Saint Joan of Arc.
Feast Day 30th May.
In the face of your enemies, in the face of harassment, ridicule, and doubt, you held firm in your faith. Even in your abandonment, alone and without friends, you held firm in your faith. Even as you faced your own mortality, you held firm in your faith. I pray that I may be as bold in my beliefs as you, St. Joan. I ask that you ride alongside me in my own battles. Help me be mindful that what is worthwhile can be won when I persist. Help me hold firm in my faith. Help me believe in my ability to act well and wisely.
St Joan of Arc, pray for us.
If you scanned the news headlines May 22, you may have thought Pope Francis radically altered Church teaching. CNN reported, “Heaven for Atheists? Pope Sparks Debate.” Huffington Post claimed, “Pope Francis Says Atheists Who Do Good Are Redeemed, Not Just Catholics.”
But what did the pope really say? Did he suggest all atheists are redeemed? And if so, is this a shift in Catholic teaching?
How pleasing to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is the short quarter of an hour that we steal from our occupations,from something of no use,to come and pray to Him,to visit Him,to console Him.