents’ wishes, he fled to a church and enrolled among the catechumens. As a young man of fifteen, he enrolled as a soldier, first in the army of Constantinus, then in that of Julian.

At Amiens, when he was eighteen years old, he gave part of his cloak to a certain poor man and was later refreshed by a wonderful apparition of Jesus Christ. He received Baptism with great interior joy. Afterwards, abandoning the military life, he was received by Hilary, Bishop of Poitiers, among the number of acolytes. Then he was made Bishop of Tours and built a monastery, where, with eighty monks he lived, for some time, a very holy life.

When he was stricken with a grave fever at Candes, a village of his diocese, out of compassion for his disciples, he prayed thus to God: “O Lord, if I am still necessary to your people, I do not refuse to labour.” Soon afterwards, at the moment of death, beholding the enemy of the human race, he said: “What are you doing here, cruel beast? You will find no cause for my destruction.” As he uttered those words, he gave up his soul to God. He was then eighty-one years old and famous for many miracles.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

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ST MARTIN OF TOURS: AT FIRST, HIS PARENTS DID NOT WANT HIM TO BE RECEIVED INTO THE CHURCH

“The Bishop of Tours is among the most famous of saints, thanks perhaps to a first-class hagiographer, Sulpicious Severus, and the inspiring tale of the cloak. His shrine in western France became a stopping point on the road to Santiago de Compostela.

Born in modern-day Hungary in 316, Martin grew up in Pavia, now Lombardy, where his father, a tribune, was stationed. But he spent most of his life in France. This pan-Europeanism made him such a pivotal figure at a time when Christianity had become the religion of the empire, yet still more dominant in the east. Indeed, when Martin, aged 10, signified his intent to join the Church his parents strongly disapproved, the army being one of the last hold-outs of the old gods, especially Mithras.

HIS PARENTS DIDN’T WANT HIM TO BE RECEIVED INTO THE CHURCH

Aged 15, he joined the cavalry, as he was expected to do, and was stationed in northern Gaul, but after two years he was charged with cowardice after a battle with the Gauls in which he declared that his faith prevented him from engaging the enemy. ‘I am a soldier of Christ,’ he said. ‘I cannot fight.’ To show his bravery, Martin volunteered to go unarmed to the battlefront. The offer was accepted. But he was saved when the enemy surrendered.

ST MARTIN OFFERED TO GO UNARMED TO THE BATTLEFRONT

He now went to Caesarodunum, present-day Tours, where he became involved in the Arian [people who denied the Holy Trinity] controversy and had to flee to Italy, where he converted a brigand on the way. Following a dream he headed east and also converted his mother, though he failed to win around his father.

HE SUBSEQUENTLY CONVERTED HIS MOTHER

He was kicked out of the Balkans by some Arians and was expelled from Milan for again standing up for Trinitarian Christianity. After living as a hermit for some time, he returned to France in 361 and founded a monastery that would become the Benedictine Liguge Abbey, one of the earliest monastic foundations in France. He became bishop in 371, and impressed the pagans by agreeing to stand by a sacred tree if they cut it down – it missed him. He was a dedicated campaigner for prisoners. It is said that local governors and even emperors would try to avoid him lest they were persuaded to free more prisoners.

PATRON SAINT OF SOLDIERS

He became the patron saint of soldiers and his cult enjoyed a renaissance in France following the defeat of 1871 and the Paris Commune. A basilica to St Martin at Tours, designed in a neo-Byzantine style, was consecrated in 1925.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue November 8 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link)

 

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AN ELDER PERSON’S PRAYER FOR GOD’S WILL TO BE DONE

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 me. While you command, I will fight beneath your banner. Amen.

– St Martin of Tours

 
 

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PRAYER TO ST MARTIN OF TOURS (ST MARTIN CABALLERO)

Dear St Martin, you were first a soldier like your father. Converted to the Church, you became a soldier of Christ, a priest and then a Bishop of Tours. Lover of the poor, and model for pagans and Christians alike, protect our soldiers at all times. Make them strong, just and charitable, always aiming at establishing peace on earth. Amen.

