30.5.08

St. Joan and the Royal House of France

My Job has preventing me from placing many articles this week, fortunately I have been able to read my favorite blogs. Toad Elena-Maria has posted this on Tea at Trianon...
Thanks Elena...

Most Catholics, I have concluded, do not have trouble accepting the fact that St. Joan of Arc donned male apparel and led armies to victory. What seems to disturb many people, however, is that she gave her help to a king, and worse yet, to a King of France. Many Americans seem to be convinced that monarchy is an intrinsically evil institution. They are not able to see beyond their own time and their own political process. I recently read a comment in which someone said that St. Louis of France was a saint "in spite of being a king." May I be so bold as to suggest that St. Louis saw his kingship as a vocation in which he served God and man. What is more, he saw it as a calling to share in the Kingship of Christ, from Whom he held his authority and to Whom he had to render an account. St. Joan, in her simple piety, viewed kingship in a similar manner. She honored her King Charles VII, although he was far from being a saint, because in doing so she gave honor to Christ the King. The office was deserving of respect, even if the man was not. On her banner she bore an image of Christ the King surrounded by the fleur de lys, the lilies of royal France. More

Please also visit the following sites:

St Joan of Arc Center

The Maid of Heaven

Le site francais: SteJeannedArc.net

et, Maison Jeanne d'Arc, Orleans

Thanks and I tip of the beret to Elena-Maria

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

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