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The Lives and Times of the Popes by Chevalier Artaud de Montor, New York: The Catholic Publication Society of America, 1911. Originally published in 1842

Feast of Saint Pope Martin I

(d. 655)

Elected pope in 649, Pope Martin I promptly convened a Lateran council to resolve the Monothelite heresy, which asserted that Jesus had only a divine will and no human will, thus undermining the integrity of the human nature Christ assumed for our redemption.  In promulgating the orthodox teaching, Martin drew the ire of the Byzantine Emperor Constans II, who arrested and imprisoned the pontiff.  For two years, Martin suffered exile, public indignities, and terrible mistreatment, but he held fast to the Lord.  From his prison in Naxos, Greece, he wrote, “For forty-seven days, I have not been given water to wash in.  I am frozen through and wasting away….  But God sees all things and I trust in him.”

His feast day is April 13.

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The Lord has commanded us to shun evil and do good; but not to reject the good with the evil. We are not to deny at the same time both truth and error.”

Saint Pope Martin I

Follow the saints because those who follow them will become saints.”

Saint Clement I, pope

Saint Pope Martin I, martyr, pray for us.

Be not afraid!  And may the peace of Christ be with you and your loved ones today and always.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

The Holy Family, Murillo
The Heavenly and Earthly Trinities (c. 1675-82) by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (1617 – 1682)

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