The Unknown Saint


Unknown to us

Unknown to the litany of Saints

Unknown to the calendar of Saints

But known to God only.


It is the grandmother who taught us honesty

And the dad who inspired us with his integrity.

Their souls joined the crowd of the unknown Saints

And they pray for us daily.


It is the beggar at the corner of the street

And the grandfather who taught us to give and forgive.

It is the mother who gives it all for the children

And provides for their life, care and needs… daily.


It is the nurse who works with dedication

The teacher who impresses good character in the young minds

The son, the daughter who take care

Of their ailing parents … dearly.


It is the unknown artist

The writer or spiritual advisor

Whose artwork, quotes or wise words

Healed the wounded minds … gently.


It is the Good Samaritan

The simple citizen who understands deeply

The hardship and loneliness

Of the vulnerable hardworking stranger.


It is the friend

Who came

To help

In the middle of the night.


The simplicity of their daily actions

The purity at the heart of their values

The beauty of their smile

The light of love in their eyes …


Their unselfishness in the middle of the struggles

And their desire to overcome the struggles

Connect with the God of everyday who knows

The unknown Saints departed or still amongst us.


Dodzi Jean-Antoine Amemado is a university scholar. He also works with the Federal Government in Ottawa.

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 10:24h, 08 November Reply

    Thank you Dodzi!

  • Aimée-M
    Posted at 11:42h, 08 November Reply

    Unknown saints to be…We are all call

  • Philomene Amemado-Attipou
    Posted at 13:56h, 08 November Reply

    You are right, my wonderful brother!
    Unknow saints to us, but known to God!
    May they all pray for us!

    Great job!

  • Esther Buckley
    Posted at 15:18h, 08 November Reply

    Beautifully written . I have met Unknown Saints along the way.

  • Gabriel Ahiake
    Posted at 16:34h, 08 November Reply

    Thank you Dodzi! Nicely done- many who are gone before us are enjoying the sainthood- these ordinary people who have done the most ordinary and simplest things received the eternal reward- May their prayers help us walk in their foot steps!

  • Dona cha FADAZ
    Posted at 11:19h, 09 November Reply

    Comme le Silence dit mieux Dieu, mon silence dit mieux ma communion spirituelle… Toujours “Duc in Altum”, car la vie sur terre et en ce monde est une mission, mon cher JAKDA…

  • Janice Ann Paul csja
    Posted at 23:44h, 09 November Reply

    The heart that sacrifice ‘s who they are for their Great love of family or friend because they are True Christian ‘s walking in the light of Christ doing what pleases God in deep faith & actions

  • Paul Panaretos
    Posted at 06:58h, 14 November Reply

    Delightful, Dodzi! Your verses remind that sanctity is ‘of this world’ as much as the promised one to come.

  • Medard Edoh Tsolenyanou
    Posted at 20:58h, 19 November Reply

    Great job my friend! They are many of them unknown to us … May God inspires us to follow their steps!

  • Marcel Uwineza
    Posted at 23:09h, 08 April Reply

    This is beautiful. Reading this “unknown friend,” I could not help but think of Capt. Mbaye Diagne who saved many lives in Rwanda during the genocide. You will find this inspiring. “A good man in Rwanda”

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