Army brat makes good
His dad was an army officer and the family moved around a lot, depending upon where his father was assigned.
It was no surprise that when he was old enough, Martin joined the army too.
Martin’s unit was eventually deployed far from his family. During that deployment, Martin became interested in the Church.
One day, he found a half-naked beggar shivering beside the road. Martin tore his weather gear in half and gave it to the man.
After Martin was honorably discharged, he embraced a life of prayerful solitude. He developed a reputation for holiness and a community of monks gathered around him.
When the bishop of a nearby city died, Martin was asked to replace him (they had to beg him to accept).
Martin proved to be a very effective shepherd: ministering to the needs of the people, aiding Churches in other areas, and yet retaining the ascetic lifestyle of a monk - living in a small cell just outside of town.
Martin died an old man after a long life of service to God and his people and was buried on this very day in the year 397.
His reputation continued to spread even after his death and St. Martin of Tours would be one of France’s most venerated men of God.
(adapted from an earlier post)