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A Catholic who follows Rome & the Magisterium. I'm against gay "marriage", abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, human cloning. Altar girls, Communion in the hand, Eucharistic Ministers and "Protestant" music in the Church doesn't bother me at all. A proud American retired submarine sailor. Our borders should be secured with a 10 ft. high fence topped by concertina wire with minefields out to 20 yards on both sides and an additional 10 yards filled with warning signs outside of that Let's get energy independent NOW! Back Israel to the max, stop appeasing followers of the Pedophile Prophet. Pro 2nd Amendment, pro death penalty, Repeal all hate crime legislation. Back the police unless you'd rather call a hippie when everything hits the fan. Get government out of dealing with education, childhood obesity and the enviornment. Stop using the military for sociological experiments and if we're in a war don't micromanage their every move. Kill your television, limit time on the computer and pick up a book. God's will be done and may He have mercy upon us all.

Friday, February 24, 2012

St. Joan of Arc...

I recently finished "Joan of Arc: her story" by Regine Pernoud, Marie-Veronique Clin, translated by Prof. Jeremy Duesquesnay Adams.


Like many folks, I knew the bare bones of her story. She heard voices, did that they said, turned the tide for France in the Hundred Years War, was betrayed and burnt at the stake as a heretic. After some years her conviction for heresy was revoked, she was canonized some time later. Okey-dokey, next case.

This book fleshed it out a bit more. Suffice to say that theres enough there to give pause to most skeptics. I won't go into all the details, if you're interested I recommend checking it out personally.

Along with telling the story of "The Maid" from objective and easily verified documents, the book off-handedly answers the old question; "Why would God choose to take sides in a war between two Catholic nations?"

Nope, I ain't telling that one either.

One thought came out of the whole reading of this bit of history though; It's a sad commentary that a 17 year old French girl of the 15th Century had a bigger set of balls than most of the Church Militant of our time.

Please note I don't exclude myself from that assessment either.


Old Bob said...

You bet it's a sad commentary!

For your next read I highly recommend The Retrial of Joan of Arc by Regine Pernoud. Fills out the story even more.

Happy reading!

Subvet said...

Old Bob, thanks and I'll do that. What a fascinating saint! We often speak of the faith of the BVM but hey, she was conceived without sin and so stood one step above the rest of mere humanity. Joan of Arc, on the other hand, is someone a bit closer to the run of the mill humanity.

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