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Maid of Orléans: Happy Feast Day Saint Joan of Arc

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On this day of May 30, 1431, the peasant-turned-warrior, Joan of Arc was burned at the stake in Rouen, France. In commemoration with her memorial and Feast Day, let us remember her accomplishments and courageous legacy.  "Sainte Jeanne d'Arc" by  Paul Antoine de la Boulaye circa 1909 Jeanne d'Arc ("Joan of Arc") was born circa 1412 to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle Romée in Domrémy, France. Joan came from a peasant household during the midst of the Hundred Year's War between France and England. Additionally, Joan's family was rooted in the Catholic faith which left a profound impact on her upbringing. At the age of thirteen while in her father's garden, Joan received messages from Saint Michael, Saint Catherine, and Saint Margaret. The saints told Joan that although she was a humble peasant lady, her purpose was to help Dauphin Charles of France be crowned King and win the battle against the English. In response, Joan stated: "I am not afrai

A Saint to be: Madame Élisabeth of France

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On this day in 1794, Servant of God, Madame Élisabeth of France was guillotined during the French Revolution. in commemoration of her Feast Day within the Catholic Church, this post is dedicated to her life and legacy.                              Servant of God, Madame Élisabeth of France (date and artist unknown) B orn on May 3, 1764, Princess Élisabeth was the daughter of Dauphin Louis of France and his wife,  Dauphine Marie Josèphe. At the age of two, Élisabeth was left an orphan following her father's death in 1765 and her mother in 1767. At a young age, Élisabeth had difficulty studying her education. It was not until Élisabeth became ill, that her sister Clothilde inspired her to become devoted to her Catholic faith and learn the French alphabet. Within time, Élisabeth began to change her outlook on life and develop a personality of kindness and humility.  C hoosing to live a charitable and simpler lifestyle, Madame Élisabeth was known for her gracious giving to

The Case for Space

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On  April 19, 2021, the NASA robotic helicopter "Ingenuity" completed a successful flight on the surface of Mars. This historical event catapulted human spaceflight and engineering as an Earth produced vehicle took flight on its own while located on a different planet. Never before had mankind achieved such a feat beyond Earth.  " Ingenuity " hovers above the surface of Mars in this historic image. (NASA) Ever since I was a small child, I have always looked to the stars. My earliest memories of learning about space were around the age of four when I would look outside and see the planets Mars and Venus beside the Moon. As I grew older, I would collect books on the wonders of space and God’s incredible creation of nebulae, the solar system and planets beyond our galaxy. Being homeschooled, I was fortunate to accumulate fascinating picture-filled books which I still have to this day. Throughout my later homeschooled years, my mother always noted how Earth’s Moon was s

Eastertide: The Miraculous Resurrection

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As Easter week comes to end, let us reflect of the glory of Jesus Christ and His Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Taking from the four Gospels, according to St. Matthew, St. Mark, St. Luke and St. John, let us read of the true meaning of Eastertide.                                         "The Ressurection of Jesus" by Carl Bloch, circa 1881 "Among whom was Mary Magdalen, and Mary the mother of James and Joseph, and the mother of the sons of Zebedee. And when it was evening, there came a certain rich man of Arimathea, named Joseph, who also himself was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate, and asked the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded that the body should be delivered. And Joseph taking the body, wrapped it up in a clean linen cloth. And laid it in his own new monument, which he had hewed out in a rock. And he rolled a great stone to the door of the monument, and went his way." - St. Matthew (26:56-60) In this scripture, we witness the aftermath of

An Irish Blessing: The Life of Saint Patrick

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In 386 A.D,  Patrick was born in  Britannia to  Calpurnius and Conchessa. In this time of history, most Britains belonged to the Catholic (Christian) faith and Patrick's father was a Deacon in the early Church. From his childhood, Patrick was raised in the Christian faith and was known to be a humble young boy.                                                                   Saint Patrick, Protector of Ireland  During his teenage years, Patrick was kidnapped by Irish pirates and sold into slavery. These pirates were from Ireland and followed Celtic paganism. Under this enslavement, Patrick was ordered to watch over his master's livestock. It was through this period that Patrick held to his faith and prayed that he would be liberated from slavery. According to Patrick, he was told by God to run to the Irish coast. Upon doing so, Patrick escaped slavery and was able to return to Britannia. After returning home, Patrick chose to enter decided to become a priest in the C

A Royal Love: Louis and Antoinette

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In honor of the last day in February, here is a short story of the love story between King Louis and Queen Marie Antoinette of France. Although this pair started off as two foreigners to each other, their bond would hold them together in the most grievous hour. Let us take a moment and learn of this royal love.              King Louis XVI by Joesph Duplessis and Queen Marie Antoinette by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. On May 16, 1770, Dauphin Louis of France married  Archduchess Maria Antonia Josepha Joanna (Marie Antoinette) in the Royal Chapel of Versailles. On their wedding night, the adolescents went to bed together, yet their marriage was not consummated. It is reported that either the Louis and Antoinette did not know what to do, or decided to remain platonic spouses as they grew to personally know each other. For the next years, the pair learned their likes and dislikes as they were young adults in a foreign relationship. In 1774, Louis and Antoinette became king and queen

Chakotay and Seven of Nine: An Unbreakable Link

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In commemoration with  Valentine's Day, I decided to write an article on my favorite "Star Trek" pairing: Chakotay and Seven of Nine. Through social media, I have seen this fictional couple bear the brunt of despise, hatred and retaliation. On the other hand, I have always seen a unique  relationship of two individuals in the future. From the moment they appeared on screen together I thought they had instant chemistry. The two characters showed that love is unconditional and just because a first meeting is not pleasant, love can bloom in the most unbeknownst manner. I hope this following article can shed light on their relationship and why they matter.  With patience and time, a spiritual person like Chakotay and a logical scientist like Seven formed a tender bond and left an impact as a tasteful and wholesome romance. Chakotay was able to understand a facet of Seven that no other crewman could. In return, she honored and respected him. Starting from season 4 through seas