- Who is the most quotable Catholic personality?
- St. Augustine
- St. Thomas Aquinas
- G. K. Chesterton
- John Henry Cardinal Newman
- Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
- Pope John Paul II
As for last week's poll ("Which one of these warrior saints is your favorite?"), it turned out to be the most popular one yet, with 48 total votes. Here are the results:
The "prince of the heavenly host" reigns supreme yet again. I was rooting for him, that's for sure. It was interesting that St. Louis IX got the one vote instead of St. Martin of Tours, who seems to be the more popular of the two. St. Louis was more or less the wild-card entry, but at least one person knows of him. This "warrior saint" was King of France in the 13th century. I included him among the options because he supported Pope Innocent IV in his war against Emperor Frederick II of Germany, and he led two Crusades.
The story of St. Martin of Tours is interesting. Although he's always pictured with a warrior's accoutrements, he did little if any fighting. It is true that he was a member of the Roman imperial army, but he served in a ceremonial unit that acted as the emperor's bodyguard, rarely exposed to combat. He was also a cavalry officer, and assigned to garrison duty in Gaul. When he did have the opportunity for battle, he asserted that his new Catholic faith prohibited him from fighting. For this he was jailed, but later released.
Perhaps St. Martin is more of a spiritual warrior. He was much maligned by pagans and Arians, but he continued to convert souls, destroy old temples, and build churches in their place. He also became a hermit, and established the Benedictine abbey of Ligugé and the Marmoutier house near Tours. He'll always have a special place in my heart, since the most beautiful Novus Ordo Mass I have ever experienced is celebrated in a church named after this saint.
St. Louis IX....pray for us.
St. Martin of Tours....pray for us.