God willing, in June 2018 we will lead a pilgrimage/retreat to France, with the spirituality and footsteps of Joan of Arc foremost in our plans. This will be our twelfth opportunity for taking a group on this fascinating journey. Our travel philosophy remains the same, one of going back to the essentials, of simplicity, of quality time in some places instead of 'rush-rush' in many. Although we will indeed see much, we want to experience the places we visit more as spiritual travelers than as consumers; to first see them through the eyes of believers and/or seekers, and secondly from such perspectives as historical, architectural, sociological, touristic, etc. Consequently, we will again purposely remain a small group.
- At 17 years old, she remains the youngest supreme
military commander in history, male or female. Louis Kossuth says: Consider
this unique and imposing distinction. Since the writing of human history began,
Joan of Arc is the only person, of either sex, who has ever held supreme command
of the military forces of a nation at
the age of seventeen. Mr. Kossuth (1802-1894) was Regent-President of Hungary
in 1849. He was widely honored during
his lifetime, including in the United Kingdom and the United States, as a
freedom fighter and bellwether of democracy in Europe.
- Those who knew her from childhood frequently described her as simple and good, frequenting the Church and Holy places. And they left us many specific examples of her life while growing up in Domremy. For example: Often, when she was in the fields and heard the bells ring, she would drop to her knees.
Dominique Jean Waterin, laborer of Greux, Trial of Nullification, 1456