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ST. JOAN OF ARC PRAYER WARRIORS

FIRST SATURDAY DEVOTION

A new beginning for the Prayer Warriors of St. Joan of Arc!

In profound thanksgiving to Our Lord Jesus Christ and our holy Mother, the Prayer Warriors of St. Joan of Arc have a new spiritual director, Father Chris DeLerno.  We will be starting anew at St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church in Metairie on First Saturday of each month.

The address of St. Mary Magdalen is 6425 West Metairie Avenue, Metairie, LA 70003 where we will gather in the chapel from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon on the First Saturday of each month starting May 6.

Please help spread this good news to ALL our Prayer Warriors.  Let us remember that when Abraham pleaded with God to save the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham made his case that even a small number of holy people are an immense treasure to the Lord (Gn 18:20-32).  God is willing to forget the sins and iniquities of entire cities for the sake of a handful of just people.  According to Divine Logic, the good works of a few people can outweigh in value the sins of thousands.  This is an unmistakable teaching for us here in the Greater New Orleans area.  Woe to us, if we do not respond.

 Also, please invite all those whom you think might be interested in joining us in praying for the conversion of Greater New Orleans, our country, and our world.  Our Lady call us, invites us, begs us to become part of her powerful army in defeating the powers of satan and making reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  She tells us that prayer is the only unfailing weapon!  It can even prevent wars and change the course of Nature.  Let us encourage others to say “Yes” to Our Loving Mother, and may we each make a renewed decision to be a “prayer warrior” and to commit to praying for the conversion of Greater New Orleans, our country, and our world.  In reality, we will be praying for our very selves and loved ones.

Since we will be coming together on each First Saturday, please know that everyone will have the opportunity to fulfil Our Lady of Fatima’s request for the five consecutive First Saturdays.  Our Lady instructed Sister Lucia on December 10, 1925, to say that “I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who on the First Saturday of five successive months, shall go to Confession, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for a quarter of an hour while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”

 Let us all offer many heartfelt prayers of thanksgiving for Father DeLerno, and ask God to protect him from the evil one and to bless him abundantly for his “yes” to the Prayer Warriors of St. Joan of Arc.

 


ST. JOAN OF ARC

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man’s character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours. Judged by the standards of one century, the noblest characters of an earlier one lose much of their lustre; judged by the standards of today, there is probably no illustrious man of four or five centuries ago whose character could meet the test at all points. But the character of Joan of Arc is unique. It can be measured by the standards of all times without misgiving or apprehension as to the result. Judged by any of them, judged by all of them, it is still flawless, it is still ideally perfect; it still occupies the loftiest place possible to human attainment, a loftier one than has been reached by any other mere mortal.

 

When we reflect that her century was the brutallest, the wickedest, the rottenest in history since the darkest ages, we are lost in wonder at the miracle of such a product from such a soil. The contrast between her and her century is the contrast between day and night. She was truthful when lying was the common speech of men; she was honest when honesty was become a lost virtue; she was a keeper of promises when the keeping of a promise was expected of no one; she gave her great mind to great thoughts and great purposes when other great minds wasted themselves upon pretty fancies or upon poor ambitions; she was modest and fine and delicate when to be loud and course might be said to be universal; she was full of pity when a merciless cruelty was the rule; she was steadfast when stability was unknown, and honourable in an age which had forgotten what honour was; she was a rock of convictions in a time when men believed in nothing and scoffed at all things; she was unfailingly true in an age that was false to the core; she maintained her personal dignity unimpaired in an age of fawnings and servilities; she was of a dauntless courage when hope and courage had perished in the hearts of her nation; she was spotlessly pure in mind and body when society in the highest places was foul in both – she was all these things in an age when crime was the common business of lords and princes, and when the highest personages in Christendom were able to astonish even that infamous era and make it stand aghast at the spectacle of their atrocious lives black with unimaginable treacheries, butcheries, and bestialities.

She was perhaps the only entirely unselfish person whose name has a place in profane history. No vestige or suggestion of self-seeking can be found in any word or deed of hers. When she had rescued her King from his vagabondage, and set his crown upon his head, she was offered rewards and honours, but she refused them all, and would take nothing. All she would take for herself – if the King would grant it – was leave to go back to her village home, and tend her sheep again, and feel her mother’s arms about her, and be her housemaid and helper. The selfishness of this unspoiled general of victorious armies, companion of princes, and idol of an applauding and grateful nation, reached but that far and no farther.

 

The work wrought by Joan of Arc may fairly be regarded as ranking with any in history, when one considers the conditions under which it was undertaken, the obstacles in the way, and the means at her disposal. Caesar carried conquest far, but he did it with the trained and confident veterans of Rome, and was a trained soldier himself … but Joan of Arc, a mere child in years, ignorant, unlettered, a poor village girl unknown and without influence, found a great nation lying in chains, helpless and hopeless under an alien domination, its treasury bankrupt, its soldiers disheartened and dispersed, all spirit torpid, all courage dead in the hearts of the people through long years of foreign and domestic outrage and oppression, their King cowed, resigned to its fate, and preparing to fly the country; and she laid her hand upon this nation, this corpse, and it rose and followed her. She led it from victory to victory, she turned back the tide of the Hundred Years’ War, she fatally crippled the English power, and died with the earned title of Deliver of France, which she bears to this day.

And for all reward, the French King whom she had crowned stood supine and indifferent while French priests took the noble child, the most innocent, the most lovely, the most adorable the ages have produced, and burned her alive at the stake.

 

-Samuel Langhorne Clemens

Saint Joan of Arc, pray for us.

Visit the St. Joan of Arc Center  at:  http://stjoan-center.com/