Knowing The Real Saint Joan of Arc
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When one sees a beautiful building or perhaps a High Rise we can admire it from the outside or even from the inside. We can photograph it and admire it we can even write a story about it gleaned from the facts known. We can write a technical paper on it going into depth on the design and methods of construction, or we can even be critical on how it could have been done better. We cannot know the bulding half as well as the craftsmen who actully built it nor can we feel it as they did. No; we can only express from a limited view never knowing as others who know every bolt every filigree that made it the way it is.

The same goes for a famous personage. We can write about them from the facts known. We can be critical of them for their seeming mistakes, but in the final analysis we can never really know from this. No; unless we can be in harmony with them and see things the way they did and deal with the circumstances the way they had to then we can get somewhat of a feel of who they really were. But we still do not know them. We still can only express in a large part of what we see.

When we hold a newborn child we see the form but what cannot be seen readily is the human potential that is contained in that small form. We cannot see the plan God has for that child and we do not know them as he does. In 1412 the birth year of Saint Joan sons were more favored than daughters as sons could contribute to the heavy labor required to work the land. Being devout Catholics Jocques and Isabelle accepted this latest addition to their family as a blessing. Unknown only to God such a blessing! Thus this tiny form was welcomed into the family and life went on.

Domremy was populated by people of strong character and devout. The baby Joan received six sets of God Parents at her christening. Truly one could say the village of Domremy was one big family as regardless of bloodline each child was parented by the whole village. Domremy like Bethlehem did not count as anything important in the affairs of men but each produced a personage that would alter the affairs of men. Domremy was an ideal ground to produce a saint! Samuel Clemens said it best that it could not produce an Einstein or an Edison as the environment and opportunity simply did not exist. Jesus Christ was
tucked away with his family in the village of Nazareth until the time of revalation. Joan hidden away in Domremy until the time of revalation. Both locations were ideal for growth in the Holy Spirit. Both were well acquainted with hard work and deprivation.
Both surrounded by devout parents as well as devout towns people. People in Domremy lived what they believed and it is in this environment that our Joan grew physicaly, mentally, and most important spiritually. She expressed an unusaul depth of character at an early age along with unusual piety and compassion.

"My thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways My ways,' says the Lord.
'For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts."
Isaiah 55:8-9

In this place of natural beauty and quiet in the quiet meadows Joan developed. Her village attacked by Bergundians forcing the
people to flee to Neufchateau for protection drove home the perilous condition France was in at the time. These senseless
attacks on unarmed villagers was to be sure a sore point with her. It did produce a resolve of patriotism within her and that began the long road to Rheims. Every saturday Joan walked the path to the chapel of Notre Dame De Bermont and prayed there so it is logical that she knew how to pray the Rosary. Having made these pilgrimages and going to mass each day was her custom and receiving the sacraments she had in her own interior life attained the promises of the first saturdays. Joan of her own free will consecrated her virginity to Christ. Like so many outstanding maidens in church history that did the same; history resounds with their extraordinary achievements, usually ending in martyrdom. To name a few; Saint Agnes, Saint Lucy, Saint Perpetua, Saint Anastasia, Saint Philomena, Saint Margaret, Saint Catherine. Saint Margaret of Antioch and Saint Catherine of Alexandria were Joan`s patron saints.

She was a dreamer, and loved in the evenings to watch the stars break out in the skies, or to follow during the day the changes of light and shade. The sound of the wind in the branches and in the thickets, the murmur of the springs, and all the harmonies of Nature, enchanted her. But most of all, she loved the sound of bells. It was to her like a greeting from Heaven to earth, and when in the peaceful eventide, far from the village in some little valley where her flock was gathered, she heard their silvery notes, their slow and calm vibrations making her hour of her return, she would fall into a sort of ecstasy, into a long prayer in which her whole soul reached out towards Heaven. In spite of her poverty, she found the means of giving little gifts to the bell-ringer of the village, in order that he might continue the peal of his bells longer than usual. Full of the intuition that her coming on earth was for some great object, her thoughts plunged into the depths of the invisible, trying to trace the path on which should go. "She searched her own mind," Realizing already a purpose driven life. Whilst the souls of her companions were imprisoned in their fleshly garb, her whole being lay open to high influences. In the hour of sleep her spirit, freed from material ties, attuned with the Holy Spirit. There it strengthened itself in the powerful currents of life and of love, and on awakening preserved some intuition of its experience. Thus, little by little, her spiritual faculties awoke and grew. Soon they were to be brought into action.

