27.2.09

Handel - Harp Concerto in B flat Major, HWV 294

First movement, Andate allegro.

Taverner Consort and Players
Andrew Parrott

played on period-instruments

Good Friday, this is art in it's mort perfected form.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

26.2.09

Stations of the Cross

During Lent my Parish, St Catherine of Siena, Clarksville Virginia, hold 3 sets of Stations of the Cross every Friday. It is my pleasure to lead one of those stations each Friday at 7:00 PM for those who cannot make the 3:00 stations or the Stations in Spanish at 6:00 due to work or school.

I thought that I would post a reflection on each Station for 14 days.

FIRST STATION

Jesus is condemned to death
V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Matthew 27:22-23,26

...Pilate said to them, “Then what should I do with Jesus who is called the Messiah?” All of them said, “Let him be crucified!” Then he asked, “Why, what evil has he done?” But they shouted all the more, “Let him be crucified!” So he released Barabbas for them; and after flogging Jesus, he handed him over to be crucified...

MEDITATION

The Judge of the world, who will come again to judge us all, stands there, dishonoured and defenceless before the earthly judge. Pilate is not utterly evil. He knows that the condemned man is innocent, and he looks for a way to free him. But his heart is divided. And in the end he lets his own position, his own self-interest, prevail over what is right. Nor are the men who are shouting and demanding the death of Jesus utterly evil. Many of them, on the day of Pentecost, will feel “cut to the heart” (Acts 2:37), when Peter will say to them: “Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God... you crucified and killed by the hands of those outside the law” (Acts 2:22ff.). But at that moment they are caught up in the crowd. They are shouting because everyone else is shouting, and they are shouting the same thing that everyone else is shouting. And in this way, justice is trampled underfoot by weakness, cowardice and fear of the dictat of the ruling mindset. The quiet voice of conscience is drowned out by the cries of the crowd. Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny




MÉDITATIONS ET PRIÈRES DU CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER

PRÉSENTATION

Le leitmotiv de ce Chemin de croix est mis en lumière dès le début, dans la prière initiale, et de nouveau à la quatorzième station. C’est la parole prononcée par le Christ le Dimanche des Rameaux, par laquelle – immédiatement après son entrée à Jérusalem – il répond à la question de quelques Grecs qui voulaient le voir : «Si le grain de blé tombé en terre ne meurt pas, il reste seul; mais s’il meurt, il donne beaucoup de fruit» (Jn 12, 24). Le Seigneur interprète ainsi tout son parcours terrestre comme le parcours du grain de blé qui parvient à porter du fruit seulement à travers la mort. Il interprète sa vie terrestre, sa mort et sa résurrection dans la perspective de l’Eucharistie, dans laquelle est résumé tout son mystère. Puisqu’il a vécu sa mort comme une offrande de lui-même, comme un acte d’amour, son corps a été transformé dans la nouvelle vie de la résurrection. Voilà pourquoi, lui, le Verbe incarné, est désormais devenu pour nous une nourriture qui conduit à la vraie vie, à la vie éternelle. Le Verbe éternel – la force créatrice de la vie – est descendu du ciel, devenant ainsi la vraie manne, le pain qui se communique à l’homme, dans la foi et dans le sacrement. De cette manière, le Chemin de croix devient un chemin qui conduit jusqu’au coeur du mystère eucharistique : la piété populaire et la piété sacramentelle de l’Église se lient et se fondent. La prière du Chemin de Croix peut se comprendre comme un chemin qui conduit à la communion spirituelle profonde avec Jésus, sans laquelle la communion sacramentelle resterait vide. Le Chemin de croix apparaît comme un chemin «mystagogique».

