Sometimes, in life, we face uphill battles. Even if we feel called by God to do something great, it might seem to be an impossible task. There are too many obstacles. There are too many people who say it can’t be done. Frequently, we stand in our own way. We fear that if others haven’t been able to accomplish it, how can we possibly believe that we can do it?
Fortunately, we can look to the saints for inspiration. Although all saints have persevered in living a holy life and being amazing examples of how to love and serve God, many of them also faced those uphill battles. Some had to rise above prejudiced societies. Others had to escape captivity. Despite the obstacles they faced, they didn’t give up. Here are seven saints who persevered in the face of adversity.