19.9.08

Democracy

I originally posted this last year, but as this election comes closer I dug it out brushed it off and now repost it. It is not a comfortable nor popular position to take, however I feel it is a right one.

I also add this: In speaking to the author Carlos Caso Rosendi he told me that he has overheard priest speaking of Exorcisms that they had performed, and they have arrived at the idea that for every abortion committed Satan uses the blood as a key to unleash a demon from the pit. To which I make this observation: It was by a vote of 5 to 4 that the "right" to an abortion was "discovered" in the constitution.
de Brantigny

Let us consider for a moment this postulation…

God’s plan of the created world may be described by a series of triangles, each one subordinate to the one above but sharing in similarities, that of having a base, and an apex..

The first and largest triangle is that of all Creation. At the apex is God, creator of the universe, and the base is his creation which (we believe) God created and all in it. While many would not have a problem with this description there are those who are atheistic, who do not (and obstinately will not) believe this. This teaching has been central to Christians, Jews and Muslims. This teaching also been challenged from time to time by Satan, from the very beginning. I will expound on this and its effects later.

The next triangle is that of the Church, with the Pope at its apex and the Church as its base. We see the apexes of these two triangles are directly below one another, and a vertical line may be drawn from God to the Pope which indicates Papal authority. Again while the truly faithful have no problem with this, the dissenters within and from without the Church including other Christian ecclesiastical communities argue that the Pope is merely a figurehead and that he is just the Bishop of Rome. They may even argue that he is the successor of Peter but is no more of an authority than any other Bishop. The attack on Papal authority began in earnest in 1154 with the Great Schism, through the Protestant Reformation (by Luther, Calvin, Henry VIII, etc.) the American and most notably the French Revolution (i.e. Civil Constitution of the Clergy, destruction of religious orders, killing of Priests and religious, and attacks on the faithful of the Vendee ), Communist revolutions, (where the secular government is officially atheistic) to the “Me generation”, (free love and modernism), and the pressing for Priestesses by women, media and liberals.

The third triangle is that of the Crown. The apex is the King (or Queen, depending on the nation) with its base the national family. Again, a vertical line may be drawn from God through the Pope (and Church) to the triangle of the Crown. This line is indicative of the relationship between God and the Crowned head of a nation. It insinuates that this relationship is ordained by God for the governance of the subjects and that the Crown is responsible for those subjects to God.

The fourth and last triangle is the family triangle. The apex is the father. The base is the family and the children in that family. Again the line is drawn from God to the father of the family as the head of the household. I realize that in today’s society where the father is absent either by divorce, abandonment, dereliction, or unnatural circumstances he may not be viewed as the head of the family, this does not make him less so; on the contrary it increases his culpability to God.

Each of these relationships is a microcosm of the one above it. Therefore, logically it must be assumed that this is the model for mankind as ordained by God. Each has been in its turn been attacked by satan and each has suffered from these attacks to a greater or lesser degree. These attacks continue.

Let us begin with the first, the attack on God’s Creation. It began as Holy Scripture relates, in the Garden of Eden. When satan persuaded Eve to eat the “…fruit of the tree which is in the midst of paradise...” “...your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods, knowing good and evil.”(1)In other words, Satan persuaded Adam and Eve that they really had no need of the God who had created them. The triangle was turned upside down for them (and us until Baptism) where their god is whatever and whomever they choose. This first attempt to change the direction of the triangle from pointing up to pointing down is a recurring feature of the attacks by satan on creation and on social order. It was this attack which set the tone for all future attacks, that of supplanting God with the creature and of assuming the authority of God for oneself.

Today we are beset with those who would challenge Gods authority by rationalism, by claiming all things are equal, or by replacing God with a society which lionizes the person, popularity, and possessions over God. This is a society where God is minimilized in order to elevate the status of mankind to exalted positions. Once again we see the triangle inverted. Too often these persons are exalted because they espouse popular (but false) teachings and ideas, lead a perverse lifestyle, challenge authority, or are in the media spotlight. They are elevated because they speak with an authority which they do not possess. To pervert mankind and to create his parody satan must destroy the Church. To do this he must convince the faithful that the Pope is not God’s anointed on earth, chosen to tend the sheep of the Church militant. As mentioned before, his attacks have come in the form of the Great heresies (2), are repackaged resold as Eastern mysticism, Mormonism, Freemasonry, Scientology, Wicca, Satanism, etc. Today the attacks arrive in the form of unnecessary liturgical changes, the desire by the laity to be in control of the church and from sex offending priests and religious. It comes in the form of the protestantization of churches, the design of new churches which deemphasize the Blessed Sacrament by hiding the tabernacle away from the faithful. In each case they move to remove the Divine and replace it with the mundane.