À cette vision s’oppose une compréhension purement sentimentale du Chemin de croix, risque dont le Seigneur avertit les femmes de Jérusalem qui pleurent sur lui (cf. huitième station). Le simple sentiment ne suffit pas; le Chemin de croix doit être une école de foi, de la foi qui, de par sa nature, «agit par la charité» (Ga 5, 6). Cependant, cela ne signifie pas que le sentiment doit être exclu. Pour les Pères, le premier défaut des païens est leur manque de coeur; aussi reprennent-ils la vision d’Ézéchiel, qui communique au peuple d’Israël la promesse que Dieu fait d’enlever de leur poitrine le coeur de pierre et de leur donner un coeur de chair (cf. Ez 11, 19). Le Chemin de croix nous montre un Dieu qui partage lui-même les souffrances des hommes, dont l’amour ne demeure pas impassible et distant, un Dieu qui descend parmi nous, jusqu’à la mort sur la croix (cf. Ph 2, 8). Le Dieu qui partage nos souffrances, le Dieu fait homme pour porter notre croix, veut transformer notre coeur de pierre et nous appeler à partager les souffrances d’autrui. Il veut nous donner un «coeur de chair» qui ne reste pas impassible devant les souffrances d’autrui. Il se laisse au contraire toucher et nous conduit à l’amour qui guérit et qui vient en aide. Cela nous renvoie aux paroles de Jésus sur le grain de blé par lesquelles il transforme la formule fondamentale de l’existence chrétienne : «Celui qui aime sa vie la perd; celui qui s’en détache en ce monde la garde pour la vie éternelle» (Jn 12, 25; cf. Mt 16, 25; Mc 8, 35; Lc 9, 24; 17, 33 : «Qui cherchera à conserver sa vie la perdra. Et qui la perdra la sauvegardera»). Cela nous explique aussi ce que signifie la phrase qui précède ces paroles centrales de son message dans les Évangiles synoptiques: «Si quelqu’un veut marcher derrière moi, qu’il renonce à lui-même, qu’il prenne sa croix, et qu’il me suive» (Mt 16, 24). Par ces mots, il offre lui-même l’interprétation du «Chemin de croix», il nous enseigne comment nous devons le prier et le suivre : le Chemin de croix est le chemin du reniement de soi, c’est-à-dire le chemin de l’amour véritable. Sur ce chemin il nous a précédés; c’est ce chemin que veut nous enseigner la prière du Chemin de croix. Et cela nous ramène encore au grain de blé qui doit mourir, à l’Eucharistie, dans laquelle se rend continuellement présent au milieu de nous le fruit de la mort et de la résurrection de Jésus. En elle, il marche avec nous, comme autrefois avec les disciples d’Emmaüs, se faisant toujours de nouveau notre contemporain.

PRIÈRE INITIALE

Au nom du Père, et du Fils, et du Saint-Esprit.

R. Amen.

Seigneur Jésus Christ, pour nous tu as accepté de devenir comme le grain de blé qui tombe en terre et qui meurt pour donner beaucoup de fruit (cf. Jn 12, 24). Tu nous invites à te suivre sur ce chemin quand tu dis : «Celui qui aime sa vie la perd; celui qui s’en détache en ce monde la garde pour la vie éternelle» (Jn 12, 25). Nous, cependant, nous sommes attachés à notre vie. Nous ne voulons pas l’abandonner, mais la garder totalement pour nous-mêmes. Nous voulons la posséder, non l’offrir. Mais tu nous précèdes et tu nous montres que c’est seulement en donnant notre vie que nous pouvons la sauver. Alors que nous t’accompagnons sur le Chemin de croix, tu veux nous conduire à prendre le chemin du grain de blé, le chemin d’une fécondité qui parvient jusqu’à l’éternité. La croix – l’offrande de nous-mêmes – nous pèse beaucoup. Mais sur ton Chemin de croix tu as porté aussi ma croix, et tu ne l’as pas portée en un quelconque moment du passé, car ton amour est contemporain à mon existence. Tu la portes aujourd’hui avec moi et pour moi, et, de manière admirable, tu veux que moi aussi, aujourd’hui, comme jadis Simon de Cyrène, je porte avec toi ta croix et, t’accompagnant, je me mette avec toi au service de la rédemption du monde. Aide-moi, afin que mon Chemin de croix ne soit pas simplement le pieux sentiment d’un instant. Aide-nous non seulement à t’accompagner par de nobles pensées, mais à marcher sur ton chemin avec le coeur, plus encore avec les pas concrets de notre vie quotidienne. Aide-nous pour que nous marchions avec tout nous-mêmes sur le Chemin de croix, et que nous demeurions à jamais sur ton chemin. Libère-nous de la peur de la croix, de la peur face à la dérision des autres, de la peur que notre vie puisse nous échapper si nous ne saisissons pas tout ce qu’elle offre. Aide-nous à démasquer les tentations qui nous promettent la vie, mais dont les conséquences nous laissent, en fin de compte, sans but et déçus. Aide-nous à ne pas nous faire les maîtres de la vie, mais à la donner. En t’accompagnant sur le chemin du grain de blé, aide-nous à trouver, «en perdant notre vie», le chemin de l’amour, le chemin qui nous procure véritablement la vie, la vie en abondance (cf. Jn 10, 10).

