Faithful Heroes: Joan of Ark, from Warrior to Martyr

  In school, we at least heard of Joan of Arc, but did we really know what she was martyred for? Joan was born to Jacques and Isabelle Romee d’Arc in the French village of Domremy around January 6, 1412. She was born at a time of great uncertainty in the French empire. The Hundred Years’ War had begun in […]

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Faithful Heroes: Justin Martyr, named for his fate

“No one who is rightly minded turns from true belief to false.” Those were the words uttered by Justin Martyr when asked to denounce his faith and make a sacrifice to the Roman gods. Justin was born in Flavia Neapolis, a Roman city, around 100 A.D.. He probably lived a traditional Roman life and we know he was raised by […]

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Faithful Heroes: Constantine, spread Christianity throughout Empire

  Constantine the Great is credited with bringing Christianity throughout the Roman Empire, which spread throughout much of the known world at the time. When Jesus was crucified, the Roman empire ruled a large portion of the then known world, including the Holy Land {where Jesus lived}. Historians say the first recorded official persecution of Christians on behalf of the […]

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Faithful Heroes: Saint John of the Cross

John of the Cross was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a friar, and priest and canonized a saint. He was born Juan de Yepes y Álvarez in 1542 Fontiveros, Ávila, Spain. He was the son of Gonzalo and Catalina, but his father died when he was around three years old. He attended school with other poor and orphaned children. […]

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Faithful Heroes: St. Margaret of Scotland

  Saint Margaret of Scotland, a Scottish Queen, seems like an unlikely person for the Heroes of Faith. She is described as a pious Roman Catholic and her charitable works brought her great renown. Margaret was born around 1045 while in exile in Hungary. She was the daughter of Edward the Exile and his wife, Agatha. Margaret grew up in […]

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Faithful Heroes: St. Columba

  Saint Columba was an Irish abbot and missionary credited with spreading Christianity throughout Scotland. He was highly regarded by the ancient Gaels and Picts and is considered a Christian Saint and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He is considered the Apostle of the Picts. Columba was born in modern day County Donegal, Ireland. He was the son […]

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Faithful Heroes: Saint Benedicts

  Saint Benedict, or Benedict of Nursia, is considered the patron saint of Europe. His Rule of Saint Benedict contains precepts, or commandments and instructions, for his monks. Benedict was the son of a Roman noble. He was born around March 480 in Norcia, Umbria {in central Italy today}. It is believed he had a twin sister, Scholastica. According to […]

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Faithful Heroes: Saint Patrick

  Saint Patrick is one of the best known saints, because Saint Patrick’s Day is widely celebrated on the anniversary of his death. But, many who celebrate this day do not know about the life of Saint Patrick. Saint Patrick was born in Britian in the 4th Century. His father Calpurnius, was a deacon. Some soures say he was born […]

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Faithful Heroes: St. Augustine of Hippo

Augustine of Hippo is considered one of the most important Church Fathers in Western Christianity. One contemporary said of him, Augustine “established anew the ancient Faith.” Augustine was born in 354AD in Roman Africa. His father Patricius, was converted to Christianity on his deathbed, and his mother Monica, was a devout Christian. “He tells this story in his autobiography, The […]

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Faithful Heroes: Saint Perpetua

We have been taking a look at those mentioned in the Hall of Faith, found in Hebrews 11. We began with those Paul mentioned by name, moved to those he described and finished with the faithful in the New Testament who deserved to be in the Hall of Faith. We are now moving through history to those who are considered […]

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