Saint Joan was born the youngest of twelve children in Saumur, France. Her parents, who identified as Catholic, were not especially devout, and the faith was presented to Joan as a part of life, rather than a mystery to behold and contemplate. The family worked long hours as shopkeepers, supporting the 14 members of the household as best they could. Joan’s mother, however, was also generous, giving alms and food to any beggars who came to the door of the shop.
“God sent me this first time to learn the way,” and then specifically to Joan, “Learn the way!”
Joan lived among those she served, in cramped quarters, and endured significant difficulties—oftentimes at the hands of her Catholic brethren. A religious order from whom she rented space continuously raised her rent, not comfortable with the “bad element” she was attracting. Several accidents—including the collapse of a building roof—almost stopped her operation, but Joan persisted in the Lord’s work. In 1706, Saint Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort visited Saumur, and met Joan. He at first chastised her for her extreme bodily mortifications, but also offered her the spiritual encouragement to continue: “Go on in the way you have begun. God’s spirit is with you; it is He who is leading you in this penitential way. Follow His voice, and fear no more.”
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Year 2: Day 229 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Openness to the call of the Lord; For all those in need and those who minister to them.
Requested Intentions: For personal family intentions, for the sick, poor, hungry, and homeless (G); Financial security and peace (J); Grace, peace, and obedience to the will of God in a marriage (H); Successful and blessed marriage for sin, freedom from anxiety for husband, spiritual contentedness for family (N); Employment and health for a husband (B); Recovery and health of a mother (J); For a family to grow closer to the Church, salvation for all children (D); Successful employment (L); Successful employment (S); Renewal of faith life (A); Support for an intended marriage, health for friend and aunt (J); Mental health assistance for son (G); Freedom from illness (S); Successful employment (C); Financial assistance and employment (B); For a family’s intentions (T); Successful examination results (B); Healing of a friend with cancer, for all those who help others (B); Healing and love (L); Grace and healing (V); Healing of a heart, consecration of a marriage (M); Health of a family, intentions of apostolate (H); For repentance (J); For a family in trouble (R); Healing, successful relationships for son, financial success (J); Success of a company (L); For a religious society (J); Healing of a husband, strength as a faithful caregiver (D); Healing of a son (T); Financial security, Healing and guidance (M); Healing of a heart and relationship (V); Employment for daughter (J); For a marriage that glorifies the Lord (K); Resolution of family situation, parents’ health (A); Positive results (C); For a son’s employment, faith, and relationships (S).