In a like manner as the church the various Crowns have been attacked. Democracy has been taught to us as being the end all in as a form of government. It is rarely if ever mentioned that there can be no true democracies above a very local level. For example the current president (G.W. Bush) tells us in every speech that America must move ahead as the beacon of democracy(3).In this he carries the message started by Woodrow Wilson to make the “World safe for Democracy” (4). Wilson overlooked the fact that Belgium, England and Japan were (and are) monarchies, and that the United States is formally styled a Republic.

The most graphic example and overt attack by satan against monarchy was the attack against the monarchy and first daughter of the church, France. Before I begin I will relate some scripture passages which I believe demonstrate that authority comes from God to the ruler to rule over his (or her) subjects. “ Pilate therefore said to him, "You will not speak to me? Do you not know that I have power to release you, and power to crucify you?" Jesus answered him "You would have no power over me unless it had been given you from above; therefore he who delivered me to you has the greater sin." (John 19 10-11) (4)Jesus is "the prince of the kings of the earth." (Apoc.1:5). (5) "For the nation and the kingdom that will not serve thee, shall perish" (Is.60:12)(6) "Let every soul be subject to higher powers: for there is no power but from God: and those that are, are ordained of God. Therefore he that resists the power,resists the ordinance of God. And they that resist, purchase to themselves damnation. For princes are not a terror to the good work, but to the evil." (Romans 13:1-3) (7) "Give ear, you that rule the people…For power is given you by the Lord, and strength by the most High, who will examine your works, and search out your thoughts" (Wisdom 6: 3-4)(8) "By me kings reign, and lawgivers decree just things, By me princes rule, and the mighty decree justice." (Proverbs 8:15-16)(9) As we see not only does the authority to rule come from God but those rulers are required to be examined by that same God. This is in direct conflict with the writings of Rousseau who stated “The people are sovereign and authority lies in them.” So we have a problem, a trauma really, who is sovereign, man or God? Again Rousseau writes¸ “Law is the expression of the General Will of the people and this is indicated by numbers.”(votes?) Rousseauist democracy makes a God of the People, makes might prevail over right, makes the votes of a hundred fools or villains prevail over those of fifty saints or men of genius. (10) Yet this is the same ideology which propels forward the engines of democracy. To Rousseau and others of the French revolution, all things being equal, which ever plan receives the most votes, no matter how despicable it may be it must be adopted because it is a consensus. This democratic philosophy presupposes that the people can never make a mistake or that if it does it can be rectified either by more votes or by force. Rousseauist dogma, it must be called that for it is a religion, is defended by those who are indoctrinated from their youth to believe these ideas. In France this lead to the decapitation of the King and Queen, their closest relatives, and death by abuse and starvation of the Dauphin. Why? Because this satanically imposed democracy could not afford to lose control of Power. A most striking personage is Robespierre who literally had the power of life and death over the people of France. “…your eyes shall be opened: and you shall be as Gods”. It was by votes that the King, and Queen were executed on trumped up charges. It was by votes that the Dauphin was allowed to enter into such degradation. It was by vote that Priests, Nuns, and religious were executed. It was by vote that the Vendee was invaded and ravaged. No one person could be charged with culpability with these atrocities. The triangle had been inverted. One last thing is important here. The King was and should be regarded as the father of his people. In martyring him the ground work was laid for the destruction of the family. (It should here be remembered that it was by vote that Jesus was crucified.)

Before there was a Pope, before there was a King there was a family. Adam and Eve created the first family. In order to make a family one must produce children. Not to dwell on the mechanics of the thing suffice it to say that children were produced by one man and one woman. The church in it’s infinite wisdom says that any other way of conception is unnatural. Unfortunately now it is possible for a woman to conceive through artificial means, by fertilizing the woman’s egg with male sperm artificially in a test tube. Women no longer are satisfied to be married to a man, and have children. It inflicts too much of a strain on her private life. Contraception has lead to abortion of unwanted pregnancies. Women who cohabitate with other women want children, and have lobbied to be allowed to be “married” through legal means. Men too while not able to carry a baby, lobby to adopt children to start families. Their arguments have become so common that the population has tuned them out and worse, they have been so rationalized as to be seen as a lifestyle that is as equal to a normal and natural lifestyle. Abortion too has reared its ugly head as Prophesied by Pope Paul VI. Unwanted pregnancies are just done away with like a murphy in golf.

