29.12.08

Valkrye

This weekend I went to see the much advertised Valkyre, starring Tom Cruise. I had hoped for better. Being a Catholic and familiar with the story of Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg I saw none of the torment that he felt in making his decision to commit tyrannicide. As many officers Von Stauffenburg originally was a supporter of the Nazis and Hitler in particular. As the war progressed and he realized he was a part of a giant killing machine he grew disenchanted.

The film begins with Von Stauffenburg in Africa, disputing with a General over an order received for an advance. As the scene progresses he is tragically wounded by British aircraft strafing his troops. His wounds require that he be returned to Germany to recover.

Von Stauffenburg did not enter into his attempted tyrannicide easily. His Catholic and German upbringing meant that violating his oath, even to one as evil as Hitler, difficult to accept. As Charlotte Corday did more than 100 years earlier he studied the writings of Catholic theologians. He finally arrived at the decision that in order to save the many he must do away with Hitler. this action involved treason.

Of course this film did not show any of the moral troubling of Von Stauffenburg.Tom Cruise created a mere shadow of Von Stauffenburg, he has no substance. Perhaps this film is a passive restatement of his own self. This Von Stauffenburg is a Scientologist. There is no forethought, no moral dilemma, no doubts, Tom Cruise has remade Von Stauffenburg in his own image and likeness. This is a World war II version of Mission Impossible. It failed miserably with me. Tom Cruise did not command my respect and disrespected the memory of Von Stauffenburg.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

I probably should have watched Despereaux instead...

NOTE: I should probably take a minute to say what an oath is and why not breaking one is important. When a person takes and oath he calls God to be his witness and vouch for the truthfulness of a statement or a promise. That is why breaking an oath is bad. If we break an oath we make a liar out of God by our actions.
A vow on the other hand is a promise made to God, breaking one's vows mean that we break a promise made to God. Marriage is one example of a vow, the religious life is another.
People in this age of "Rationalization" hold little stock in Oaths and vows. That is probably why so many couples who are going to be married write prenuptial agreements, they have no faith in their ability to keep a vow or be true to an oath.

Peruvian Jesus born to Virgin Mary on Christmas

Don't be confused by this next article. I was taken aback for a second. Good name for this baby...

Twenty-year-old Huarcaya, … LIMA (Reuters) – Virgin Mary, a 20-year-old Peruvian woman, gave birth to a baby boy on Christmas day and named him Jesus, Peru's state news agency said on Friday.

The baby's father, Adolfo Jorge Huamani, 24, is a carpenter. Religious Peruvians compared him to Joseph the Carpenter in the Bible.

"Two thousand years later the story of Bethlehem is relived," read the headline about the birth in El Comercio, the main newspaper in Peru, a predominantly Catholic country.

The mother, Virgen Maria Huarcaya, delivered the 7.7 pound (3.5 kg) boy, Jesus Emanuel, in the early hours of Christmas at the central maternity hospital in Lima, the capital.

"A few days ago we had decided to name my son after a professional soccer player," the father said. "But thanks to a happy coincidence this is how things ended up."

Virgen Maria Huarcaya holds her baby son named Jesus, in Lima December 25, 2008.

Jhesu + Marie,
de Brantigny

Mon Dec 29, 10:02 am ET Reuters, (Reporting by Terry Wade; Editing by Vicki Allen)

Feast of the Holy Family

Our Priest delivered a powerful homily yesterday on the feast of the Holy Family. God suprises us in some ways I think. From age to age he has constructed vignettes from which we may derive knowledge.

Fr Silvio's point was this: the family is a domestic parish. Because it is a domestic parish to grow it must consist of a father, a mother, and children. The domestic parish is a microcosm of the church community and therefore those things which occur at the parish must also occur in the home. Prayer and the scripture must be taught and said. A idealisation of community must be fostered and allowed to grow. In the family and in the parish we have the mission to evangelize and teach the faith. As Christians we must conform ourselves as closely as possible to the example set by Joseph, Mary and Jesus. There are those who would have us think that a deviation from this example is equal to if not superiour than that of the Holy Family. They are wrong precisely because they fail to follow a model which was conceived (for lack of a better term) by God.

This is why I stated that God has constructed this vignette of the Holy Family for the Sunday after Christmas. It shows that while the ministry of Christ began at a wedding it was already well underway at his birth.


Jhesu + Marie,

de Brantigny

28.12.08

Les Saints Innocents, Martyrs-28 décembre

Massacre des bébés innocents par l'armée d'Hérode

Fra Angelico
1450
Musée Saint Marc
Florence

Laudes

1- Hérode, irrité, fit tuer beaucoup d'enfants dans Bethléem de Juda, la cité de David. Mt 2,16

2- Hérode fit tuer beaucoup d'enfants, âgés de deux ans et au-dessous, en haine du Seigneur Mt 2,16

3- Leurs Anges voient sans cesse la face du Père. Mt 18,10

4- On entendit une voix dans Rama, des plaintes et des gémissements : c'est Rachel qui pleure ses enfants. Mt 2, 18 (Jr 31,15)

5- Vers le trône de Dieu tous les saints s'écrient : " Vengez notre sang, ô notre Dieu." Ap 6, 9-10

English

1-Herod irritated, had in the city of David, Children killed

2-Herod had all the children 2 years and under killed, because he hated God

3-Their Angels are always in the sight of the Father

4-In Rama a voice cries out in complaints and groans, it is Rachel crying for her children.

5-Before the throne of God all the saints shout: "Avenge our blood, Oh our God."

Dieu Le Roy!

de Brantigny

Ugandan army says rebels kill 45 people in Congo church

KAMPALA (AFP) – The Ugandan army on Sunday accused Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels of hacking to death 45 people in a church in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

An aid official speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity confirmed Friday's massacre, saying the killings took place in a Catholic church in the Doruma area, around 40 kilometres (25 miles) from the Sudanese border.

"There are body parts everywhere. Inside the church, the entrance and in the church compound," the aid official said.

"We got information the rebels cut 45 people into pieces," added army spokesman Captain Chris Magezi.

"They were cut with pangas (machetes) and hit with clubs but some luckily managed to escape. Our forces came to know about the killings while pursuing the LRA yesterday (Saturday) and the pursuit is on for the killers."

Magezi said the victims, mostly women, children and the elderly, were mutilated in the style used by Hutu extremists during the 1994 Rwanda genocide.

Magezi later said 13 of the insurgents were shot dead by the forces.

"We came in contact with the group that killed the civilians in the church near Doruma. We put 13 of them out action and we recovered from them nine sub-machine guns," he said. "We are pursuing the rest of the group."

Forces from Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo and south Sudan launched a joint operation against the Ugandan LRA rebels in northeastern DR Congo earlier this month.

The vice-governor of Orientale province, Joseph Bangakya Angaze, told AFP by telephone that "fighting has broken out around Doruma since Friday, between elements of the LRA and local groups" set up to defend their communities.

Magezi had also accused the rebels of killing 35 civilians in attacks on Wednesday and Thursday in areas in south Sudan and northeastern DR Congo.

But LRA spokesman David Nyekorach Matsanga denied the rebels were behind any of the killings.

"Reports about the LRA killing innocent civilians is another propaganda campaign by the Uganda army," Matsanga told AFP.

"I am not a military spokesman for the LRA but I have it on good authority from the field commanders that the LRA is not in those areas where the killings are reported to have taken place.

"We need an independent verification to know who is responsible for these killings in Doruma because LRA has stated before we want peace not war because fighting won't help," he said.

The two sides have been engaged in peace talks led by the government of South Sudan for more than two years.

On Saturday Matsanga said the LRA chief Joseph Kony was still open to talks but preferred Tanzanian or South African mediation because south Sudan was involved in the military offensive.

Kony has repeatedly refused to sign a peace deal with Kampala because of International Criminal Court arrest warrants against him and his lieutenants for war crimes.

