Joan of Arc vs. Mary Magdalene

Well, friends, Welcome to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen. We started with 32 holy men and women and we’re down to sixteen as the battle for the coveted Golden Halo marches on. Round One consisted of basic biographical information about the saints. Since there’s no need to rehash previously covered ground, the this round is made up of what we like to call “Quirks & Quotes.” So prepare for some little known facts accompanied by quotes either by or about the saint in question.

In the final battle of the initial round, Paul of Tarsus handily defeated Theodore of Tarsus 61% to 39%. Check out the updated bracket to see the full slate of saints who made it to the next round.

We kick things off with the much-anticipated match-up between Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene. This battle has been hyped so much that it would make even Don King blush. But the waiting is over; let the voting commence. Winner heads to the Round of the Elate Eight!

Joan of Arc (1412 – 1431), a French peasant, began to hear the voices of Saints Michael, Catherine, and Margaret at age thirteen. By seventeen, those voices urged her to become involved in the struggle for the contested French throne in the Hundred Years War. She convinced Charles the Dauphin to allow her to command an army, which she led to spectacular victory in Orleans, paving the way for him to be crowned king. She was later wounded in battle and then captured, sold to the English, and put on trial by the Inquisition. Tried as a witch and a heretic but finally convicted of cross-dressing, she was burned at the stake at nineteen.

Joan was led by her voices to find a sword buried behind the altar in a church in Tours. It had five crosses on it and was covered with easily removed rust. “I loved that sword,” she testified, “because it was found in the church of St. Catherine [of Fierbois], whom I loved.”  She only actually used the sword, however, to whack the backs of trollops while running them out of the army camps; during battles, it resided in one of its three special sheaths, while her hands were busy with her horse and her banner. “I loved my banner forty times better than my sword. And when I went against the enemy, I carried my banner myself, lest I kill any.  I have never killed anyone,” she said.

Joan inspired hundreds of books, plays, musical compositions, movies, and all kinds of art. Mark Twain, not normally known for his religious sentiments, declared that his biography of her was his best book and said of her: “Whatever thing men call great, look for it in Joan of Arc, and there you will find it.” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle declared that “…next to the Christ, the highest spiritual being of whom we have any exact record on this earth is the girl Jeanne.” “She chose a path, and went down it like a thunderbolt,” said an admiring G.K. Chesterton.

Joan’s own voice comes through loud and clear in the trial transcript. When asked in what dialect her “voices” spoke to her, she replied, “In one better than yours.” Do you believe in God? she was asked. “Yes, better than you.”

“I am not afraid,” she said. “I was born to do this.”

Penny Nash

While we have no direct quotes from Mary Magdalene, we do have quite a few extraordinary stories about this beloved Apostle to the Apostles. As Jane Schaberg notes, “No other biblical figure—including Judas and perhaps even Jesus—has had such a vivid and bizarre post-biblical life in the human imagination, in legend, and in art.”

Best known, probably because it has been depicted for centuries, is the story explaining why Mary Magdalene is often shown in Western and Eastern artwork holding a red egg.

According to this legend, Mary Magdalene’s story about Jesus’ resurrection was challenged by the Roman emperor Tiberius. When he insisted that no one could rise from the dead any more than an egg could turn red, she picked an egg up from the table; it turned red. Today, Eastern Rite Christians honor the story by coloring Easter eggs bright red.

Other less known (perhaps suppressed?) legends have her traveling with John (the other beloved) after Mary, the mother of Jesus, died circa 54 CE. These legends not only have Mary and John on a road trip to Ephesus, visiting newly established churches along the way, but also have them living together for a while.

Such sacred cohabitation is extrapolated from the story about a thief named Cleophus breaking into their home at night while Mary and John were sleeping. John told Cleophus (“vision of glory”)  to turn from doing evil and converted him to the faith. This story was widely shared among those in the first century church as another example of describing the second coming of Christ as a “thief in the night.”

Before deciding the prize for most incredible legend should go to the red egg story, consider these phantasmagorical ones about a cave in France and the Holy Grail.

Legends have Mary Magdalene traveling to Gaul after leaving Asia Minor. Once there, she is believed to have spent a period of time teaching and preaching in Marseilles. To recuperate from that gig, she turned to a more contemplative life of prayer and meditation in a cave in the Sainte-Baume mountains. But according to these legends, a band of angels transported her daily so she and Jesus could spend time together. Holy hoist!