We have an additional attack which presents us with the theory that “It
Takes a Village to Raise a Child” (11) This theory presents us with government controlling the family, but it does not stop there, All over the nation schools have declared that the parent does not have the right to be in charge of their child’s education, that they know best what a child needs to learn.(12) A certain candidate for president has presented us with “sex ed. for kindergarten.” (13) The family triangle has been inverted .

As each triangle has been inverted, the role of God in the life of man has diminished. No longer is the universe an orderly succession of the passing of authority from God to Pope and Church, God to King and Nation, or God to father and family. The path of this parody we are led to believe is the God to the members of the church who in turn grant the Pope authority to be in charge. We are instructed next, that it is the nation who forms governments and provides the authority to the Government to govern. (14) In other words authority comes from God to the people to provide authority to the ruler. (we see how fallacious is this.) …And lastly we are now informed that a family is whatever and whomever decides to get together for what ever short or long of a time, regardless of sex, (not gender, which is a grammatical term). We are told that all relationships are valid and equal. (“Judge not and be not judged” the only Sacred Scripture a liberal knows). Is is presumed that children have rights which may supplant that of the parent.(15) That children should not even be spanked for disobedience (16) Thus we have the breakdown of the family and through that breakdown the order of the universe, and that which was ordained by God. (17)These are some of my reasons for considering Democracy whether in government, Church, or family as being unsupportable.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

(1) Genesis Chapter 3, 3-6 Douay-Rhiems Bible
http://www.drbo.org/chapter/01003.htm
(2) see, The Great Heresies, Catholic Answers, http://www.catholic.com/library/Great_Heresies.asp
The Circumcisers (1st Century), Gnosticism (1st and 2nd Centuries), Montanism (Late 2nd Century), Sabellianism (Early 3rd Century), Arianism (4th Century), Pelagianism (5th Century), Semi-Pelagianism (5th Century), Nestorianism (5th Century), Monophysitism (5th Century), Iconoclasm (7th and 8th Centuries), Catharism (11th Century), Protestantism (16th Century), Jansenism (17th Century). All which (except Protestantism which fractures itself in some form or the other each day) are heresies.
(3) Yahoo News, Pat Buchanan opinion, Ideology was Bush’s undoing. http://news.yahoo.com/s/uc/20071127/cm_uc_crpbux/op_334488
(4) Douay-Rheims Bible
(5) Ibid.
(6) Ibid.
(7) Ibid.
(8) Ibid
(9) Ibid
(10) Article, Forerunners of the French Revolution, posted on Le Fleur de Lys Too
http://lefleurdelystoo.blogspot.com/2007/10/forerunners-of-french-revolution-part_1438.html
(11) Text of Hillary Clinton Speech, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 1996 Associated Press ,
http://www.libertynet.org/edcivic/hillatxt.html
(12) The Education Establishment: The Teacher Unions,
http://www.edreform.com/index.cfm?fuseAction=document&documentID=1733
(13) Barack Obama , …on sex education for kindergarteners. July 18, 2007 1:13 PM ABC News' Teddy Davis and Lindsey Ellerson Report: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Planned Parenthood Tuesday that sex education for kindergarteners, as long as it is "age-appropriate," is "the right thing to do."
http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2007/07/sex-ed-for-kind.html
(14)
Declaration of Independence, 1776, …Governments are instituted among
Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these
ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to
institute new Government…,
http://www.archives.gov/national-archives-experience/charters/declaration_transcript.html
(15) Children’s Rights Movement, Wikipedia article.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children's_rights_movement#Controversy
(16) Mass. Considers Outlawing Spanking. CBS/AP, Nov. 28, 2007 Boston Mass
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/28/national/main3547690.shtml?source=RSSattr=Politics_3547690
(17 Genesis Chapter 1, 1-31 Douay-Rhiems Bible
http://www.drbo.org/chapter/01001.htm

Note: More of a oligarchy than of a republic.

El regresso

¡Mi querido amiga Anabel en Argentina, cómo yo he ignorado su blog! Presento su artículo en la procesión de Varennes de Rey Louis XV, la Reina Marie-Antoinette y la Familia Real...