But Magezi insisted the killings of civilians will not deter the joint forces from hunting the rebels. He also condemned "these heinous acts by the LRA terrorists."

"They (LRA) think by killing innocent civilians the allied forces will be intimidated to back off from the operation. They are misleading themselves," said Magezi, who is also the spokesman of the regional forces.

"We will continue to pursue them and they will pay with their blood."

Uganda has already signed the final peace agreement concluded in April to end the civil conflict that has ravaged the country's northern region.

Kony's rebels are accused of having raped and mutilated civilians, forcibly enlisting child soldiers and of massacring thousands during two decades of conflict.

Kony, a semi-literate former altar boy, took charge in 1988 of a regional rebellion among northern Uganda's ethnic Acholi minority.

LRA From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:

The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), is a rebel sectarian guerrilla army operating mainly in northern Uganda and parts of Sudan. It is designated a terrorist organization by The United States Department of State.

The group was formed in 1987 and is engaged in an armed rebellion against the Ugandan government in what is now one of Africa's longest-running conflicts. It is led by Joseph Kony, who proclaims himself the "spokesperson" of God and a spirit medium, primarily of the Christian Holy Spirit which the Acholi believe can represent itself in many manifestations. The group claims to be establishing a theocratic state based on the Ten Commandments and Acholi tradition. The LRA is accused of widespread human rights violations, including murder, abduction, mutilation, sexual enslavement of women and children, and forcing children to participate in hostilities
.

May God acept these 45 as Martyrs to the Faith.

Jhesu + Marie,
de Brantigny



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26.12.08

Coronation of Charlemagne as Holy Roman Emperor

On Christmas Day, 800 took place the principal event in the life of Charles. During the pontifical Mass celebrated by the pope, as the king knelt in prayer before the high altar beneath which lay the bodies of Sts. Peter and Paul, the pope approached him, placed upon his head the imperial crown, did him formal reverence after the ancient manner, saluted him as Emperor and Augustus and anointed him, while the Romans present burst out with the acclamation, thrice repeated: "To Carolus Augustus crowned by God, mighty and pacific emperor, be life and victory" It is certain that Charles constantly attributed his imperial dignity to an act of God, made known of course through the agency of the Vicar of Christ.

Jhesu+Marie,
de Brantigny

25.12.08

Joyeux Noël !

La naissance de Jésus, Lumière du monde-The Birth of Jesus, Light of the world
Jean 1,1-14.

Au commencement était le Verbe, et le Verbe était en Dieu, et le Verbe était Dieu.
Il était au commencement en Dieu.
Tout par lui a été fait, et sans lui n'a été fait rien de ce qui existe.
En lui était la vie, et la vie était la lumière des hommes,
Et la lumière luit dans les ténèbres, et les ténèbres ne l'ont point reçue.

Il y eut un homme, envoyé de Dieu; son nom était Jean.
Celui-ci vint en témoignage, pour rendre témoignage à la lumière, afin que tous crussent par lui:
non que celui-ci fût la lumière, mais il avait à rendre témoignage à la lumière.
La lumière, la vraie, celle qui éclaire tout homme, venait dans le monde.
Il ( le Verbe) était dans le monde, et le monde par lui a été fait, et le monde ne l'a pas connu.

Il vint chez lui, et les siens ne l'ont pas reçu.
Mais quant à tous ceux qui l'ont reçu, Il leur a donné le pouvoir de devenir enfants de Dieu, à ceux qui croient en son nom,
Qui non du sang, ni de la volonté de la chair, ni de la volonté de l'homme, mais de Dieu sont nés.

Et le Verbe s'est fait chair, et il a habité parmi nous, (et nous avons vu sa gloire, gloire comme celle qu'un fils unique tient de son Père) tout plein de grâce et de vérité.
Gospel of John, 1-14
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him: and without him was made nothing that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to give testimony of the light, that all men might believe through him. He was not the light, but was to give testimony of the light. That was the true light, which enlighteneth every man that cometh into this world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.

He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, he gave them power to be made the sons of God, to them that believe in his name. Who are born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
The Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke all begin with the Birth of the Saviour, but as we see, the Gospel of John remindes us that even at the beginning of time there was Jesus. Gods Mercy and Love is so great that from the beginning he planned on our Salvation.
The following is the text of Fr Tim's Sermon for today at Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen
Christ leads us to heaven

The Lord said to me “You are my Son” this day have I begotten You. (Ps 2.7)The lovely traditional carol with which we began our vigil for Christmas, “Once in royal David’s city” sings our faith in the mystery of this great feast day:

He came down to earth from heaven Who is God and Lord of all.
The eternal Word of God, born of the Father before time began, is now born in human flesh of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who herself was chosen by God and preserved free from original sin to be His immaculate Mother.The carols also tell us the purpose for which Our Lord descended in humility to be with us in human form:
And our eyes at last shall see himthrough his own redeeming love,for that child so dear and gentle is our Lord in heaven above;and he leads his children onto the place where he is gone.
“His children” refers to all of us. In the presence of the Most High God, we are all children and do well to come before him in humility. “The place where he is gone” is, of course, heaven, the place from which He came. Forty days after His resurrection, on the day we celebrate as the feast of the Ascension, Christ returned to heaven, being visibly taken from the sight of the apostles.
There, in heaven, he eternally intercedes for us. The sacrifice of which he first made offering at the Last Supper, and consummated with His death on the Cross, is a prayer that never ends. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, that prayer, that sacrifice, is made present on our altar through the sacred ritual offered at the hands of the priest who shares sacramentally in the ministerial priesthood of Christ, the great High Priest.
Put simply, the purpose of the birth of Jesus Christ at Christmas is to enable us to go to heaven. That is also the purpose of our lives, the reason we are put here. God made us to know Him, love Him and serve Him in this world and to be happy with Him for ever in the next.
We do well, therefore to consider what heaven is. In a world which routinely misunderstands our faith at best and ridicules or blasphemes it at worst, we can easily have our idea of heaven obscured or trivialised. This is a great evil because it impugns one of the most important motives for living a good and holy life and exercising charity to our neighbour – even towards our enemies as Christ taught us.
Here on earth, one of the purest joys that we can experience is to see the happiness of someone that we love. This is the reason that we give gifts to each other – to make someone happy and to enjoy their happiness. In heaven, the joy of the saints is to rejoice in the perfect goodness, beauty and perfection of almighty God, to experience his joy which is infinite and overflowing – the sentence Our Lord told us would be uttered to the blessed at the last judgement is “Come, you blessed of my Father. Enter into the joy of your Lord.” (Matt 25.21)
St Alphonsus therefore says
“Among all the acts of love to God, there is no act of love more perfect than taking delight in the infinite happiness which God enjoys. This is certainly the continual exercise of the blessed in heaven; so that he who often rejoices in the happiness of God begins in this life to do that which he hopes to do in heaven through all eternity.”
Such a prayer is the prayer of adoration from which all our other prayers properly flow. In this life, since we do not have the certainty which the saints have, of never losing the love of God, such adoration is mingled with a holy fear. We are aware of our weakness and the possibility of losing God’s grace. We are also aware of sins unexpiated which make us unworthy to be in His presence.
Our life’s work is to persevere in the grace of God, humbly asking Him to have mercy on us, to assist us to avoid sin, conquer temptation, do penance, and show generous charity to our neighbour. The beautiful feast of Christmas teaches us that there is nothing that God will not do to assist us and to bring us to heaven. He even came down from heaven to be a little child, to teach us, to found a Church to bring us the sacraments, to give himself to us in the Holy Eucharist, to suffer and die for us, and to ascend again to heaven so that we have a sure path to eternal happiness.
The salutation “Happy Christmas” is therefore filled with a great significance. We wish one another the joy of a blessed life in following Our Lord here on earth and the joy of eternal blessedness in that heaven which He came to win for us.
Jheus + Marie!
de Brantigny

23.12.08

The Myth of Medieval Child Brides

By Nicholas Wansbutter, Esq.

