St. Martin the first, also known as Martin the Confessor, was born near Todi, Umbria on June 21,598.He became a pope in the year 649. At the time, there was a strongly supported teaching in the East stating that Christ had no human will. St. Martin disagreed with this teaching and censured the documents with those teachings. In response, Emperor Constans II tried to turn bishops and people against the pope. Failing in this and attempting to kill the pope, the emperor sent troops to seize Martin and to bring him to Constantinople, where he was submitted to various hardships. Though he was saved from execution by the patriarch of Constantinople, he died from the sever tortures he endured on September 16, 655.
St. Martin, you stood for what is right, even though everyone else believed what was wrong. Help us to do good, even when it's hard to do so. Please aid us in discerning the right from wrong, Amen.