Looking at these remarkable men and women, we can see it takes courage to be a soldier -- and a saint.
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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.