November is Black Catholic History Month, during which we give special recognition to the contributions of Catholics of African descent. Northern Africa had great importance of the early Church, and some of our most well-known saints, including St. Augustine, St. Monica, St. Martin de Porres, St. Felicity, and St. Perpetua, were African or of African descent. Despite the importance of black Catholics throughout Church history, however, African American Catholics have faced discrimination and hardship.
November 11 is Veterans Day, a day when we remember all those who have served our country in the Armed Forces. On this day in particular, and every day, we are grateful for the courageous sacrifices of our veterans. In their honor, here are five saints who also served their country:
Martyrdom has been a reality for Christians since the very beginnings of the Church. For two millennia, with varying levels of intensity depending on the time period, large numbers of Christians have shed blood in witness of the faith. We honor these individuals as martyrs and saints.
Going back to school for a new academic year can be exciting, nerve-wracking, or something you dread—or a little bit of each. Whether you are a teacher or a student, or you just want to pray for those involved in education, try praying to these 6 saints who were devoted to teaching and learning.