“If I am not, may God put me there; and if I am, may God so keep me”
– Joan of Arc
On This Date…
On May 30, 1432 Joan of Arc from Orleans, France, a commander in the army, was burned at the stake at age 19, found guilty of witchcraft and heresy. 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; she is the patron of France and of those wrongly accused.
On May 30, 1868 Memorial Day was established as a day to remember the 618,222 Americans who had died in the Civil War (1861-1865). In 1959 Congress proclaimed Memorial Day as a day of prayer for permanent peace. Since 1971 Memorial Day has be observed 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” – words of “permanent peace.”
– Father McLaughlin