Heroic Hearts
Heroic Hearts
Joan of Arc's Call to Adventure

Joan of Arc's Call to Adventure

Season 1 Episode 2

In this episode, Walter and Amy reflect on the 2nd stage of the Heroic Heart's Journey, the "Call to Adventure". We discuss Joan of Arc's heavenly "Voices" and what this call might look like in our own lives. Walter also gives a summary of the state of France during the Hundred Years War at the time Joan received her call.

Hosts: Walter Emerson, Amy Chase

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Show Guide

02:25 Review of last week's reflective questions

05:49 Enchantment touching on reality

06:46 Empathic devotion: Seeking empathy with St. Joan of Arc

09:04 Amy and Walter's Enchanting Moments

10:27 Gerard Manley Hopkins - That Nature is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection

11:59 Door County, Wisconsin

15:46 The Call to Adventure in the Hero's Jourmey

18:05 Modern skepticism about Joan of Arc's call

19:04 Walter's poem, "The Ballad of Thomas Ox"

20:50 The Call to Adventure as an invitation to experience transcendence

22:30 History of the Hundred Years War

23:15 Contested claims over the French throne

25:03 France's devastating defeat at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415

25:12 Shakespeare's "St. Crispin's Day Speech"

26:24 France faces an existential crisis

27:20 The Anglo-Burgundian Alliance and France's civil war

29:57 Charles VI and the Treaty of Troyes

31:12 Charles VII's mother, Queen Isabeau of Bavaria

33:40 Joan of Arc tames the Mad Man in Mark Twain's story

41:40 The Battle and Siege of Orleans

42:23 Joan of Arc's divine call to save France

43:07 Joan's Voices: St. Michael the Archangel, St. Catherine of Alexandria, St. Margaret of Antioch

46:02 When we receive our call, we begin a journey

46:59 Regine Pernoud's history of Joan of Arc

50:06 Reflective Questions

52:57 Prayer of the Heroic Hearts

54:10 Poem: "The World I Live In" by Mary Oliver

Reading Assignment:

  • This episode: Mark Twain's "Joan of Arc", Book 1, Chapters 4-6

  • Next episode: Book 1, Chapters 7-8

Reflective Questions


  • Between the characters of Joan of Arc and the Paladin, where you stand on that continuum?

  • What can you change in your life and thinking to move closer to Joan's character?


  • Describe the beginning of a memorable journey that you've taken. How did you prepare for it and what were you feeling? How did these emotions heighten the experience of the journey?

Poem: "The World I Live In" by Mary Oliver

Cover Art: Joan of Arc by Gaston Bussière, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Heroic Hearts
Heroic Hearts
Heroic Hearts is a podcast about healing, enchanting, and elevating our hearts through the stories and spirituality of St. Joan of Arc and St. Therese of Lisieux.