Last but not least are stories about the Holy Grail, the cup from which Jesus drank during the Last Supper . . . or was it the cup held up at the foot of the Cross by Joseph of Arimathea to catch blood streaming from the wounds of our dying Lord? Both?

There’s some dispute about whether Joseph or Mary Magdalene held the cup at the foot of the Cross, but legend-weavers seem to agree that Mary brought the “sangraal”  to the Southern coast of France circa 42 C.E.

In some instances, legends about the “sangraal” (Holy Grail) have morphed into legends about the “sang rall” (Holy Bloodline), which insist the “vessel” was not an actual cup, but Mary Magdalene herself, wife of Jesus and mother of royal offspring from the Davidic bloodline.

Here’s what’s not legend or myth: the Risen Christ first appeared to Mary Magdalene and entrusted her with the task of telling the disciples she had seen the Lord.

 — Meredith Gould


Joan of Arc vs. Mary Magdalene

  • Mary Magdalene (74%, 1,270 Votes)
  • Joan of Arc (26%, 442 Votes)

Total Voters: 1,711

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91 Comments to "Joan of Arc vs. Mary Magdalene"

  1. Hope and Skye's Gravatar Hope and Skye
    March 15, 2012 - 8:24 am | Permalink

    Uh oh. I can already anticipate that this is going to be a difficult vote when the twins get home from school. Joan is completely golden in the picture and Mary has that magical egg . Can’t wait to hear the discussion that will take place in my house about today’s match up. 🙂

    • Gary Goldacker's Gravatar Gary Goldacker
      March 15, 2012 - 11:30 am | Permalink

      Hope and Skye: This close to Easter, go with the Golden Egg!

    • March 15, 2012 - 1:17 pm | Permalink

      We had open dissent at breakfast this morning. The egg story might tip things over to Mary, though….

  2. Gian's Gravatar Gian
    March 15, 2012 - 8:40 am | Permalink

    Today voting is easy. I have a friend who says that Joan d ‘Arc is the only person who reached sainthood for killing English. I think that that poor girl needed a lot of psychological help. I vote today for the woman who was the first to see the resurrected Jesus.

    • Tom Cox's Gravatar Tom Cox
      March 15, 2012 - 10:27 am | Permalink

      Regarding who needed psychological help, I would suspect that most psychologists would find it at best a toss-up between the girl who claimed to hear the voices of saints and the woman who claimed to see a dead man walking around in the flesh.

      • Gian's Gravatar Gian
        March 15, 2012 - 5:17 pm | Permalink

        I have to agree with you on that. I have never heard the expression “toss-up”. However, I grasp the meaning from the context.

    • Hal's Gravatar Hal
      March 15, 2012 - 10:35 am | Permalink

      I find Tom’s reply quite funny, and thought I might also point out that you need to read the article more thoroughly next time. Joan never actually killed anyone. Nonetheless I quite like mary magdalene. I hate having a hard time deciding who to vote for.

  3. David's Gravatar David
    March 15, 2012 - 8:43 am | Permalink

    In New Orleans, there is a golden statue of Joan of Arc. She stands on a busy French Quarter street with her sword and armor. In the bright morning sun, her brightness may carry your soul into the presence of the beatific vision. Jesus’ heart is with Mary Magdalene, and my heart is with the Maid of Orleans. The hometown girl has my vote today. JOAN OF ARC.

    • Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
      March 15, 2012 - 12:21 pm | Permalink

      And for 25 years my bedroom was below the room where Joan recognized Charlie hiding out among his courtiers (in Chinon) – I too go for our hometown girl!

    • Paula's Gravatar Paula
      March 15, 2012 - 7:36 pm | Permalink

      A teacher friend, currently on spring break, just this week posted a photo of that very statue on my fb page because she thought of me when she saw it. 🙂 In prayer, I have often asked St. Mary Magdalene to intercede on my behalf that I might see Jesus as she did. Yet, Joan is my homegirl! Her conviction of faith challenges me in this day and time. She’s the only “real” person Mark Twain ever wrote about, saying: “Whatever thing men call great, look for it in Joan of Arc, and there you will find it.”

