Five hundred and eighty nine years ago today, at age 17, Joan of Arc fought in her first battle for the French against the English at Orleans during the Hundred Years’ War over who would rule France.  The French won that battle which was a big moment in the war and led to France regaining control of their country years later.  Joan went on to fight in more battles for her country and was eventually captured by the English army.

Joan was tried as a heretic and killed by the English on May 30, 1431 at age 19.  She was named a saint by the Catholic Church on May 16, 1920.

She was a teenager in the Middle Ages, dressed as a man, and fighting for her country.  Most of us will never face this kind of situation, but often think we are not suited for a battle in our own lives.

Joan said, “I am not afraid… I was born to do this.”

What were we born to do?  What struggles do we face and wonder if we have it in us?  What could we accomplish if we believed in ourselves beyond reason?

We must climb walls, get up from falls and fight the good fight.  Our own history is at stake.  And our role in changing the world is waiting for us.