Following Joan of Arc’s footsteps… , preparing for this trip has been an interesting and inspiring project of reading, discussing, viewing films, listening to music. Joan has been an inspiration to many people and the more I have found out about her, the more fascinating she becomes. Was she schizophrenic as some people have suggested? After all, she did hear voices and had a very grandiose idea about her mission in life? After reading her own words which are recorded in the transcripts of her trials, the answer in my mind is a definite no.
As a 19 year old, with no formal schooling, she was able to defend herself brilliantly in the face of her prosecutors who were amongst the most learned men Christendom. But what has interested me the most about Joan is her sense of mission and her connection to the Divine through ‘her voices’ which she felt came from St. Elizabeth and St. Margaret. I hope to understand her devoutness more as we travel to her birth place and follow her journey.