Short exercise for testing your comprehension reading skills. St. Martin was born in Hungary. His father was a Roman soldier and both his parents were heathen. When he was about ten years old, his parents went to live in Italy, and it was there that little Martin first heard about Christ. He begged his parents to let him get baptized, but they did not listen to him. So he remained what is called a catechumen, that is, one who wants to become a Christian and is being made ready for baptism.
When he was fifteen, he became a soldier at his father’s wish; and he was brave and skilful in his work, and lived a straight and good life as though he had become a Christian -as indeed he was in everything but name.
Read the above passage and answer the following questions:
1. Where did St. Martin spend his early life?
2. What did his parents say to his request for being baptized?
3. What do you mean by the word ‘Catechumen’?
4. What kind of a life did Martin lead as a soldier?
Glossary: 1. Atheist-Those who do not accept God 2. Christened made a Christian 3. Clever.