Joan of Arc will show you how to let God explain His point of view
Joan of Arc was a Platonic ultra-realist in an Aristotelian world.
Jesus said, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.” (cf. Mt 7:24)
There is no shortage of books on Joan of Arc. Each attempts to explain her thunderously supernatural, enigmatic life. We read commentaries that try to unravel the core of her substance. We know how she altered the course of Western civilization. We know the lingering effects and how this instills great devotion to her in many of our hearts. Yet, we might explore one more perspective still. Joan is like a gem, perhaps like an emerald, through which light reflects differently depending on one's point of view. Joan casts an array of startling colors through streams of heavenly light depending on where we stand when we look at her.
A perspective we might consider is that of her philosophical worldview and how that was, at its core, the real reason she ran into trouble with the political and religious leaders of her time. Philosophy is where our natural reason interfaces with supernatural grace. Natural philosophy cannot save us any more than can natural human acts of the will. However, grace works through our nature. We are blessed supernaturally by reading scripture because of our natural capability to read. We are blessed supernaturally through our natural sense of hearing. "Faith then cometh by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ. " (Romans 10:17). Our natural senses are the gateway to our soul. Our natural philosophical orientation is one such gateway and one of the most important. A poor or inadequate philosophy impedes grace in the same way that dyslexia impedes comprehension in reading. Without proper philosophy, we struggle to understand the fullness of God's Word in our life just as a dyslexic struggles to understand the printed word before them.
So, we must consider Joan's philosophical orientation and how that ran obtusely and afoul with her contemporaries. It could be the key reason, even more so than her politics, that she died at the English stake before a crowd of ecclesial onlookers.
Joan of Arc was a Platonic ultra-realist in an Aristotelian world. This is one reason why she as a devout Catholic ran into trouble with a Catholic jury and so aggravated a Catholic England. Being an alleged Catholic “heretic” was not the real issue. Being a Platonist was.
“In the language of images Jeanne has thus (with her banner) depicted the Church in heaven as pure adoration of God, the Church on earth as the reception of God in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and sinful humanity, gathered in this Church around the cross along with the priests and soldiers, redeemed and repentant. Yet it is the same Church that is on earth and in heaven.”
Joan saw the Kingdom of France through the lens of the Kingdom of Heaven. Therefore, nothing could be "true" on earth unless it conformed to Truth in Heaven. England, in her view, was wrong to be in France not simply because of political preferences. England did not belong in France because this was not the form of True France in Heaven. Therefore, an "English France" on earth could not stand. Such a France would be false and opposed to True France.
“When the king saw her, he asked Joan her name and she answered: “Gentle dauphin, I am Joan the Maid, and the King of Heaven commands that through me you be anointed and crowned in the city of Reims as a lieutenant of the King of Heaven, who is king of France.”
We see clearly in the examples above Joan's divinely oriented ultra-realism. True France was a heavenly form of which the earthly kingdom was a seed. Not to be obedient to True France was not to be obedient to Jesus Christ. Joan is a masterpiece of philosophical inspiration that opens the earthly floodgate to heaven's supernatural grace. She worked miracles. Grace abounded in her, seemingly without impediment. Her philosophical orientation, we might contemplate, was a key part of her secret. Her will was perfectly aligned to that of Jesus Christ as a result of grace ennobling her natural philosophical worldview. Jesus, therefore, united Himself with her soul in splendor. Joan was perfectly receptive to her call because she was already oriented through grace to accept it as is evident by her inquisitional trial testimony.
Question: What sort of help say you that this voice has brought you for the salvation of your soul?
Joan: It has taught me to conduct myself well, to go habitually to church…
Question: Have you some other sign that these voices are good spirits?
Joan: Saint Michael assured me of it before the voices came.
Question: How did you know it was Saint Michael?
Joan: I knew it by his speech and by the language of the Angels, and I believe firmly that they were Angels.
Question: How did you know that they were Angels?
Joan: I believed it quite quickly, and I had the will to believe it…
Joan of Arc is a model for us. By God's design in the heavenly aristocracy of grace, she guides us with the abundance of her own spiritual gifts to a new world view. Joan shows us how to understand God's point of view. She guides us by pointing out the correct first philosophy and the optimal philosophical worldview to respond most fully to Christ's grace. Joan of Arc stands at our side as the morning light of grace emerges to shine brightly over the meadows, creeks, rivers, lakes, and majestic mountains of the Kingdom in our hearts.
By God's ordination in the divine aristocracy of the Kingdom of Heaven, Joan of Arc will guide us to a new point of view. She will show us how to let God explain his point of view.
Sadly, this was not the predilection of most of Christendom at the time. While Catholic France, as Joan pointed out indirectly to the dauphin Charles, truly owned the ultra-realism of the day, much of Catholic Christendom had been seduced by the glittering, flashing lights of Aristotelianism. The Renaissance was on its way, and while Plato would ultimately see the light of day again as the Renaissance moved forward, Aristotle's "we are called to question all things first through human reason" aura still ruled the day.
The Florentine rediscovery of Aristotle’s politics of freedom signaled the birth of a new ideal for Europe.
In short, a republic built on Aristotle’s model will allow men to achieve their highest potential not only as political animals, but as complete moral beings.
As opposed to Augustine or Anselm's "we believe that we might understand," to which Joan would have agreed wholeheartedly, the crowds wanted their "freedom" to "understand before they believe." All matters, even those theological and pronounced by the Church, were up for grabs. The masses wanted Adam's false "freedom" to question God as opposed to accepting the eternal forms as revealed to us through scripture and the sacred traditions of the Church. Here is where the real tragedy of Joan of Arc played out. Joan, a model of obedience to traditional papal authority and the Social Kingship of Christ, was faced with those of the University of Paris who supported modern conciliar reform.
This also explains what is otherwise inexplicable to the Aristotelian mind; that is, why did she follow her "Voices" to death at the stake when she seemingly had nothing to gain? There is no apparently sufficient syllogism from which to deduce a "reasonable" answer. The Aristotelian mind is arrested in wonder. Conversely, however, the Platonic mind, while still pained by the tragedy of her end, is not baffled at all. As Joan was consumed by fire, an English soldier saw a white dove ascend from the flames and fly toward free France. The Aristotelian mind, relying on syllogistic deduction based on natural reasoning, figures this a hallucination. Those with the Platonic mind smile, knowing that this is a sign that Joan truly succeeded in her divine mission and will be with us in True France for all eternity. It all has to do with one's perspective when observing the saintly jewel we call Joan of Arc.
Let us learn from God's Joan of Arc whom Heaven loves so much. It is time that we follow her through the meadows, across the creeks, over the rivers, around the pristine lakes, and upward to the majestic mountains. Joan of Arc will give us the heavenly assistance we need to let God explain His point of view.
 Tavard, The Spiritual Way of St. Jeanne D’Arc.
 Pernoud and Clin, Joan of Arc - Her Story, 23.
 Pernoud, Joan of Arc - By Herself and Her Witnesses, loc. 392.
 Herman, The Cave and The Light - Plato versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization, 359.
 Pernoud and Clin, Joan of Arc - Her Story, 5. Prelude by Jeremy Duquesnay Adams - The intellectual leadership of the University of Paris was overwhelmingly in favor of conciliar reform.