MEDITATIONS AND PRAYERS
BY CARDINAL JOSEPH RATZINGER

PRESENTATION

The leitmotiv of the present Way of the Cross appears immediately, in the opening prayer, and again at the Fourteenth Station. It is found in the words spoken by Jesus on Palm Sunday, after entering Jerusalem, in reply to the question of some Greeks who sought to see him: “unless a grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit” (Jn 12:24). In this saying, the Lord compares the course of his whole earthly existence to that of a grain of wheat, which only by dying can produce fruit. He interprets his earthly life, his death and resurrection from the standpoint of the Most Holy Eucharist, which recapitulates his entire mystery. He had experienced his death as an act of self-oblation, an act of love, and his body was then transfigured in the new life of the Resurrection. He, the Incarnate Word, now becomes our food, food which leads to true life, life eternal. The Eternal Word – the power which creates life – comes down from heaven as the true manna, the bread bestowed upon man in faith and in sacrament. The Way of the Cross is thus a path leading to the heart of the Eucharistic mystery: popular piety and sacramental piety of the Church blend together and become one. The prayer of the Way of the Cross is a path leading to a deep spiritual communion with Jesus; lacking this, our sacramental communion would remain empty. The Way of the Cross is thus a “mystagogical” way.

This vision contrasts with a purely sentimental approach to the Way of the Cross. In the Eighth Station our Lord speaks of this danger to the women of Jerusalem who weep for him. Mere sentiment is never enough; the Way of the Cross ought to be a school of faith, the faith which by its very nature “works through love” (Gal 5:6). This is not to say that sentiment does not have its proper place. The Fathers considered heartlessness to be the primary vice of the pagans, and they appealed to the vision of Ezechiel, who announced to the People of Israel God’s promise to take away their hearts of stone and to give them hearts of flesh (cf. Ez 11:19). In the Way of the Cross we see a God who shares in human sufferings, a God whose love does not remain aloof and distant, but comes into our midst, even enduring death on a cross (cf. Phil 2:8). The God who shares our sufferings, the God who became man in order to bear our cross, wants to transform our hearts of stone; he invites us to share in the sufferings of others. He wants to give us a “heart of flesh” which will not remain stony before the suffering of others, but can be touched and led to the love which heals and restores. Here, once again, we return to the words of Jesus about the grain of wheat, which he himself laid down as the fundamental axiom of the Christian life: “He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (Jn 12:25; cf. Mat 16:25; Mk 8:35; Lk 9:24 and 17:33: “Whoever seeks to gain his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life will preserve it”). We also see more clearly the meaning of the words which, in the Synoptic Gospels, precede this summation of Christ’s message: “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mt 16:24). Jesus himself interpreted for us the meaning of the “Way of the Cross”; he taught us how to pray it and follow it: the Way of the Cross is the path of losing ourselves, the path of true love. On this path he has gone before us, on it he teaches us how to pray the Way of the Cross. Once again we come back to the grain of wheat, to the Most Holy Eucharist, in which the fruits of Christ’s death and Resurrection are continually made present in our midst. In the Eucharist Jesus walks at our side, as he did with the disciples of Emmaus, making himself ever anew a part of our history.