      Winston Churchill said of her, “Joan was a being so uplifted from the ordinary run of mankind that she finds no equal in a thousand years.”

      Viva la Pucelle!

  4. Cynthia Hallas's Gravatar Cynthia Hallas
    March 15, 2012 - 8:54 am | Permalink

    Where are the little stickers that say “I voted today”?

  5. Harry W's Gravatar Harry W
    March 15, 2012 - 8:56 am | Permalink

    So the story begins again, Mary Magdalene starts her journey to lead us all to think about Jesus and the sacrifice he made for us to bring us into the new world. A world were each of us has a close person friend bringing God into our life to share and help with all our cares and our joys. A…!

  6. Rosemary Beales's Gravatar Rosemary Beales
    March 15, 2012 - 9:17 am | Permalink

    Not even close. Evangelist vs. warrior? I’ll take evangelist.

    • Hal's Gravatar Hal
      March 15, 2012 - 10:37 am | Permalink

      Joan didn’t fight, she just pushed the troops forward. Remember that.

  7. Sarah Pope's Gravatar Sarah Pope
    March 15, 2012 - 9:24 am | Permalink

    Much as I admire Jeanne, and the fact that she ran trollops out of camp with the magnificent sword–Mary and the red egg have me today.

  8. Laurie Atwater's Gravatar Laurie Atwater
    March 15, 2012 - 9:26 am | Permalink

    Mary, the woman at the tomb, the woman at Christ’s side throughout his ministry. The female apostle. She gets my vote!

    • Laurie Atwater's Gravatar Laurie Atwater
      March 15, 2012 - 9:26 am | Permalink

      Looking for her to make it to the Golden Halo!

      • March 15, 2012 - 10:03 am | Permalink

        Me too! Would be grand for the Apostle to the Apostles to win!!

        • Laura's Gravatar Laura
          March 15, 2012 - 2:10 pm | Permalink

          Me three! And very nice post about Mary M. today — Thanks for that.

        • Harlie Youngblood's Gravatar Harlie Youngblood
          March 15, 2012 - 6:49 pm | Permalink

          Meredith, I’m puzzled by your statement “we have no direct quotes from Mary Magdalene”. Isn’t the Gospel of John, chapter 20 full of direct quotes?

      • Mollie Douglas Turner+'s Gravatar Mollie Douglas Turner+
        March 15, 2012 - 11:08 am | Permalink

        I’m with you, ladies–Mary Mag all the way!!

        • Carol Ann Webb's Gravatar Carol Ann Webb
          March 15, 2012 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

          All the way with Ma-ray! The Golden Halo will be her compensation for all the centuries of bad press.

      • Cynthia Hallas's Gravatar Cynthia Hallas
        March 15, 2012 - 3:51 pm | Permalink


  9. Barb's Gravatar Barb
    March 15, 2012 - 9:43 am | Permalink

    I did not get my email today. Not in spam either. HELP!

    • Jennifer's Gravatar Jennifer
      March 15, 2012 - 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Me neither. SEC are you ok?

    • Carol Ann Webb's Gravatar Carol Ann Webb
      March 15, 2012 - 1:23 pm | Permalink

      I didn’t get mine either – is this a plot to keep me from voting?!

    • March 15, 2012 - 11:26 pm | Permalink

      We rely on WordPress to send the emails whenever there’s a new post. For some reason, unknown to the Supreme Executive Committee, this one did not go out to anyone.

      Best safeguard is to visit sometime after 8:00 a.m. EDT every morning and vote. Maybe you will want to buy a special alarm clock dedicated to reminding you, just in case the email doesn’t show up again.

      Sorry for the inconvenience, everyone!

  10. Kristen's Gravatar Kristen
    March 15, 2012 - 9:50 am | Permalink

    I didn’t get my email today either…

    • March 15, 2012 - 11:32 am | Permalink

      I think it’s a conspiracy to suppress the Mary Magdalene vote. Call in Robert Langdon!

  11. Dennis Johnson's Gravatar Dennis Johnson
    March 15, 2012 - 9:53 am | Permalink

    Looks like I might get three in a row. Mary always facinated me with all the stories and legends that surrounded her; was she a prostitute (probably not), Jesus’ lover (how could Jesus be human without experiencing some human love) or just one who loved Jesus in a platonic way? Alas, we may never know. But what we do know was that she was the first to announce that Jesus had risen to the Apostles which makes her the first evangelist. Mary, you go girl!