We have arrived at the point where non believers those who do not share the same faith as Joan can penetrate her no further
We are now in the realm of the holy Spirit and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit enable us to live a holy Christian life. The Gifts of the Holy Spirit are
Wisdom - desire for the things of God, and to direct our whole life and all our actions to His honor and glory. Understanding - enable us to know more clearly the mysteries of faith. Counsel - warn us of the deceits of the devil, and of the dangers to salvation. Fortitude - strengthen us to do the will of God in all things. Knowledge - enable us to discover the will of God in all things. Piety - love God as a Father, and obey Him because we love Him. Fear of the Lord - have a dread of sin and fear of offending God.

Theological Virtues
Belonging or relating to God. Faith, Hope, and Charity have God for their direct object and motive. The matter on which our faith is excercised is called the object; why we believe is termed the motive. Virtue. A habitual tendency to act rightly; the opposite to vice, which is a blemish or fault.
Cardinal Virtues Principal or chief, from Latin Cardo, a hinge. All other virtues either depend or spring from them. Prudence. This virtue enlightens our mind, and leads us to take proper and effectual means for securing our salvation. Justice.  Giving what is due to God, our neighbours, and ourselves. Fortitude.
Having courage to resist anything which may hinder our salvation, and to bear bravely all trials for the love of God. 
Being moderate in all things. He that is temperate, saith the wise man, shall prolong life. (Ecclus. 37:34) 

The twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit are:
Charity; (love)
Chastity. (Gal. 5:22) 

The preceding is an outline of Joan`s character; who she is! Born into the ideal circumstances to bring forth the firm character
necessary to fufill a very difficult mission. Almighty God has a purpose for each one of us and has given us the gifts necessary to fulfill that if we choose. The Blessed Virgin Mary could have said no. All of the saints preceding Joan could have said no as well as Joan. However in the case of Mary she was chosen. In Joan`s case also she was chosen. Most of us are called and if we answer that call we fufill what god had in mind for us to do. Mostly that what seems to us simple things for not everybody is called to be a Mary or a Joan neither would it be possible or necessary. 
There is no such thing as a small work in the eyes of God! Remember that he sees it!  What I have said here is that Joan had gone beyond mere belief to that rock solid ground of knowing. 

The first vision came in the summer-time at mid-day. The sky was cloudless, and the sun poured down upon the widespread fields. Jehanne was praying in the garden which stretched from her father's house down to the church. She heard a voice which said to her, "Jehanne, daughter of God, be good and wise. Frequent the church. Put your confidence in the Lord." She was terrified, but raising her eyes she saw in a dazzling light an angelic figure full of strength and sweetness surrounded by angels.On another day the Archangel, Saint Michael, and the Saints who accompanied him spoke of the state of the country and revealed to her, her mission.
"It is necessary that you go to the help of the Dauphin, so that through you he may recover his Kingdom." Jehanne, taken aback, excused herself. "I am only a poor girl and I know neither how to write nor how to fight."

"Daughter of God, go. I will be your help," the voice replied to her. Notice the address: ( When Daniel was addressed
by the angel he referred to him as "MAN OF HIGH ESTEEM". When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary he addresses her "HAIL FULL OF GRACE, FAVORED ONE". When appearing to Saint Joan he referred to her as "DAUGHTER OF GOD".) These addresses are important as they indicate the status of the individual before the throne. Saint Joan was already a Nobel.

Little by little her interviews with the spirits became more frequent. They were never of long duration. Counsels from on high are always brief, to the point, and luminous. That is clearly shown by her replies to those who questioned her at Rouen: "What doctrine did Saint Michael teach you?" they asked her.

"He always said, Be a good child, and God will help you.

This is both simple and sublime and sums up all the law of life. High spirits do not dissipate their energy in long speeches. Even to-day those who can communicate with the higher realms of the Beyond only receive teaching which is condensed and marked with high wisdom. Jehanne added: "Saint Michael has told me to be good and to frequent the Church."

So it is in the case of every soul who aspires to good. Rectitude and prayer are the first conditions of a true and pure life.

