Monday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time
Malvern Minute

 

Monday of the Thirty-Second Week in Ordinary Time

November 11, 2019

Deacon Anthony J. Cincotta

Assistant Director for Retreat Ministry

 

Memorial Feast: Saint Martin of Tours (316-397) – Patron Saint of France

Veterans Day

Wisdom

Psalm 139

Luke 17:1-6

One hundred and one years ago on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month World War I ended.  President Woodrow Wilson would later establish November 11th as a national holiday to honor a day “from a condition of war to a condition of peace.”  This day was originally called Armistice Day.  Today we know it as Veterans Day in order to honor and thank all of those who have served our country in the armed forces of the United States of America.

Perhaps coincidentally, November 11th is the day we celebrate the Memorial feast of Saint Martin of Tours.  He was born in the year 316.  His father was a Roman soldier and he was named by his father after “Mars, the Roman God of war.”  Martin followed in his father’s footsteps and became a soldier.  But then something happened.  Early in his military career he had a conversion experience which he later maintained as an encounter with Jesus who appeared to him as a beggar.  Soon after this experience he determined that his faith prohibited him from fighting as he said, “I am a soldier of Christ, I cannot fight.”  One of the main reasons that we remember St. Martin is because his life represents a transition form a condition of war to a condition of peace.  He founded the first monastery in the West and is the first non-martyr with a feast day in the Western Church.  He is one of the patron saints for soldiers and the patron saint of France.

We gather today as a community of Catholic women and men to commemorate and to honor those who served and sacrificed so much in order for us to enjoy the freedom and the safety we have in our beautiful country.  Our freedom is a direct result from the men and women who have served and who are now serving in our armed forces.  Please keep our current military personnel in your prayers that they remain safe and secure wherever they are serving.

We must also pray and ask God for guidance on what ways we can as individuals and as people of a free nation move from a condition of war and conflict to a condition of peace.  We give thanks to good Saint Martin of Tours who has shown us there could be better ways to use the gifts of freedom and safety that we enjoy in order to live in a world at peace. 

Question of the Day:  Will you pray for our veterans as well as our current service men and women every day? 

Prayer:  Dear Lord, today we honor our veterans, worthy men and women who gave their best when they were called upon to serve and protect our country.  We pray that you will bless them, Lord, for their unselfish service in the continual struggle to preserve our freedoms, our safety, and our country’s heritage, for all of us. 

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