Author's Note: A version of this article originally appeared in Issue #12 of "Convictions", 480 Mckenzie Street, Winnipeg, MB, R2W 5B9. Tel: 204-589-0759 Fax: 204-589-0639. Your support of this good Catholic magazine, produced by the S.S.P.X Canadian District, would be appreciated.

...In this article I will examine perhaps the second-favourite ahistorical chestnut propagated by “popular culture” (the first being that Mediaevals had bad hygiene): the myth that young girls under the age of ten were routinely forced to marry much older men. It is true that, canonically, girls were considered by Holy Mother Church eligible to marry as young as 12 years old, and boys as young and 14.[1] However, this doesn’t mean that everyone was indeed married at the minimum age. We can use common sense to discern this, since even today Church law allows for marriage at these same ages, yet few marry that young. Furthermore, we’ve already disproved part of the myth since marriage to a girl under 12 was illegal and invalid... more...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Nicholas.

Note: My ancestor Anne Hayot a native of Quebec, was married to Étienne De Nevers Sieur de Brantigny native of Champagne on 28 October 1652. She was born on 26 July 1640, and he was born during 1627. She was 12. She had her first child at 14.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

La Mémorial des Martyrs de La Déportation

Elisa, a reader of my article "Au revoir les enfants", wrote "...While in Paris on summer study aboard 4 years ago, I came across the Deportation Memorial behind Notre Dame Catherdal. It was an accidental find--it's in a somewhat out of the way location. There's someone at the above ground gate who tells visitors before descending not to take photos and turn off your cell phone. Looking at all the lights for every French victim who was deported and never returned makes the visit a somber one... This comment lead me to post this short article.

The Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation is in a quiet garden, the Square d'Ile de France, at the eastern end of Ile de la Cité. The island upon which stands the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris.


It is located directly behind the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Square Jean XXIII, and across the street, Quai de l'Archevéché.

The entrance is simply a descending stairway on the south-east side of the garden. Alongside is a low, white stone wall defining the edge of the Square. Inscribed in red on this low wall are these words:

1940 AUX DEUX CENT MILLE MORTS DANS LES CAMPS MARTYRS FRANCAIS DE LA DEPORTATION 1945

In English: 1940 To the Two Hundred Thousand Deaths in the Camps French Martyrs of the Deportation 1945

This monument was designed by the architect Georges Henri Pingusson and inaugurated by President Charles de Gaulle April 12, 1962.

It memorializes the 160,000 people who were deported from France to the concentration camps between 1940-1945, 85,000 of whom were political activists, resistance fighters, homosexuals and gypsies.

76,000 of them were Jews, including 11,000 children. Only 2,500 of those deported survived.

This Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation was designed to represent features of the concentration camps; narrow passages, tight stairways, spiked gates and restricted views with no sight of the horizon.

Inside, inscribed on the walls, are texts and poems of Robert Desnos, Louis Aragon, Paul Eluard, Jean-Paul Sartre and Antoine de St. Exupéry.

The black triangles embedded in the walls and inscribed with the names of the death camps contain soil and the ashes of the victims from those camps.
The Hall of Remembrance is lined with 160,000 pebbles. It represents the Jewish tradition of placing a stone on the grave of a loved one.

Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation Hours

The Memorial to the Martyrs of the Deportation is open daily from 10 a.m.-noon, and again from 2 p.m.-7 p.m. during April- September. The rest of the year, the Memorial closes at 5 p.m. There is no admission fee. Appropriate attire is requested as well as your cell phone being turned off.

Thank you Elisa.

Jhesu + Marie,
de Brantigny

White Rose Society

Fr Tim Finigan Parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen has posted at his blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity. a redirect from John Smeaton about the Anti-Nazi resistance group called the White Rose (1). This non-violent group of students and their professor printed and distributed anti-Nazi tracts from June 1942 to February 1943. The six core members were captured by the Nazis and were beheaded. All of these were influenced by their moral teachings.

Isn’t it true that every honest German is ashamed of his government these days? Who among us can imagine the degree of shame that will come upon us and our children when the veil falls from our faces and the awful crimes that infinitely exceed any human measure are exposed to the light of day?” — From the first leaflet of the White Rose.

The courage of these youths is especially appropriate for today, in a time when abortion may be had at any time, when Christian morality is ridiculed, and at a time when euthanasia is permitted by law in some countries.

This week the film Valkyrie will come out in theatres. While I welcome the films theme, it is a film which will portray the violence in the attempted tyrannicide of Hitler by Claus Graf von Stauffenberg. How much more inspiring is the story of these few who chose to stand up to oppression non violently?

The words of the White Rose echo down to us today.

“ Since the conquest of Poland three hundred thousand Jews have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way … The German people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these fascist criminals … Each man wants to be exonerated of a guilt of this kind, each one continues on his way with the most placid, the calmest conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty!" — From the second leaflet of the White Rose.

Today this might read: “Since the 1973 1.37 million babies have been murdered in this country in the most bestial way … The people slumber on in their dull, stupid sleep and encourage these criminals … Each man wants to be exonerated of a guilt of this kind, each one continues on his way with the most placid, the calmest conscience. But he cannot be exonerated; he is guilty, guilty, guilty!"

Fr Tim ends his article, All these years later, it is apposite to compare the White Flower campaign of SPUC to the White Rose campaign of the resistance within Nazi Germany. They were working in very different times, certainly; but the parallels are most striking.

In the Nazi Germany of the 40's, dissidents were hunted down. Those who would not conform to the ideology were suppressed brutally, as here with 6 beheadings. Today if one challenges a woman's so called "right" to abortion or any other immoral practice one is labeled as backward, or homophobic, or anti-abortion, or biased, or racist, or simply as intolerant. This is our "beheading". This is the Christian's modern persecution. This is how the liberal minority tries to silence us. We must not sleep. We must be awake to the evil that surround us. We must choose Christ. There is no other way.

Thanks to Father Tim in Blackfen.

Jhesu+Marie.
de Brantigny

Photo Description: Photograph of a student resistance movement called the White Rose, active in Germany during the Third Reich. The image shows Christoph Probst (left), Sophie Scholl (center), and Hans Scholl (right)(Willi Graf and Alex Schmorell are missing on this picture), Munich, Germany, 1942. Photograph from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

(1) Although Wikipedia is used as a reference herein, care must be exersized when reading entries there, as it is known that some groups who do not agree with material have been known to edit entries to mislead the reader. The entry used here is consistant with the facts as of this date, 22 Dec 2008.

Fight FOCA

Christine has posted this on her site, Laudem Gloriae about FOCA. The Freedom of Choice Act is "...a measure that will codify Roe v. Wade and guarantee the right to choose for future generations of women..."(a)

The Obama website has posted a 55-page document issued by pro-abortion groups, whose top priority is signing FOCA into law. The site is open for comment; add yours to the cacophany. (There are, pleasantly enough, an overwhelming number of pro-life comments.)(As of about 10:00 the Obama site has taken down the entry. No comments must mean everybody supports them even if they have to make it appear that way.)

The most recent wording of FOCA is this...

“A government may not (1) deny or interfere with a woman’s right to choose – (A) to bear a child; (B) to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability; or (C) to terminate a pregnancy after viability where termination is necessary to protect the life or health of the woman; or (2) discriminate against the exercise of the rights set forth in paragraph (1) in the regulation or provision of benefits, facilities, services, or information.(b)

Ever ask yourself why abortion is so important to them? It can only be that they are agents of satan. At this time of year it is especially worthy to remember that Herod had the children killed too. Satan continues to parody the life of Christ, even to killing the children as Herod did.

