By Fr Bernard Vaughan S.J.
HER early life and contact TO ARMS
The silly issues of the area hath God selected, that He may possibly confound the clever and the susceptible issues of the realm hath God selected, that He may possibly confound the strong.”—
I Cor. i, 27-29.
CHAPTER II 22
HER reduction OF ORLEANS AND CROWNING OF THE KING
She saved him secure from his enemies, and she or he defended him from seducers. . . . She forsook no longer the simply while he was once offered, yet added him from sinners ; she went down with him into the pit; and in bands she left him now not, until eventually she introduced him the sceptre of the dominion, and tool opposed to those who oppressed him.”—Wisdom x, 12-14.
CHAPTER III 38
HER seize AND INIQUITOUS CONDEMNATION
“In Thy sight are all they that afflict me: my middle bathtub anticipated reproach and distress. and that i hunted for person who might grieve including me, yet there has been none; and for one who may convenience me, and that i discovered none.”—Ps. lxviii, 21-22.
CHAPTER IV 54
HER loss of life on the STAKE AND HER TRIUMPH
Behold i'm on your fingers - do with me what's solid and correct on your eyes. yet understand ye, and comprehend, that if you happen to positioned me to dying, you'll shed blameless blood opposed to your individual selves, and by contrast urban, and the population thereof. For honestly the Lord despatched me to you, to talk these types of phrases on your hearing.” —,Jer. xxvi, 14-15.
CHAPTER V 70
HER REHABILITATION AND WORLD-WIDE
“I beseech those who shall learn this publication, that they be now not surprised at those calamities, yet that they think about the issues that occurred, now not as being for the destruction, yet for the correction of our state . . . for notwithstanding He chastise His individuals with adversity, He forsaketh them not.”—II Mac. vi.
THE preparations of Divine windfall are inexhaustible. we are living in an age whilst the energies of girls are of necessity taking new instructions. The outdated domestic existence is very unlikely or inadequate for lots of of them, they usually need to pass forth overseas to dwell frequently solitary lives, to see a profession unaided, and to go into upon objectives which till fresh instances have been restricted to the more advantageous sex.
It is lifeless to disregard this tendency. It arises from motives, which can't be managed. yet whereas this change and improvement of womanly task is going on, it truly is all-important that the sacred features which offer to womanhood its energy and its appeal shouldn't be overshadowed by means of the tension and toil which accompany the recent stipulations within which it truly is now placed.
And during this second the Church of God units up prior to our gaze the attractive determine of Blessed Joan the Maid, referred to as via God from domestic and given a piece during which many courageous males had failed. She did her paintings, she went out and in in camp and town, yet she nonetheless remained the light, uncomplicated maiden.
May her tale, instructed so eloquently by way of the author of the subsequent pages, educate our Catholic maidens, and ladies of each measure, how you can do no matter what God places into their palms to do, and but hold untouched and shiny the entire glory in their womanhood.
Archbishop of Westminster.
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