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St. Katherine Drexel (1858-1955)
The daughter of a rich raiload tycoon, Katherine spent millions of her family's fortune as a missionary to the Native Americans in Wyoming. She opened black Catholic schools decades before the civil rights movement, and also started Xavier University in New Orleans.

Reflections from the Saints

The patient and humble endurance of the cross whatever nature it may be is the highest work we have to do.
– St. Katherine Drexel
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2155

The holiness of the divine name demands that we neither use it for trivial matters, nor take an oath which on the basis of the circumstances could be interpreted as approval of an authority unjustly requiring it. When an oath is required by illegitimate civil authorities, it may be refused. It must be refused when it is required for purposes contrary to the dignity of persons or to ecclesial communion.