St. Martin was the Bishop of Tours, a city in France. When he was a Roman soldier, he took pity on a beggar and cut his cloak in half to share with the beggar. The beggar revealed Himself to be Jesus Christ! Even as a soldier, St. Martin lived in prayer and fasting. When he became a priest later, the people of Tours wanted him to become their Bishop because he was so holy! He worked hard to dispel wrong beliefs in the Church while at the same time living an austere life.

Saint Martin and the Beggar El Greco (Domenikos Theotokopoulos) Greco, El Greek, 1541 - 1614 Saint Martin and the Beggar

St. Martin of Tours, Bethpage

Martin of Tours Catholic Church Central Ave in Bethpage.

The Charity of St. Martin, by Jean Fouquet

Martin of Tours (Nov. - Century Roman soldier and conscientious objector: "I am a soldier of Christ; I cannot fight.

Feast of St. Martin of Tours; Christian Religious Observance; November 11; Legionary soldier in France, turned conscientious objector and Christian; formed the first monastic community in Gaul; later was bishop of Tours. One of Gaul’s great saints and a pioneer of monasticism in the West. His shrine became a major pilgrimage center. A patron saint of France and of beggars, vine growers, tavern keepers, and drunkards.

Fairly lengthy biographical article on this bishop, who died in around 397

St. Martin of Tours, patron saint of geese, was so unwilling to be made a bishop that he hid in a barn full of geese, whose cackling foiled his hiding spot.

Martin of Tours, was Roman Catholic Bishop of Tours, whose shrine in France became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

St. Martin of Tours Church, Louisville, Kentucky, relics, Catholics, Destinations, The Observer, July-6-2012

(Photo provided) Destination: If you plan to attend next year’s Kentucky Derby, add a visit to St. Martin of Tours Church to your itine.

Jefferson Memorial- National Mall- Washington DC-- July 4- Park Rangers will be in Colonial Attire, sign the Declaration of Independence- evening fireworks

Jefferson Memorial- National Mall- Washington DC-- July Park Rangers will be in Colonial Attire, sign the Declaration of Independence- evening fireworks

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