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Quote/s of the Day – 13 July – “Whoever loses his life, for my sake, will find it.” Matthew 10:39

Quote/s of the Day – 13 July – “Month of the Precious Blood” – Monday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time, Year A, Readings: Isaiah 1:10-17, Psalm 50:8-9, 16-17, 21, 23, Matthew 10:34–11:1

“Whoever finds his life, will lose it
and whoever loses his life, for my sake, will find it.”

Matthew 10:39

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“Do not say,
this happened by chance,
while this came to be of itself.”
In all that exists’
there is nothing disorderly,
nothing indefinite,
nothing without purpose,
nothing by chance …
How many hairs are on your head?
God will not forget one of them.
Do you see how nothing,
even the smallest thing,
escapes the gaze of God?”

St Basil the Great (329-379)
Father & Doctor of the Church

do-not-say-this-happened-by-chance-st-basil-the-great-13-july-2019-no-2 and 13 july 2020

“The Lord is near,
do not be anxious
about anything!”

St Augustine (354-430)
Great Western Father and Doctor of Grace

An excerpt from his Sermon 171

the lord is near do not be anxious about anything - st augustine 13 july 2020

“In God’s name let us go on bravely.”

St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

in-gods-name-st-joan-of-arc-30-may-2020 and 13 july 2020

“We must offer ourselves to God,
like a clean, smooth canvas
and not worry ourselves,
about what God
may choose to paint on it
but at each moment,
feel only the stroke of His brush.”

Father Jean-Pierre de Caussade (1675-1751)

we must offer ourselves to god like a clean smooth canvas - st jean pierre de causade abandonment div prov-11may 2020

“Consider the shortness of time,
the length of eternity
and reflect how everything here below
comes to an end and passes by.
Of what use is it, to lean upon,
that which cannot give support?”

St Gerard Majella (1726-1755)

consider-the-shortness-of-time-st-gerard-majella-16-oct-2019 and 13 july 2020

“We are blind,
left to ourselves,
we should take the wrong way, 
we must leave it to Him.”

St John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

we are blind - st john henry newman 13 july 2020

“I trust in God
and wish nothing else
but His will.”

St Zygmunt Szcesny Felinski (1822-1895)

i-trust-in-god-st-zygmunt-felinski-17-sept-2019-1 and 13 july 2020

“Do not be preoccupied
with the future,
God is in charge of it.”

St Léonie Françoise De Sales Aviat (1844-1914)

do-not-be-preoccupied-with-the-future-st-leonie-aviat-10-jan-2020 and 13 July 2020

“The glance of God is like a fortifying dew,
a luminous ray, which fertilises and expands –
let us work without noise and without rest,
let us work before God’s eyes,
before God alone!”

Bl Luigi Orione (1872-1940)

the glance of god - bl luigi orione 13 july 2020

“My past, O Lord, to Your mercy,
my present, to Your love,
my future, to Your Providence.”

St Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968)

my-past-o-lord-to-your-mercy-st-pio-23-sept-2019 and 13 july 2020

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 May – St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

Quote/s of the Day – 30 May – The Memorial of St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

“Hope in God.
If you have good hope and faith in Him,
you shall be delivered from your enemies.”

hope in god - st joan of arc 30may 2020

“Act and God will act.”

act and god will act - st joan of arc 30 may 2020

“Since God had commanded it,
it was necessary that I do it.
Since God commanded it,
even if I had a hundred fathers and mothers,
even if I had been a King’s daughter,
I would have gone nevertheless.”

since god has commanded it - st joan of arc 30 may 2020

“Get up tomorrow early in the morning
and earlier than you did today
and do the best that you can.”

get up tomorrow early and do the best - st joan of arc 30 may 2020

“Courage!
Do not fall back.”

courage do not fall back - st joan of arc 30may 2020

“In God’s name let us go on bravely.”

