Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Love God, serve God...

 I shall raise up for myself a faithful priest, who will act 
in accord with my heart and my mind, says the Lord. -  I Sam 2:35

“Love God, serve God:  
everything is in that. - St Clare of Assisi

St Martin of Tours
Bishop in France, Patron of Soldiers
Born in Hungary: 316 
Died in France:  397
Set up monasteries, educated the clergy, 
destroyed pagan temples, gave particular attention 
to conversion of the rural population
Known as "The Glory of Gaul"
Feast Day – Nov 11
St Martin bore a great love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament,
the faith and the poor.  He was a soldier in his youth.

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The most famous episode of the military period in Martin's life is his meeting with a poor man almost naked in the dead of winter, and trembling with cold. Martin did not have a penny to give him, but he remembered the text of the Gospel: “I was naked, and you clothed Me.”

“My friend,” he said, “I have nothing but my weapons and my garments.” And taking up his sword, he divided his cloak into two parts and gave one to the beggar. The following night he saw Jesus Christ in a dream, clothed with this half-cloak and saying to His Angels: “It is Martin, still a catechumen, who covered Me.” Soon afterwards he was baptized.

Interesting fact: Martin Luther was named after St. Martin, 
as he was baptized on November 11 (St. Martin's Day), 1483.

St Martin of Tours, pray for us!

Let us join in prayers of gratitude 
for the generosity, sacrifice, heroism and bravery 
of all of our veterans – past and present!

Armistice Day (also known as Remembrance Day) is on 11 November 
and commemorates the armistice signed between the 
Allies of World War I and Germany at CompiègneFrance
for the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, 
which took effect at eleven o'clock in the morning — 
the "eleventh hour of the eleventh day 
of the eleventh month" of 1918.

U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations."

 Plenary indulgence applicable to 
the Souls in Purgatory

Let us empty Purgatory!

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