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Martinmas Traditions

Rebuilding Catholic culture through art, festivity, education, Catholic history and traditions, and a life shaped by prayer. St. Martin of Tours (c.316-97) can be considered one of the original buil…More
Rebuilding Catholic culture through art, festivity, education, Catholic history and traditions, and a life shaped by prayer. St. Martin of Tours (c.316-97) can be considered one of the original builders of Catholic culture. Thanks to Sulpitius Severus, we have a detailed biography speaking of his life as a soldier, his dramatic refusal to bear arms, his fight against Arianism, his eradication of paganism in rural France, his establishment of many monasteries, and teaching as bishop. Part of establishing a Catholic culture necessitated establishing vineyards, which were needed to celebrate Mass. Overall, he was the Apostle of rural France, converting the pagans (literally “country folk”) by preaching, overturning the idols and altars, and building new institutions.
It cannot be a coincidence that Armistice Day (now Veteran’s Day), November 11, 1919, occurred on Martin’s feast day, himself a veteran of the Roman army. The most famous anecdote from his life occurred while still a …More
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