Can you believe it’s already November? As a Dallas Refrigerated Logistics Company, Eagle Express is gearing up for one of the busiest times of the year in terms of fresh, fast deliveries. Because now that Halloween is over, Christmas is here! Seriously, yesterday I was perusing the aisles at my local grocery store, and I saw them clearing the Halloween specials to the front of the store for clearance, and stocking shelves with candy canes, wreaths, and Santa napkins. But we’re getting a little ahead of ourselves because there are a few noteworthy dates that come before Christmas. One of them comes right after Halloween, on November 1st: All Saint’s Day.
If you’re unfamiliar, All Saints Day, also known as All Hallows, is observed to honor of the saints of the past. It is believed that on this day, there exists a special, spiritual bond between Christians and those in heaven. It only seems fitting that on All Saint’s Day, the Dallas Refrigerated Logistics Company blog highlights a saint of the past with a pretty awesome story.
Saint Joan of Arc didn’t always have the word “saint” in front of her name (or “of Arc” after it, for that matter). Jehanne, as she was known, was born a poor peasant in France. At that time, pretty much everyone was struggling as a result of the Hundred Years’ War that was hindering regrowth from the Black Plague that devastated Europe years before. As a teenager Joan was said to have experienced visions from other saints and from God himself. One such vision was of a reversal of miltary power in the city of Orleans. This was important because this was one of the last cities that was standing in the way of England taking over the French throne.
Joan shared her vision with military leaders and was laughed at more than once, but in an act of desperation they granted her wish to dress for battle and lead the French army in their siege under the pretense that God willed her to do so. That’s what our Dallas Refrigerated Logistics Company would call “girl power”! It is unclear whether Joan actually took part in battle or just served as a morale leader. We do know that she suffered some gruesome injuries; a crossbow to the thigh and an arrow to the neck/shoulder area were two of many. But she carried on and was able to lead the French to many unprecedented victories.
Under the guidance of Joan, the French army began to make a turnaround in the war, and morale was high. The Hundred Years’ War was turning into a Holy war, and Joan believed she had the Lord on her side.
Unfortunately, in 1430, she was captured in battle. She was held prisoner by the English until she was put on trial for heresy. While on trial, she was given the opportunity to renounce her visions and stop wearing men’s battle uniform in exchange for her life. She agreed, at least on paper, but historians believe she was unsure of what she was agreeing to because the next day, she recanted her denouncement. She proclaimed that the voices she heard were divine, and she was guided by the Holy Spirit. As a result, she was burned at he stake in the town’s square.
Thirty years after her death, a new trial declared Joan not guilty of all of the crimes that brought about her execution. In 1920, she was canonized- a process by which the Catholic Church proclaims one a saint. To this day, her story lives on in popular culture. Countless books, movies, and even television programs have been modeled after the God-willed woman who led a hopeless military into battle. Joan of Arc is just one of the many lives Dallas Refrigerated Logistics Company celebrates on All Saint’s Day. Now that Halloween is over, we wish you a happy November 1st, and a happy start to the holiday season from Eagle Express’ Dallas Refrigerated Logistics Company.