Fragmento del libro de Stefan Zweig, relatando una anecdota del regreso a París:

Por fin, una sombra de esperanza: descanso nocturno en Châions. Aguardan allí todos los ciudadanos detrás de un arco de triunfo de piedra, el cual -¡ironía de la historia!- es el mismo que hace veintiún años fue erigido en honor de María Antonieta cuando pasó por allí, en un coche de gala encristala do, aclamada por el pueblo, viniendo de Austria al encuentro de su futuro esposo. Sobre el friso de piedra está grabada esta ins cripción: «Perstet oeterna ut amor», «Persista eterno como el amor». Pero el amor es más transitorio que el buen mármol y la piedra tallada. Como un sueño le parece ahora a María Antonieta que cierta vez, bajo este mismo arco, haya recibido a la nobleza vestida de gala, que las calles hayan estado sembradas de luces y llenas de gente y que de las fuentes haya manado vino en honor suyo. Ahora sólo la espera una fría cortesía, compasiva en el mejor de los casos, pero que siempre hace bien después de tanto descarado, ruidoso a inoportuno odio. Pueden dormir, mudarse de ropa; pero a la siguiente mañana el enemigo sol abrasa de nuevo y tienen que proseguir el camino de su martirio. Cuanto más se acercan a París, tanto más se mues tra hostil la población; suplica el rey que le den una esponja mojada para quitarse del rostro el polvo y la suciedad, y un empleado le responde con escarnio: « Eso es lo que se saca via jando». Vuelve a subir la reina al estribo de la carroza después de breve descanso, cuando detrás de ella oye silbar, como serpiente, una voz femenina: «¡Vamos, pequeña; más negras las pasarás aún!». Un noble que la saluda es arrancado de su caballo y asesinado a tiros y cuchilladas. Sólo ahora comprenden el rey y la reina que no es únicamente París el que ha caído en el «error» de la Revolución, sino que en todos los campos de su reino ha brotado en fertilísima floración la nueva simiente; pero acaso no conservan ya fuerzas para sentir todo esto; poco a poco, la fatiga los va haciendo plenamente insensibles. En su agotamiento, permanecen en el coche, indiferentes ya a lo que les reserva el destino, cuando, por fin, en el último momento, llegan correos a caballo que anuncian que tres miembros de la Asamblea Nacional salen a su encuentro para proteger el viaje de la familia real. La vida está salvada, pero nada más.

Merci! Ma cher Anabel...

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Battle of Poiters 1356

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Poiters in 1356 during the first phase of the Hundred Years War.

On August 8, 1356, Edward, the Black Prince began a great chevauchée (raid) north from the English base in Aquitaine, in an effort to relieve allied garrisons in central France, as well as to raid and ravage the countryside. His sortie met little resistance, his Anglo-Gascon forces burning numerous towns to the ground and living off the land, until they reached the Loire River at Tours. His army was unable to take the castle nor could they burn the town, due to a heavy downpour. His delay there allowed John II, King of France, to attempt to catch Edward's army and eliminate it. The King, who had been confronting Henry of Grosmont in Normandy, arranged the bulk of his army at Chartres to the north of the besieged Tours, dismissing around 15,000–20,000 of his low-grade infantry to increase the speed of his forces.

Upon receiving reports of the French army on the move, Edward decided a retreat was in order. He marched south pursued in earnest by John. The French caught up to the English a few miles southwest of Poitiers. A veteran of the battle of Crécy, at which he had fought when he was only sixteen years old, the Black Prince decided on the same tactical scheme employed at that earlier battle. He positioned his troops in a strongly defensive position, in a plain surrounded by natural obstacles, such as a creek on the left and a wood on the back. The luggage wagons, with a great amount of plunder, remained along the old Roman road, the main route from Poitiers to Bordeaux, to give protection to his weak right side. All his men dismounted and were organized in two, or perhaps three units, with the English and Welsh longbowmen placed in a V-formation on both flanks. The Black Prince kept a small cavalry unit, commanded by Jean de Grailly, the Captal de Buch, hidden in the woods at the rear.

The attacking French forces were divided in four parts. At the front were around 300 elite knights, commanded by general Clermont and accompanied by German mercenary pikemen. The purpose of this group was to charge the English archers and eliminate the threat they posed. These were followed by three groups of infantry (dismounted cavalry) commanded by the Dauphin (later Charles V of France), the Duke of Orléans and King John.


