November 12, 2007

Martinmas

Martinmas was yesterday, the 11th, the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours. He died in 397. He was a cavalry officer in the Roman army of Constantine.

My favorite remembrance for him is that when in France he saw a freezing beggar at the side of the road. He removed his cloak and slashed it in two, giving the beggar half. In a dream he saw Christ wearing his half cloak.

And this story gives depth to Jesus saying, "Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for Me."
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