Born to a Roman military officer, Martin of Tours, also known as Martin the Merciful, became a catechumen in his early teens. He joined the Roman army aged 15, serving as the emperor’s bodyguard. While on horseback in Amiens, he came across a beggar. Having nothing to give but the clothes on his back, Martin cut his officer‘s cloak in half and gave it to the beggar. Just before a battle, Martin announced that his faith prohibited him from fighting. He was charged with cowardice, was jailed, and his superiors planned to put him in the front of the battle. However, the invaders made peace and Martin was released from military service.