That night, in his dream, Martin was visited by Jesus. Jesus was smiling joyfully because he was wrapped in half of the military cloak Martin had given to the freezing beggar earlier that day.
Today is Veteran’s Day here in the U.S.A., Remembrance Day in Canada, and providentially, November 11 is also the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, Son of a Veteran of the Roman Army.
The amazing story I shared of St. Martin gives us the word “chaplain,” a priest or minister serving men and women in the military.
Let us ask the Lord to fill our hearts with gratitude for all veterans, living and deceased, and pray that they will be blessed here and in eternity.
Today, thank a veteran in your family and in your neighborhood for their honorable service to your country.
About Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.