(a)NARAL
(b)Catholic Online

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

Bóg się rodzi - God is born


A Polish traditional Christmas carol from 18th century; words by Franciszek Karpiński; music by Karol Kurpiński; performed by the Polish folk group Mazowsze

Polish version

Bóg sie rodzi, moc truchleje,
pan Niebiosów obnażony,
ogień krzepnie, blask ciemnieje
ma granice Nieskończony!
wzgardzony, okryty chwałą,
śmiertelny król nad wiekami
a słowo ciałem się stalo
i mieszkało między nami!
Podnieś rączkę Boże Dziecie,
błogosław ojczyzne miłą
W dobrych radach, w dobrym bycie
wspieraj jej siłę swą siłą
Dom nasz i majętność całą
i wszystkie wioski z miastami
a słowo ciałem się stało i mieszkało między nami!

English version

God is born man's might is amazed;
the Lord of heaven empties himself!
The fire subsides,
the splendour is veiled
the Infinite is encompassed.
Scorned, yet clothed with glory,
the mortal King of the ages.
And the Word become flesh and dwelt among us!
Raise your hand divine Child!
Bless our dear country with good counsel
and well-being
Sustain their strength with your own
Bless our home, our fields
and all the villages and towns
And the Word become flesh and dwelt among us

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

Petit papa noël par Josh Groban

Petit papa noel

C'est la belle nuit de noel
La neige étend son manteau blanc
Et les yeux levés vers le ciel
A genoux les petits enfants
Avant de fermer les paupières
Font une dernière prière
Petit papa noel
Quand tu descendras du ciel
Avec des jouets par milliers
N'oublie pas mon petit soulier
Mais avant de partir
Il faudra bien te couvrir
Dehors tu vas avoir si froid
C'est un peu à cause de moi
Il me tarde tant que le jour se lève
Pour voir si tu m'as apporté
Tous les beaux joujoux que je vois en rêve
Et que je t'ai commandés
Petit papa noel
Quand tu descendras du ciel
Avec des jouets par milliers
N'oublie pas mon petit soulier
Et quand tu seras sur ton beau nuage
Viens d'abord sur notre maison
Je n'ai pas été tous les jours très sage
Mais j'en demande pardon
Petit papa noel
Quand tu descendras du ciel
Avec des jouets par milliers
N'oublie pas mon petit soulier
Petit papa noel

Bonne fête!
de Brantigny

22.12.08

Au revoir les enfants

I am reviewing a film which takes place in France during World War II. The occupation was a frightful time and should linger long in the hearts and very soul of the French nation.

After France was overrun by the Nazis, the nation was cut in two, part Occupied France and part Vichy. Vichy was presided over by the hero of Verdun, Marechal Petain.


"...Had he been a secular liberal like his successor, Charles de Gaulle, I'm quite certain that rather being condemned to death for collaboration, the founders of the Fifth French Republic would have merely characterised him as a good man who did what he could in impossible circumstances..."

This article does not seek to justify Vichy, nor does it seek to bring up old wounds. I seek to only review a film, the background of which the reader should be aware.

Au revoir les enfants is a film about a class of boys in a Carmelite school set in Vichy (I am led to this belief as a scene of the film portrays Vichy milice making a surprise identity check.)

A student, Julien Quentin befriends a new boy in the school called Jean Bonnet, who in reality is

Jean Kippelstein, a Jew. The priest at the school have been hiding Jewish boys at the school to prevent them from being rounded up by the milice and Nazis and sent to a concentration camp.

This is an excellent film. this is the story of sacrafice. I tis the story of the stuggles of the students to maintain an affected ignorance all the while knowing some of their classmates are Jewish boys in secret. Julien could not have known the horrors of the concentration camp yet knowing the Nazis wanted his friend Jean Bonnet was enough for him to resist, even if in a small way. This is the story of a short friendship, the type of which one can recall for the rest of ones life.

This is a true story based on the early life of writer and director Louis Malle, who experienced these events during the war. They left an indelible image on his soul and the viewer will come away marked as well.
The film is in French with English subtitles, which the mind quickly adapts to so that the flow of the film is not lost.
Fairwell to childhood. May we never suffer though times like those again.
Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

We are coming Santa!

My dogs love the Christmas season. This year they feared that Santa Claus would not make it to their dog houses with that yearly bone which they love so well. So two of them, Coco our female chocolate lab/sheep dog/mutt,(left) and Benedict our male, (right) bloodhound/Rottweiler (a bloodwieler or Rotthund, or just plain-"Ol" big honking dog) decided to take matters into their own paws (as it were) and volunteer to help Santa by augmenting the sleigh. I think they will hardly be noticed...

Brantigny

The Holy Infant Face of Jesus

Sister Marie St. Pierre’s last revelation, made to her early in April, 1848, three months before her death, is as follows:

“…Our Lord made known to me that many pious souls meditate upon the humiliations of His Passion, but few think of the abasements of His Infancy. He wished me to dwell on these in order to oppose the spirit of pride, ambition and independence, the poverty of the Crib and the captivity of the swaddling clothes.

Left, Sr Marie St Pierre


“I understand that the little Face of the Infant Jesus, unknown and covered with tears in the Crib, is an oblation as valuable and precious as the Face of Our Lord despised and covered with Blood on the Cross….I offer this Divine Child to the Eternal Father to appease His wrath: ‘Eternal Father, I offer Thee the adorable Face of the Infant Jesus to pay off our debts.’”


Below: St.Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face


From the Little Manual of the Confraternity of the Holy Face


Compiled from Approved Sources
by the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Buffalo, N.Y. 1960

Nihil obstat: Stanislaus J. Brzana, S.T.D.
Imprimatur: + Josephus Aloisius Burke, Episcopus Buffalensis
Die 29 Augusti, 1960

Thanks to Byron Bullock who graces my page from time to time with some good devotionals.

Bon Noël! Jhesu + Marie!
de Brantigny

Loreena McKennitt- Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle

"Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella" (French: Un flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle) is a Christmas carol which originated from the Provence region of France in the 16th century. The song is unique among Christmas carols in that it is in 3/8 time.

The carol was first published in 1553 in France, and was subsequently translated into English in the 18th century. The song was originally not a song to be sung at Christmas, but rather dance music for French nobility.

The carol tells the story of two milkmaids, Jeanette and Isabella, who went to milk their cows in a manger in Bethlehem, only to find the baby Jesus sleeping in the hay. The two girls ran to town to tell the village of the coming of Christ, and the townspeople came with their own torches to view the sight for themselves. However, they had to keep their voices down so little Jesus could enjoy his dreams.

To this day in the Provence region, children dress up as shepherds and milkmaids, carrying torches and candles to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, while singing the carol.

The painter Georges de La Tour painted a nativity scene based on the carol.

Un flambeau, Jeanette, Isabelle --
Un flambeau! Courons au berceau!
C'est Jésus, bonnes gens du hameau.
Le Christ est né; Marie appelle!
Ah! Ah! Ah! Que la Mère est belle,
Ah! Ah! Ah! Que l'Enfant est beau!
C'est un tort, quand l'Enfant sommeille,
C'est un tort de crier si fort.
Taisez-vous, l'un et l'autre, d'abord!
Au moindre bruit, Jésus s'éveille.
Chut! chut! chut! Il dort à merveille,
Chut! chut! chut! Voyez comme il dort!
Doucement, dans l'étable close,
Doucement, venez un moment!
Approchez! Que Jésus est charmant!
Comme il est blanc! Comme il est rose!
Do! Do! Do! Que l'Enfant repose!
Do! Do! Do! Qu'il rit en dormant!



Bonne Noël! Jhesu + Marie!
de Brantigny,

Lyrics and information are from the net.

Il est né le divin enfant

Mon chant de noël français préféré.
de Brantigny

Refrain:
Il est né le divin enfant,
Jouez hautbois, résonnez musettes !
Il est né le divin enfant,
Chantons tous son avènement !

