Justpeace Front Page Special Edition + November 1, 1998

Solemnity of All Saints

Witnesses of Justice and Peace

For this reason they stand before God's throne

and worship him day and night in his temple.

The one who sits on the throne will shelter them.

They will not hunger or thirst anymore,

nor will the sun or any heat strike them.

For the Lamb who is in the center of the throne will shepherd them

and lead them to springs of life-giving water,

and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

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By their lives and heroic witness, the saints give us examples to follow. Many saints model the preferential love for the poor, the deep commitment to the realization of Gospel principles in everyday life, and the passion for justice that are all desperately needed in the modern world. This page has information and links about saints that are witnesses for justice and peace. The list is by no means exhaustive, it is only a brief survey.

St. Patrick's Saint Index massive compendium of saints, searchable by date.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Protectress of the Unborn, one of the most beautiful websites I have found, this site is highly recommended by this webservant.

St. Peter Claver, patron of African Americans, died in 1654, worked to alleviate the plight of African slaves in South America.

St. Francis of Assisi 1181-1226. Solet Annuere November 29, 1226, bull of Honorious III approving the Rule of St. Francis. Mira Unica Nos July 16, 1228, bull of Gregory IX canonizing St. Francis of Assisi.

St. Francis of Assisi

Blessed Frederic Ozanam, an Exemplary Life primary founder of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, which today includes 875,000 members in 47,000 conferences in 131 countries of five continents. His biography (1813-1853)

They Witnessed to Life in a Culture of Death homily of Pope John Paul II at the beatification of Bernhard Lichtenberg and Karl Leisner on June 23, 1996 in Berlin's Olympic Stadium. Bernhard Lichtenberg (site in German) Karl Leisner (site in German)

The Life of the Venerable Servant of God Matthew Talbot, Irish saint, patron of those who suffer from addictions.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton 1774-1821, foundress of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph

St. John of God, 16th century founder of the Brothers Hospitaller, patron of booksellers and printers, homeless runaway at age 8, later a hard-drinking soldier, imprisoned for a time as a lunatic, he began nursing other patients, after his release, he organized his first hospital on the streets of Granada.

Venerable Pierre Toussaint, born a slave in Haiti, later a free person living in New York, contemporary with St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

St. Moses the Ethiopian (also known as St. Moses the Moor), a leader of a gang of thieves who converted to Christianity, his writings are included in the Desert Fathers.

St. Gaspar, Founder of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood early in his life, he showed concern for the poor, at age 18, he organized the catechesis of orphans and children of the poor, and a night shelter for the homeless, resisted Napoleonic tyranny in the Papal States, was sent by the Pope to an area of great lawlessness and banditry, Sonino, in a last ditch effort to "save " the town before destruction by government authorities for its crimes. Gaspar organized "mission houses" in the roughest parts of the area, established churches and provided evangelism and catechesis in what we would today call the "bad parts of town". In two years, the bandit problem was under control. Introduction to the Gasparian Charism . . . Precious Blood Spirituality....The Precious Blood Community.....Another introduction to the Saint

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha 1656-1680, "Lily of the Mohawk

St. Maximilian Kolbe, gave his life in Auschwitz to save a fellow prisoner. Militia Immaculata, evangelical organization he founded. A Novena Prayer

St. Rose Phillipine Duchesne, 19th century member of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Founded schools for Native Americans.

St. Martin de Porres, 16th century saint born at Lima, Peru, joined the Order of Preachers (Dominicans), served the poor, cared for animals. 1579-1639

St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac Apostolates founded by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac involve four major congregations and well over a million people today. The collaboration of these two great saints resulted in great gifts of innovations in ministry that continue to bless the world today. About St. Vincent de Paul following Christ, the evangelizer of the poor. St. Vincent de Paul -- Important Dates....Important Dates of St. Louise de Marillac co-founder of the Company of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (1591-1660).

Dorothy Day Library on the Web archive of her transcribed writings. Dorothy Day homily of Cardinal O'Connor on November 9, 1997, on the Idea of Sainthood and Dorothy Day (St. Patrick's Cathedral).Centenary of Dorothy Day six articles collected by the Catholic Worker Roundtable.

Henriette Delille is the first US native-born African American whose cause for canonization has been officially opened by the Catholic Church. She was the founder of the Sisters of the Holy Family.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta access to the Missionaries of Charity website. Mother Teresa links. Mother Teresa: A Profile in Contradiction article from the Denver Catholic Register. Mother Teresa's works online

Blessed Katharine Drexel, born into a prominent Philadelphia family, she devoted her fortune to serving African Americans and Native Americans. Founded Xavier University in New Orleans.

St. Benedicta de la Cruz, another victim of Nazi tyranny, the first woman to teach philosophy in Germany. Edith Stein: Our
Newest Saint

St. Francis Xavier Cabrini, 19th century immigrant to the US who founded schools and orphanages, founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart to care for poor children.

St. Charles Lwanga and the Ugandan Martyrs, 19th century martyrs, who suffered greatly from the tyranny of unjust government in Africa.

Archbishop Oscar Romero, a tribute page to this Central American martyr. Wisdom of Romero some quotes from his writings, arranged devotionally. Oscar Romero, a tribute from a secular site, "Waging Peace".

St. Franz Jagerstatter heroic story of an Austrian farmer executed by the Nazis for his principled refusal to serve in the German military during WW II. Against the Stream, story of his resistence to German National Socialism.

St. Mary MacKillop, Australian saint who perservered through many challenges, including hierarchal opposition.