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Young Martin loves being a Roman military officer like his father. But when he discovers Christianity and learns about Jesus’ love for all people, his dream of a life spent fighting for Caesar gives way to an even higher goal: to be a soldier for Christ! Meet Saint Martin of Tours, whose act of love for a poor man became the miracle that changed his life forever!

A Tale about

Saint Martin of Tours

$11.95 U.S. ISBN 0-8198-7544-9

www.pauline.org

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Written by Pamela Love

Illustrated by Rebecca Sorge

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A Tale of Saint Martin of Tours

Written by Pamela Love Illustrated by Rebecca Sorge

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Library of Congress Cataloging-­in-­Publication Data Names: Love, Pamela, 1966- author. | Sorge, Rebecca, illustrator. Title: The sword and the cape : a tale of Saint Martin of Tours / written by Pamela Love ; illustrated by Rebecca Sorge. Description: Boston, MA : Pauline Books & Media, [2018] Identifiers: LCCN 2018021025| ISBN 9780819875440 (pbk.) | ISBN 0819875449 (pbk.) Subjects: LCSH: Martin, Saint, Bishop of Tours, approximately 316-397--Juvenile literature. | Christian saints--France--Tours--Biography--Juvenile literature. Classification: LCC BR1720.M3 L68 2018 | DDC 270.2092 [B] --dc23 LC record available at https://lccn.loc.gov/2018021025 Design by Mary Joseph Peterson, FSP Illustrated by Rebecca Sorge All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. “P” and PAULINE are registered trademarks of the Daughters of St. Paul. Copyright © 2018, Pamela Love Published by Pauline Books & Media, 50 Saint Paul’s Avenue, Boston, MA 02130–­349 1 Printed in the U.S.A. TSTC VSAUSAPEOILL6-1310122 7544-9 www.pauline.org Pauline Books & Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of women religious serving the Church with the communications media. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

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“Here they come!” Martin shouted. The crowd turned to watch the troops go by.

Armored soldiers wearing red capes rode their high-­ stepping horses.

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It was many centuries ago during the time of the Roman Empire. Martin lived in the city of Ticinum. His father was an officer in the Roman army. Martin and his friends often cheered as Martin’s father led the troops through the city. “Someday I’ll be just like them,” Martin would say. “I can hardly wait.” 2

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One day, Martin heard a man preaching on a street corner. “Do you know about Jesus Christ?” he asked the passing crowd. “He is the Son of the one true God. Jesus helped many people. Once a centurion asked Jesus to heal his servant—­” 3

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A centurion? Martin wondered. That’s a Roman officer, just like my father. He stopped to listen to the man in the striped tunic. So did several other people. “Jesus agreed to go to the officer’s house to heal his servant. But the officer insisted Jesus didn’t have to go to his house. Just as he commanded his soldiers, Jesus could command someone far away to be cured. Jesus said to the centurion, ‘You have great faith. Your servant is now healed.’”

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The Sword and The Cape  

Sometimes a call to sainthood comes during childhood, sometimes through an occupation, and sometimes in a dream. For St. Martin of Tours, it...

The Sword and The Cape  

Sometimes a call to sainthood comes during childhood, sometimes through an occupation, and sometimes in a dream. For St. Martin of Tours, it...