Depuis plus de quatre mille ans,
Nous le promettaient les prophètes
Depuis plus de quatre mille ans,
Nous attendions cet heureux temps.

Refrain

Ah ! Qu'il est beau, qu'il est charmant !
Ah ! que ses grâces sont parfaites !
Ah ! Qu'il est beau, qu'il est charmant !
Qu'il est doux ce divin enfant !

Refrain

Une étable est son logement
Un peu de paille est sa couchette,
Une étable est son logement
Pour un dieu quel abaissement !

Refrain

Partez, grands rois de l'Orient !
Venez vous unir à nos fêtes
Partez, grands rois de l'Orient !
Venez adorer cet enfant !

Refrain

Il veut nos coeurs, il les attend :
Il est pour faire leur conquête
Il veut nos coeurs, il les attend :
Donnons-les lui donc promptement !

Refrain

O Jésus ! O Roi tout-puissant
Tout petit enfant que vous êtes,
O Jésus ! O Roi tout-puissant,
Régnez sur nous entièrement !

Refrain

19.12.08

Very funny if they weren't serious...

Here is a web site which is so strange that at first I couldn't believe they were being serious. Working in a prison and acting as the chaplain from time to time I thought I was used to the twisting of history and lack of scholarship in OTC (other than Catholic) religions. Well I was wrong. So I post this one last article to my blog for the day...

I always wanted a comics page to my blog.

Some articles on this site are...

Thank God that the earth is NOT moving!! The site calls the flat earthers crazy!

The Pope's Palace

The Hapless Habsburgs O brother!

Maximilain and Carlota

Here is my favorite... Saint Anne Boleyn—A Queen in Heaven!! This one purports to show that St.Thomas More was an instrumental figure in her execution. Unfortunately for this corruption of history St Thomas was executed the year before she was.

More reformation funnies can be found here...

This is indicative of the effect of heresy has on the mind.

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

See the face of Christ in everyone...

Elena-Maria has placed this on her blog today, I place it on mine without any more comment as the photo speaks volumes.

"They do not love Jesus."
The wounded face of this little Indian girl, attacked for her Christian Faith, conveys more than any words. How sobering to those of us who hope to share the same Heaven with this child.

Jesus remember those who suffer for your name...

Dieu Le Roy
de Brantigny

Ave Maria,

as sung by Celine Dion...

O Sanctissima

O Sanctissima, O Piissima
Dulcis Virgo Maria
Mater amata, Intemerata
Ora, Ora Pro Nobis

Tota pulchra es, O Maria
Et macula non est in te
Mater amata intemerata
Ora, ora pro nobis

Sicut lilium inter spinas
Sic Maria inter filias
Mater amata intemerata
Ora ora pro nobis

In miseria, in angustia
Ora Virgo pro nobis
Pro nobis ora in mortis hora
Ora, ora pro nobis

Tu solatium et refugium
Virgo Mater Maria
Quidquid optamus per te speramus
Ora, ora pro nobis

18.12.08

Saint Michel le protecteur de la France

"Je suis Michel, le protecteur de la France."
Saint Michel à sainte Jeanne d'Arc

Saint Michel terrassant le dragon infernal

"Saint Michel interviendra dans la lutte personnelle de l'Eglise. C'est lui qui est le chef de cette Eglise si persécutée, mais non bientôt anéantie, comme le pensent les méchants. C'est lui qui, également, est

...le Protecteur spécial de la France et qui l'aidera à se replacer à son rang de Fille ainée de l'Eglise, car malgré toutes les offenses qui se commettent en France, il y a encore bien du bon, il y a des âmes bien dévouées. Quand Saint Michel interviendra -t- il ? Je ne le sais pas! Il faut beaucoup prier à ces intentions, invoquer l'Archange, en lui rappelant ses titres, et d'intercéder auprès de Celui sur le Coeur duquel il a un si grand pouvoir. Que la Sainte Vierge ne soit pas oubliée : la France est son Royaume privilégiée entre tous : elle la sauvera. On fait bien de demander partout des rosaires et des chapelets : c'est cette prière qui est la plus efficace dans les besoins présents."

"Saint Micheal will intervene in the personal fight for the Church. He is the defender of the Church when persecuted, and never defeated, as the evil one thinks. It is he that, equally, is:

...the special Protector of France and that will help her to retake its place as the First Daughter of the Church, for despite all the offenses that have been committed in France, there is again a guarantee of that title, there are devoted souls. When will Saint Micheal intervene ? I do not know! It is necessary to pray for this intention, to invoke the Archangel, recalling his titles, and to intercede with that him, the Heart of whom has great strength. What the Holy Virgin is not forgottenis this: France is his privileged Kingdom: she will save it. One does well to pray everywhere rosaires and more rosaries: this is the prayer that is the most effective one in the present need."


PRIERE EFFICACE A SAINT MICHEL ARCHANGE

"Saint Michel Archange, défendez-nous dans le combat; soyez notre secours contre la malice et les embûches du démon. Que Dieu exerce sur lui son empire, nous le demandons en suppliant : et vous, Prince de la milice céleste, repoussé en enfer par la vertu divine, Satan et les autres esprits mauvais, qui rôdent dans le monde pour perdre les âmes."Ainsi soit-il

Prayer to Saint Michael
Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And you, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.

The translation is mine and I apologize for any mistakes.

Plus grâce à mes amis à « le Sacré Coeur de Jésus » qui orne mes pages avec les dévouement opportuns. Merci !

Jhesu + Marie!

de Brantigny

17.12.08

Enya - Silent Night in Gaelic

In keeping with my Christmas time spirit, I present Enya singing "Silent Night" in the Gael.

Jhesu Vivate!
de Brantigny

16.12.08

Classic Irish Music!

At Live Ireland you can listen to streamng Irish music, browse throught their gift shop, and get web cam shots of Dublin.

It can be accessed here...

I listen to Channel 1 while I am doing my work, and I enjoy it very much. I am reminded of my Grandfather born in Donegal and the music he used to sing to my brother and me.

Jhesu+Marie,
de Brantigny

Note: I have not asked for, nor was I offered any renumeration for this post.

The Huron Carol written by St. Jean de Brebeuf / 1593-1649

Christmas Carol in Wyandot (Huron)

Jean de Brebeuf / 1593-1649
By ANGUS MACDOUGALL

We know very little of the early years of Jean de Brebeuf. He was born at Conde-sur-Vire on March 25, 1593, fifteen years before the founding of Quebec by Samuel de Champlain in 1608. Brebeuf himself would see this Quebec on June 19, 1625.

At the age of twenty-four, Jean entered the Jesuit novitiate at Rouen, and ill-health seemed to dog one who later would be remem-bered as the most robust of the blackrobes. Such poor health shortened somewhat his course of studies and brought on an early ordination to the priesthood in February 1622. Three years later he sailed off to Canada, a land that would never forget him.

Brebeuf's initial contacts with the Indians he had come to convert to Christianity were with the Algonkian Montagnais close to Quebec. In his first winter in Canada, 1625-1626, he learned something about the Algonkian language and perhaps still more about Indian ways. He was a shrewd observer and learned quickly and well.

We know that in time this affable Norman would become an expert in the Huron language and culture. He would also write long detailed reports that set him apart as Canada's first serious ethnographer.

HURONIA 1626-1629
Longing to do missionary work among the promising Hurons, he left for their country on July 25, 1626. His companions were a fellow Jesuit Anne de None and a Recollet Father Joseph de la Roche Daillon. Anne de None was forced to withdraw in 1627; la Roche Daillon followed suit in 1628; and Brebeuf himself was recalled by his superior to Quebec in June 1629. The occasion was the imminent capitulation of Quebec to the Kirke brothers fighting on behalf of English interests.