At the beginning of the battle, the English simulated flight on their left wing. This provoked a hasty charge by the French knights against the archers. However, the English were expecting this and quickly attacked the enemy, especially the horses, with a shower of arrows. Belgian chronicler Jean Froissart writes that the French armour was invulnerable to the English arrows, that the arrowheads either skidded off the armour or shattered on impact. English history of the battle disputes this, as some claim that the narrow bodkin point arrows they used have been proven capable of penetrating most plate armour of that time period. While tests have been done to support this with fixed pieces of flat metal, armor was curved and moving men make very poor anvils—so the point is debatable. Given the following actions of the English archers—it seems likely Froissart was correct. The armour on the horses was weaker on the sides and back, so the English archers moved to the sides of the cavalry and shot the horses in the flanks. This was a popular method of stopping a cavalry charge, as a falling horse often destroyed the cohesion of the enemy's line. The results were devastating.

This attack was followed by the Dauphin's infantry, who engaged in heavy fighting, but withdrew to regroup. The next wave of infantry under Orléans, seeing that the Dauphin's men were not attacking, turned back and panicked. This stranded the forces led by the King himself. This was a formidable fighting force, and the English archers were out of arrows: the archers joined the infantry in the fight and some of both groups mounted horses to form an improvised cavalry. Combat was hard, but the Black Prince still had a mobile reserve hidden in the woods, which were able to circle around and attack the French in the flank and rear. The French were fearful of encirclement and attempted to flee. King John was captured with his immediate entourage.


The result was a decisive French defeat, not only in military terms, but also economically: France would be asked to pay a ransom equivalent to twice the country's yearly income to have the king returned. John, who was accorded royal privileges whilst being a prisoner, was permitted to return to France to try to raise the required funds. He subsequently handed himself back to the English, claiming to be unable to pay the ransom, and died a few months later. In many ways, Poitiers was a repeat of the battle of Crécy showing once again that tactics and strategy can overcome a disadvantage in numbers. As the Black Prince wrote shortly afterward in a letter to the people of London:

“ …it was agreed that we should take our way, flanking them, in such a manner that if they wished for battle or to draw towards us, in a place not very much to our disadvantage, we should be the first… the enemy was discomfited, and the king was taken, and his son; and a great number of other great people were both taken and slain…"


Dieu le Roy.
de Brantigny

Belloc, Hilaire (1913). Poitiers, London: H. Rees. via Internet Archive.
Wikipedia

Venerable Edel Quinn


Fr Tim has a redirect on his site which directs us to the Legion of Mary, and Venerable Edel Quinn. This story is of great interest to me as both our parish priests are from Kenya. The Legion of Mary are celebrating Mass at Westminster Cathedral tomorrow at 2pm to pray for the beatification of Venerable Edel Quinn.

His Grace Archbishop Ndingi Mwana’a Nzeki of Nairobi (On right of photo) wishes to see Venerable Edel’s prayer in every language and a greater effort made by all to promote her Cause. We all have a role to play in making her way of life known. A heroic life of prayer combined with action!

In May 1944 Edel Quinn was laid to rest in the Missionaries’ Cemetery, Nairobi, Kenya. Sixty years later, Kenya will lead the world commemorating her 60th Anniversary, in the grounds of St. Austin’s Church, Nairobi.


Prayer for the Beatification of Venerable Edel Quinn

Eternal Father, I thank you for the grace you gave to your servant, Edel Quinn, of striving to live always in the joy of your presence, for the radiant charity infused into her heart by your Holy Spirit and for the strength she drew from the Bread of Life to labor until death for the glory of Your name in loving dependence on Mary, Mother of the Church.

Confident, O Merciful Father, that her life was pleasing to you, I beg you to grant me, through her intercession, the special favor I now implore (here pause for silent thought of intention) and to make known by miracles the glory she enjoys in Heaven, so that she may be glorified also by your Church on earth, through Christ Our Lord, Amen

We place our petition in the hands of Mary to whom Edel turned in every need.

Hail Mary....


With Ecclesiastical Approval

Dieu le Roy
de Brantigny

A New Blog

Last night our parish had a new parishioner dinner, I was invited as I represented the Liturgy Committee, co-ordinate and instruct the Altar Servers, and am the Chairman of Christian Formation. A new parishioner, and fellow knight, Carlos Caso Rosendi and I spoke at length, and I discovered that Carlos is a writer, and has his own blog!

His Blog is here...

His latest writing is in work now, entitled "The Bible Path, A Practical Guide to Know the Biblical Foundations of the Catholic Faith". Carlos tells me it is a guide which takes the Catholic step by step to understanding the Scripture, how it relates to the Church, and (I think,) most importantly can be used to defend against the encroachments of Jehovah's Witnesses, and Mormons.

He may be contacted here, to reserve a copy.

Carlos is from Argentina.

