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St. Joan of Arc (1412-1431)
Feast Day:  May 30
Patron Saint of:  Soldiers and France

A simple country girl who could neither read nor write, St. Joan at age 14 heard voices coming from a blazing light telling her to “save France.”  Overcoming many obstacles she did exactly this, dressed in white armor riding at the head of French troops.  King Charles VII was then crowned, Joan standing at his side.

In a later battle she was taken prisoner, betrayed and abused, and sold to the English.  Alone and with great courage she attempted to defend herself against complex political and religious accusations.  She was burned at the stake, calling out the name of Jesus as she died.  

Within twenty-five years her innocence was proclaimed by the Holy See, but she was not canonized until 1920.  She is not a martyr but rather an example of heroic faith and courage.  


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