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St Joan of Arc, pray for us.

St Matthew

 
19:9  And I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.
19:10  His disciples say unto him: If the case of a man with his wife be so, it is not expedient to marry.
19:11  Who said to them: All men take not this word, but they to whom it is given.
19:12  For there are eunuchs, who were born so from their mothers womb: and there are eunuchs, who were made so by men: and there are eunuchs, who have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven. He that can take, let him take it.
19:13  Then were little children presented to him, that he should impose hands upon them and pray. And the disciples rebuked them.
19:14  But Jesus said to them: Suffer the little children, and forbid them not to come to me: for the kingdom of heaven is for such.
19:15  And when he had imposed hands upon them, he departed from thence.
19:16  And behold one came and said to him: Good master, what good shall I do that I may have life everlasting?
19:17  Who said to him: Why askest thou me concerning good? One is good, God. But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
19:18  He said to him: Which? And Jesus said: Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness.
19:19  Honour thy father and thy mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
19:20  The young man saith to him: All these have I kept from my youth, what is yet wanting to me?
19:21  Jesus saith to him: If thou wilt be perfect, go sell what thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.
19:22  And when the young man had heard this word, he went away sad: for he had great possessions.
19:23  Then Jesus said to his disciples: Amen, I say to you, that a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
19:24  And again I say to you: It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
19:25  And when they had heard this, the disciples wondered much, saying: Who then can be saved?
19:26  And Jesus beholding, said to them: With men this is impossible: but with God all things are possible.
19:27  Then Peter answering, said to him: Behold we have left all things, and have followed thee: what therefore shall we have?
19:28  And Jesus said to them: Amen I say to you, that you who have followed me, in the regeneration, when the Son of man shall sit on the seat of his majesty, you also shall sit on twelve seats judging the twelve tribes of Israel.
19:29  And every one that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands for my name's sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall possess life everlasting.

19:30  And many that are first, shall be last: and the last shall be first.


Isaias 56

56:1  Thus saith the Lord: Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my justice to be revealed.
56:2  Blessed is the man that doth this, and the son of man that shall lay hold on this: that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, that keepeth his hands from doing any evil.
56:3  And let not the son of the stranger, that adhereth to the Lord, speak, saying: The Lord will divide and separate me from his people. And let not the eunuch say: Behold I am a dry tree.
56:4  For thus saith the Lord to the eunuchs, They that shall keep my sabbaths, and shall choose the things that please me, and shall hold fast my covenant:
56:5  I will give to them in my house, and within my walls, a place, and a name better than sons and daughters: I will give them an everlasting name which shall never perish.

56:6  And the children of the stranger that adhere to the Lord, to worship him, and to love his name, to be his servants: every one that keepeth the sabbath from profaning it, and that holdeth fast my covenant:
56:7  I will bring them into my holy mount, and will make them joyful in my house of prayer: their holocausts, and their victims shall please me upon my altar: for my house shall be called the house of prayer, for all nations.
56:8  The Lord God, who gathereth the scattered of Israel, saith: I will still gather unto him his congregation.
56:9  All ye beasts of the field come to devour, all ye beasts of the forest.
56:10  His watchmen are all blind, they are all ignorant: dumb dogs not able to bark, seeing vain things, sleeping and loving dreams.
56:11  And most impudent dogs, they never had enough: the shepherds themselves knew no understanding: all have turned aside into their own way, every one after his own gain, from the first even to the last.



See Christ converting the sinner, and drawing her to His total service.

She died a martyr,  feast day March 30 Roman Martyrology

The Samaritan woman