Friday, 30 May 2014

St. Joan of Arc

At Domremy, on the Upper Meuse, was born on 6th January, 1412, of pious parentage, the illustrious heroine of all time, St. Joan of Arc.

Taught by her mother from earliest years to pray each night, "O God, save France," she could not help but conceive that ardent love for her country which later consumed her life.

Whilst the English were overrunning the north of France, their future conquerer, untutored in worldly wisdom, was peacefully tending her flock, and learning the wisdom of God at a wayside shrine.

But hearing Voices from Heaven and bidden by St. Michael, who appeared to her, to deliver her country from the enemy, she hastened to the king and convinced him of her divine mission.

Scarcely did her banner, inscribed "Jesus, Mary," appear on the battlefield than she raised the siege of Orleans and led Charles VII to be crowned at Rheims.

Later, abandoned by her king, she fell into the hands of the English, who gave her a mock trial and burned her as a heretic.

But the Maid of Orleans has at last come into her own, for with greater pomp than ever a king was crowned, and amid the acclamations of the whole world, on 13th May, 1920, Pope Benedict XV proclaimed her St. Joan of Arc.

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