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

18.9.08

St Joseph of Cupertino

Protestants often say we Catholics worship Saints. Very wrong but you can't convice someone whose mind is made up.

St Joseph of Cupertino whose feast is celebrated today is a very special patron of mine. As a Marine I was assigned to Helicopter Squadrons on both coasts and in the far east. St Joseph is very special to me because he is the patron saint of helicopters.

Fr Tim Finigan has posted...

"...In the local calendar for Southwark, today is the feast of St Edith of Kemsing (where she was born), often known also as St Edith of Wilton (where she was a religious).In the 1962 calendar is is the feast of St Joseph of Cupertino, a Franciscan who is much loved for the tragi-comic and utterly Franciscan character of his life, particularly his flying. EWTN has the article by Alban Goodier SJ: "St Joseph of Cupertino: the dunce. 1603-1663" from his book "Saints for Sinners" book. (I loved the story about the time the shepherds did not turn up to the little chapel for devotions so he called the sheep over to join him in the Litany of Loreto.) The title of Goodier's article refers to St Joseph's inability to study and the providential help that was given him at his examinations. Hence, in addition to being a patron saint of aviators, he is invoked by nervous students before their exams. this prayer is commonly used:

O Great St. Joseph of Cupertino who while on earth did obtain from God the grace to be asked at your examination only the questions you knew, obtain for me a like favour in the examinations for which I am now preparing. In return I promise to make you known and cause you to be invoked. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.St. Joseph of Cupertino, Pray for us.

Father time has posted this short film.



Thanks Father Tim.

Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny

Louis XX à Paris

du le blog Association Royaliste et Légitimiste de Vendée (the blog is in French.)

"Suite à venue de S.S le pape Benoit XVI en France, Mgr le prince Louis de Bourbon, duc d'Anjou et sa femme, la princesse Marie-Maguerite, duchesse d'Anjou ont été invités à l'Elysée pour le discours du président de la République et du pape."

"During the visit of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI in France, monseigneur the Prince Louis of Bourbon, duke of Anjou and his wife , Princess Marie-Maguerite, Duchess of Anjou were invited to the Elysée for the speech of the president of the Republic and Pope." (My translation.)

Prince Henri Philippe Pierrre Marie d'Orléans, who styles himself M. le comte de Paris, et duc de France, was not mentioned. France knows!

Le prince Henri Philippe Pierre Marie d'Orléans, qui se conçoit M. le comte de Paris, et duc de France n'a pas été mentionné... La france sait!

Vive Louis!

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

"Men Are Like Frogs." Saint Robert Bellarmine

I was directed to a blog which I had previously not known, "St. Robert Bellarmine: Controversies & Secrets. . ." authored by John Michael. I present an article suggested at Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit, the blog of my friend Joseph Fromm. John Michael guarantees "that this site will be free from doctrinal errors, faithful to the Magisterium and to all of Her teachings on Faith and Morals..."

Being a great orator, Saint Robert Bellarmine loved to make analogies. When I mean great, I truly believe that is an understatement. Thousands would listen to his sermons. Every sermon produced a true conversion to the Faith. Immoral people did an about face and rejected worldly pleasures so they could live a life of service to God.

Here is an excerpt from a St. Bellarmine's sermon calling men frogs.

"You have doubtless seen, dear brethren, how little boys fish for frogs in some stagnant pool. They tie a bit of skin taken from a frog already captured and then throw it out as a bait for other frogs. Up rushes the best swimmer in the pool and seizes the skin with all its might, though quite incapable of either gnawing or swallowing it. On this, the fisherman immediately jerks in his line with the frog attached, drags the bait violently out of its mouth and tosses it back to the other expectant victims. And so he continues until he has enough dead frogs by him to satisfy his immediate needs.

Is not this an accurate picture of human gullibility? Men are so like frogs. They grab at things which they cannot use or keep, and that wily angler the devil knows how to capture multitudes of them with some single and sorry piece of bait such as a few acres of land or a wooden chair which we call a throne. Kings come and kings go, but the throne remains, having damned perhaps the majority of its occupants..."


Thanks and a hat tip to John Michael and Joseph Fromm.

Dieu le Roy.
de Brantigny

Posts

I did not post yesterday because I spent the day at the VA Hospital in Durham.

I have cleaned up my sites listing and removed those links which are dead, I added one, and rearranged them a bit.

I have had more hits yesterday than I have had in a while, which for this humble contribution to the blogosphere is remarkable. I wanted to thank everyone when I hit 25,000 hits but it went by so quick that I missed it. So thanks to all who take a minute to read this, including my friends in around the world (especially the Vatican. OK, I know the Pope didn't read me...)

