Hello and welcome to the third installment of Saintly Saturday! Today’s saint is:
Joan of Arc.
Joan was born in France in 1412. At a young age, she had visions from saints telling her that she would save France. She eventually did meet the Dauphin and was able to lead French armies against the English in the Hundred Years’ War. Joan was eventually put on trial and burned at the stake in 1431.
Why is she so important?
I’ve heard that because of her participation in the war, the result of the war changed. The war didn’t end near the time Joan died; it lasted for a few more years after her death. But because of her involvement, she was able to help change the fate of the war.
Not only that, but she followed what she believed God was telling her to do. And completing this task led her to do things which were incredibly difficult. In doing what God told her to do, Joan did what many might consider impossible.
But why is she important to you?
This requires a bit of a backstory. I was confirmed in the spring semester of my freshman year of high school. I began looking for confirmation saints during eighth grade (nerdy, I know). My religion teacher had a list of teenage saints outside her door. I looked at the list and Joan’s name popped out to me. I continued looking for a saint, but Joan kept coming back to my mind. She is the one I decided to have as my confirmation saint.
My freshman year had been a rough year: getting sick often, bullied, and the death of one of my grandfathers. But after I got confirmed, things seemed to get better. And over time, I was able to relate to Joan in the fact that we both have our own battles: she had physical battles, and I had battles with bullying and anxiety.
But now that I’m out of school, I still have the battle with anxiety, but I can relate to her on another level. As I said before, Joan did things that people might have considered to be impossible. I’m in a position now that I feel as if I’m trying to accomplish something impossible. Joan was able to face adversity and change the course of a war. What will happen if I continue pushing forward and chasing my dreams?
Can you relate to Joan? If so, add her to your saint squad!