St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

MANY MORE HERE:
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in god's name - st joan of arc 30 may 2020

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Memorials of the Saints – 30 May

St Anastasius II of Pavia
St Basil the Elder
Bl Carlo Liviero
St Crispulus of Sardinia

Bl Elisabeth Stagel
St Emmelia
St Euplius
St Exuperantius of Ravenna
St Pope Felix ISt
St Ferdinand III of Castile (1199-1252) King

St Gamo of Brittany
St Gavino of Sardinia
St Issac of Constantinople
St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
St Joan!
https://anastpaul.com/2018/05/30/saint-of-the-day-30-may-st-joan-of-arc-1412-1431/

AND:  https://anastpaul.com/2017/05/30/saint-of-the-day-30-may-st-joan-of-arc/

St Joseph Marello
Bl Lawrence Richardson
St Luke Kirby
St Madelgisilus
Bl Marie-Céline of the Presentation
Bl Otto Neururer
St Reinhildis of Riesenbeck
St Restitutus of Cagliari
Bl Richard Newport
Bl Thomas Cottam
St Venantius of Lérins
St Walstan of Bawburgh
Bl William Filby
Bl Willilam Scott

Martyrs of Aquileia – 3 saints: Three Christians martyr together. We have no other details than their names – Cantianus, Euthymius and Eutychius. Aquileia, Italy.

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Thought for the Day – 30 May – The Memorial of St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

Thought for the Day – 30 May – The Memorial of St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

Like Jesus’ life, Joan of Arc’s life seemed to end in failure.   But like Jesus, to love God means to always obey His will.   She said with total confidence and abandonment:  “I entrust myself to my Creator God, I love Him with my whole heart”.   One of the best known texts of the first trial has to do with this:  “Asked if she knew that she was in God’s grace, she replied: ‘If I am not, may it please God to put me in it; if I am, may it please God to keep me there’”   It is this fidelity we should seek – this mission which Joan seemed to know would destroy her, still for her it was to carry out God’s work, regardless of the effects on her life.   May we too seek this total fidelity and self-giving to God for this life of ours, it is not ours but has been given to us by grace of His love.

Few Christians hear heaven-sent voices.   I know I don’t.   Joan was one of those rare exceptions who did.   She obeyed what she perceived to be God’s directions and against all odds she achieved the purpose she was given.   Though I’ve never heard a heaven-sent voice, now and then I sense something God wants of me.   Perhaps Joan’s example will reach down through the centuries to encourage us to listen closely for and then to obey, God’s message to us.

St Joan of Arc, pray for us!st-joan-pray-for-us-30 may 2018

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 May – The Memorial of St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

Quote/s of the Day – 30 May – The Memorial of St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

“About Jesus Christ and the Church,
I simply know, that they are just one thing
and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.”

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“Help yourself and God will help you.”

help yourself and god will help you - st joan - 30 may 2018

“I am the drum on which God
is beating out His message.”

i am the drum - st joan of arc - 30 may 2020

“If I be not in a state of grace,
I pray God place me in it,
if I be in it, I pray God keep me so.”

if i be not in a state of grace st joan of arc - 30 may 2018

“I would rather die, than do a thing,
which I know to be a sin,
or against the will of God.”

i would rather die =st joan of arc - 30 may 2018

“Every man gives his life, for what he believes.
Every woman gives her life, for what she believes.
Sometimes people believe, in little or nothing
and so they give their lives, to little or nothing.
One life is all we have and we live it, as we believe in living it…
and then it’s gone.
But to surrender, who you are and to live without belief,
is more terrible than dying – even more terrible than dying young.”

every man gives his life - st joan of arc - 30 may 2018

“All battles are first won or lost, in the mind.”

all battles are first won - st joan of arc - 30 mary 2018

St Joan of Arc (1412-1431)

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Thought for the Day – 30 May

Thought for the Day – 30 May

Like Jesus’ life, Joan of Arc’s life seemed to end in failure.   But like Jesus, to love God means to always obey His will.   She said with total confidence and abandonment: “I entrust myself to my Creator God, I love Him with my whole heart”.   One of the best known texts of the first trial has to do with this:  “Asked if she knew that she was in God’s grace, she replied:  ‘If I am not, may it please God to put me in it; if I am, may it please God to keep me there’”   It is this fidelity we should seek – this mission which Joan seemed to know would destroy her, still for her it was to carry out God’s work, regardless of the effects on her life.   May we too seek this total fidelity and self-giving to God for this life of ours, it is not ours but has been given to us by grace of His love.