  12. March 15, 2012 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    Of all the saints, including women who have managed to declared a doctor of the Church by the [adjective] Roman Catholic church, Mary Magdalene is the ONE who keeps me steadily faithful and focused on serving the risen Lord.

  13. March 15, 2012 - 10:36 am | Permalink

    I love Mary M, but I want Joan, a warrior in armor and sword to go up against Brigid, the patron of blacksmiths who make the armor and swords. That is a match-up this crazy warrior girl just cannot pass up! Vote for Joan!

    • Paula's Gravatar Paula
      March 15, 2012 - 7:39 pm | Permalink

      Viva la Pucelle! 🙂

  14. Susan's Gravatar Susan
    March 15, 2012 - 10:47 am | Permalink

    Let’s not forget the notion of Mary as female apostle or the Coptic text known as the Gospel of Mary (presumed to be Mary Magdalene).

  15. Marguerite's Gravatar Marguerite
    March 15, 2012 - 10:57 am | Permalink

    J never got my email. Thought I’d been excommunicatd.

  16. Mary Ellen's Gravatar Mary Ellen
    March 15, 2012 - 11:01 am | Permalink

    Mary! Mary! Mary!

  17. Lauren Stanley's Gravatar Lauren Stanley
    March 15, 2012 - 11:05 am | Permalink

    ‘I am not afraid. I was born to do this.’ And I could vote any other way?

  18. Janet's Gravatar Janet
    March 15, 2012 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    Interesting that Lent Madness voters rejected Thomas and James, two of the Apostles chosen by Jesus to serve with him and build the church, but are rallying around Mary Magdalene, who some call the Apostle to the Apostles. “Madness” seems to be the operative word here.
    Setting aside both legend and politics, here is the fundamental truth of the lives of the saints we vote for today: Mary was given a joyous mission – to be Jesus’ friend and to announce his resurrection to his friends; Joan was put to the ultimate test – to stand up for her faith and her love of God, all the way to a horrible death in the fire. I would not presume to say that God loved one better than the other – but Joan’s short (and documented) life is a stunning, if sometimes uncomfortable, example of faith in action.
    I respect Mary M, and love the story and legends, but I am voting for Joan.

  19. revmomvt's Gravatar revmomvt
    March 15, 2012 - 11:12 am | Permalink

    Tim –FYI for some reason, I was dropped from Lenten Madness and did not receive today’s match-up (Mary and Joan)…Tracked down and voted (only once) but curious as to why I “disappeared” in the email delivery.

  20. March 15, 2012 - 11:16 am | Permalink

    If you don’t get the email, go directly to the Lent Madness website to vote. This is the second time this has happened to me, but I didn’t miss a chance to vote either time.
    My vote to Mary Magdalene, and surprised to be on the other side from Lauren on this one.

  21. Mary-Elise's Gravatar Mary-Elise
    March 15, 2012 - 11:17 am | Permalink

    After the first round with Mary M, I read Cynthia Bourgeault’s book on her and am interested in the possibilities reclaiming her voice has for the church today. I voted for Mary M., but am surprised by the lopsidedness of the voting thus far.

  22. March 15, 2012 - 11:43 am | Permalink

    Remember that we already defeated Santa Claus. Think about what it means if we destroy Easter eggs.

    However, a person that sucessfully beats the Sassenach would be given the Golden Halo without further voting.

    • March 15, 2012 - 11:44 am | Permalink

      Let me finish the thought….

      …would be given the Golden Halo without futher voting in some parts of the world.

    • Alice's Gravatar Alice
      March 15, 2012 - 12:04 pm | Permalink

      Sassenach – what a great word. I was taught that you don’t say it, you sort of spit it out.

  23. Beth Royalty's Gravatar Beth Royalty
    March 15, 2012 - 11:56 am | Permalink

    The art alone by Donatello, as shown in the link to the Museum of the Duomo in Florence, explains why Mary Magdalene always will get my vote.

  24. Mary Sue's Gravatar Mary Sue
    March 15, 2012 - 12:17 pm | Permalink

    Despite the fact that looks like the Joan statue just down the block from my parish, us Marys gotta stick together.

