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.
St. Martin of Tours (316 or 336 – 8 November 397) was Bishop of Tours, whose shrine in France became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He is most generally portrayed on horseback dividing his cloak with the beggar. Patron saint of France, children, beggars, soldiers, travellers. Feast Day: November 11
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.