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 the Merciful the Bishop of Tours At the gates of Amiens, he saw a beggar shivering in the severe winter cold, so he cut his cloak in two and gave half to the beggar. That night, the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to the saint wearing Martin's cloak. He heard the Savior say to the angels surrounding Him, "Martin is only a catechumen, but he has clothed Me with this garment."
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.