St. Martin’s Cloak Synthesis and Synergy for Peace through Love – (Originally posted on May 22, 2010, Updated on June 18, 2010 and September 28, 2011)
9/28/2011: I’ve decided to change the name for this page from “Foundation” to “Synthesis and Synergy” to better reflect the aims of what I’m attempting to accomplish in being an advocate for world peace through love. A “Foundation” is something officially established to provide, “funds for the perpetual support of an institution…an institution founded and supported by an endowment.” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com) Because my concept isn’t official and consists only of this blog and my tweets, I’ve decided to rename it to better reflect what is actually being expressed in the concept of working to establish world peace through love.
“Synthesis” is defined as, “the process of combining objects or ideas into a complex whole…the combination or whole produced by such a process…the unification of one concept with another not contained in it…the process of putting two or more things, concepts, elements, etc., together to form a whole…the whole formed of such combined parts…the process of deductive reasoning, as from cause to effect, from the simple elements to the complex whole…the process of deductive reasoning, as from cause to effect, from the simple elements to the complex whole.” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com)
“Synergy” is defined as, “The interaction of two or more agents or forces so that their combined effect is greater than the sum of their individual effects…cooperative interaction among groups, especially among the acquired subsidiaries or merged parts of a corporation, that creates an enhanced combined effect.” (http://www.thefreedictionary.com)
St. Martin’s Cloak Synthesis and Synergy for Peace through Love then describes the synthesis of joining hearts together, through love, for world peace; through the synergy created by billions of hearts all loving one another at the same time. That is my dream and prayer, that everyone can promote and enjoy world peace in our world, so that all other human endeavors can prosper and thrive! :) Cheers, Mark
St. Martin of Tours (316 – 397 A.D.) was a Roman soldier, a hermit, a monk, a founder of monasteries and the Bishop of Tours, France. I first came to know of St. Martin while stationed in Germany on my first assignment to Spangdahlem Air Base. Grade school children in the Eifel area made paper lanterns in their schools and led their local villages in a procession in the early evening through the streets of the village to a nearby field where a huge bonfire was set up – and freshly baked soft pretzels were handed out to all of the children. At the bonfire the figure of St. Martin dressed as a Roman soldier on horseback and wearing a long red cloak, reminded everyone – young and old – of the historical account of St. Martin dividing his cloak in half with his sword to clothe a poor and nearly naked beggar who was freezing on the streets of Rome as St. Martin’s unit passed by.
The act of sharing his military cloak with a beggar was the first public act of faith, kindness, humility and mercy of St. Martin; whose life was recorded in detail by Sulpicius Severus (360 – 420 or 425 A.D.) in his book, “Life of St. Martin” – which there is a link to below. St. Martin is the Patron Saint of France and of soldiers to name just two, and the Feast of St. Martin is celebrated on November 11th.
It is my desire to dedicate St. Martin’s Cloak Synthesis and Synergy for Peace through Love to the dream of world peace, in honor of the life and faith of St. Martin of Tours – in the hope that this Synthesis and Synergy would emulate his faith, kindness, humility and mercy - to love and serve all of God’s people in the Name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.
At the moment this Synthesis and Synergy exists only through this blog and my tweets, and has no official structure to it or behind it – but someday I hope that it will transition into an official registered non-profit organization. The only currency used and exchanged by this Synthesis and Synergy is God’s spiritual currency of Love – no worldly currency is used or accepted.
Instead of my rewriting the story of the life of St. Martin, here are just a few links to read about the life and faith of St. Martin of Tours:
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09732b.htm (St. Martin of Tours)
http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/Saints/Saint.aspx?id=1196 (St. Martin of Tours)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_of_Tours (St. Martin of Tours)
http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/14332a.htm (Sulpicius Severus – who wrote “Life of St. Martin”)
http://www.users.csbsju.edu/~eknuth/npnf2-11/sulpitiu/lifeofst.txt (“Life of St. Martin” – by Sulpicius Severus)