Brebeuf left his mission field with much knowledge of the Huron language and the Huron people but also with a heavy heart. His Huron friends were no less downcast at his - for them - inexplicable depar-ture.

Paul le Jeune, in his Relation of 1633 describes Brebeuf's break with his beloved Hurons in these terms: "When Father Brebeuf was begin-ning to make himself understood, the arrival of the English compelled him to leave these poor people, who said to him at his departure:
'Listen, you have told us that you have ~ Father in heaven who made all, and that he who did not obey Him was cast into the flames. We have asked you to instruct us. When you go away, what shall we do?'"

Most Frenchmen and all missionaries were repatriated to France in this year of 1629. Brebeuf, unaware of the future, now began a round of minor administrative duties in Jesuit houses of Normandy. Actually, he was only marking time. Canada would soon beckon once again!

RETURN TO HURONIA
With the signing of the treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye in 1632, France regained control of New France and the blackrobes could resume their interrupted labors. This time Brebeuf set out with two fellow Jesuits, Anthony Daniel, the future martyr, and Ambroise Davost. They arrived in Quebec on May 23,1633. Br6beuf had been away four years.

These three blackrobes set out on the arduous canoe trip to Huronia in July 1634. They did not have an easy time of it, especially Davost who traveled with a surly crew of Hurons. Brebeuf has preserved for us an excellent account of this trip to Huronia in his Relation of 1635. The whole of this Relation which he sent to Le Jeune at Quebec is a mine of information about the trip, the Hurons and the land of Huronia. One simply has to marvel at the direct, forceful and entertaining narrative skill of Brebeuf.

The trip itself from Three Rivers to Huronia covered roughly 800 miles. The route followed by Brebeuf and his companions was the Ottawa river route, for the St. Lawrence river and Lake Ontario pas-sage had been successfully blockaded by the hostile Iroquois bent on destroying both the Huron fur trade and the Hurons themselves.

THE LONG VOYAGE
Paddling their light bark canoes, for hours at a stretch, the Hurons traveled up the St. Lawrence from Three Rivers to the point where this great river met the Ottawa. They then ascended the Ottawa to where it joined, well to the north, the Mattawa which took them to Mud Lake. Further along they crossed large and, at times, rough Lake Nipissing, the region of their friendly allies the Algonkian Nipissings. From the western end of Lake Nipissing they descended the French River until they came to Georgian Bay, a rather large inlet of Lake Huron.

Once they had reached Georgian Bay, the Hurons were back in home waters and at the north-northwest boundary of Huronia.

This long trip, some 800 miles, was not a smooth one, for the rivers were full of dangerous rapids and impassable waterfalls. These natural barriers called for wearisome portages when canoes and equipment had to be laboriously carried or dragged, often long distances over rugged terrain. On this trip, his second to the upper country, Br6beuf counted the number of such portages and noted that the party carried their things thirty-five times and dragged them at least fifty!

As for their food on the way, Brebeuf mentioned that this usually consisted of corn ground somewhat coarsely between two stones. By mixing it with water they made a kind of gruel. Sometimes they ate a bit of fish caught by chance, but usually it had to be purchased from some Indian tribe along the way.

The trip was never a pleasant one, for all had to sleep on the bare earth or on hard rock, and this after trudging often in water, mud and through the dark, entangled forest, where swarms of mosquitoes and black flies made life completely miserable. At night, the missionaries had to sleep beside the exhausted Hurons and endure the inevitable stench of sweaty and unwashed bodies.

Brebeuf also mentioned the long, tiresome silence one was reduced to, especially when ignorant of the Indian tongue.

The paddling, of course, was grueling and prolonged, and could last from shortly after sunrise to sunset. This and the constant portaging left the unaccustomed European bone-weary and exhausted and scarcely made the new day a welcome one. It was indeed a sobering introduction to the mission land of Huronia.

Brebeuf described his own experience of 1634 as follows: "To be sure, I was at times so weary that my body could do no more. But at the same time my soul was filled with great happiness as I realized that I was suffering this for God. No one can know this feeling unless he has experienced it."

A REAL PSYCHOLOGIST!
A few years later, in 1637, Brebeuf drew up a list of instructions for Jesuit missionaries destined to work among the Hurons. These reflect his own true and tried experience and a special sensitivity towards the Indians themselves: you must love these Hurons, ransomed by the blood of the Son of God, as brothers; you must never keep the Indians waiting at the time of embarking; carry a tinder-box or a piece of burn-ing-glass, or both, to make fire for them during the day for smoking, and in the evening when it is necessary to camp, as these little services win their hearts; try to eat the food they offer you, and eat all you can, for you may not eat again for hours; eat as soon as the day breaks, for Indians, when on the road, eat only at the rising and the setting of the sun; be prompt in embarking and disembarking and do not carry any water or sand into the canoe; be the least troublesome to the Indians; do not ask questions: silence is golden; bear with their imperfections, and you must try always to be and to appear cheerful; share little gifts with them; always carry something during the portages; do not be ceremonious with the Indians; do not paddle unless you intend always to paddle; the Indians will keep later that opinion of you which they have formed during the trip; always show any other Indians you meet on the way a cheerful face and show that you readily accept the fatigues of the journey.

Echon, the name by which Brebeuf was known among the Hurons, arrived safely in Huronia on August 5th. He was warmly welcomed by his friends of 1626-1629, and at first he lodged with a leading Huron, benefiting from the traditional Indian hospitality. Later, Brebeuf de-cided it would be wiser for the missionaries and their French domestics to build a cabin of their own. Accordingly, they erected a simple but solid cabin, Indian style, in the village of Ihonatiria.

THE DIFFICULT YEARS
In the years that followed, the blackrobes had to contend with all the reluctance of the Hurons to accept new ways and especially new religious beliefs. Illnesses that afflicted the Hurons because of their con-tacts with the whites and because of their lack of basic hygiene com-plicated the missionaries' dealings with the Hurons. Superstitious as a group the Hurons readily blamed the newcomers for any disaster that occurred.

So progress and evangelization were slow. It would be only in June 1637 that Brebeuf would succeed in making his first adult convert in good health, a leading Huron by the name of Pierre Tsiouendaentaha. Because of this man's example and that of the famous Joseph Chiwatenha, a convert two months later, Christianity began to make slow but sure headway.

Yet in 1637 everything nearly ended in total disaster. Dejected by recurring epidemics, crop failures and defeats in battle, those Hurons opposed to the presence of the blackrobes persuaded the council to condemn them to death. The missionaries even drew up a sort of last will and testament. But, even with death staring them in the face, Brebeuf and the others, much to the astonishment of the Hurons, carried on calmly and bravely and finally overcame the crisis.

In 1638, Brebeuf was replaced as superior in Huronia by Jerome Lalemant. He moved to the Huron village of Teanaostaiae. At first, he succeeded admirably, but disaffection set in and Brebeuf and his com-panion Father Chaumonot were severely beaten in an uprising.
Later, after a fruitless mission to the distant Neutral nation, Brebeuf was sent for a respite to Quebec; for one thing, he had a broken left clavicle as a reminder of that dangerous and disheartening trip.

From 1641 to 1644 Brebeuf had to serve his beloved Huronia from Quebec where he acted as provisioner for the missions of Georgian Bay. But even here he was not spared persecution and suffering, in the form of the increasingly bold Iroquois marauders. These "pirates of the fur trade" and of the Huron supply convoys interrupted and pillaged a number of his precious shipments.
The great man finally returned to Huronia in September of 1644. For him it was a moment of profound joy.

THE GOLDEN YEARS

In a way the next few years would be the golden years for the Christian faith in Huronia. More and more the Hurons listened to their black-robes, followed instructions with rapt attention and then asked for baptism. The numbers of the baptized increased steadily and by 1647 could be counted in the thousands.

