The Feast of Saint Martin of Tours

Today the church celebrates The Feast of Saint Martin of Tours. On a bitterly cold day, a famous legend goes, Martin met a poor man… almost naked, trembling from the cold, and begging from passerbys at the gate of the city.

Martin had nothing but his weapons and his clothes. He drew his sword, cut his cloak into two pieces, gave one to the beggar, and wrapped himself in the other half.

Some of the bystanders laughed at his now odd appearance. Others were ashamed at not having relieved the man’s misery.

That night in his sleep, Martin saw Christ dressed in the half of the garment he had given away, and heard Him say, “Martin, still a catechumen, has covered me with his garment.”