Amen, amen I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. (John 16:23)
On This Date…
On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc, Maid of Orleans, France, and an army commander, was burned at the stake at age 19, after having been found guilty of witchcraft and heresy.
After her death, Joan’s mother and two brothers asked that her case be reviewed. Joan was found innocent of all charges in 1456.
She was canonized in 1920, and she is the patron of France and of those who are wrongly accused.
On May 30, 1868, Memorial Day was established as a day to honor the 618,222* Americans (see linked article) who had died in the Civil War (1861-65). In 1959, Congress proclaimed that Memorial Day be a day of prayer for permanent peace.
Since 1971, Memorial Day has been celebrated on the last Monday of May.
During her trial, Joan of Arc was asked if she was “in the state of grace.” She replied, “If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me.” Similarly, in so many words, may we too ask God for permanent peace.
– Father McLaughlin