St Joan of Arc, pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 30 May

Quote/s of the Day – 30 May

“About Jesus Christ and the Church, I simply know that they are just one thing and we shouldn’t complicate the matter.”

about jesus christ and the church-st joan of arc.jpg

“Help yourself and God will help you.”

“I am the drum on which God is beating out His message.”

help yourself-st joan of arc

“I would rather die than do a thing which I know to be a sin or against the will of God.”

i would rather die

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One Minute Reflection – 30 May

One Minute Reflection – 30 May

The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him:
a spirit of wisdom and understanding……..Is 11:2

REFLECTION – “Those who are led by the Holy Spirit have a right concept of everything.
Hence, many unlettered people enjoy such knowledge more than the wise.”…………St John Vianney
“(St Joan of Arc) our saint lived prayer as a form of continuous dialogue with the Lord, who also enlightened her answers to the judges, giving her peace and security. She prayed with faith: “Sweetest God, in honour of your holy Passion, I ask You, if You love me, to reveal to me how I must answer these men of the Church”. Joan saw Jesus as the “King of Heaven and Earth.” Thus, on her standard, Joan had the image painted of “Our Lord who sustains the world”………..Pope Benedict XVI (2010)

those who are led by the holy spirit - st john vianney

st-joan-our-saint-lived-prayer-pope-benedict.30 may 2017

PRAYER – Father if every good gift, send forth Your Spirit upon me with His sevenfold gifts. Grant that through my love for Your Son, I too may like St Joan of Arc, achieve the heights of the Christian life, make prayer the guiding thread of my days; fulfilling the will of God, whatever it is; to live in charity without favouritisms, without limits and have, as she had, in the love of Jesus, a profound love for the Church. St Joan of Arc, pray for us all, amen.

ST JOAN PRAY FOR US

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Saint of the Day – 30 May – St Joan of Arc

Saint of the Day – 30 May – St Joan of Arc – Virgin (6 January 1412 at Greux-Domremy, Lorraine, France – burned alive on 30 May 1431 at Rouen, France) – Beatified 11 April 1905 by Pope Saint Pius X,  Canonised on 16 May 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.  Patron of France;  martyrs; captives;  military personnel;  people ridiculed for their piety; prisoners;  soldiers; opposition of Church authorities;  WACs (Women’s Army Corps);  WAVES (Women Appointed for Voluntary Emergency Service).  Attributes – bareheaded girl in armour with sword, lance or banner.

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The church officially remembers Joan of Arc not as a martyr but as a virgin—the Maid of Orleans.   Of course, Joan was a martyr, but not in the technical sense.   Yes, she died because she did what she thought God wanted her to do. But she was killed for her politics, not for her faith.   Pagans did not execute her for refusing to worship their gods. Infidels did not slay her for defying them.   Political enemies burned her at the stake for defeating them at war.

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Paradoxically, Christian people, good and bad alike, cheered at her demise.   Other Christians wept.   This incongruity may trouble us but Joan would have expected it.  The war she fought embroiled French Christians against English Christians.   We too have waged wars like that, pitting Christian against Christian.   Just as we may have felt that God was on our side, Joan believed that God was with the French.   When the judges who condemned her asked if the heavenly voices she followed to war spoke in English, she replied tartly, “Why should they speak English when they were not on the English side?”

Joan of Arc was born into the violent times of the fifteenth century.   During her childhood, King Henry V of England invaded France and seized Normandy.   He laid claim to the crown of the French king, Charles VI, who was mentally ill.   Paralysed by civil war between the duke of Burgundy and the duke of Orleans, the French could not put up much of a defense.  Things worsened when agents of the duke of Orleans murdered the duke of Burgundy.  The Burgundians reacted by becoming England’s allies. Eventually, Burgundian mercenaries brought the war home to Joan’s family. The raiders sacked the little village of Domrémy-la-Pucelle, forcing them to flee.   Thus, the indiscriminate brutality of war disrupted Joan of Arc’s pleasant childhood to acquaint her with fear.snip - beautiful neo raphaelite st joan of arc

Born of a fairly well-to-do peasant couple in Domremy-Greux southeast of Paris, Joan was only 12 when she experienced a vision and heard voices that she later identified as Saints Michael the Archangel, Catherine of Alexandria, and Margaret of Antioch.

joan 10 by Hermann Anton Stilke of Joan of Arc titled - Appearance of Saints Michael and Catherine to Joan of Arc

By May 1428, Joan’s voices had become relentless and specific. They directed her to go at once to a town nearby and to offer her services to Robert de Baudricourt, the commander of the royal forces. Reluctantly, she obeyed. De Baudricourt, however, greeted her with laughter, telling her that her father should give her a good spanking.

