If you have never seen a New Orleans parade, it's hard to explain the energy, the magnitude and the sheer excitement. The best way I could describe Krewe du Veiux upon seeing it for the first time was "a quarter mile of moving chaos."
Martyrdom accounts are inspiring but we do those people who suffered and died a deep disservice when we extend their experience to claim that "all Christians are persecuted and always will be" because that's not true.
Would Joan of Arc have fought for the current Catholic crowd in Rome? How would they have "contained" her -- just as they seek to "contain" the good nuns? Would she have died for the Vatican Boys Club? Or would she have raised the banner of the Sisters?
At the end of this month, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will meet to formulate a response to a Vatican trap whose cunning is best appreciated within the long tradition of religious authorities who craft impossible dilemmas for those they perceive as threats.
One of the difficulties in writing about an iconic figure like Joan of Arc is that so much has been published about her that many people feel they already know her story and that there is nothing new to tell. But separating fact from fiction is harder than it looks.
Some are dissatisfied with the president for not going through a confirmation process in the Senate with Elizabeth Warren. His concerns were real about getting the 60 votes to override the filibuster that was certain to come from the Republicans.
Joan of Arc has maintained a balance between her strongly rooted faith, the latest fashion trends, and an exotic beauty regimen. Lauren Conrad was granted a rare glimpse into the life of the Maid of Orleans.
You can't be a hero without adversity. Every knight has his dragon to slay, every Joan of Arc has her Hundred Year War. Only when something goes against you, are you afforded the opportunity to be a hero.