Feast Day ~ November 11
Patronage ~ Against poverty; against alcoholism
This is very beautiful and vibrant.
St. Martin, called “the glory of Gaul,” was born about the year 316 of pagan parents in Sabaria, Upper Pannonia, a province comprising northern Yugoslavia and western Hungary. His father was an officer in the Roman army who had risen from the ranks. While Martin was still a child, his father was transferred to a new station in Pavia, north Italy. Here the boy learned of Christianity, felt drawn to it, and became a catechumen. As the son of a veteran, at the age of fifteen, he was required to begin service in the army. Though never shirking his military duty, he is said to have lived more like a monk than a soldier.