Joan of Arc  (1414 – 1431)

Quote from France’s Patron of Soldiers

“”I was in my 13th year when I heard a voice from God to help me govern my conduct.  And the first time I was very much afraid…Children say that people are hung sometimes for speaking the truth…I am not afraid…I was born to do this.”

As a young girl living in France,  I marveled at Orleans and the Rheims Cathedral  which Joan made famous as she tried to do what she thought God wanted of her.  Joan led the French army in reclaiming the crown to Charles VII against the English.  A year after that, Joan was captured, charged for heresy and burned at the stake on May 31, 1431. Young people today can look to Joan of Arc to help fight their battles.  One more thought, I’m thankful to hold in hand this beautiful medallion which my Maman fondly wore.

Saint Joan of Arc, Pray for us


The Feast of the Ascension is observed by certain dioceses on May 30, otherwise on the Seventh Sunday of Easter, June 2nd.

I remember well this Bethany chapel and the rose stone from which Jesus ascended back to the Father in heaven to prepare each of us a room.  Then He told his disciples to remain in Jerusalem until the coming of the Holy Spirit.

The Gospel of Luke 24

Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em

God Thru the Arts

Gotta Know When to Hold ‘em:  A Reflection “The Card Players”

painted by Paul Cezanne’s

by Adam R. Nettesheim

“You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk way, know when to run!” – “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers

1248px-Les_Joueurs_de_cartes,_par_Paul_Cézanne The Card Players (circa 1894/95) Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) oil on canvas, 18.7 x 22.4″, Musee d’ Orsey, Image Source

Plainly said, I see in this painting two gentlemen sitting down for a game of cards.  To my eyes they look pretty focused on the game.  Or maybe they just don’t have much to say to one another?  Then my eyes catch their clothing. One looks a little more well off than the other.  He’s got a tall hat, a pipe, and his posture is straight, whereas the gentlemen in the mustard colored coat is hunched, elbows on the table, and a hat that looks…

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