Friday, August 30, 2013

Two tributes to St. Joan

She was truthful when lying was the common speech of men; she was honest when honest was become a lost virtue; she was a keeper of promises when the keeping of a promise was expected of no one; ... she was full of pity when a merciless cruelty was the rule; she was steadfast when stability was unknown, and honorable in an age which had forgotten what honor was; she was a rock of convictions in a time when men believed in nothing and scoffed at all things; she was unfailingly true in an age that was false to the core; ... she was of a dauntless courage when hope and courage had perished in the hearts of her nation..." Mark Twain

A cartoonist (can't remember his name) was at a comic convention and someone asked him why he didn't have any female knights in his graphic novels. He answered that this wouldn't be realistic. There was only one lady knight and that was Joan of Arc and she was a miracle from God. This dude was by no means a devout man-- in fact, he was quite profane in his speech, actions and his art but he recognized Joan's greatness.


Anita Moore said...

Mark Twain's essay on Joan of Arc is marvellous, though he seemed to view her faith as a sweet, naive delusion. He called her the "Riddle of the Ages," because he was trying to understand her from the point of view of an unbelieving world. I hope that, at some point, before he left this life, the realization dawned on Twain that the supernatural is real, and Joan's faith was no delusion.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

She is a saint for our own deceitful, promise-breaking, profane age. May she inspire zeal for God among your young ones. St. Joan, pray for us.

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