On the 8th of May, 1429, 17 year old military commander Joan of Arc, the visionary daughter of a peasant, lifted the siege of Orleans. This was the turning point in a war waged by men which lasted 100 years.
It is said that on that day she had the opportunity to mop up some remaining English forces by slaughtering them, but refused to do so, because it was a Sunday.
Two days earlier she had single handedly repelled an English advance by yelling “Au nom de Dieu!” (In the name of God.)
It took nearly half a millenium before she was made a Saint, in 1920. (On average the canonisation process takes 181 years.)
Joan of Arc lived in a different age when lies and disrespect for God did not dominate the Western World.
“Shelly” of San Diego wrtes: “Some say she suffered from schizophrenia but I have never heard of a schizophrenic being allowed to do something as epic as kick an invading army out. I believe she was divinely inspired to do what she did and is a strong female role model. The fact that she was executed for wearing men’s clothes, a right we 21st century women take for granted, just makes her martyrdom more tragic.”
It wouldnt be the first time in the history of the world that a creative genius or leader was labelled mad or bad and persecuted.