THE GATHERING STORM
In 1648 Huronia began to crumble under the incessant attacks of the well-armed Iroquois now determined to destroy their long-standing enemy the Huron nation. The Hurons, for all their bravery, were very negligent in maintaining vigilance and allowed themselves time and time again to be ambushed and overrun.

We know that in 1647 no Huron convoy dared go down to trade at Three Rivers. On July 4, 1648 a large force of Iroquois surprised and destroyed Teanaostaiae~, a large Huron outpost to the south. It was a crushing blow. The Iroquois swiftly withdrew before any counter-attack could be mounted against them. On March 16, 1649, 1200 well-armed Iroquois, escaping all notice,
attacked the village of St. Ignace at dawn and seized it and its inhabi-tants with ridiculous ease. A few hours later they besieged the neigh-boring village of St. Louis and, after a short hut fierce struggle, over-whelmed it too. It was here that they laid hands on Brebeuf and his younger companion Gabriel Lalemant. These were dragged off in great triumph to St. Ignace.

MARTYRDOM
Fastened to stakes and summarily subjected to brutal torture the two blackrobes now faced their moment of martyrdom, and it had come suddenly and without warning.

Brebeuf was assailed with blows to his head, face, shoulders, loins and legs. Yet all he thought of was his beloved Hurons now fellow captives. "My children," he said to them, "let us lift our eyes to heaven at the height of our afflictions; let us remember that God is the witness of our sufferings, and will soon be our exceeding great reward. Let us die in this faith; and let us hope from his goodness the fulfillment of his promises. I have more pity for you than for myself; but sustain with courage the few remaining torments. They will end with our lives. The glory which follows them will never have an end."

"Echon," these said to him, "our spirits will be in heaven when our bodies shall be suffering on earth. Pray to God for us, that he may show us mercy. We will invoke him even until death."

For the next few hours it was torture by fire, necklaces of red-hot hatchets, burning-coals, mutilation, mock baptism with boiling water and scalping. "Father Jean de Brebeuf," writes his friend Paul Ragueneau, "suffered like a rock, insensible to the fires and the flames, with-out uttering any cry, and keeping a profound silence, which astonished his executioners themselves. No doubt, his heart was then reposing in his God. Then, returning to himself, he preached to those infidels, and still more to many Christian captives, who had compassion on him."

Death came for this stalwart blackrobe about four p.m., on that March 16, 1649. He who could be described as an apostle, a brave adventurer, a skilled writer, a careful ethnologist, a man of vision had now become a martyr. His goodness was legendary with all who had known him - Champlain, his Jesuit brethren who loved and admired him, Mere Marie de l'Incarnation and thousands of unknown Hurons.

A MAN OF GOD
In a tale briefly told, it is so easy to leave much unsaid. We must under-stand, however, that this man was a real apostle and a man of "eminent holiness." God for him was a huge, pressing reality and he longed to share his faith and deep happiness with others, especially those who had never heard of Him. For him, the Indians were his brothers and sisters in the Lord.

Simple and straightforward, Brebeuf possessed a gentleness that won hearts. No one could question his courage, his love of the cross and his dedication. He was also one of those quiet, effective leaders among men. Yet, like all the saints, he was so unsure of himself before God. With disarming simplicity he wrote on one occasion: For fear that God should cut me off at the root, as a fruitless tree, I have prayed him that he still suffer me to stand, this year; and I have promised Him that I would yield Him better fruits than in the past."

Brebeuf died at the age of fifty-six years by the kind of death fitting for the first apostle to the Hurons. Church authorities recognized this officially on June 29,1930, when Jean de Brebeuf and his companions were canonized by Pope Pius XI.


Inspired by an article by Joseph Fromm at "Good Jesuit,Bad Jesuit". Merci...

Biography from Wayandot Nation...

AMDG!
Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

The Huron Carol ('Twas In The Moon of Winter Time)

'Twas in the moon of wintertime when all the birds had fled
That mighty Gitchi Manitou sent angel choirs instead;
Before their light the stars grew dim and wondering hunters heard the hymn,
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

Within a lodge of broken bark the tender babe was found;
A ragged robe of rabbit skin enwrapped his beauty round
But as the hunter braves drew nigh the angel song rang loud and high
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

The earliest moon of wintertime is not so round and fair
As was the ring of glory on the helpless infant there.
The chiefs from far before him knelt with gifts of fox and beaver pelt.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

O children of the forest free, O seed of Manitou
The holy Child of earth and heaven is born today for you.
Come kneel before the radiant boy who brings you beauty peace and joy.
Jesus your King is born, Jesus is born, in excelsis gloria.

Napoleon in Egypt

Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of the Ogre, (or of the Ogre's descendants). He was and remains an anti-Christ, who plunged the world into war after war, due to his megalomaniac designs and delusions of grandeur.

I realize that France regards him to this day as the great national hero, reflected by his crypt in Les Invalides, and the number of books written about him. His maneuvers and "Maxims" (I have a copy) have been studied in every military academy and school in the world. His laws are the basis of many European legal systems.

Many have forgotten the misery that he and his supporters foisted upon the continent, only his Empire which stretched from Moscow to the Atlantic Ocean and from the Baltic to the Mediterranean are remembered.

Catherine Delors reports on an exhibition in Paris at the Institut du Monde Arabe, (Institute of the Arab World) entitled Bonaparte et l'Egypte: Feu et Lumière ("Bonaparte and Egypt: Fire and Light"). "...Ambitious title, and my expectations for this exhibition were high, but the show fell flat..."

Catherine continues... "So what was missing? For one thing the rooms were small, stifling the epic feeling the subject begged for. For instance Gros's gigantic, iconic painting, Bonaparte visitant les pestiférés de jaffa ("Bonaparte Visiting the Plague Victims of Jaffa") was absent, and presented only on tiny television screens. The show also frequently lapsed into cheap orientalism, with a hodgepodge of objects of limited artistic or historical interest." More of her description may be found here...

Bonaparte was indeed a great man but as many dictators, when he fell it was justified. Unlike another dictator who fell in the next century he did not commit suicide after the total destruction of his country. He entered into history, to me not as a hero to be emulated but a character to be avoided.

Thank you Catherine for your article, a tip of the Beret to you... The irony of this exhibition has not escaped me.

Dieu Sauve le Roy!
de Brantigny

15.12.08

Le Domaine de Marie-Antoinette

Anabel La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina presents a 5 minute journey to Versailles in the accompanied by Claude Debussey.

Merci Anabel!

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

12.12.08

Madame Adélaïde, Daughter of Louis XV

Allow me to redirect my readers to Catherine delors and her continuing history of the family of Louis XV, "le Bien-Aimé" "The Good Friend" which was something of a misnomer, but that is not for now... Catherine relates,

...No, I hadn't forgotten my series about the daughters of Louis XV. If you look at my sidebar, you will see that I added a heading to that effect there, just below Marie-Antoinette and the other Queens of France (the étiquette must be observed on this blog.)

So after the twins Madame Elisabeth and Madame Henriette, Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska had another daughter, Marie-Louise, and two sons, Louis-Ferdinand and Philippe. Marie-Louise and Philippe both died in childhood, an all too commonplace tragedy at the time. Louis-Ferdinand, the eagerly awaited Dauphin, would be the father of the future Louis XVI.

The next royal daughter to survive to adulthood was Marie-Adélaïde, born in 1732, five years after her elder twin sisters. She was Queen Marie Leszczynska's sixth child in five years... more...

Thanks Catherine,

Dieu Le Roy,
de Brantigny

Scandal and the Queen

Elena-Maria exposes the top 5 lies about Marie-Antoinette...

...The other day I ran across an article entitled "Top 5 Marie-Antoinette Scandals" which was filled with errors. What an incredibly misleading portrayal of the Queen! Marie-Antoinette, in spite of being from a generation known for its fast pace of living, did not live in a manner which gave public scandal. There is no evidence for an affair with Count Fersen. As for diamond necklace fiasco, she was the innocent victim, not the cause. more...