OPENING PRAYER

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.

R. Amen.

Lord Jesus Christ, for our sake you became like the grain of wheat that falls to the earth and dies, so that it may bear much fruit (Jn 12:24). You invited us to follow you along this path when you told us that “the one who loves his life loses it, and the one who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life” (Jn 12:25). Yet we are attached to our life. We do not want to abandon it; we want to keep it all for ourselves. We want to hold on to it, not to give it away. But you go before us, showing us that it is only by giving away our life that we can save it. As we walk with you on the Way of the Cross, you lead us along the way of the grain of wheat, the way of a fruitfulness which leads to eternity. The cross – our self-offering – weighs heavily upon us. Along your own Way of the Cross you also carried my cross. Nor did you carry it just at one distant moment in the past, for your love continues to accompany every moment of my life. Today you carry that cross with me and for me, and, amazingly, you want me, like Simon of Cyrene, to join you in carrying your Cross; you want me to walk at your side and place myself with you at the service of the world’s redemption. Grant that my Way of the Cross may not be just a moment of passing piety. Help all of us to accompany you not only with noble thoughts, but with all our hearts and in every step we take each day of our lives. Help us resolutely to set out on the Way of the Cross and to persevere on your path. Free us from the fear of the Cross, from the fear of mockery, from the fear that our life may escape our grasp unless we cling possessively to everything it has to offer. Help us to unmask all those temptations that promise life, but whose enticements in the end leave us only empty and deluded. Help us not to take life, but to give it. As you accompany us on the path of the grain of wheat, help us to discover, in “losing our lives”, the path of love, the path which gives us true life, and life in abundance (Jn 10:10).

http://www.vatican.va/

Portrait par Tiepolo: Chemin de Croix -1737

Dieu Le Roy!

Brantigny



The Jesuit And The New Saint

Joseph Fromm has exciting news!

The announcement that Pope Benedict XVI will canonize Blessed Jeanne Jugan, the foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, on Oct. 11 has created excitement among members of the congregation worldwide.

"We knew it was only a matter of time, but everyone was just thrilled when the official announcement was made," said Sister Constance Veit, publications coordinator in the Little Sisters of the Poor's Baltimore province. "We've anticipated this for so long."

Pope John Paul II beatified Jeanne Jugan in 1982, and Pope Benedict XVI signed a document Dec. 6, 2008, recognizing the miracle advancing her sainthood cause.

Pope Benedict Feb. 21 presided over a consistory that gave final approval for the canonization of 10 people, including Blessed Jeanne, who began her ministry on the streets of France taking the elderly and poor into her home in the early decades of the 1800s.

To support her ministry, Blessed Jeanne begged for money, a tradition the Little Sisters of the Poor consider a fundamental part of their mission today.

The canonization will take place during the Synod of Bishops for Africa, and is expected to be celebrated in St. Peter's Square, along with four others who will be declared saints.

The miracle linked to Blessed Jeanne concerns Dr. Edward Gatz, a retired Omaha, Neb., anesthesiologist diagnosed with terminal cancer in 1989, Sister Constance told Catholic News Service Feb. 23.

The doctor was advised by a Jesuit Fr Richard McGloin a priest at Creighton University in Omaha to pray to Blessed Jeanne and a few months later a follow-up biopsy found Gatz -- who is still alive at the age of 71 -- to be cancer-free, she said.


Link (here)

Here is an article I published in June of last year.

Gloria tibi Domine!
Brantigny

25.2.09

Music of the French Court

La Forlana by André Campra (1660 - 1744) as arranged by Louis-Guillaume Pécour (ca. 1651-1729)

The "forlana" is generally considered a lively pastoral and perhaps even rustic dance. The melody is taken from André Campra's opera-ballet L'Europe Galante (1697), and is identical to the music incorporated in the manual published in Paris in 1700 by the celebrated dancing master, Louis Pécour.

