S4E4 - Building a map of meaning with St. Joan of Arc
As Joan emerges from the mist in our hearts, we establish nodes of meaning.
Season 4 Episode 4
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In this episode I help you begin the process of building your “map of meaning” under the inspiring patronage of St. Joan of Arc. We are moving forward in our discussion of the phenomenology of Joan of Arc’s life. However, we have not yet moved from Dunois’ side at the opening of chapter one as he gazes over the Loire river in the direction of a mysterious maiden rumored to be moving across France. Régine Pernoud’s approach to this book is phenomenological, and we see that in real history, Dunois himself received the mystery of Joan of Arc phenomenologically! There is so much packed into the opening paragraphs of chapter one that demands to be explored before moving on. The mystery of Joan of Arc and our inquiry into her will establish the foundation for building a map of meaning to begin interpreting this fairytale-like phenomenon.
In what ways can you describe St. Joan as a mystery appearing out of the mist in your own life?
Below is The Pilgrim Dance poem I share in this episode.
The Pilgrim Dance Shuffling down a narrow Lonely, dirt path Into a wide Open field I am a pilgrim A journeyman One who rests Only for a time In mystical Quaint villages I am refreshed And stronger now Because of each Enchanting land Now, slowly Onto a plain Where I have come Upon a crossroad Not knowing Where to go Yet, appearing at my Side, ever faithfully Is my sister traveler St. Thérèse of Lisieux We both shield our eyes As sunlight breaks And each look in All directions “Where now, do We dance, sister?” Her eyes glitter Her soul is fire She points and Pulls me along Dancing together, again To where I do not know Then I see that To which she points Distant ahead rides Joan of Arc, hair flowing Dancing we follow her Over the horizon of trust ©2010 by Walter Emerson
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