November 11, 2006

November 11 is the Memorial of St. Martin of Tours, the first non-martyr to have a yearly feast in the Western Church

He died in A.D. 397.

He was a soldier.

Sometime before his baptism, he slit his cape in half to share it with a beggar.

He became a Christian at the age of 18 years.

He became a monk.

He went on to become bishop of Tours.

The cape he split with a beggar?

The Latin word for a small cape is cappella, which gave us the word "chapel" as the name for the place where St. Martin's cape was enshrined.


Anonymous Bob Farrell said...

Not just a soldier, but a Calvaryman!


(from a proud Infantryman)

11:49 AM  

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