One day Saint Michael said to her, "Daughter of God, you will lead the Dauphin to Reims, so that he may receive his Consecration." Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret said to her continually, "Go! Go! We will help you." Thus there was established between Jehanne and her guides close relations. From her "Brothers of Paradise" she drew the necessary courage to carry out her work. She was filled with the idea. France awaited her. She must go; In the early dawn of a winter day Jehanne rose. She had prepared her light baggage a small packet and her staff. Then she went to kneel at the foot of the bed where her father and mother were still lying. Weeping silently she murmured a farewell. At this sad moment she may well recalled the kindness and the cares of her mother and the troubles of her father, whose brow was already wrinkled with age. She may have thought of the gap which her departure would cause, and the grief of all those whose life and joys and troubles she had always shared. But duty called her. She must not fail in her task.
It is here that we give the definition of an Apostle: It means Sent by God. As Saint Paul was instructed by Jesus and sent forth to evangelize the Gentiles, Saint Joan of Arc was sent forth as an Apostle to France. Everywhere she went by thought, word and deed she evangelized all she came in contact with especially her troops.
What did Jehanne herself say to all those who met her on her journey? "I come from the King of Heaven and I will bring you the help of Heaven." This is the mystery and the charism that has confounded researchers and lay persons alike. Liberating France was a secondary mission her primary mission was to restore the faith of France! A people who had lost their way. 

But what a marvelous situation! Here is a child coming to draw France out of the abyss. What does she bring with her for the task? Is it military aid? Is it an army? No, nothing of the sort! What she brings is simply faith in GOD, faith in the future of France, that faith which exalts the soul and which can move mountains. What did Jehanne herself say to all those who met her on her journey? "I come from the King of Heaven and I will bring you the help of Heaven." Mathew 17:20 for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you. Truly it can be said that God planted a mustard seed the smallest of all seeds in Domremy and it grew into a mighty tree we know as Joan of Arc. She had only one King; Jesus Christ!

Saint Joan of Arc is one of the most wrote about of Saints of the Catholic Church. Her name has been comandeered for every cause both noble and ignoble. She has been accused of being a heretic, a sorceress, a transvestite, a feminist and some have gone so far as to say she was in secret a lesbian or she had a mental condition, all of which is ridiculous and nothing more than the empty clanging of cymbals in the breeze. She has had myraid books wrote about her and of course historians have poured over the historical records and wrote these acounts of her life as known in the record and we have to give them thanks for that effort. There are some one million web pages on her world wide so saying she is very popular would be truth. Yet in all of this only one author actually approached and was able to express the real Joan and that was Samuel Clemens. He could approach it but could only go so far as he was hindered by the same problem as all the others he could not know her in the spirit! He did however write not ony a beautiful and truthful eulogy to her he also wrote a very beautiful essay in which he approached her in truth. According to his testimony he was inspired by a newspaper article that was on a page that blew in the wind and landed at his feet. It was his work as well as Saint Therese of Lisieux which brought on a wave of popularity.

In the 580 years since her Martyrdom there has been churches bearing her name, parades and celebrations in her honor but oddly no one raised up an apostleate to her until we raised this Confraternity. It gives one the feeling that no matter how popular only a few have taken her seriously as a Saint! One could say however that Orleans, France as well as the country of France is her apostleate.

What is advisable is to ignore the warrior figure, the person caught up in the politics of the time where all were using her to their advantage. The sad truth is both the French and the English sent her to her death using that death to further their own ends. The Church caught in schism and the manueverings of a corrupt Bishop during a time of war brought her to the Pyre but truth will always win out in the end and all was reveresed finally declaring her second celestial owner of France. It is true that once an accusation is lodged suh as; Heretic, or Sorceress even though a conviction is reversed and nullified the stigma remains for instance in the case of Samuel Mudd who was accused of being a co conspiritor in the assasination of President Lincoln. He was proven innocent in a court of law but that did not change the stigma. thus the expression "His name is Mudd". 

