Blessed Joan of Arc:
Complete story of her wonderful life, her tragic death, her Rehabilitation, her Beatification
By E. A. FORD
CHRISTIAN PRESS ASSOCIATION
Nihil Obstat, Remigius Lafort, S.T.L. censor.
Imprimatur, + JOHN M. FARLEY, D. D.
Archbishop of New York. JAN. 24, 1910.
Copyrighted by E. A. FORD, 1910
To His Grace
Most Reverend John Ireland
Archbishop of St. Paul
Whose voice and pen were early enlisted
In the case of Joan of Arc,
This little work
Is affectionately dedicated.
For the narrative of this story the writer had much from which to cull. The books written about Joan of Arc make a respectable library in themselves. Few lives of great persons are so well authenticated by sworn testimony still preserved intact, and easily available. We have every detail of her strange career on oath. The questions and answers of the Examinations, and of the public Trials, and the documents herein quoted, are taken from T. Douglass Murray's English translation of the original documents in the archives of Paris. The only originality claimed for this " Story " is its brevity and connectedness, necessarily it is not much more than an outline. We have tried to give it the proper religious and patriotic atmosphere, for Joan of Arc was a saint and a patriot of the purest type.
E. A. F.
POPE PIUS X TO THE FRENCH BISHOP.
Called by the Lord to defend her country, she answers her vocation for an undertaking which everybody and she herself deemed impossible; but what is impossible for men is always possible with the help of God. Let us not exaggerate, then, the difficulties of doing what faith commands us to do, what duty entails upon us, or the exercise of the fruitful apostolate of example, which the Lord expects from every one of us. Difficulties come from those who create and exaggerate them, from those who trust in themselves without the help of Heaven, from those who yield in cowardly fear to the sneers and derision of the world. Hence it is that in our day, more than ever before, the chief strength of the wicked lies in the cowardice and the weakness of the good, and all the force of the kingdom of Satan comes from the apathy of Christians.
Pope Pius X to the French bishops and pilgrims on the occasion of the Beatification of Joan of Arc.
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