God Bless Julia Joan

Sorry about being scarce this weekend, but it was Princess P’s confirmation. Catholic confirmations used to be done in sixth grade, but last year they decided to move the Sacrament of Confirmation to eighth grade, a little more than two months before graduation.

Julia decided to ask her Uncle Mike to be her sponsor, and he gladly agreed. Everything went very well, despite the fact Uncle Mike forgot what her confirmation name was. He blanked, but Julia covered for him.

Julia’s confirmation name was Joan, as in Saint Joan of Arc.

Julia liked the name, read a little bit about her life, and thought Joan of Arc was kind of a badass. Fighting the English at the age of seventeen, recruiting other French soldiers, and bringing The Word of God to her fellow Frenchmen. One quote attributed to Joan was extremely powerful:

“Go forward bravely. Fear nothing. Trust in God; all will be well.”

The Bishop looked like he was 80 years old, but he was spry, soft-spoken, and he really took the Julia’s class. He explained how important confirmation was, and how important it is to trust in the Lord.

My mother-in-law found a small statue of Joan of Arc, and she gave it to Princess P after the ceremony. I’m very proud of her, and more proud that she picked such an influential Catholic Saint.


7 thoughts on “God Bless Julia Joan

  1. Ronni – Thank you. She was really excited about this, more than any other sacrament. I think she bonded with Joan of Arc because she really loves karate and doesn’t scare easily.

    RD – Thanks. I bought a print of Joan of Arc with the quote above. It should arrive is a few days, and I think she’ll like it.

    MelP – I read a lot about her. A warrior at 17, burned at the stake two years later. She did so much in those two years, and never wavered in her faith in God.


  2. Mike AKA Proof – I also love this quote:

    “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, nevertheless they give up their lives to that 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 what you are, and live without belief – that’s more terrible than dying – more terrible than dying young.”

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