Joan of Arc's victory at Orleans (1429), according to the Commentaries of Pius II
Aeneas Sylvius Piccolomini, a statesman, poet and humanist, ascended to the Papal throne as Pius II in 1458.  Writing in the third person, his work, the Commentaries of Pius II is part autobiography, memoir, diary and history.  Much of his work revolves around the warfare and politics of Italy, but he also makes many remarks on events further away, including the following item on Joan of Arc.  The text below starts just after Joan arrives in the presence of the Dauphin and asks for an army to relieve the besieged city of Orleans.  For another account of this siege and battle, please see Joan of Arc's campaigns, from the Chronicles of Enguerrand de Monstrelet.  For more information on Joan of Arc, please see (Kelly DeVries' article Teenagers at War
During the Middle Ages.) 
The matter was discussed in council for some time with various opinions. Some said the girl was crazy, others said she was bewitched, others that she was inspired by the Holy Ghost, and these last recalled the fact that Bethulia and other cities had in the past been saved by woman; the kingdom of France had often been aided by Heaven; it might be that now too it was defended by a maid sent by God and that the task had been committed to the weaker sex that the French with their accustomed pride might not be overconfident of their own powers; in any case a girl whose advice was so sensible could not be called mad.

This opinion prevailed and they entrusted the matter of Orleans to the Maid.  A woman was put in command of war. Arms were brought, horses led up.  The girl mounted the most spirited steed; then in her gleaming armor brandishing her spear like Camilla in the tale she made him leap, run, and curvet.  When the nobles saw this, none of the them scorned to be commanded by a woman.  All the noblest took arms and eagerly followed the Maid, who, when all was ready, set out on the march.

The approach to Orleans by land was very difficult.  All the roads were blocked by the English and at each of the three gates they had a camp fortified with a moat and a rampart.  The Maid, knowing that the river Loire flows by the walls of the city, loaded ships with grain in a secluded place and embarked with her troops, sending word to the besieged that she had started.  By rowing quickly and taking advantage of the swift current she appeared in sight of the city before the enemy knew she was coming.  Armed English troops rushed up and putting out in small boats tried in vain to prevent her landing.  They were forced to retreat with many wounds.

The Maid entered the city, where she was received with great rejoicing by the people, and brought supplies of all kinds to a populace near starvation.  The next day at dawn she at once furiously attacked the camp of the enemy which was besieging the main gate.  Filling the moats and shattering the mound and rampart she routed the English in confusion, captured their fortifications, and set fire to the towers and bulwarks which they had built.  Having thus heartened the townsmen, she made sallies through the other gates and did the same in other camps.

Since the English forces were stationed in several different places and one camp could not come to the help of another, the siege of Orleans was weakened by these tactics and then utterly broken.  All the enemy who had fought against the Maid fell so that there was hardly anyone left to carry news of the disaster.  The glory of this exploit was credited to the Maid alone, though very brave and experienced soldiers who had often commanded troops took part in it.

Such a massacre of his men and such humiliation was unbearable to Talbot, the most celebrated of the English commanders, and with 4,000 horsemen picked from the entire army he marched against Orleans to fight the Maid if she dared meet him, never doubting that when she came through the gate he could either capture or kill her.  But the event proved quite otherwise.  The Maid led out her troops and as soon as she saw the enemy, with loud shouts and terrific force she charged the English lines.  Not a man dared to stand fast or show his face; sudden panic and horror seized them all. Although they were superior in numbers they had supposed they would be fewer and thought countless forces were fighting for the Maid.  Some even thought angels were fighting on the opposite side and had no hope of victory if they found themselves battling against God.  Their drawn swords fell from their hands; everyone threw away shield and helmet to be unencumbered for flight.  Talbot's shouts of encouragement were unheard and his threats unheeded.  It was a most shameful rout.  They presented only their backs to the Maid, who followed up the fugitives and took or killed every man except a few - including the commander, who when he saw that his men could not be rallied, made his escape on a swift horse.

Joan had always been considered innocent by those of her own faction. The city of
Orleans commemorated her death each year beginning in 1432, and from 1435 onward performed a religious play centered around her victories. The play represented her as a divinely sent saviour guided by angels. In 1452, during one of the postwar investigations into her execution,Cardinal d'Estouteville declared that this religious play would merit qualification as a pilgrimage site by which attendees could gain an indulgence from sin. I might point out here that Saint Joan of Arc was the only saint in church history to have a pilgrimage site granting a partial indulgence from sin, long before being formally canonized!

Then Saint Joan remains somewhat obscure except in France until roughly the 1800`s when secular scholars began publishing translations of the historical documents in the National Archives of France. This caused a resurgence of her poularity outside of France in of all places in England. Then in the United States gradually spreading. She was always loved by the French settlers so with this and the fact tbat one august and venerable Bishop Felix Dupanloup, Bishop of Orleans, France and his prominent reputation as a scholar and theologian put his stamp of approval on Joan and forwarded her cause for beautification and as especially she was the favorite Saint of Saint Therese of Lisieux (both never lived to see it done), Finnally on May 16, 1920 at Saint Peter`s Bascillica in Rome Saint Joan of arc received her full vindication and took her place in the role of the Saints
of the Church she so loves.