  25. David's Gravatar David
    March 15, 2012 - 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Joan of Arc had a heart….
    Would she give it as a gift?
    To such as me who longs to see
    How an Angel ought to be

    Had dreams to give her heart away
    Like an orphan on a way
    She cared so much
    She offered up
    Her body to the flame.
    (The above are OMD’s lyrics, the Gregorian’s are slightly different)

  26. aleathia nicholson's Gravatar aleathia nicholson
    March 15, 2012 - 12:47 pm | Permalink

    I’ve previously expressed my uneasiness with these kiddie/teen females who see visions and show up with stigmata out of nowhere,,,,,yes, I know it’s supposed to be some sign of holiness. I simply have to go with the woman to whom the Risen Lord spoke and told her to tell the disciples of his resurrection from the dead. Of course, their totally ignoring her was the standard of the day that’s filtered down through the ages. Joan will probably get the most votes but visions and face-to-face encounters are not one and the same ! So, on to glory for Mary M., the Chosen and the Choice of our Lord ! By the by, I got dropped from my inbox, too, and just figured I’d ticked off somebody at the censor’s desk.

    • Greta Getlein's Gravatar Greta Getlein
      March 15, 2012 - 1:13 pm | Permalink

      Ummmm. The Mother of our Lord was a kiddie teen female who heard voices, and was impregnated by the Holy Spirit (talk about stigmata!). I’m just sayin’

      • Laura's Gravatar Laura
        March 15, 2012 - 3:19 pm | Permalink

        Thank you!

      • Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
        March 15, 2012 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

        And does Scripture ever say how old Mary Magdalene was? In their times, both Joan and Mary were actually women–of considered to be of marriageable and child-bearing age.

        Nonetheless, I had to cast my vote for MM. History has redeemed Jeanne d’Arc, but much of the world, including Christendom, still believes Mary to have been a fallen woman. Shabby treatment for Jesus’ beloved friend and the proclaimer of the resurrection, to say the least. It is long past time to fully rehabilitate her.

        • Elizabeth's Gravatar Elizabeth
          March 15, 2012 - 6:27 pm | Permalink

          Whoops, I mean Joan and the Marys were women. …

          BTW, I also did not get my E-mail today. All is not right in Christendom!

  27. dr.primrose's Gravatar dr.primrose
    March 15, 2012 - 12:48 pm | Permalink

    Still stinging from Lancelot Andrewes’s loss to Joan awhile back, I have great pleasure in voting for Mary Mag!!

  28. March 15, 2012 - 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Here are a couple of my fovorite quotes about St. Joan of Arc not included in her bio above:
    “She was the consummation and ideal of two noble human efforts towards perfection. The peasant’s daughter was the Flower of Chivalry, brave, gentle, merciful, courteous, kind, and loyal….She was the most perfect daughter of her Church….her conscience, by frequent confession, was kept fair and pure as the lilies of Paradise.” by author Andrew Lang
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle also said of Joan in addition to the quote included above in her bio:
    “Jeanne’s mission was on the surface warlike, but it really had the effect of ending a century of war, and her love and charity were so broad, that they could only be matched by Him who prayed for His murderers.”

    And everyone should know that Joan’s last recorded words as she died were:
    “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.”

  29. Jennifer's Gravatar Jennifer
    March 15, 2012 - 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Excellent write-up on fine, fierce Joan.

    I strive to respect the genuine faith of the people originally behind the (fascinating!) legends surrounding Mary, but I have a Protestant’s allergy to what Dan Brown has made of them. I had to read hard to get to the nub – and it’s the crucial one for me: that “the Risen Christ first appeared to Mary Magdalene and entrusted her with the task of telling the disciples she had seen the Lord.” [if I could bold this I would!!]

    As corrective to a tradition that somehow turned that encounter between Mary and the Risen Christ into a prohibition against women preaching or teaching, I vote for Mary Magdalene…with all my heart, as many times as I legally can!

  30. dr.primrose's Gravatar dr.primrose
    March 15, 2012 - 1:15 pm | Permalink

    For an alternative view of Joan, consider the the English lords in Henry VI, Part I:

    “Here, here she comes. I’ll have a bout with thee;
    Devil or devil’s dam, I’ll conjure thee:
    Blood will I draw on thee, thou art a witch,
    And straightway give thy soul to him thou servest.” (Act I, Sc 5; Talbot)

    ” … goodly prize, fit for the devil’s grace!
    See, how the ugly wench doth bend her brows,
    As if with Circe she would change my shape!

