You may know that there are many sinners among the saints. But did you know that some of them have a really criminal past? Tweeting with God’s top 3 criminal saints There’s St. Moses the Ethiopian. He was a slave in the house of a government official, until he was dismissed for theft. He became a gang leader and led his men in atrocious attacks. They raided villages, went for single houses of wealthy people and attacked travellers on the road. Nobody was safe for them. Until government troops rounded them up and Moses had to flee into the desert, where he found refuge in a monastery. There he discovered the quiet and simple lives of the monks. And gradually, he was intrigued, and even later asked to become a monk himself. The man of hatred and the man of violence became a man of peace and prayer. Name: Moses the Ethiopian / Lived: 330 – 405 AD / Region: Ethiopia & Egypt / Feast day: August 28 There’s St. Dismas. He’s the Good Thief who died on the cross at the same time as Jesus. He repented, he recognised his sins and said to Jesus: “Forgive me.” And at that moment Jesus said: “Today you shall be with me in paradise.” He was forgiven and he had a new life, which started immediately after his earthly life. Name: Dismas / Lived: ? – 30 or 33 AD / Region: Judea, Roman Empire / Feast day: March 25 Then there’s Olga and Vladimir from the Rus’ region in Europe. Olga was the grandmother of Vladimir and when her husband was killed by a tribe in Russia, she sent out government troops to kill the entire tribe that did this: genocide. But eventually she changed her ways and found that Christianity is the way to the future. Her grandson, Vladimir, didn’t accept Christianity. He continued to live his life as before, as an atheist. He killed his half-brother and raped his sister-in-law in order to gain access to the throne. But even he eventually found that the best way forward is to be a Christian. He introduced Christianity in his entire territory and did a lot of good for the Christians. Name: Olga & Vladimir / Lived: ? – 969 AD, 958 – 1015 AD / Region: Eastern Europe / Feast day: July 11, July 15 These unlikely saints show how it is possible to embrace Jesus and change your life. You can do the same!