And I thank God for allowing me the opportunity to write.

Dieu le Roy! God is King!
de Brantigny

16.9.08

With Christ On Calvary

Father Tim Flanigan has posted this redirect from The Muniment Room for this video of a group of young men who stood on the steps of the Cathedral at Neuquén in Argentina to protect it from desecration during a demonstration by pro-abortionists. You can see them calmly praying the Rosary despite being insulted and spat upon.

The Bishop, a 70 year old Salesian called Marcelo Melani comes out to remonstrate with them: he shouts and yells at them to go away or at least, if they feel they need to pray, to go inside the Church. They ignore him by beginning their Rosary, and he dashes away to lock himself inside. That is the point at which this film starts.They were insulted, spat on, manhandled, and they didn't resist: they prayed; they prayed "Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death". They prayed with heroic serenity, for it might have seemed to one or two of them that the hour of their death might be near. They copied Jesus.

The original post is here...

Why do people choose death over life so adamantly?

Dieu le Roy
de Brantigny

Miniatures

I have a hobby. I paint minature figures. It is my only vice in an otherwise perfect life. The Miniatures Service Center is a company which I favor with all my custom for Historical figures.
The figures are unpainted pewter/lead. It takes me about 4 hours to paint one figure. (That is where the vice comes from.)

Their site is located here...The owner is Doug Carroccio

Vive le Roy!
de Brantigny

Figures in the above photo represent the Régiment de Picardie (1585-1780) in 25MM Courtesy of Front Rank Minaitures

Anne de Gaulle

Elena-Marie has an interesting link to the Western Confucian about Anne de Gaulle that I had never known... read the story.

Anne de Gaulle

The lovely photograph above of Le Général and his youngest daughter comes from an article by Michael Gerson on America's "4-month-old civil rights leader" — Trig's Breakthrough.

Mr. Gerson: The family struggles of political leaders can be morally instructive. Contrast the attitude of Joseph Kennedy with that of Charles de Gaulle, who treated his daughter Anne, born with Down syndrome in 1928, with great affection. The image of this arrogant officer rocking Anne in his arms at night speaks across the years. After her death and burial at age 20, de Gaulle turned to his wife and said, "Come. Now she is like the others."

"Maintenant, elle est comme les autres." From the Wikipedia entry on Anne de Gaulle, we learn that she "was never separated from her family" and "relatives all testified that the General, who was normally undemonstrative in his affections for his family, was more open and extroverted with Anne." We also learn that the daughter may have interceded for the father who loved her so:

On 22 August 1962, Charles de Gaulle was the victim of an attempted assassination at Petit-Clamart. He later said that the potentially fatal bullet had been stopped by the frame of the photograph of Anne that he always carried with him, placed this particular day on the rear shelf of his car. When he died in 1970, he was buried in the cemetery of Colombey beside his beloved daughter.


Thanks to Elena-Marie.

A life has worth.
Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Br. Pio Francis Interviewed on Voice of Catholic Tradition Radio

My dear friend Br Tony of The Third Order Secular Of St Francis in Tradition has sent me this presentation.

Br. Pio Francis, Minister Prefect of the Fraternity of the Immaculate of Mary, was interviewed by Mr. Joe Bagnoli on a popular Catholic radio program called the Voice of Catholic Tradition. It was broadcast on Sunday September 14, 2008. Listen to this inspiring interview in which Br. Pio Francis discusses the Third Order Secular of St. Francis in Tradition. Please encourage others to listen as well. The Third Order Secular of St. Francis is truly a means to sanctity.

Praise be to God!In the Seraphic Father.

Thank you Brother Tony and a tip of the beret.

Peace prayer of St Francis of Assisi...

Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
Amen.


Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

15.9.08

Antoine de Saint Exupéry et «Le Petit Prince»

Who has not read the Le Petit Prince when they were young? The man behind the book is just as interesting now as the Le Petit Prince was then. Louis has posted an article on Antoine de Saint Exupéry, the pilot who wrote this and other books when not flying.

...Antoine de Saint Exupéry was a French aviator and writer, most famous for writing Le Petit Prince. He is also well known for his books about aviation adventures, including Vol de Nuit, "Night Flight" and "Wind, Sand and Stars."