Thanks and a Tip of the Beret, to Elena-Maria Vidal.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

The émigré clergy

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy passed into on July 12, 1790 during the French Revolution, subordinated the Roman Catholic Church in France to the French government. Already monasteries had been banned, the monks and nuns in cloisters were given two options, leave the order or be gathered together into one monastery. The revolutionary government believed that a religious order which only prayed was useless. Soon even that one monastery would be closed. For many whose religious charisms were different and whose orders had different rules this was intolerable.

The government insistence that religious should become basically employees of the state was of course antithetical to the Catholic Church. Not juring, in other words swearing an oath to the nation meant the loss of income, poverty and destitution. Non-juring, meant taking the hard road, and required many sacrifices, not the least of which was martyrdom at the hands of the revolutionary government as being reactionary.

Many chose to emigrate. They chose this as an option to persecution. As many as 40,000 priests and religious met their fate at the hands of the revolutionaries. The number would have been very much greater had they not emigrated. Upon leaving France many were destitute, living solely on the help of the people.

Arriving at countries that they hoped would greet them with he arms of Christian generosity, they were quickly disillusioned. Catholic countries such as Austria, and Bavaria, (who had a Masonic government) flatly refused to allow them across their borders. Ancient and great abbeys closed their doors to the emigre priests.

Spain welcomed, as did the Swiss cantons the emigres which did much to alleviate their suffering. The Vatican opened it's doors to thousands of emigre priests to the point of overflowing.

However, to their everlasting credit one country stood out to help these religious. That country was generous in it's hospitality. That country was Protestant. That country was England.

Henri Daniel-Rops relates in the Church in an Age of Revolution...

"...But it was England that proved herself above all others the home on kindly hearts; she was publicly thanked by Pope Pius VI, who offered her as an example to the whole of Europe. Nearly ten Thousand priests and thirty-one Bishops made there home in England. Later Pitt spoke of them in these words, "Few will ever forget the piety, the irreproachable conduct, the long and dolorous patience of those men, cast suddenly into the midst of a foreign people, different in it's religion, it's language, it's manners and customs. They won the respect and goodwill of a;; by a life of unvarying godliness and decency..."

This charity shown to those uncountryed priests, was instrumental in destroying the hundred year prejudice against English Catholics, and obtained full equality for them. It pioneered the renaissance of Catholicism in England. It instituted an new respect between the French and English, so that after the fall of Napoleon there would be no more wars between France and England.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

Inspired by Michael Davies author of "For Altar and Throne, the Rising in the Vendee"

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, 12 diciembre 2008


"...No estoy aqui, yo, que soy tu madre?
“Am I not here, who am your Mother?
Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Am I not the fountain of your joy?...”

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, intercede for the Church, protect the Holy Father, help all who invoke you in their necessities. Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son the Grace of a firm faith and sure hope amid the bitterness of life, as well as an ardent love and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.

Collect

O God of power and mercy, You blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through Your justice present in our hearts, may Your peace reign in the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. +Amen.

Ave María Dios te salve, María. Llena eres de gracia: El Señor es contigo.Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres. Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre: Jesús.Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores,ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

Virgin of Virgins Pray for Us!
de Braqntigny

Excerpts taken from, “Women for Faith & Family, specifically here.

10.12.08

Luxembourg Bishops on Euthanasia

Last week I published an article on the last truly Catholic reigning male monarch in all of Europe, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Today I found this article of Fr Tim Finigan, at The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Catholic Bishops in Luxembourg have issued a statement (in German) on Euthanasia (see Nehmt den Menschen die Hoffnung nicht! - rtf)

They point out that life is always a precious gift and not in our hands to dispose of, and call for improvement in palliative care. They quote Pope Benedict in Spe Salvi (38):


...The true measure of humanity is essentially determined in relationship to suffering and to the sufferer. This holds true both for the individual and for society. A society unable to accept its suffering members and incapable of helping to share their suffering and to bear it inwardly through “com-passion” is a cruel and inhuman society...

The Luxembourg Bishops point out that those who permit killing on demand cross an important line, weakening the essential foundations of the human community.

Dieu Le Roy,
de Brantigny

Wedding of Marie-Christine of Austria

The Belgian town of Mechelen witnessed an unusual royal gathering last Saturday as Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria married Count Rodolphe de Limburg Stirum in an elaborate ceremony at the Flemish city’s Town Hall and Saint Rombouts Cathedral.


Marie-Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte, 25, is the eldest daughter of Archduke Carl-Christian of Austria and Archduchess Marie-Astrid, Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Bourbon-Parma. Her great-grandfather was Austria’s last Emperor, Karl, and through her mother she is related to the Belgian, Swedish and Danish royal families - among others. Her grandfather Jean was reigning grand-duke of Luxembourg, her uncle Henri is the current grand-duke.



More...

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

Madame du Barry, by Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

Elena at Tea at Trianon has a post about Madame du Barry, née Jeanne Bécu, the last mistress of Louis XV. A former courtesan, she was guillotined on December 8, 1793. I found this redirect at Versailles and More.

Here she is, painted by Madame Vigée-Lebrun, who also recorded her impressions of the model in her Memoirs:

It was in 1786 that I went for the first time to Louveciennes, where I had promised to paint Madame du Barry. She might then have been about forty-five years old. She was tall without being too much so; she had a certain roundness, her throat being rather pronounced but very beautiful; her face was still attractive, her features were regular and graceful; her hair was ash blonde, and curly like a child's. But her complexion was beginning to fade. She received me with much courtesy, and seemed to me very well behaved, but I found her more spontaneous in mind than in manner: her glance was that of a coquette, for her long eyes were never quite open, and her pronunciation had something childish which no longer suited her age. more...

Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun has a certain recognizable style in her portraits. her portraits my be found here. Her use of colours, poses, and accessories lend acertain air of realism which today can only be seen in photos.

Thanks to both Catherine and Elena-Maria for this article.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

Every Christmas it is bound to happen

*...We atheists and agnostics love this time of year. The food, the family, the fun, the fellowship. It's a natural season that belongs to all of us, not just to Christians. Christians came along and basically stole this time of year. Pretending that the Evergreen... Pagans celebrations long before Christians had the Evergreen and the gifts and the love in the family. So, December does not belong just to Christians. We...millions of good Americans, who don't believe in a God...we don't believe in a God, yet we do believe in human values and we see the nativity scene as a direct attack on good human values and we'd like our place at the table as well...

Every year at this time some crazy left wing group attacks Christians by going after a sacred holiday. The eternal excuse is, "we don't believe in God therefore niether should you" so to prove that they find some idiot politician who is too weak in his or her convictions to stand up and be counted. In this case it is one of those nominal "catholics" inspired by "cafeterianism" who choose leftest agendas over tradional Judeo-Christian values. Governor Chris Gregoire is one of those. Doing her best to be politically correct she has allowed an atheist group to place a display in the Capitol in Washington State even thought this display is hate filled speach against Christianity. The sign reads, “At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

*...The Christians basically stole this season from us human beings by using the hate speech of the nativity scene, which damns all of us to hell if we don't bow down before that little baby, who became the dictator...

The Christmas season may well have coinicided with a pagan holiday, but those pagans weren't atheist. They had false gods, believed in that trees were gods and practiced human sacrifice. It that what you want to see? The Christmas season celebrates the birth of the Christ. Christ does not dictate, If you don't wish to believe fine, but don't intrude yourself into our holiday with your misappropriation of our Holiday. It is not Christians who damn anyone to hell, you will condemn yourself.

Governor Gregoire, I do not know from where you received your Catechism, but it has failed you as it has many politicians. Stop caling yourself Catholic. You are not.

*excerpt are from Dan Barker, Freedom from Religion Foundation via Fox News and Right Wing News.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny