St. Martin of Tours (316 or 336 – 8 November 397) was Bishop of Tours, whose shrine in France became a famous stopping-point for pilgrims on the road to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. He is most generally portrayed on horseback dividing his cloak with the beggar. Patron saint of France, children, beggars, soldiers, travellers. Feast Day: November 11
St Martin of Tours.- ST MARTIN 1) BIOGRAPHIE. 1.2: VIE DANS L'ARMEE, 9: Pour prouver qu'il n'est pas un lâche et qu'il croit à la providence et à la protection divine, il propose de servir de bouclier humain. Il est enchaîné et exposé à l'ennemi mais pour une raison inexpliquée, les Barbares demandent la paix.
St. Martin was the Bishop of Tours, a city in France. When he was a Roman soldier, he took pity on a beggar and cut his cloak in half to share with the beggar. The beggar revealed Himself to be Jesus Christ! Even as a soldier, St. Martin lived in prayer and fasting. When he became a priest later, the people of Tours wanted him to become their Bishop because he was so holy! He worked hard to dispel wrong beliefs in the Church while at the same time living an austere life.