America needs you, Joan of Arc!

Who is the most amazing saint in history? If you asked Mark Twain that question, his response would’ve been instant: Joan of Arc. Said the great writer, Joan of Arc is “the most noble life that was ever born into this world save only One.”

Joan of Arc really touched the heart of a cynical man who considered his 1886 novel, “Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc,” to be his masterpiece, despite his hostility towards Catholicism. He conceded that he had been “educated to enmity toward everything that is Catholic.” And yet he spent a dozen years researching and writing a most reverent and riveting narrative on the life of a 15th century peasant girl whose greatness was defined by her Catholic faith.

The essence of Joan of Arc’s saintliness

Mark Twain’s novel is more relevant than ever, because the essence of Joan’s saintliness is needed more than ever. And what is this essence? Faith. Trust. Courage.

Her life was a miracle. Born in lowly circumstances, Joan was uneducated but strong in her faith. At the age of 13, she began to hear voices from God. The voices included angels and saints who presented her with a directive: free France from English occupation.

The voices, which included those of the angels Michael and Gabriel, and Saints Margaret and Catherine of Alexandria, provided counsel to help Joan govern herself. But by the time she reached the age of seventeen, her voices’ directive expanded to liberating France from the English. And she did it, at a steep price. 

Joan’s courage is contagious

Pulse Life Advocates believe that Joan’s example of utter faith in God and the courage to trust his promptings are immediately relevant to our age. We see the need in the pro-life movement. Imagine: if a single Catholic teenage girl relying on nothing other than faith in God could liberate an entire country, just think what an entire Catholic community could do today.

You’re invited to the Women of Worth musical event

In order to inspire our local Catholic community, Pulse is hosting a musical event on April 14th with the theme of “Women of Worth.” It will feature a set of songs composed just for this event that honors the Blessed Mother, Ruth of the Old Testament, and especially Joan of Arc in a piece presented theatrically.

The event begins at 3PM on Sunday, April 14th, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, followed by a wine and cheese and cookie reception.

This event doesn’t just support Pulse Life Advocates, it also supports our friends at Mary’s Helping Hands.

If you’re not familiar with his incredible ministry, Mary’s Helping Hands provides hope, love, and support for expecting mothers who may need a helping hand with basic needs for their child’s first two years of life.

So we’re asking you to bring diapers, baby clothing up to size 2t, and nursery items to this event for Mary’s Helping Hands to distribute to their clients.

Pulse shares office space with these “women of worth,” and we see the difference they’re making in the world on a daily basis.

Women of Worth is an event

This isn’t just a concert, it’s an event. Be inspired by these ‘women of worth’ who changed the world. Be encouraged by the faith that reveals nothing is impossible with God, including an end to abortion.

The price for admission to “Women of Worth” is $10 per adult or $25 per family. Reserve your seats online at

Just as Mary trusted totally in God, so did Joan, who said:

“Since God had commanded me to go, I must do it.”

If you’d like Joan’s courage, trust, and obedience to God to rub off on you, bring your entire family to the Women of Worth musical event. Joan’s message to modern man is simple:

“Act, and God will act.”

If this lowly peasant girl could captivate a crusty cynic like Mark Twain, imagine what her inspiring story will do to you!