Today is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours.
Of all the stories of the saints that have gone before, his is among the most beautiful and challenging
Thank you for the example of your servant, St. Martin, who reminds us that simple, impulsive acts of charity do not go unnoticed in heaven, that willingness to die for one's country doesn't have to be the same as willingness to kill for it, and that vigorous opposition to heresy and non-Christian belief doesn't have to include violence or hatred toward heretics and non-Christians.
Through his example and the power of the Holy Spirit, make us both more gentle and more fervent, more humble and more daring, and above all more loving toward all whom we encounter. In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, Amen.