Pope St. Martin
Today we celebrate Pope St. Martin I (pictured above left), a 7th-century religious abbot from central Italy prior to his election. As pope, he went to great lengths to unite the Church and was arrested and tortured for defending the faith against heresy.
Grant, almighty God, that we may withstand the trials of this world with invincible firmness of purpose, just as you did not allow your Martyr Pope Saint Martin the First to be daunted by threats or broken by suffering. Amen!