At that time, conditions were deteriorating for the French.   The English had put Orleans under siege, and the stronghold was in grave danger. Joan’s voices became more insistent. “But I am merely a girl! I cannot ride a horse or wield a weapon!” she protested.

“It is God who commands it!” came the reply.

Unable to resist any longer, Joan secretly made her way back to de Baudricourt.   When she arrived she told the commander a fact she could have known only by revelation.   She said the French army—on that very day—had suffered a defeat near Orleans.   Joan urged him to send her to Orleans so that she might fulfill her mission.   When official reports confirmed Joan’s word, de Baudricourt finally took her seriously and sent her to Charles VII.

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She was outfitted with white armour and provided a special standard bearing the names Jesus and Mary.   The banner depicted two kneeling angels offering a fleur-de-lis to God. On April 29, 1429, Joan led her army into Orleans.   Miraculously, she rallied the town.  By May 8, the French had captured the English forts and had lifted the siege. An arrow had penetrated the armour over Joan’s breast but the injury was not serious enough to keep her out of the battle.   Everything, including the wound, occurred exactly as Joan had prophesied before the campaign.  A peasant maiden had defeated the army of a mighty kingdom, a humiliation that demanded revenge.

The way to Reims was now open.  Joan urged the immediate coronation of the king but the French leaders dragged their feet.  Finally, however, at Reims on July 17, 1429, Charles VII was anointed king of France.  The Maid of Orleans stood triumphantly at his side. Joan had accomplished her mission.

During the battles at Orleans, the voices had told Joan she had only a little time left.   Her shameful end lurked ominously in the shadows.   Later, she sustained a serious arrow wound in the thigh during an unsuccessful attack on Paris.   In May 1430, after spending the winter in court, she led a force to relieve Compiègne, which the Burgundians had under siege.   Her effort failed, and the Burgundians captured her.

Through the summer and fall, the duke of Burgundy held Joan captive.   The French, apparently ungrateful, made no effort to rescue her or obtain her release.   On November 21, 1430, the Burgundians sold Joan to the English for a large sum.  The English were quite eager to punish the maiden who had bested them.   They could not execute Joan for winning but they could impose capital punishment for sorcery or heresy.   For several months she was chained in a cell in the castle at Rouen, where five coarse guards constantly taunted her.   In February 1431, Joan appeared before a tribunal headed by Peter Cauchon, the avaricious and wicked bishop of Beauvais.

Joan had no chance for a fair trial.   She stood alone before devious judges, an uneducated girl conducting her own defense.   The panel interrogated her six times in public, nine times in private.   They questioned her closely about her visions, voices, male dress, faith and submissiveness to the church.  Giving good, sometimes even unexpectedly clever answers, Joan handled herself courageously.   However, the judges took advantage of her lack of education and tripped her up on a few slippery theological points.   The panel packed its summary with her damaging replies and condemned her with that unfair report.   They declared that demons inspired her revelations.   The tribunal decided that unless Joan recanted, she was to die as a heretic.   At first she refused.   But later, when she was taken before a huge throng, she seems to have made some sort of retraction.

Cauchon visited her, observed her dress,and determined that she had fallen back into error.   Joan, her strength renewed, then repudiated her earlier retraction.   She declared that God had truly commissioned her and that her voices had come from him.   Having condemned Joan of Arc as a relapsed heretic, the judges remanded her to the state for execution.   The next morning she was taken into Rouen’s public square and burned at the stake.

Twenty-three years later, however, Joan’s mother and brothers asked that her case be reopened.   Pope Callistus III appointed a commission to review the matter.   In 1456, the new panel repudiated the trial and verdict and completely restored Joan’s reputation. Once again her piety and exemplary conduct had triumphed.joan 18JOAN OF ARC ON HORSESt.-Joan-of-Arc-image