State of Grace

 

In the days of Joan of Arc it was the believed that scriptures forbad one from knowing whether one was “in a state of grace.” Thus when one of her accusers asked the saint if, “She was in a state of grace,” he was laying a trap.

Either a yes or no answer would doom the girl to her death.
Mark Twain reports in his classic, Joan of Arc, she answered in this fashion:
“If I be not in a state of Grace, I pray God place me in it; if I be in it, I pray God keep me so.”
May we all so pray, and to also ask for a little bit of St. Joan’s quick wit.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of the United States, is an author and lecturer. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, and A Game Of Inches, are published by Beaufort Books and are available online, in your local bookstore, or you can order autographed copies at webbhubbell.com. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps Won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. He is also a contributor to The Clyde Fitch Report.

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