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Veteran’s Day: St. Martin of Tours

on November 11, 2011

In honor of the retired and active military persons– Thank you for your service!

Martin of Tours

By Charles L. O’Donnell [1]

“As I today was wayfaring”——
Holy, Holy, Holy!—low—
Said Christ in Heaven’s evening—
“I met a knight upon the road;
A plumed charger he bestrode.

 “He saw the beggar that was I—
Holy, Holy, Holy!—long—
Head and foot one beggary—
Holy, Holy, Holy!—song—
One that shivered in the cold
While his horse trailed cloth of gold.

 “Down he leaped, his sword outdrawn—
Holy, Holy Holy!—swells—
Cleaved his cloak, laid half upon—
Holy! now a peal of bells—
Shoulders that the cross had spanned;
And I think he kissed my hand.

 “Then he passed the road along,
Holy, Holy, Holy!—laud—
Caroling a knightly song—
Holy! in the face of God.
Yea, Father, by Thy sovereign name,
Begging is a goodly game.”

Saint Martin and the Beggar

Five Quick Facts about St. Martin of Tours [2]

  1. Born in 316, he was a catechumen by the age of ten and a roman soldier by age of 15.
  2. He left the Roman service by age 20, accused of cowardice, by proclaiming “With the sign of the Cross, I shall more certainly break through the ranks of the enemy than if armed with shield and sword.
  3. During his service as a Roman soldier, he came upon a beggar, but only having his sword and cloak, he cleaved the cloak in two for the beggar.  Later, Christ appeared to him in a vision, bearing the severed cloak, proclaiming, “Martin, the catechumen, has clothed Me with this mantle!”
  4. St. Martin had the gift to heal the sick, discerning of spirits, and raised three people from the dead.
  5. He died on November 11, 397 and was later canonized as the patron saint of many including: reformed alcoholics, beggars, soldiers, equestrians, and wine makers.


[1] Martin of Tours, Charles L. O’Donnell, Poetry: A Magazine of Verse, Edited by Harriet Monroe, Volume IX, October-March 191607, page 116, Link

[2] Memorial of Saint Martin of Tours, bishop, Catholic Culture, Link


4 responses to “Veteran’s Day: St. Martin of Tours

  1. Pamologist: St. Martin Of Tours was blessed by God even though the roman soldiers thought he was a cowardice. I believe the cowards are the people afraid to accept our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thank you for your continued work on spreading the good word. May the Lord continue to bless you with love, peace, harmony and grace. God bless you.

    • Pamalogist says:

      I agree with you, Ricklee. I have come to appreciate the saints as our role models– in their trials, suffering, temptations, they said yes to Jesus. St. Martin faced the society of his day, he stood up to the pressures, the stereotypes, the persecution and pursued what was and is truly the most important thing in life– Jesus. That took so much bravery that the officer who called him a coward could not have been more wrong! How wonderful it would be if all of Gods’s children could/would do the same! But of course that is part of the journey, part of the growing process–to say yes to Jesus in the face of all opposition. Thank you for your encouragement! God bless you the same.

  2. Pioneer4God says:

    Thanks for the Veteran’s Day greeting! St. Martin was obviously a brave and compassionate soldier & I believe the vast majority of American military members over the years have acted in the same manner. I witnessed many acts of kindness by our soldiers in Vietnam, Germany & other places. Thank you for researching and publishing such encouraging Christian messages & may God continue to bless you.

    • Pamalogist says:

      My pleasure. 😉 yes, I would even go as far to say that the soldiers and military persons service itself is a great act of kindness, compassion and sacrifice. 😉 Our country would not exist without them. Thank you!

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