While not precisely autobiographical, much of Saint Exupéry's work is inspired by his experiences as a pilot. One exception is Le Petit Prince, a poetic self-illustrated tale in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince from a tiny asteroid. Le Petit Prince is a philosophical story, including societal criticism and remarking on the strangeness of the adult world... more

Thanks Louis. I have trouble calling you a cow...
Click on the book and be redirected to Amazon for the French edition.
Jhesu+Marie
de barntigny

Our Liturgical Heritage

...The liturgy is the embodiment of the Catholic faith and a reflection of the Beatific Vision...

The Bloggers at Durendal remind us of the history of the liturgy in the Catholic Church. more


Thanks and a tip of the beret.


Dieu le Roy.

de Brantigny

Le Sacrifice

Le sacrifice, c'est souffrir volontairement quelque chose qui coûte à la nature par amour pour Dieu.

Le sacrifice est à la base de la Rédemption. Il n'y a pas de rémission des péchés, sans effusion de sang, sans sacrifice (Heb.9,22). Nous devons accepter les croix qui se présentent à nous mais aussi pratiquer quotidiennement des sacrifices volontaires car c'est, selon l'expression de Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus, « un moyen très efficace de Lui acheter des âmes ». encore

...sacrifice, is to suffer voluntarily something that by it's nature costs us through the love for God...

...The sacrifice is the basis of Redemption. There is no rémission of the sins, without blood effusion, without sacrifice (Heb.9,22). We must accept the crosses that present themselves to us but also to practice daily, voluntary sacrifices, for this is, according to the expression of Holy Thérèse of the Child Jesus, "a very effecatious means for Him to purchase souls". ... (my translation)

Du Blog Le Sacré Coeur de Jésus, de nouveau vous remercier mes amis! Vous me gardez directement.

Vivate Christus Rex!
de Brantigny

Abortion Legacy of Fr. Drinan

Hell is paved with priests' skulls. Saint John Chrysostom

Last week I entered an article on this priest, I have been saddened by his use of the rationalization. Joseph Fromm continues on Fr Drinan's legacy. I will not go here again.

This is from the blog Vivificant the post is entitled, The late Jesuit Father Robert Drinan: the priest who absolved pro-abortion politicians.

An excerpt.Fr. Drinan scandalized the Catholic world when he supported President Clinton's veto of the Partial Abortion bill, arguing that the brutal "dilation and extraction" method is sometimes medically necessary. Fr. Drinan went so far as to demand "that Congress include an exception to allow the use of the partial-birth procedure if a doctor deemed it necessary to preserve the "health" of the mother--a vague phrase which pro-lifers long ago realized could be used to justify practically any abortion."

The largest anti-abortion organization in the US, the National Right to Life Committee, has documented Drinan's virtually perfect pro-abortion voting record and the way in which his votes were used by other legislators to justify their own support of the practice. A fundraising letter mailed during Fr. Drinan's last congressional run by the National Abortion Rights Action League, denounced the pro-life movement in the strongest terms and cited Drinan as a friend whose re-election to Congress was essential to the abortion cause. Catholic World News has reprinted a detailed exposé written by Mr. James Hitchcock in 1996, back then a historian at St. Louis University, and a founder of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars, in which he examined the thread of obfuscation, disingenuousness, and purposeful misunderstanding that enabled Fr. Drinan to tenuously justify his partisan election run and his dissent from his superiors.

Photo of Nancy Pelosi and Fr. Drinan, about says it all. (here)

Link to the full post (here)

I pray that he repented of this scandal before he died.

Virgin Mary Pray for us.

de Brantigny

Madame de Tourzel

Elena-Marie once again leads us to a timely article about the times of the terror. How we parallel those times now. I see the mob rioting in Denver and in Minneapolis-Saint Paul and I am reminded of the september massacres. Intellegent arguement is useless to a Jacobin or an anarcist.

Madame de Tourzel was a devout lady chosen by Marie-Antoinette to be governess of her children after Madame de Polignac had to flee from the Revolution in July of 1789. There are many people who wonder why the queen and her children did not also try to escape at that time. It is because Marie-Antoinette would not desert her husband. "I will die at his feet!" she exclaimed. (see Rocheterie's Histoire de Marie-Antoinette, vol ii) Louis XVI, of course, would not abandon his people. Early in the crisis the king and queen made the decision that they would not be parted from their children, but would keep them close at hand, not knowing what was going to transpire next in the tidal wave of events. So Marie-Antoinette chose as governess as trustworthy and reliable a person as she could find. "I entrusted my children to friendship," she remarked. "I entrust them now to virtue." More

Once again Thank You Elena-Maria. I get the parallel.


Jhesu+Marie
de Brantigny