"The history of this woman brings us time and again to tearsSat Jun 16, 2012 14:27184.108.40.206"The history of this woman brings us time and again to tears."
Jules Michelet-19th Century French Historian
"Jeanne d'Arc does not belong to France alone but also to all those whose thoughts are elevated enough to grasp the superior and beautiful among goodness."
Louis-Maurice Boutet de Monvel-19th Century French Painter
At Patay with an imposing English force coming to meet them the Duke of Alencon asked Joan "What am I to do?": "Have good spurs, all of you!"
Some hearing and not understanding asked her if she meant they should retreat and she replied: "No! The English will turn their backs.
They will not defend themselves, and will be beaten.
You will need good spurs to follow them."
Asked again by Lahire and Alencon: "The English are coming; they are in order of battle and ready to fight.":
"Strike boldly, they will take to flight!"
“You, men of England, who have no right to this Kingdom of France, the King of Heaven orders and notifies you through me, Joan the Maiden, to leave your fortresses and go back to your own country; or I will produce a clash of arms to be eternally remembered.
And this is the third and last time I have written to you; I shall not write anything further.”
Joan of Arc quote
"Jeanne’s mission was on the surface warlike, but it really had the effect of ending a century of war, and her love and charity were so broad, that they could only be matched by Him who prayed for His murderers."
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle-Famous Scottish author of Sherlock Holmes Fame.
“Hold the cross high so I may see it through the flames!”
Joan of Arc quote
Joan of Arc speaking to her soldiers during the battle: "Have good heart!
Do not fall back; you will have the bastille soon!"
Joan's response to soldiers wanting to apply a charm to her wound: "I would rather die than do a thing which I know to be a sin or against the will of God."
Joan of Arc looking up into the Tourelles and calling out to the English commander: "Glasdale, Glasdale, surrender to the King of Heaven!
You called my putain (whore), but I have great pity for your soul, and for your followers."
Day after the battle of Orleans when the English showed they would fight no more Joan said: "In Gods name, they are going.
Let them go, while we give thanks to God and pursue them no farther, since today is Sunday."
Charles VII told her it was not necessary to respond if she did not want to but she replied: "When I am baffled in some manner, because someone does not wish to credit the things that I speak on the part of God, I retire apart, and I pray to God, complaining that those to whom I speak are hard of belief.
My prayer to God finished, I hear a Voice that says to me: 'Daughter of God, go, go, go; I will aid thee, go.'
And when I hear this Voice I have great joy.
I would like always to hear it."
At Loches, where Joan of Arc went to see the King after the great victory, people threw themselves at her in adoration.
A companion told her she should forbid it and she replied:
"Of a truth, if God does not protect me from it, I would not know how to protect myself."
"She was perhaps the only entirely unselfish person whose name has a place in profane history."
Mark Twain-19th Century American Writer
"Love, Mercy, Charity, Fortitude, War, Peace, Poetry, Music--these may be symbolized as any shall prefer: by figures of either sex and of any age; but a slender girl in her first young bloom, with the martyr's crown upon her head, and in her hand the sword that severed her country's bonds--shall not this, and no other, stand for PATRIOTISM through all the ages until time shall end?"
Mark Twain Conclusion to Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc
“You spoil the sacraments of the Church, you tear up the articles of the Faith, you destroy the churches, you break and burn the statues which were set up as memorials, you massacre Christians because they preserve the true Faith.
What is this fury?
Or what rage or madness consumes you?
This faith, which God Almighty, the Son, and the Holy Spirit have revealed, established, elevated to power, and glorified a thousand ways through miracles - you persecute this Faith, you wish to overthrow and destroy it.
You are blind, but not because you lack eyes or understanding.
Do you believe that you will remain unpunished for it?
Or are you unaware that God opposes your unlawful efforts and will not permit you to remain in darkness and error?
So that the more you indulge yourselves in crime and sacrilege, the more He will prepare great punishments and anguish for you.
As far as I am concerned, to tell you frankly, if I wasn't occupied in the English wars I would have come to see you a long time ago; but if I don't find out that you have reformed yourselves I might leave off [fighting] the English and go against you, so that by iron, if I can't do it any other way, I will eliminate your mad and obscene superstition and remove your heresy or your life; but if you would prefer to return to the Catholic faith and the original Light, then send your ambassadors to me and I will tell them what you need to do; if [on the other hand] you are not willing and if you obstinately resist the spur, remember what damage and offenses you have committed and await me, who will inflict similar upon you with forces human and divine.”
Joan of Arc quote
“Even if the committee carried the message in the exact words with no words missing, but left out the persuasion of gesture, the supplicating tone, and the beseeching looks which inform the words and give them life, where then were the power of the arguments and whom would it convince?”
Joan of Arc quote
"I have told you often enough that I did nothing but by God's commandment.
I bore this standard when we went forward against the enemy to avoid killing anyone.
I have never killed anyone."
"Trust in God.
God will aid the city of Orleans and expel the enemy."
Joan speaking to her Captains: "You have been at your council, and I have been at mine.
Now, be assured that the counsel of my Lord will fulfill itself and prevail, and that yours will fail."
"Aide toi et Dieu t'aidera"
"Aid yourself and God will aid you" or the modern equivalent "God helps those who help themselves"
“Act, and God will act”
Joan of Arc quote
Joan of Arc leading her troops in battle:
"In God's name, forward boldly!"
Moravian Daily Texts
Friday, June 15 Psalm 76
Numbers 31:48-32:27; Luke 2:21-32
A bruised reed he will not break, and a dimly burning wick he will not quench. Isaiah 42:3
Jesus said, Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick.
¯ Mark 2:17
Suffering Servant, you came into this world of sickness and sin offering healing and hope.
Help us to tend to our bruised and broken bodies and spirits with the balm of your good news. Amen.
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At Selles trying to mount her horse, a great black courser who was uncontrollable Joan said: "Lead him to the cross."
The horse immediately calmed down and Joan mounted and turned toward the priests nearby saying: "You, priests and men of the church, form procession and make prayers to God."
Joan of Arc speaking to the Duke of Alencon:
"Forward, noble duke, to the assault.
The hour is good when God pleases. One must work when God wills.
Work and God will work also."
Joan of Arc explaining her generosity to the poor and indigent.
"I have been sent for the consolation of the needy."
Dear and good friends, may Our Lord protect you. Written at Moulins the ninth day of November.
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