Archives For Saints

 

In honor of Black History Month, here are the stories of 10 African Saints. North American Christians know too little about the history of Christianity in Africa, so these stories are a great place for us to start learning!

If these saints were alive today, would they have dark skin and be recognized as black people? Perhaps, perhaps not. (See Was St. Augustine Black?)  But regardless these saints were all born in Africa, and played a vital role in the church on this continent.

Here are brief introductions to ten African saints (I use this term loosely to include other prominent women of faith, not just those who have been canonized by the Roman Catholic church) that you should be familiar with. 

The Ugandan Martyrs

1885-1887

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TODAY (Nov. 14) is the Feast Day (in the Anglican Communion) of Samuel Seabury.

Samuel Seabury (November 30, 1729 – February 25, 1796) was the first American Episcopal bishop, the second Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America, and the first Bishop of Connecticut. He was a leading Loyalist in New York City during the American Revolution and a known rival of Alexander Hamilton.
(via Wikipedia)

In honor of the occasion, we re-publish Seabury’s incisive tract, An Earnest Persuasive to Frequent Communion.

 
 

An Earnest Persuasive
to Frequent Communion

Addressed to those Professors of the
Church of England,
in Connecticut,
who neglect that
HOLY ORDINANCE.

Published New Haven, CT
1789

 

Brethren, beloved in Christ,

The title has informed you, that my design is to address you on the subject of frequent Communion in the Holy Eucharist, or Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ, commonly called, The Lord’s-Supper. The subject is an important one, and claims your serious attention: And the great neglect of the duty requires plainness of speech, and freedom of admonition on my part. I have, therefore, to request, that you will carefully read and consider what is here addressed to you: and bear patiently that plain dealing which proceeds only from a desire to stir you up to the practice of a duty which I suppose an indispensable one, and in the neglect of which you live in a constant state of sin against your God.

“Sin” said the apostle, “is the transgression of the law.” The will of God, when made known to us, is His law to us, and binds us in all cases whatsoever. Nothing is sinful any further than it is contrary to God’s will; and everything is sinful in the same degree that it is contrary to His will: For to contradict the will of God constitutes the nature and essence of sin.

The will of God is made known to us by Revelation, and is declared in the Holy Bible, which is intended by God to be the standard of our faith and practice, that we may know at all times what He requires us to believe and do.

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Today is All Saints Day …

The day in the church year in which we remember (that is, reconnect ourselves with) the faithful sisters and brothers in Christ who have gone before us.

Below you will find a selection of resources on our site that will help you connect to the stories of the saints. We recommend learning about a saint or two that you know little or nothing about…

 

Ten Women Saints Whose Stories You Should Know.

Here are brief introductions to ten women saints (I use this term loosely to include other prominent women of faith, not just those who have been canonized by the Roman Catholic church) that you should be very familiar with. There are so many more faithful women that could have been included on this list. With the focus here on history, I have limited myself to saints who have lived prior to 1900.
 
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Peter of Luxembourg

Today, July 5, is the feast day of St. Peter of Luxembourg, a 14th century saint known for his extreme asceticism and also his extreme devotion to the poor and downtrodden.

 

“St. Peter teaches us how denying the self, rank, riches,
the highest dignities, and all this world can give,
may serve to make a Saint.”

 

His story… 

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St. Petronilla
 

Today, May 31, is the feast day of St. Petronilla, an early Christian saint, who died in Rome at the end of 1st century.

 

“She lived when Christians were more solicitous
to live well than to write much”

 

Her story… 

 
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St. Julia of Corsica

Today, May 23, is the feast day of St. Julia of Corsica, a martyr of the fifth century.

 

Her story… 

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Today, May 21, is the feast day of Franz Jagerstatter, an Austrian martyr executed by the Nazis during WWII.

 

Review of Franz Jagerstatter’s
Letters and Papers from Prison

 

His story… 

 
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St. Felix of Cantalice

Today, May 18, is the feast day of St. Felix of Cantalice, the first Capuchin friar to be named a saint.

 
Felix of Cantalice, O.F.M. Cap., was born on 18 May 1515 to peasant parents in Cantalice, Italy, in the central Italian region of Lazio. Canonized by Pope Clement XI in 1712, he was the first Capuchin friar to be named a saint.

 

His story…

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St. Possidius

Today, May 17, is the feast day of St. Possidius, a North African saint who was a student of St. Augustine, and one of Augustine’s earliest biographers.

 
St. Possidius (5th century) was a friend of St. Augustine of Hippo who wrote a reliable biography and an indiculus or list of his works. He was bishop of Calama in the Roman province of Numidia. (via Wikipedia)
 

READ St. Possidius’s
Life of St. Augustine

 

His story…

 
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St. Brendan

Today, May 16, is the feast day of St. Brendan the Navigator, who is believed to have lived in the sixth century.

 
Saint Brendan of Clonfert (c. AD 484 – c. 577), called “the Navigator”, “the Voyager”, “the Anchorite”, and “the Bold”, is one of the early Irish monastic saints and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He is primarily renowned for his legendary quest to the “Isle of the Blessed”, also denominated “Saint Brendan’s Island”.

READ MORE about St. Brendan’s life, including an outline of the story of his voyage, on Wikipedia.
 

J.R.R. Tolkien’s Poem:
The Death of St. Brendan

 
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