Friday, November 11, 2011
11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month
Today is Veteran's Day and the memorial of Saint Martin of Tours. It is appropriate that Veteran's Day is on the memorial of a Saint who was a Soldier. He is also the patron saint of chaplains. He is recorded to have cut his cloak in two and share half of it with a beggar freezing in the streets. Later in a dream, the beggar was revealed to be Christ Jesus.
The cloak (capella) was preserved as a relic and brought with the kings of France on military campaigns. Priests went with the cloak on campaigns and came to be called after the cloak and gave us the concept for and the word chaplain.
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