 

 
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ST MARTIN OF TOURS, A DEDICATED CAMPAIGNER FOR PRISONERS

“The Bishop of Tours is among the most famous of saints, thanks perhaps to a first-class hagiographer, Sulpicious Severus, and the inspiring tale of the cloak. His shrine in western France became a stopping point on the road to Santiago de Compostela.

Born in modern-day Hungary in 316, Martin grew up in Pavia, now Lombardy, where his father, a tribune, was stationed. But he spent most of his life in France. This pan-Europeanism made him such a pivotal figure at a time when Christianity had become the religion of the empire, yet still more dominant in the east. Indeed, when Martin, aged 10, signified his intent to join the Church his parents strongly disapproved, the army being one of the last hold-outs of the old gods, especially Mithras.

HIS PARENTS DIDN’T WANT HIM TO BE RECEIVED INTO THE CHURCH

Aged 15, he joined the cavalry, as he was expected to do, and was stationed in northern Gaul, but after two years he was charged with cowardice after a battle with the Gauls in which he declared that his faith prevented him from engaging the enemy. ‘I am a soldier of Christ,’ he said. ‘I cannot fight.’ To show his bravery, Martin volunteered to go unarmed to the battlefront. The offer was accepted. But he was saved when the enemy surrendered.

ST MARTIN OFFERED TO GO UNARMED TO THE BATTLEFRONT

He now went to Caesarodunum, present-day Tours, where he became involved in the Arian [people who denied the Holy Trinity] controversy and had to flee to Italy, where he converted a brigand on the way. Following a dream he headed east and also converted his mother, though he failed to win around his father.

HE SUBSEQUENTLY CONVERTED HIS MOTHER

He was kicked out of the Balkans by some Arians and was expelled from Milan for again standing up for Trinitarian Christianity. After living as a hermit for some time, he returned to France in 361 and founded a monastery that would become the Benedictine Liguge Abbey, one of the earliest monastic foundations in France. He became bishop in 371, and impressed the pagans by agreeing to stand by a sacred tree if they cut it down – it missed him. He was a dedicated campaigner for prisoners. It is said that local governors and even emperors would try to avoid him lest they were persuaded to free more prisoners.

PATRON SAINT OF SOLDIERS

He became the patron saint of soldiers and his cult enjoyed a renaissance in France following the defeat of 1871 and the Paris Commune. A basilica to St Martin at Tours, designed in a neo-Byzantine style, was consecrated in 1925.”
– This article was published in “The Catholic Herald” issue November 8 2013. For subscriptions please visit http://www.catholicherald.co.uk (external link).

 
 

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“WE ARE HERE, CALLED TO THE HEAVENLY BANQUET. COME WITH US.”

ST LEO OF MENTENAY, 6TH CENTURY ABBOT; MEMORIAL: MAY 25

“In his youth, Leo exhibited a deep knowledge of the Psalms and of the dogmas and laws of the Church. Years later, he became abbot of Mentenay Abbey, near Troyes, France. He is described as a man “most pure in chastity and abstinence”, charitable, and constant in his prayer.

ONE NIGHT, THREE MEN APPEARED, SUFFUSED IN A BRILLIANT LIGHT.

One night, after Leo had gone to sleep on a cot in the abbey’s baptistery, he awoke to the sight of three men suffused in a brilliant light. He prostrated himself, kissed their feet, and asked them, “Where are you from?” One of the men replied, “I am the sinner Hilary, and these are Saint Martin and the blessed Anianus.” Leo was experiencing a vision of three saints, most probably Hilary of Poitiers (+ 367), Martin of Tours (+ 397), and Anianus of Orleans (+ c.453). They told him that in three days they would return to take him to heaven.

‘IN THREE DAYS WE WILL RETURN.’

Three days later, they reappeared and told Leo, “We are here, called to the heavenly banquet. Come with us.” Leo, however, asked for three more days to procure a burial garment for himself. This was granted, and when three days later he obtained a burial garment, he died as the saints had foretold. Leo is commemorated on 25th May.”

 
 

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PRAYER TO ST MARTIN OF TOURS (CABALLERO)

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, for ever and ever. Amen.

 
 

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