st. jeanne

Joan of Arc’s Standard

“Did you not have on the banner you carried a representation of the world, painted with two angels, etc.?”

“Yes; and I had no other.”

“What did this signify, to paint God holding the world, and these angels?”

“Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret told me that I was to take my banner and to carry it boldly, and to have painted on it the King of Heaven. I told my King, much against my will: that is all I can tell of the signification of this painting.”

Every man gives his life for what he believes. Every woman gives her life for what she believes. Sometimes people believe in little or nothing, and so they give their lives to little or nothing. One life is all we have, and we live it as we believe in living it…and then it’s gone.

But to surrender who you are and to live without belief is more terrible than dying – even more terrible than dying young.

—  St. Joan of Arc

St. Jeanne D'arc Save France 

All honor and all glory be

To Thee, the Eternal King of kings!

For Thou hast given the victory

To me, a frail and feeble thing.

And thou, dear Mother, pure as snow,

Most lovely star, sublimely bright!

Oh, thou hast been my light below,

Protecting me in danger’s night.

Thou, Queen, whose glories ne'er shall fail,

When shall mine eyes thy splendors see?

When shall I rest beneath thy veil,

Never again to part from thee?

Hail, Mary! Holy Mother, hail!

My exiled spirit fain would fly

To heavenly joys that have no end;

Naught here its needs can satisfy,

It craves for God, its perfect Friend.

But, ere that sweet reward begin,

I long to combat for Him here,

For Him unnumbered souls to win,

And find Him dearer and more dear.

My exile here will pass away,

As the day passes and is gone;

Then, up the radiant, sunlit way,

My happy soul shall hasten on,

To see my God in endless day.


Front row (from left to right): Quill, Armor, Cuckoo, Jubilee, Anole, Colossus, Triage, Psylocke

Back row (from left to right): Wiccan, Monet, Aurora, Sunfire

Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning Spotlight: Students

The current group of students at the Jean Grey Institute for Higher Learning, dubbed “Generation X”, are the best and brightest of the mutant generation. Emma Frost and Scott Summers scoured the globe for their incoming class of mutants at the school. The students are divided into 3-person training squads: Hellions, Paladins, Exemplars, and Paragons. 

These students have much to learn but are already capable for fending for themselves and fighting for mutant rights.

You can learn more about Generation X and read about their individual bios here! [LINK]

Joan of Arc: Calling Out Bullshit Since 1431
  • Examiner: "In what likeness did Saint Michael appear to you?"
  • Joan of Arc: "I did not see a crown: I know nothing of his dress."
  • Examiner: "Was he naked?"
  • Joan of Arc: "Do you think God has not wherewithal to clothe him?"
  • Examiner: "Had he hair?"
  • Joan of Arc: "Why should it have been cut off? I have not seen Saint Michael since I left the Castle of Crotoy. I do not see him often. I do not know if he has hair."

It’s the feast of St. Jean-Baptiste, which means 1) it’s halfway to Noël, because the commemorations of the births of Christ and His cousin are paired with the winter and summer solstices respectively for some useful pagan-inspired symbolism and 2) it’s Québec’s Fête Nationale, because we North American Francophones enjoy co-opting religious festivals to celebrate ourselves. 

And now that I’ve satisfied my obligation to my single Québécois family line, I’ve always thought it a shame that Créoles don’t have a day of our own, but then what day could we co-opt? Both St. Louis and Ste. Jeanne d’Arc’s feasts are in summer or close enough to it as to be unendurable. New Orleans does hold certain festivities for 14 July, but that also runs into the summer problem and additionally is just a bit awkward for everyone involved. 

Ugh…why does practically everything worth celebrating occur in the absolute worst part of the subtropical year?