She’s the epitome of a warrior woman. Joan of Arc was born into a peasant family in eastern France around 1412. At the age of 12, she claims to have been visited by St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret, who advised her to drive out the English and bring the Dauphin to Reims for his coronation.

At age 18, Joan said she had received visions from God, leading her to accomplish much in her short life. Her efforts to support Charles VII and recover France from English domination late in the Hundred Years’ War was a instruction from God, she believed.

The spirit of this young woman was revered, admired and feared by some, who accused her of heresy. Even in her trial and eventual punishment of death, Joan of Arc remained strong and had no regrets of her accomplishments. Her work in her short life led the French army to victory over the British and 500 years later, granted her the title of Saint by the Catholic church.

Never marrying or having children, Joan of Arc followed her calling and lived her purpose. We salute this symbol of strength who encourages all women to live life with courage!