Today is the feast day of St. Joan of Arc, which, coming so soon after Memorial Day, has special meaning for me. Bk in the early 80's when I did a time in Uncle Sam's Army, I wore a small medal of Jeanne d'Arc along with my dog tags, seeing as how she was the patron saint for female soldiers (and any female military).
Yesterday, I attended a Memorial Day service at Santa Ana Cemetery that was hosted by the American Legion and the VFW. One thing that struck me is how speeches now praise both the men and women who are making the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Women not in combat roles? You could be in a field hospital, well behind front lines, and still have a suicidal bomber walk in with a knapsack full of explosives.
So, while keeping all service personnel in your prayers, today on the feast day of Joan of Arc, keep in mind the American women who have gone to serve and not returned home, like Army Spec. Lori Piestewa.
St. Joan, you refused to follow any command but God's. Let your perseverance and clear sight be given to those women who serve, let your valor and bravery make them strong, let your faith give sustenance to their souls. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. +