If one decides to research my beloved patron saint, Joan of Arc, it won't take long to stumble across Catholics and non-catholics alike who make her out to be the leader of "women's rights" and the "feminist movement."
Take for example this line in an article written by a Kate Mcguire on May 6 2013 titled Joan of Arc: Feminist Leader, Prophet, Influence to allThe ultimate role model for young girls to aspire to be something more. I'm sorry but this headline is straight up offensive...something more? something more than what, being a girl? what's wrong with being a girl? Why do feminists hate themselves so much?
The offensive and wrong headline is bad enough but she then goes on to state the following about Joan:
"A dedicated, driven, and passionate Christian, Joan of Arc (also known from her family name, Jeanne la Pucelle) has risen as a leader of the Catholic Church since her execution in Rouen’s Old Market Square. Joan comes as a symbol of not only peace and a glorified martyr, but as one of the first recognized feminists of the time."
She further goes on to make the connection between Joan and the Salem Witch trials which is not the same at all and is horribly offensive to pius ears.
Lord have Mercy... the modern woman cannot see the heights from which she has fallen. This is just one example of many regarding the fact that Joan has been one of *if not the* most misunderstood saints in the Catholic Church. Far from throwing off the yoke of gender roles and the natural/divine authority structure both in the family and in society, she came to restore proper authority and order. That was literally her whole mission. When is the last time you heard a feminist talk favorably about monarchies? They don't because they have a problem accepting the divine authority structure which is why they are feminists to begin with. The entire point of feminism is to revolt or rebel against a patriarchal system. They can't for one second of their miserable and prideful lives fathom the fact that God's system involves authority and hierarchy.... WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT JOAN FOUGHT TO RESTORE.
Feminists do not believe that the man is the head of the family or that the family represents a miniature kingdom within society, therefore they definetely reject the male king as having ultimate God given authority to rule over society at large.
Feminists do not believe that God is big into roles both within the family and outside of the family which is the total opposite of what Joan of Arc knew to be true. Her entire mission was to help God restore King Charles VII to his rightful throne that was usurped by England during the 100 year war. If she was here today, she would tell all you women to stop trying to usurp your husband's GOD GIVEN role of which you have no authority to try to do. Remember what happened the last time the roles got confused...namely in the garden of eden? Yeah all of humanity fell when Adam submitted his authority to his wife and choose to go against God and eat the bad fruit.
When you take a closer look, there is absolutely nothing compatible between the feminists and Saint Joan, and I mean nothing.
One claim that is frequently made is that Joan proves that women can fight and have the same strength of men. This is a lie of the devil. Joan's success was due to exactly 2 things 1) submission to God and His church which allowed the Holy Spirit to work in her. 2) Her ability to inspire MEN to fight for her cause.
Let's consider another view point that historians put forth:
Historians have debated Joan's contributions for centuries. Bernard Montgomery fenced his opinion by stating that he never determined "whether Joan had any God-given military ability herself or whether she was merely a tool in the hands of the French generals."15 By "tool," Montgomery meant that Joan merely inspired men to fight and contributed little else. It is true that Joan inspired. In most of her engagements, she carried a white banner that depicted Jesus, the Virgin Mary, and two angels. This banner was easily recognizable by the French and their opponents. Circumstances--whether they were miraculous or just great war stories--showed that her aggressive approach inspired the French and frightened the English. While trying to lift the siege at Orléans, there were several instances where Joan inspired the troops to press their fight in the midst of panic. On May 4, the French attacked an English fortification without Joan. As she rushed to the frontlines, "she found many wounded, which distressed her greatly."16 Seeing the gruesome sight of retreating, wounded troops must have discouraged her as it would any soldier, but she pressed on and pushed the French to continue their attack. They took the fort and "many English were killed."17 During an attack on another English fort outside Orléans, an arrow hit Joan above the breast in plain sight of everyone in the battle. While Joan had her wounds dressed, the French, who had been attacking all day long, faltered. As her troops were retreating, Joan returned, stuck her banner on the edge of the ditch surrounding the fort, and declared, "[T]here should be no retreat."18 Both the French and English soldiers who previously thought she was dead--or at least mortally wounded--were shocked. The French gained courage and attacked; the English were afraid and fled. Joan's troops took the fort with little resistance. Most of the English drowned in their retreat when they crowded a weak bridge that collapsed over the Loire River. There is precedence for a military commander encouraging troops with his mere presence at the front lines. Julius Caesar bragged how his presence at a battle in Gaul gave "fresh heart and hope" to his troops and "each man wanted to do his best under the eyes of his commander-in-chief."19 Joan with her banner had a stronger effect, because she not only brought courage to her men, but she also instilled fear in her opponents. At Montépilloy, an open-field battle, Joan struggled to get the English and the Burgundians to leave their defensive positions. Joan rode out and taunted her opponents, but the commander would not order an attack "for he feared that his army would be demoralized at the sight of Joan's banner."20
This intimidation factor followed Joan from May through September 1429, where more than thirty cities surrendered without a fight. These cities, however, had more to fear than Joan's banner. By July, the French had killed upwards of 3,500 English troops.21 Before Joan fought her first battle, she sent a letter to the English demanding that they surrender all their French cities and leave the continent. Those that did "not obey, I shall have them all killed."22 These were not empty threats. At the Siege of Jargeau, 700 English troops defended the town for two days. After the first night of fighting, Joan demanded the town's capitulation or "you will be massacred."23 The English refused and Joan's cannons bombarded the town. Eventually, the French assaulted the walls and killed as many as 1,100 people, which means the dead included English troops and French civilians.24 This was not the only incident of massacres that Joan left in her trail and word of these events surely preceded her throughout France. Joan and her banner inspired her troops and struck fear in her enemies, but the massacres certainly aided her in the thirty-plus bloodless capitulations.
I can not even imagine how horrified Joan must be from Heaven that the feminists have made her a poster child for their satanic and disordered campaign, which is the complete opposite of everything she fought for.
Saint Joan of Arc pray for us, and help us to restore proper and divine order here on Earth!
I came home from Iraq in 2010 at the age of just 20 years old. like many of my generation, I struggled for years with trying to find my place in the world (sometimes with disastrous consequences). I often felt restless and that everything I was ever going to do paled in comparison to the war I had just been a part of. Oh how wrong I was. The Lord in all of his mercy woke me up to the fact that the most important battle I will ever fight is one that can't always be seen; The one for my soul and for the souls around me. It is against powers and principalities who influence the earthly enemies I had just encountered. Over the last 5 years or so, I have become intimately aware of this battle, and more importantly how to fight it! Although the weapons are different, the concepts are the same. My mission is now to share my knowledge with others, especially my fellow combat veterans who are struggling in the midsts of dysfunction or an identity crisis. I assure you brothers and sisters, we are in the fight of our lives.