The Maid of Orleans

Part 3: Passion and martyrdom

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For Joan, the hardest part of her mission now came. Now she was to bear the whole burden of the cross, to taste the suffering that no one who is fully at the service of his Lord is spared.

It would not have been enough for the English to simply take Joan captive and then execute her, knowing full well that the French people would have considered her a martyr. This could have even encouraged them in their efforts to continue the liberation of the country! Read More

The Maid of Orleans

Part 2: Joan’s mission

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Now begins the mission of Saint Joan of Arc at the head of the French troops.

Her very presence showed the soldiers and officers that God would intervene concretely in the situation of France. Thus, the population and the combatants regained their courage and bravery, and believed in the mission of the Maiden. Read More

The Maid of Orleans

Part 1: The Call

Joan of Arc immediately recognised the king, even though he disguised himself as one of his courtiers to test her.

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On January 6th I had dedicated a part of the meditation to St. Joan of Arc, because it was her birthday. Last year on 16 May we had celebrated the centenary of her canonisation. For us – who write these daily meditations – this was a great celebration, because we are very much connected to this saint in many ways. Over the next three days we want to repeat last year’s transmissions. Saint Joan, the Maiden of Orleans, is the best documented person of the Middle Ages. Her mission is more than extraordinary! Read More

“The Lord of the World”

A short book review

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Before we come close to Pentecost and after the Ascension of the Lord, wich prepare ourselves in a novena for the most holy feast of Pentecost, I would like to present a book shortly after our broadcasts on St. Joan of Arc. It was written by Robert Hugh Benson, an English Catholic priest in 1907, with the title “Lord of the World”. Read More

The Maid of Orleans

Part 3: Passion and martyrdom

Joan of Arc burning at the stake in Rouen (Painting in the Basilica of Domrémy)

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For Joan, the hardest part of her mission now came. Now she was to bear the whole burden of the cross, to taste the suffering that no one who is fully at the service of his Lord is spared.

It would not have been enough for the English to simply take Joan captive and then execute her, knowing full well that the French people would have considered her a martyr. This could have even encouraged them in their efforts to continue the liberation of the country! Their aim was therefore to prove publicly that Joan was a heretic and a witch who had achieved her victories through an alliance with the devil. Read More

The Maid of Orleans

Part 2: Joan’s mission

Joan of Arc enters Orléans (Painting in the Basilica of Domrémy)

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Now begins the mission of Saint Joan of Arc at the head of the French troops.

Her very presence showed the soldiers and officers that God would intervene concretely in the situation of France. Thus, the population and the combatants regained their courage and bravery, and believed in the mission of the Maiden.

Her presence was so impressive that many people saw her as an angel of God. Read More

The Maid of Orleans

Part 1: The Call

Joan recognizes the king (Painting in the Basilica of Domrémy)

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Today, 16 May, we celebrate the centenary of the canonization of Saint Joan of Arc. For us, who prepare these daily meditations, this is a great feast, because we are very united to this saint in many ways. Therefore, we want to dedicate the meditations of the next three days to her. There will be a lot to tell, because Saint Joan, the Maid of Orleans, is the best documented person of the Middle Ages. Her mission is more than extraordinary! We also hope to glorify in this way God, our Father, who so gifted this saint, who, unfortunately, is often misunderstood. Furthermore, we are convinced that the mission of St. Joan of Arc is of great importance, especially in our difficult times. Read More

Questions and Answers, Part 2

The Massacre of the Innocents in Bethlehem

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  1. How can we offer spiritual resistance to the evil spirit of Herod and those who promote abortion? I wonder if it’s the same spirit that causes suicides?

Let us begin by saying that, on an objective level, it is always the same spirit that induces a person to kill, whether it be to kill another person (and in this case, an innocent child); whether it be to take his own life. Read More

Questions and Answers, Part 1

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As I usually do once a month, I would like these days to answer some questions of common interest that have arisen among the listeners of the meditations. Since we had had the series of meditations with Roy Schoeman’s testimony at the end of January, this time the questions were postponed until this date, and they were not at the end of the month as usually. So, I would like to begin today by answering two questions…

  1. What can you do if you want to follow God, but your family doesn’t agree? Read More

Reflection on the testimony of Roy Schoeman

The Western Wall

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It is a great consolation to hear that, also in our time, God intervenes in an extraordinary way in the life of a person, just as it happened with Roy Schoemann. God is free to enter at any time into a person’s life, even of a non-believer, and to lead him to faith! This may inspire our prayers, because certainly behind Roy’s conversion were also the prayers of the faithful! Read More