This fourth century Bishop is chiefly remembered for his act of charity, in which, while still a catechumen, divided his soldier’s cloak in order to give half to a beggar.

Martin became a Christian and eventually, established a monastery in Ligugé in France, a monastery which would become Benedictine. Although it was destroyed during the French Revolution, it was re-established by the Solesmes Congregation and exists to this day.

May the prayers of St Martin assist us in the ways of charity and of prayer, and may God bless you this day.