    Fell banning hag, enchantress, hold thy tongue!” (Act 5, Sc 3; York)

    “Break thou in pieces and consume to ashes,
    Thou foul accursed minister of hell!” (Act 5, Sc 4; York)

    I think it’s fair to say, however, that overall Shakespeare presents her in a much more appealing light than one would expect!

    • Vicki's Gravatar Vicki
      March 15, 2012 - 1:18 pm | Permalink

      But Shakespeare does say that one day she will be the saint of France!

      • dr.primrose's Gravatar dr.primrose
        March 15, 2012 - 1:34 pm | Permalink

        Well, Shakespeare has Charles, Dauphin of France, say that. Those French boys, such flatterers!

  31. Judith Crossett's Gravatar Judith Crossett
    March 15, 2012 - 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I have actually read a lot of Mark Twain’s book on Joan [it was a past life, I was a grad student]. I cannot describe how awful it is. She deserved better (and got it, from others), but for inspiring that book, I have to go with Mary.

  32. Sara Pagones's Gravatar Sara Pagones
    March 15, 2012 - 2:38 pm | Permalink

    Ghost of St. Nicholas? Ghost??? Please don’t tell the children. Gotta go with Joan. Burned at the stake, people.

    • Sara Pagones's Gravatar Sara Pagones
      March 15, 2012 - 2:47 pm | Permalink

      Also, as someone who remembers when it was slightly scandalous to wear a pants suit to church, I feel for someone who was executed for “cross-dressing.”

  33. Catherine's Gravatar Catherine
    March 15, 2012 - 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Mary stayed with Jesus until the end. She faithfully visited his tomb every morning (BEFORE sunrise, even!), instead of being “hidden in the house, afraid”. She refused to leave until she actually heard and saw her Lord again. And then she did exactly what Jesus asked her to do, being the first person entrusted with the Great Commission. ‘Nuff said.

  34. Catherine's Gravatar Catherine
    March 15, 2012 - 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Didn’t get my email today!

  35. Laura's Gravatar Laura
    March 15, 2012 - 3:16 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry to have to vote for one or the other – I’ve been disappointed throughout that the bracket seems to have fewer saintly women than men, and then pits the women against each other to ensure they knock each other out of the running. Let’s see more of our spiritual sisters in next year’s bracket, please!

  36. Nancy Baillie Strong's Gravatar Nancy Baillie Strong
    March 15, 2012 - 3:25 pm | Permalink

    Well…I had to ruminate on this one…but finally decided to go with Mary Magdalene (despite one of my childhood memories that features a tattered WWI-era sheet music edition of “Jeanne d’Arc, they are calling you…”) — “Apostle to the Apostles” has always gotten me, and the Johannine account is stunning. Mary Mag, it is!

  37. March 15, 2012 - 3:49 pm | Permalink

    No fair! Jeanne d’Arc has been a favorite of mine ever since I was a little girl, but how could I not vote for Mary Magdalene? Was strongly tempted to cast a vote for each, but honor won out at last. At least it seems I voted for the underdog…. 🙂

  38. Susan Hedges's Gravatar Susan Hedges
    March 15, 2012 - 3:54 pm | Permalink

    My email arrived at 12:10 PDT. Just sayin. . .

  39. March 15, 2012 - 4:05 pm | Permalink

    Well, our household did go for Mary Magdalene, despite an impassioned defense of Joan from my seven year old which almost swayed me. “She did everything she was supposed to. She did what she thought Jesus wanted her to do. She probably didn’t want to dress like a boy and go do battle but she did it anyway.”

  40. March 15, 2012 - 4:11 pm | Permalink

    Love Jeanne, but had to go with Mary. This is getting tough.

  41. March 15, 2012 - 4:33 pm | Permalink

    Fill out your brackets today! Post your picks in a Facebook note! Wagers are up to your own informed consciences and devising.

  42. Dennis Coughlin's Gravatar Dennis Coughlin
    March 15, 2012 - 4:53 pm | Permalink

    I put off voting in hope of hearing voices in guidance but no name have I heard other than those above. Maybe another hour.

