What I began to think about as the broadcast progressed (and in part due to the fact that one of the interviewees is from University of Pennsylvania, where I studied classics) is how Sister Aimee might fit into the larger context of women in the church throughout history. In particular, much of what I heard reminded me of St. Margaret of Scotland, who, in the 11th century, was at once a wife, mother, educator and reformer. Granted, she married into royalty, and so had by dint of circumstances a very different personal context. Moreover, St. Margaret's life could hardly be described as "flamboyant." Still, I think that she and Sister Aimee would have a very interesting dinner conversation.
Joining these two at dinner could also be St. Brigid (5th-6th century, http://www.roca.org/OA/107/107e.htm) and St. Macrina the Younger (4th century, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macrina_the_Younger) and, nearer to our time, Dorothy Day and Flannery O'Connor.
I have an intuition that Sister Aimee, among these luminaries, would undoubtedly raise an eyebrow, perhaps two, every now and again. Still, there is a significance and substance among all of them that is at once illuminating, inspiring and worth knowing.
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