Again with the obscure saint who—turns out—said little or nothing about prayer. I could have chosen “superstition” for Friday the Thirteenth, but no. Pope Martin is celebrated in the Orthodox Church on April 13, so I picked Martin.
He was Pope (649–653) in Rome during that difficult period when the Emperor ruled from Constantinople. This particular emperor was irritated by the church infighting over a heresy called monothelitism, so he commanded silence in the matter of Jesus’ will. Pope Martin not only disobeyed, he called all bishops to a council that condemned the heresy in twenty official canons of the church. The Emperor arrested him and eventually exiled him to Crimea, where he died of illness and starvation. You can read more about him here.
Since St. Martin was so strong on getting the nature of Jesus’ will “right,” let’s follow suit. Send me your haikus and images about “knowing Jesus’ will.” What does praying “Thy will be done” (Matt 6:10) look like to you?