Here we will include some of What Samuel Clemens had to say;
The evidence furnished at the Trials and Rehabilitation sets forth Joan of Arc's strange and beautiful history in clear and minute detail. Among all the multitude of biographies that freight the shelves of the world's libraries, this is the only one whose validity is confirmed to us by oath. It gives us a vivid picture of a career and a personality of so extraordinary a character that we are helped to accept them as actualities by the very fact that both are beyond the inventive reach of fiction. The public part of the career occupied only a mere breath of time -- it covered but two years; but what a career it was! The personality which made it possible is one to be reverently studied, loved, and marveled at, but not to be wholly understood and accounted for by even the most searching analysis.There is no blemish in that rounded and beautiful character. How strange it is! -- that almost invariably the artist remembers only one detail -- one minor and meaningless detail of the personality of Joan of Arc: to wit, that she was a peasant girl -- and forgets all the rest; and so he paints her as a strapping middle-aged fish woman, with costume to match, and in her face the spirituality of a ham. He is slave to his one idea, and forgets to observe that the supremely great souls are never lodged in gross bodies. No brawn, no muscle, could endure the work that their bodies must do; they do their miracles by the spirit, which has fifty times the strength and staying power of brawn and muscle. The Napoleons are little, not big; and they work twenty hours in the twenty-four, and come up fresh, while the big soldiers with the little hearts faint around them with fatigue. We know what Joan of Arc was like without asking -- merely by what she did. The artist should paint her spirit -- then he could not fail to paint her body aright. She would rise before us then, a vision to win us, not repel: a lithe young slender figure, instinct with "the unbought grace of youth," dear and bonny and lovable, the face beautiful, and transfigured with the light of that lustrous intellect and the fires of that unquenchable spirit.

Taking into account, as I have suggested before, all the circumstances -- her origin, youth, sex, illiteracy, early environment, and the obstructing conditions under which she exploited her high gifts and made her conquests in the field and before the courts that tried her for her life, -- she is easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced.

Her name comes from the Hebrew Yochana which in ancient French is Jehanne in English Joanna, Joan, Joanne. Some of the French Varients for Jehanne, are Jean, Jeannette, in Hebrew Yochana feminine (Yochanan) Masculine; is translated directly to Joanna ancient french Jehanne is Joanna or back to Yochana.

The "virginity of body and heart"

The very first answer of Joan to her vocation is the wish of virginity which she spontaneously makes at 13 years age, the first time that she heard the "voice". This wish expresses the total gift of herself, in all her person, her heart and her body, with the single love of Jesus. According to her own words, it is "the promise made with Our-Lord keep well her virginity of body and heart. To keep the virginity of the heart, she is to always remain in the friendship of God, in this "state of grace" which is for Joan the supreme value, more invaluable than the life, she is never deliberately not to grant the serious sin, "mortal" because she might lose the friendship of God who is grace and which is life. For Joan, this "virginity of the heart" is expressed especially in an absolute obedience with the will of the Lord, even when He orders apparently impossible things.

Christian virginity is initially this purity of a heart attached to God without division, but it is also purity of the body, testimony returned to the holiness of the body. And on this point, the testimony of Joan is impressive. All the texts of the time call it "Joan the Virgin", i.e. the virgin. The virginity of the body, physical virginity of Joan, is a historical data absolutely true, particularly attested by the Lawsuits. It is incredible that a young and beautiful woman, alive day and night with soldiers, could keep her virginity. and yet, it is true. And even the most beautiful testimonies are precisely those of these soldiers, of these comrades in arms, which lived in the radiation of the purity of Joan: with them, she was close, friendly, and at the same time she inspired an immense respect from them. Joan will feel herself more threatened in her prison, connected and kept by enemy soldiers, but the Lawsuits give us the certainty of it, like holy Maria Goretti, she received the grace to defend her virginity until death.

Our age doesn't much understand the veneration the Catholic Church has for a Fifteenth century Virgin and Martyr. Both Virginity and Martyrdom seem alien virtues in an age that is conditioned to do everything possible to remain alive as long as possible and treats sex like just another recreational activity. Virginity and Martyrdom? What does that mean?

