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St. Joan of Arc
5 x 6 inches

Sligo Creek Tile Company, 2011

    Joan was born a peasant in the French village of Domremy in 1412.  As a small child, she saw visions of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret.  In one, St. Michael commanded her to drive out the English so that Charles VII  could be crowned King of France.  A dubious Charles granted her a small army, in the hope of inspiring the demoralized French forces.   Over the next three months a series of victories, each more significant and near-miraculous than the one before, culminated in the capture of Rheims, where Charles VII was indeed crowned king, as St. Michael had commanded.  In subsequent fighting, however, Joan was captured and held by the English.  Thus, by the age of 18, she had seen angels, led armies, been wounded three times in battle, had raised a King to his throne, and was now on trial for the crime of heresy.
    Trial records survive to this day.  Though given every opportunity to recant her beliefs, Joan was steadfast.  In the end, the verdict of the ecclesiastical show trial was never in doubt, and she was convicted and condemned to death in 1431. Joan’s answer to the court was “Ne me pouvais pas, c’est pour cela que je suis nee (Do not pity me, it is for this that I was born).”  The English burned her at the stake on May 30, 1431, at the age of 19.  Her executioner expressed the fear that he had killed a saint.  In this, he was proven correct.
    Saint Joan of Arc is patron of soldiers, of those ridiculed for their faith, of captives, of martyrs, and of France itself.  Her feast Day is May 30.

O Saint Joan of Arc, courageous woman soldier, called by God to fight and save your country from the enemy;  grant that I, like you, may hear God’s call in my life and have the courage to follow it faithfully, as priest, religious, married or single.
May your motto: ‘May God be first served,’ be mine also;  so that through me, He may build His kingdom here on earth.
Intercede to the Master of the harvest, that He may send laborers into His harvest.
Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us.

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Transparent or Oxide on brown clay