Monday, May 7, 2007

"Without the grace of God I should not know how to do anything"

For those history buffs, on 7 May 1429 Jeanne d'Arc was wounded below the neck and shoulder during the siege of Orleans. Read about the siege here.

St. Joan of Arc's Feast Day is on May 30th. One can read an English translation of the transcript of her trials (one to condemn her to death in 1431; the other to declare her innocent in 1456).

Perhaps the most famous lines from the first trial (found in the 3rd public examination):

"Do you know if you are in the grace of God?"

"If I am not, may God place me there; if I am, may God so keep me. I should be the saddest in all the world if I knew that I were not in the grace of God."

1 comment:

Pseudo-Iamblichus said...

St. Joan of Arc, pray for us.

What a wise response from a peasant girl! Just proves that Christianity is a religion where God resists the proud and exalts the humble.