The virtue of virginity is even misunderstood by Christians who otherwise value celibacy and 'family values.' People can't help but misconstrue the virtue and see it as somehow anti-marriage and anti-sex. Certainly there have been some Catholic writers who have treated sexual relations as innately filthy, but this is Christianity infected with Manichaeanism--that Eastern idea that the physical realm is somehow less worthy than the spiritual. So what is the virture of virginity?

There seem to me to be two aspects to it: first of all we value the virgins not because they have never had sexual intercourse. That would simply be a negative definition--like defining someone from Des Moines as 'a person who has never been to Paris, France.' No, there must be a positive virtue and it is that the virgin is one who has retained the essence of innocence and childhood. The gospel says that unless we become like a little child we cannot enter the kingdom, and the virgin is one who has retained a sense of beautiful, child-like innocence. Secondly, the virgin is one not one who has simply never had sexual intercourse. Lack of this action does not mean a person is truly a virgin. A person could be a physical virgin but be anything but virginal in his or her thoughts and words and activities.

The second aspect which confirms a true virgin in the spiritual sense is that this person who has remained a little child is also consecrated totally to God. This is the second aspect of virginity that all of us can learn from. We see the virgin martyrs like St Joan of Arc and they become icons of what each of us must be, for each one of us, no matter how soiled and stained by our sins must again become like a little child. We must once more be washed in the blood of the Lamb and be restored to our baptismal perfection through the sacraments. We must also, like the virgin martyrs be totally and utterly dedicated to God. They show us this in their actual lives. We hope to attain it by God's grace.

Saint Joan is also a martyr in an age that cannot understand martyrdom. It is strange that we cannot, for we have just emerged from the bloodiest century the world has seen, a century when more innocent souls of all sorts endured torture and deprivation and a kind of martyrdom in the death camps, the pogroms, the holocausts and genocides. It is Christianity which begins to make sense of these deaths and says, "Here are souls who are baptized finally into the complete identification with Christ. They have given their blood for the blood of the Lamb"

So Joan and the other martyrs show us two truths in their martyrdom. First, that there are some precious deep down realities that are the foundation of everything else, and we cannot compromise them without compromising everything else. Our faith is our heart. Take out our heart and we cease to live. The martyrs tell us that these deep down realities are so precious and so eternal that we would rather die than lose them. If this is so, then the martyrs also show us that to live in that reality is to live a kind of martyrdom day by day anyway. We are there to live only for that deep down reality which is the faith, and living that way is a way of daily, joyful sacrifice.

St. Joan of Arc, Virgin and Martyr, pray for us

This from Etienne Robo:

St Joan stands alone in history. Many women have found sanctity in the cloister, some have shown bravery in battle, but no other ever trained herself to holiness in a soldier's camp, and surely no female saint ever died at the stake condemned by an ecclesiastical tribunal as a witch and a heretic.

Her story is incredible, but true: it rests on the most abundant and clear evidence. She was a peasant girl of no importance and before she was eighteen her intervention had already changed the course of European history for centuries to come. When she died at nineteen, thanks to her the French had become conscious of being a nation,England had lost all hopes of ever being a Continental power, and Burgundy, the arbiter of the destinies of France, was soon again to be her vassal.

We cannot explain this by a mere recital of the diplomatic and military history of the times. The hand of God clearly appeared in these events. Joan of Arc was the tool He chose to accomplish His work: she is the explanation of the miraculous reversal of the fortunes of France which followed her appearance on the stage of history; but she was a saint first, and, therefore, in this little essay you must expect to find more about Joan the woman and the saint than about Joan the warrior. Were it not for her trust and faith in God, and for her inflexible resolve "to serve god first"  she would in time, like her friends, Mengette and Hauviette, have married some poor laborer and lived and died in some obscure hamlet of Lorraine

We might add here that her life and Martyrdom saved France, and as a result France was to become a major force in the creation of  of Canada and The United States, her life is included as a major event in the timeline of the Church, did much to heal the schism and is venerated by her former enemies.

How  anyone can study the life of Joan and still remain an athiest or agnostic is a bit bewildering to me but in large part they do.
It is blatently obvious that she was chosen by God and gifted by him I have always believed that the so called Maid of Lorraine prophesy was more used by God as opportunity rather than proceeding from fact. Legends and Myths usually have their basis in truth somewhere but let us not detract from the facts with an unprovable point. So while the so called wise of this world keep beating themselves up looking for an explanation of just How Joan came to have these extrordinary gifts without acknowliging the work of the holy Spirit and Christ, for it seems they will never acknowledge first causes; GOD.

