Wednesday, May 26, 2010

St. Joan of Arc (c. 1412 to May 30, 1431)

On a warm and sunny day last weekend, I decided to stay inside and see "Joan of Arc: An Opera in Three Acts" by my friend, Steve Jobe, at the Blackstone River Theatre
It was worthy of a much bigger venue like the Providence Performing Arts Center.
In the program Steve wrote, "While I do not claim to understand the nature of her visions, it's clear that for a while, they were such that Joan enjoyed unprecedented success in the quest to liberate France near the end of the 100 Years War. But as we know too well in the present day, 'things fall apart.' and in most ways they did, tragically for Joan."
St. Joan of Arc was born in Domremy, France c.1412. No matter what your religion, most people are familiar with her story or have at least heard her name. She was a peasant girl responsible for many victories of the French Army and the coronation of King Charles VII.
St. Joan of Arc claimed she had visions of God telling her to save France from the British. She was burned at the stake at age 19 on May 30, 1431. Canonized: 1920. Her feast day is May 30 and she is the patron saint of France, martyrs, and militants.

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