Looking at these remarkable men and women, we can see it takes courage to be a soldier -- and a saint.
With Veterans Day fast approaching, we have an opportune moment to reflect on some remarkable holy men and women who not only picked up their sword to serve their country, but who often did so for a higher purpose: their Christian faith.
Some of these saints felt impelled to sign up to military service after receiving spiritual visions, while others joined the forces to help spread the Word of God. Most, however, found their spiritual calling during, or after, their years as a soldier. Nonetheless, the lives of these eight saints reveal that the courage they displayed as soldiers would prepare them for the persecution and various challenges they would later face as Christians.