Joan attended first saturdays by walking to the chapel of Our Lady of Bermont and praying there so with that fact clearly in mind
then we can clearly state that knowing Joan must be done in the Holy Spirit and understanding how God works through the holy spirit with each of his children of which Joan was chosen. Joan possesed a wisdom not of this world thus to understand this wisdom one has to be in tune with the source of the knowledge. Old soldiers were startled at her knowledge of mechanics of waging war, well no wonder Saint Michael taught her. Saint Catherine and Saint Margaret were her patron saints and some wonder where her elequence came from? No doubt Joan possesed an excellent mind and the ability to use eye to hand co-ordination in a short time.
Beyond that she was prophetic and all her prophisies came to pass exactly as stated. In a court of law she amazed learned judges and councellors., How she endured that English prison is understood by those who know The epistle to the Hebrews and the lives of the saints. Her heritage from her family, Jocques D`Arc of the tribe of Remy and Isabelle Romee of the house of Rome (house of David) Born as the fifth child with older brothers to watch out for her and strict Catholic parents. Born into a village with six godparents and the entire village were 3rd order Franciscans. In order to really know Joan one has to possess the same depth of Faith as she. One has to understand her charisms and although Domremy for most could not produce a warrior, for Joan it was the ideal ground to come from. Then knowing as she, one can recount her story and not only tell it but feel it and more importantly the source that moved her life. Joan was a third order Franciscan and met with Saint Collette during her public life.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NASB) - "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated
you."I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater, things than these, because I am going to the Father." NASB

Joan did not leave behind grand writings she probably would have if she had lived BUT that was not the purpose of her life, that was not her mission. her death only part of that mission for she has accomplished far more afterward. Her biography is a matter of legal sworn record irrefutable, and is contained in both trials. Her faith etched in stone with the bull of canonization issued by the church.


History does not record the anguish of leaving her parents and disobeying her father to obey God. Nor does it record the feelings she experienced while convincing Beaudracourt. It does not tell us of a hundred privations or the pain of wounds, to bring the then unsure Charles to his proper place. The crushing disapointment of realizing that most had forsaken her or the broken heart of enduring a trial falsely accused. We cannot see the quick intake of breath as she commanded her army forward. Joan was far more of a woman than history tells. Showing her in armor only shows the warrior Joan not the woman underneath. Only those who have commanded in battle can truly appreciate the feelings of seeing your troops die. The trial and death was not the first injustice done to her but it was the last. What have we done with the freedom she paid such a high price to procure? Knowing Joan is to know the woman inside the armor, the woman that gave herself to God and in her brilliance showed us all how to live and more importantly how to die.

On January 6th, 1412 the feast of Epiphany the Angel Of Domremy was born and her light was like a flash of lightening in the life of an entire nation. She illumined all with her Charisms and on May 30th, 1431 the feast of Corpus Christi she departed leaving behind a changed country, changed hearts and illumined the world in her time and in ours.
Joan`s feast day is may 30th the day she was martyred. On that day she joined an august list of Saints who gave the last full measure.  

  • St. Ferdinand III of Castile
  • St. Joan of Arc
  • St. Hubert
  • St. Anastasius XV
  • St. Venantius
  • St. Walstan
  • Bl. William Filby
  • Bl. Thomas Cottam
  • Bl. Lawrence Richardson
  • St. Luke Kirby
  • St. Madelgisilus
  • Bl. Richard Newport
  • Bl. Maurus Scott

    If joan could give you a message it might sound like this;

    To the millions who have been my faithful and loyal friends. I know each of your names. I point you to Christ. For, he alone is worthy, and he alone is Lord. I say to you the words which were said to me. Be good, go to church often, receive the sacraments for the nourishment of your souls. Seek Gods will for your life and follow his will as he will make for your way. Serve God with all your hearts. Let God be first served in all things. The love you send to me I return to you and I look forward to being with all of you on the great day of the Lord! Until then; God Bless You!

    From smoke and flames her soul did rise,
    A saint for heaven's lists!
    For so she broke all earthly ties,
    With Jesus on her lips!

    It could be said while receiving her crown our Lord was heard to say; "well done Joan my mother has mentioned you often".

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