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Martin of Tours - Soldier, Bishop, and Saint

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Régine Pernoud

Régine Pernoud, the highly acclaimed French medieval historian and bestselling author, presents an enlightening biography of one of France's most revered saints, and a man whose impact on France, and Europe, continues to this day.

Martin of Tours lived in the fourth century, at that great turning point in history when Christianity became legal in the Roman Empire. He left a successful career in the military life to become a monk, and later a bishop who traveled extensively, evangelizing the countryside and creating that particular sort of community life in a village that is now called a "parish". More than four hundred towns and some four thousand parishes in France are named after St. Martin. The term "chapel" is derived from the oratory where pilgrims venerated Martin's "cape" or cloak.

Martin of Tours was a servant of the common man, as well as the nobility, and a very humble man who responded to the needs of his times and opened up vast perspectives for ordinary, everyday life. Given the crisis of the Christian Faith now facing France, Europe, and the West, the story of this soldier and great apostle and Christian evangelist is a timely one indeed.

"Europe is failing today, and failing for lack of faith. If ever a society needed heroes and role models, Europe needs them now; and St. Martin of Tours is a true European hero. He was a man of peace who never lapsed into mere pacifism; a cheerful ascetic in an era of smothering luxury. In short, St. Martin is the antidote to everything ailing Western Civilization in the twenty-first century, both on its home continent and on ours. And here Régine Pernoud, a true daughter of France, reintroduces him at the critical hour. Tolle lege! "

Rod Bennett
Author, Four Witnesses

Régine Pernoud, a French historian and writer, has been widely regarded as one of the greatest medieval historians of our times. She wrote many books, including definitive works on Joan of Arc and Hildegard of Bingen, as well as TheCrusaders and Those Terrible Middle Ages.

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St. Martin of Tours

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 11/11

Patron Of: Winemakers, Cavalry, Soldiers, France, Against Poverty, Alcoholics, Horses, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Equestrians, Innkeepers, Pontifical Swiss Guards

Also known as
    Martin the Merciful
    The Glory of Gaul

    11 November

    Born to pagan parents; his father was a Roman military officer and tribune. Martin was raised in Pavia, Italy. Discovered Christianity, and became a catechumen in his early teens. Joined the Roman imperial army at age 15, serving in a ceremonial unit that acted as the emperor's bodyguard, rarely exposed to combat. Cavalry officer, and assigned to garrison duty in Gaul.

    Trying to live his faith, he refused to let his servant to wait on him. Once, while on horseback in Amiens in Gaul (modern France), he encountered a beggar. Having nothing to give but the clothes on his back, he cut his heavy officer's cloak in half, and gave it to the beggar. Later he had a vision of Christ wearing the cloak.

    Baptised into the Church at age 18. Just before a battle, Martin announced that his faith prohibited him from fighting. Charged with cowardice, he was jailed, and his superiors planned to put him in the front of the battle. However, the invaders sued for peace, the battle never occurred, and Martin was released from military service at Worms. Spiritual student of Saint Hilary at Poitiers.

    On a visit to Lombardy to see his parents, he was robbed in the mountains - but managed to convert one of the thieves. At home he found that his mother had converted, but his father had not. The area was strongly Arian, and openly hostile to Catholics. Martin was badly abused by the heretics, at one point even by the order of the Arian bishop. Learning that the Arians had gained the upper hand in Gaul and exiled Saint Hilary, Martin fled to the island of Gallinaria (modern Isola d'Albenga).

    Learning that the emperor had authorized Hilary's return, Martin ran to him in 361, then became a hermit for ten years in the area now known as Ligugé. A reputation for holiness attracted other monks, and they formed what would become the Benedictine abbey of Ligugé. Preached and evangelized through the Gallic countryside. Many locals held strongly to the old beliefs, and tried to intimidate Martin by dressing as the old Roman gods, and appearing to him at night; Martin continued to win converts. He destroyed old temples, and built churches on the land. Friend of Saint Liborius, bishop of Le Mans.

    When the bishop of Tours died in 371, Martin was the immediate choice to replace him. Martin declined, citing unworthiness Rusticus, a wealthy citizen of Tours, claimed his wife was ill and asking for Martin; when he arrived in the city, he was declared bishop by popular acclamation, consecrated on 4 July 372.

    Moved to a hermit's cell near Tours. Other monks joined him, and a new house, Marmoutier, soon formed. He rarely left his monastery or see city, but sometimes went to Trier to plead with the emperor for his city, his church, or his parishioners. Once when he went to ask for lenience for a condemned prisoner, an angel woke the emperor to tell him that Martin was waiting to see him; the prisoner was reprieved.

    Martin himself was given to visions, but even his contemporaries sometimes ascribed them to his habit of lengthy fasts. An extensive biography of Martin was written by Sulpicius Severus. He was the first non-martyr to receive the cultus of a saint.

    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
    his relics rested in the basilica of Tours, a scene of pilgrimages and miracles, until 1562 when the catheral and relics were destroyed by militant Protestants
    some small fragments on his tomb were found during construction excavation in 1860


    against impoverishment
    against poverty
    Beli Manastir, Croatia
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Dieburg, Germany
    Edingen, Germany
    Foiano della Chiana, Italy
    horse men
    Kortijk-Dutsel, Belgium
    Mainz, Germany, diocese of
    Olpe, Germany
    Pietrasanta, Italy
    Pontifical Swiss Guards
    reformed alcoholics
    Rottenburg-Stuttgart, Germany, diocese of
    Virje, Croatia
    wine growers
    wine makers
    Wissmannsdorf, Germany

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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