“The Maid is the unfading Passion flower” — Bloy on Joan of Arc

"The Maid is the unfading Passion flower" -- Bloy on Joan of Arc
St Joan, martyred May 30, 1431

“The historical figure of the Maid is like some stained-glass Annunciation, boundlessly tender and pure, which time and the Barbarians have by chance respected. Here is the azure of France and the fiery color of her torment, gently filtered around this face. As the result of a sublime confusion she seems to be at once the angel of the Annunciation and the most obedient Virgin, humbly receiving the dread sword that in the future is to replace her pretty spinner’s distaff. At first she does not understand what is asked of her. She does not know the history of France, she does not know war or fearsome politics. She knows nothing, unless it be that God suffers in his people, and that He has great pity for the Kingdom which he so long ago chose for Himself, even during his dolorous Passion, in the Paschal night, when the cock began to crow. So she quietly, resolutely arises, like a good daughter of God, and, guided by her voices, instantly becomes an invincible strategist, tutor of th highest princes and their faultless counsellor. When she has freed France, she lacks nothing but to be freed herself of her mission; and because she is of the Holy Ghost, this other more glorious freedom cannot be accomplished except through fire, after the horrors of the vilest trial that ever appalled men since the unspeakable trial of Our Lord Jesus Christ.” .  .  .

The Maid is the unfading Passion flower, and she will no more pass away than the Word of God. . . . Time is an imposture of the Enemy of mankind, who despairs at the immortality of souls. We are forever in the fifteenth century, as we are in the Tenth, , as we are in the central  hour of the Immolation of Cavalry, as we are in times before the coming of Christ. In all truth we lie in each of the folds of ancient History’s multicolored apron. In spite of death, we are eternal in a fashion, being Gods, as it has been said: Ego dix: Dii esti (I say unto thee: ye are Gods).”

found in Pilgrim of the Absolute, pp. 322- 324.

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