Daily Motivator for July 11 – The fact that you can

The fact that you can

Not only are you already highly capable, you are capable of becoming even  more capable. Exercise your capabilities, and nothing is beyond your reach.

When you’ve enjoyed great success you can step forward and create even more.  When you encounter disappointments and obstacles, you can raise your own level  of ability to get beyond them.

The way to make full and increasing use of your capabilities is to have an  authentic reason. True desire will push your effectiveness higher and higher.

Know that you can, know why you must, and you’ll find a way to get it done.  Put your amazing abilities to good use by giving yourself a powerful and  meaningful reason to do so.

Do not agonize over why you can’t. Accept, acknowledge and express with your  actions the fact that you can.

Every situation is your opportunity to put your dynamic capabilities to good  use. Every day is a day in which you can make a real difference in a meaningful  and effective way.

— Ralph Marston

The Daily Motivator

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Saint of the Day for Aug. 25 is St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc

St. Joan of Arc is the patroness of soldiers and of France. On January 6, 1412, Joan of Arc was born to pious parents of the French peasant class, at the obscure village of Domremy, near the province of Lorraine. At a very early age, she heard voices: those of St. Michael, St. Catherine and St. Margaret.

At first the messages were personal and general. Then at last came the crowning order. In May, 1428, her voices “of St. Michael, St. Catherine, and St. Margaret” told Joan to go to the King of France and help him reconquer his kingdom. For at that time the English king was after the throne of France, and the Duke of Burgundy, the chief rival of the French king, was siding with him and gobbling up evermore French territory.

After overcoming opposition from churchmen and courtiers, the seventeen year old girl was given a small army with which she raised the seige of Orleans on May 8, 1429. She then enjoyed a series of spectacular military successes, during which the King was able to enter Rheims and be crowned with her at his side.

In May 1430, as she was attempting to relieve Compiegne, she was captured by the Burgundians and sold to the English when Charles and the French did nothing to save her. After months of imprisonment, she was tried at Rouen by a tribunal presided over by the infamous Peter Cauchon, Bishop of Beauvais, who hoped that the English would help him to become archbishop.

Through her unfamiliarity with the technicalities of theology, Joan was trapped into making a few damaging statements. When she refused to retract the assertion that it was the saints of God who had commanded her to do what she had done, she was condemned to death as a heretic, sorceress, and adulteress, and burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was nineteen years old. Some thirty years later, she was exonerated of all guilt and she was ultimately canonized in 1920, making official what the people had known for centuries. Her feast day is May 30.

Joan was canonized in 1920 by Pope Benedict XV.