  43. Ginny Rodriguez's Gravatar Ginny Rodriguez
    March 15, 2012 - 5:48 pm | Permalink

    I love Joan’s quotes! Mary stood in the presence of the Risen Lord Jesus. She saw him, she heard him speak. She was not allowed to touch him. Both women obeyed instructions from God. I vote for Mary, standing in the Presence.

  44. Paul Rosbolt's Gravatar Paul Rosbolt
    March 15, 2012 - 6:24 pm | Permalink

    Sorry, Joan….Mary rocks!

  45. March 15, 2012 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I love Joan’s saucy attitude “I was born to do this” and “in one better than yours!” two circles and a snap!!

  46. Alice's Gravatar Alice
    March 15, 2012 - 6:41 pm | Permalink

    I decided to put aside all the silly stories about Mary and just look at her as a faithful follower of Jesus.

  47. Barb's Gravatar Barb
    March 15, 2012 - 8:24 pm | Permalink

    I did a quiet day for some folks a couple of years ago and I used this icon of Mary. It was a total hit. Gotta go with Mary.

  48. Hope and Skye's Gravatar Hope and Skye
    March 15, 2012 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Golden Girl with a trusty rusty sword or Magical Egg Lady who might have lived in a cave for awhile? The kids followed Father Goldacker’s advice and voted for the Easter Egg Lady.

  49. Laura Lou's Gravatar Laura Lou
    March 15, 2012 - 8:48 pm | Permalink

    WOW! Tough decision!

  50. Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
    March 15, 2012 - 9:17 pm | Permalink

    “Joan Of Arc” by Leonard Cohen

    Now the flames they followed joan of arc
    As she came riding through the dark;
    No moon to keep her armour bright,
    No man to get her through this very smoky night.
    She said, I’m tired of the war,
    I want the kind of work I had before,
    A wedding dress or something white
    To wear upon my swollen appetite.

    Well, I’m glad to hear you talk this way,
    You know I’ve watched you riding every day
    And something in me yearns to win
    Such a cold and lonesome heroine.
    And who are you? she sternly spoke
    To the one beneath the smoke.
    Why, I’m fire, he replied,
    And I love your solitude, I love your pride.

    Then fire, make your body cold,
    I’m going to give you mine to hold,
    Saying this she climbed inside
    To be his one, to be his only bride.
    And deep into his fiery heart
    He took the dust of joan of arc,
    And high above the wedding guests
    He hung the ashes of her wedding dress.

    It was deep into his fiery heart
    He took the dust of joan of arc,
    And then she clearly understood
    If he was fire, oh then she must be wood.
    I saw her wince, I saw her cry,
    I saw the glory in her eye.
    Myself I long for love and light,
    But must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?

    • Laurie Atwater's Gravatar Laurie Atwater
      March 15, 2012 - 10:25 pm | Permalink

      Oooh, one of my favorite songs! Thanks for quoting it!!!

    • David's Gravatar David
      March 15, 2012 - 11:04 pm | Permalink

      “It was deep, deep into his fiery heart
      He took the dust of our precious Joan of Arc,
      Then she clearly, she clearly understood
      If, if he was fire, woah she must be wood,

      I saw her wince, I saw her cry,
      Saw the glory in her eye.
      Myself I long, I long for love and light,
      But must it come so cruel, and must it, must it be so very bright?”

      Jeanne d’Arc, Mystic Martyr

      Thank you, Barbara

      • Barbara's Gravatar Barbara
        March 16, 2012 - 6:03 am | Permalink

        I thank Leonard Cohen for this song of pathos (and so many more); I voted for Mary Magdalene.

  51. Mary Kaye's Gravatar Mary Kaye
    March 15, 2012 - 11:11 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t get my email today either. Did you just let the boys vote?

    • March 15, 2012 - 11:30 pm | Permalink

      In Christ, there is neither male nor female. So it is with internet glitches too. See above. It seems that internet gremlins (possibly sent at the behest of humorless Christians) ate all or most of the emails. Sorry!

      Best idea is to visit every day just after 8:00 a.m. EDT and cast your vote, whether or not you get an email.

  52. Brigid Courtney's Gravatar Brigid Courtney
    March 18, 2012 - 3:45 pm | Permalink

    I vote for Mary, you go girl! She is a bigtime favorite of mine!

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