S3E7 - "Receiving" the heart of St. Joan of Arc
Phenomenological devotion to St. Joan is receiving what she is giving.
Season 3 Episode 7
We are moving now into phenomenology as we journey on the Trail of the Dogmatic Creed with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse. In the last episode, we rediscovered the metaphysics of the Church. St. Joan turned around our glasses so we could see. We bumped up against the unchanging forms of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in an Augustinian Platonic orientation. Now, we are wondering how to “receive” this transcendent blessing. The beautiful ideas in our head are inspiring; however, those ideas do not seem to connect with our lived experience! “Receiving” that transcendent blessing requires a phenomenological approach. Our goal is to “receive” the heart of St. Joan - to “receive” what she is “giving.”
Can you describe the difference between “receiving” the world as it desires to be received and pure subjective opinion? This is a tough one!
The March of Hope is a set of two poetic prose developed after Journey to Christendom - The Freedom Dance. Both are found in my book, Seek First the Kingdom - the March of Hope. Part 1 is presented below. It reflects on “my changing world view” through the heart of St. Joan.
The March of Hope, Part 1 The Freedom Dance continues merrily on… Imagine my astonishment When the Queen announced Through my saintly sister Thérèse That Joan of Arc was to the fore… The Dance of Freedom was to continue on The trail of the Dogmatic Creed Stretched further… Faith had not yet animated me Joan of Arc was the chosen guide On the path of the Dogmatic Creed next No one can see the Kingdom Without Hope that forms our desire “Joan of Arc will lead you” Spoke my saintly sister Thérèse “To a new world view” “Your actions belie your words of faith!” “Joan of Arc acts According to her faith” “She is no practical non-believer!” Saintly Thérèse smiled with eyes dancing “Unlike her, brother, You honor God only with lips!” “You hope in yourself” Thérèse continued “While whispering faith in God” “You cannot see the Kingdom With your old point of view” “Joan of Arc will show you The glorious new world view That will animate you with love And create the appropriate desire in you” We climbed a mountain with Joan of Arc She pointed to a panorama below I heard the thunder of God clapping Bringing rhythm and reason to creation Joan of Arc, to whom we are so devoted Smiled at us, while singing “God created heaven and earth Clapping one day, two days, three and more” “While God was clapping, music was heard!” Cried our Maid, whom Thérèse and I so enjoy “One day, two days, three and more Logical beauty, reason, and rhythm!” “God created both Reason and Rhythm!” She cried, “It all has a purpose!” “The order of nature is reason and beauty” “The mystery of rhythm is the artwork of God!” My heart was leaping! A lesson in Hope! That God’s first words convey the wisdom Of purpose and unity both! Hushing noisy philosophers aside With Joan of Arc as my guide I watched the beauty unfold I let God explain his point of view I have always wished That beauty had meaning I had always missed the point Of the creation story Joan of Arc! With my saintly sister Thérèse Had brought me to my first juncture in Hope The meaning of creation – my world view is changing!
I am also the co-host of the Heroic Hearts podcast devoted to a spiritual adventure with St. Joan of Arc and St. Thérèse of Lisieux! Join us on the journey!