Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
West Point Graduate and Army Chaplain Gives Unusual Gift to the Thomas More Law Center
Last week, Father Michael Cerrone, a West Point graduate and
officer who later became a priest and Army
chaplain, personally donated a statue
of Joan of Arc entitled the
“Saintly Soldier of Christ” to be placed in the
Thomas More Law Center
We were honored to receive this gift. In a unique way, this statue
the strength and dedication of the women of TMLC, both
support staff, who are indeed warriors in the current
culture war which
threatens to tear our nation asunder.
Winston Churchill described Joan of Arc as:
“A being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she
equal in a thousand years. She embodied the natural goodness
valour of the human race in unexampled perfection.
courage, infinite compassion, the virtue of the simple,
the wisdom of
the just, shone forth in her.”
Mark Twain said of her,
“Whatever thing men call great, look for it in Joan of Arc,
and there you will find it.”
After years of constant humiliating defeat and the demoralization
military and civil leadership, Joan’s urgent request to be
equipped for war
and placed at the head of the army was granted. So
this illiterate farm girl
who claimed that the voice of God instructed
her to take charge of her
country’s army and lead it to victory, in fact
did lead the French military
forces to victory after victory.
However, in 1420 Joan was captured and placed on trial for heresy.
May 30, 1431, she was burned at the stake and her ashes were
in the Seine River. She was 19 years old. The Church
later declared Joan
a martyr and canonized her as a saint in 1920.
Fr. Michael Cerrone was raised in a devout Catholic army family and
graduated from the Military Academy at West Point in 1968.
He served in
the Vietnam War and in Germany and Italy.
He left active military
service after finishing his 5 year
obligation with the Army. He
subsequently entered into the seminary
and was ordained a priest on May
30, 1981. He returned to the
Army as a Chaplain and retired as a Lt
Colonel after 20 years of active duty
and having served as an infantry
chaplain in Iraq.
Fr. Cerrone’s own personal devotion to St. Joan of Arc
when it was noted that he was ordained a priest on her feast day,
After his service in the military, Fr. Cerrone began to study St.
Joan of Arc in earnest.
Eventually, his research and devotion
culminated in the authoring
“For God and Country” a book about how
prayer and the Church’s sacramental
life gave St. Joan of Arc the
strength to overcome.
The artist who sculpted and casted the statue is Julia Levitina, a
Ukrainian woman currently living in Philadelphia. She has received
numerous awards in figure modeling and her sculptures are recognized
for “uplifting the human spirit.”
A group of sisters from the Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the
Eucharist capped the spirit of the occasion with an impromptu
performance of “Salve Regina.” (see video below)
I can think of no better conclusion to this Blog than to quote
Mark Twain’s own Conclusions to Personal Recollection of Joan of Arc:
“Love, Mercy, Charity, Fortitude, War, Peace, Poetry,
these may be symbolized as any shall prefer: by figures of
sex and of any age; but a slender girl in her first
young bloom, with
the martyr’s crown upon her head,
and in her hand the sword that severed
bonds–shall not this, and no other, stand for
through all the ages until time shall end?”