Footnote 340

From the testimony of various men who had served in her army and other eyewitnesses; these include:

Jean Pasquerel, her confessor in the army: "...she ordered that no one should be so presumptuous as to leave the city the next day to take part in an assault, unless he had previously gone to confession; and that they must take heed that no dissolute women should accompany them, because God was allowing the war to be lost as a result of such sins. And this was done, just as Jehanne ordered." (For the original language, see: DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 393; for translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", pp. 293 - 294, and Pernoud's "The Retrial of Joan of Arc", p. 164).

Simon Beaucroix, who had served in her army: "... and she heard Mass every day, and exhorted the soldiers to live in a good fashion and go to confession often..." (For the original language, see: DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 373; for translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 280, and Pernoud's "The Retrial of Joan of Arc", p. 107).

They also said repeatedly that she practiced what she preached. To give but a few representative examples:

Lord Raoul de Gaucourt, one of her commanders: "She confessed often; constantly devoted herself to prayer; heard the Mass daily, and frequently received the sacrament of the Eucharist; nor did she tolerate the use of disreputable words or blasphemies in her company; for she abhorred such things both in actions and words." (For the original language, see: DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 375; for translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 250, and Pernoud's "The Retrial of Joan of Arc", p. 105).

Jean d'Aulon, her squire and bodyguard: "I knew this Maiden to be a very pious person, and she conducted herself very devoutly when hearing the divine service of Our Lord, which she wanted to hear continuously; that is to say, on solemn festivals the High Mass in the location were she was, along with the subsequent Hours, and on other days a Low Mass; and she was accustomed to hear the Mass every day, if it was possible for her. Several times I have seen and known her to confess and receive Our Lord [i.e., the sacrament of the Eucharist], and she did everything that good Christian men and women are required to do, and never, during my conversations with her, did I hear her ever swear, blaspheme, or take in vain the name of our Lord or His saints, for any reason or occasion." (For the original language, see: DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, pp. 485 - 486; for translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 356, and Pernoud's "The Retrial of Joan of Arc", p. 153).

Jean Barbin: "The soldiers regarded her as though she were a saint, for she comported herself according to God's will when in the army, in her words and actions, such that no one could find any fault." (For the original language, see: DuParc's "Procès en Nullité...", Vol I, p. 375; for translations, see Oursel's "Les Procès de Jeanne d'Arc", p. 282, and Pernoud's "The Retrial of Joan of Arc", p. 103).


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