St. Martin I (Pope and Martyr)

Little or nothing is known of the early life of the seventh century pope and martyr St. Martin I. A are part of the Roman clergy, he was elected pope in 649, and immediately concluded himself in the centre of a religious and political controversy.

In the Byzantine( Eastern) Empire there was a heresy, or false teaching, known as Monothelitism, which said that Christ, while on earth, had no human will, but only a see one.( The Church teaches that Jesus has two wills: a full and excellent gues one, and a full and perfect human one .) Several of the Eastern monarches had favored Monothelitism, supported by the patriarch, or bishop, of the imperial municipality of Constantinople.

Soon after his election, Pope Martin assembled a Church council in Rome which officially scorned this doctrine and condemned the efforts of the elder and monarch to promote it. An indignation ruler tried to discredit and later to assassinate the pope. Failing in these efforts, the emperor sent troops to Rome with tells to arrest Martin. Already in poor health, Martin attained no fight, and in the imperial municipal he accepted torture and internment. He last-minute wrote,” For forty-seven days I have not been able to achieve liquid to wash in. I am frozen through and wasting away with dysentery. The menu I get realizes me ill. But God envisions all things and I trust in Him .”

Pope Martin was exiled to Crimea, where he died in 655. St. Martin I is reputation as a martyr because of his death in refugee; he was the last pope to sustain martyrdom.


1. Truth is sometimes” politically incorrect ,” but, as St. Martin knew, followers of Christ must protect the Faith nonetheless, even at the risk of discussion and personal suffering.

2. St. Martin suffered greatly at the mitts of his enemies, but was sustained by his trust in God. We too must remember that God realises all things, including the difficulties and inequalities we know, and that remaining steadfast will result in vindication and glory.

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