Most of us have heard the well-known story about St. Martin of Tours and the beggar. In that story, we see a beautiful example of true charity towards those who are in need. Martin, who was a soldier in the Roman army stationed in Gaul at the time, came upon a beggar. His fellow soldiers scoffed at his concern for the man who was clothed in rags against the bitter cold air. Telling his colleagues to go on without him, Martin stopped and gave half of his army-issued red cloak and wrapped it around the old man. Later, he had a dream in which he saw the beggar again. The beggar was wrapped in the cloak, yet the face of the beggar was the face of Christ. He was surrounded by angels. Then Jesus said to the angels, "Do you know who wrapped Me with the cloak? It was Martin, who has not yet been baptized."
At the time, Martin was not a Christian. However, as a youth, he had been influenced by Christians which helped shape his character. Here is more of his story.
A Soldier's Life
Joining the King's Army
Fearless Faith Helps Bring Conversion
The man who had claimed him as his prisoner had Martin brought over to him and asked him his name.
Image: St. Martin of Tours resigning from the Roman army
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