5.1.09

January 6, Nativity of Ste Jehanne

Today the 6th day of January, is the birthday of Ste Jehanne. I prefer the last spelling which I wrote, it is the way she spelled it in the existing letters, still readable. Jehanne, never called herself D'Arc, this is a relatively modern addition to her name. It her time she was simply known as Jehanne, or Jeanette her diminutive.

Many people in our time wish to diminish her memory by attempting to affix illnesses to her which would account for her "voices". How easy is it to dismish her message, by saying her voices were a dementia, caused by poor food, cold and deprivation.

I do know this, because of Jehanne, I today am a Catholic. If the English would have conquered France and the heretical ways would have been enforced upon France after Henry VIII the Eldest Daughter of the Church would be just a note in a history book. For Jehanne saved France, by God's command and with God's help. She was commanded by God to go and tell the Dauphin to be crowned, not president but King.

Jehanne like Mary remained faithful and unswerving in her calling. With a pure spirit and clean heart she rid the French Army of those things which are most dangerous to an army, sin and licentiousness. It was by her example that the men of France regained their heart, saw their duty and completed their God given mission.

The prestige of the Maid, or Pucelle as she became to known as was such that even at the height of the de-Christianization of France during the terror her shrine remained untouched by the mob.

So today I will take a few minutes to remember her, and thank her for what she did. I pray that she looks down not upon her homeland and intercedes with God to return France and restore the King once more.

At this site you may find out everything you ever could ask about the Maid, it is a site dedicated to St Joan by my dear friend Virginia Frohlick,... Here you will find a web site of Ben Kennedy who has placed some of my Joan article in his blog (God only knows why)...
A prayer to Ste Joan in French and in English here...

One of many mysteries concerning the maid is here...

The 1929 Film "Passion of Joan of Arc" in its entirety here...

An article on Jehanne's armor may be read here...

Jhesu + Marie
de Brantigny

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