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Saint Martin of Tours (c. 316–397)

Saint Martin of Tours (c. 316–397)

Patron saint of soldiers and of horses

Feast day: November 11

Saint Martin became a Christian at the age of 18. His father was a military officer, but Martin believed that Christians were not allowed to kill. He became a conscientious objector, even though he was imprisoned for refusing to serve in the military.

As a priest, then a bishop, he founded monasteries and churches in present-day France. Once, the story goes, he met a beggar who was freezing in the cold. Martin tore his own cloak in half to share it with the man. The story of Saint Martin’s life was written down and became one of the first and most popular lives of the saints. (From Take Ten: Daily Bible Reflections for Teens [Saint Mary’s Press]) 

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