May 30: St. Joan of Arc

Today is the feast of the heroic St. Joan of Arc (b. 1412- d. 1431).  Tea at Trianon* has linked to an excerpt from the 1909 beatification pronouncement of St. Joan by Pope St. Pius X.  Here is the excerpt:

…In our time more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked, lies in the cowardice and weakness of good men… All the strength of Satan’s reign is due to the easy-going weakness of Catholics. Oh! if I might ask the Divine Redeemer, as the prophet Zachary did in spirit: What are those wounds in the midst of Thy hands? The answer would not be doubtful: With these was I wounded in the house of them that loved Me. I was wounded by My friends, who did nothing to defend Me, and who, on every occasion, made themselves the accomplices of My adversaries. And this reproach can be leveled at the weak and timid Catholics of all countries….

Pope St. Pius X, Discourse at the Beatification of St. Joan of Arc, Dec. 13, 1908″

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us on this your day!


More information on St. Joan of Arc may be found here.

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