Such volumes were well known to dancing masters active in New France. During the course of his life, André Campra held many important sacred and secular appointments—most notably, organist at Notre-Dame in Paris and at the Royal Academy of Music. He was equally at ease writing for church and theater productions, which were justifiably well-received. Many examples of Campra's sacred repertory were known in New France, as evidenced in the Ursuline Convent archives in Quebec City.

Secular airs and other pieces, including works of Campra, can be found listed in the inventory (before 1750) of Charles Berthelot, merchant and captain of the militia, and member of the City Council of Quebec.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Denver archbishop warns against ‘spirit of adulation’

Toronto, Canada, Feb 23, 2009 / 09:03 pm (CNA).- Canadians packed St. Basil’s Church in Toronto on Monday evening to hear Archbishop Charles Chaput speak about how Catholics should live out their faith in the public square. He warned that in the U.S., Catholics need to act on their faith and be on guard against "a spirit of adulation bordering on servility" that exists towards the Obama administration.

The public lecture by Archbishop Chaput took place on the campus of the University of Toronto at St. Basil’s Church and was attended by an overflow crowd of more than 700 people.

After giving a sketch of the basic principles in his New York Times Bestseller "Render Unto Caesar," the archbishop offered his insights on the need for an honest assessment of the situation of the Church in the public square.

"I like clarity, and there’s a reason why," began the archbishop. "I think modern life, including life in the Church, suffers from a phony unwillingness to offend that poses as prudence and good manners, but too often turns out to be cowardice. Human beings owe each other respect and appropriate courtesy. But we also owe each other the truth -- which means candor."

The Denver prelate then provided his critique of President Obama.

"President Obama is a man of intelligence and some remarkable gifts. He has a great ability to inspire, as we saw from his very popular visit to Canada just this past week. But whatever his strengths, there’s no way to reinvent his record on abortion and related issues with rosy marketing about unity, hope and change. Of course, that can change. Some things really do change when a person reaches the White House. Power ennobles some men. It diminishes others. Bad policy ideas can be improved. Good policy ideas can find a way to flourish. But as Catholics, we at least need to be honest with ourselves and each other about the political facts we start with."

Yet this will be "very hard for Catholics in the United States," Chaput warned.

According to the archbishop, the political situation for Catholics is difficult to discern because a "spirit of adulation bordering on servility already exists among some of the same Democratic-friendly Catholic writers, scholars, editors and activists who once accused pro-lifers of being too cozy with Republicans. It turns out that Caesar is an equal opportunity employer."

Looking ahead to the coming months and years, Chaput offered four "simple things" to remember.

"First," he said, "all political leaders draw their authority from God. We owe no leader any submission or cooperation in the pursuit of grave evil."

"In fact, we have the duty to change bad laws and resist grave evil in our public life, both by our words and our non-violent actions. The truest respect we can show to civil authority is the witness of our Catholic faith and our moral convictions, without excuses or apologies."

In a reference to the messianic treatment the Barack Obama received from some Americans during the presidential primaries, Archbishop Chaput delivered his second point: "in democracies, we elect public servants, not messiahs."

Noting that Obama actually trailed in the weeks just before the election, the Denver archbishop said that this places some of today’s talk about a "new American mandate" in perspective.

"Americans, including many Catholics, elected a gifted man to fix an economic crisis. That’s the mandate. They gave nobody a mandate to retool American culture on the issues of marriage and the family, sexuality, bioethics, religion in public life and abortion. That retooling could easily happen, and it clearly will happen -- but only if Catholics and other religious believers allow it."

The third point to focus on when the beliefs of Catholics are challenged is that "it doesn’t matter what we claim to believe if we’re unwilling to act on our beliefs," Chaput counseled.

"The fourth and final thing to remember, and there’s no easy way to say it," remarked Archbishop Chaput, is that the "Church in the United States has done a poor job of forming the faith and conscience of Catholics for more than 40 years."

"And now we’re harvesting the results -- in the public square, in our families and in the confusion of our personal lives. I could name many good people and programs that seem to disprove what I just said. But I could name many more that do prove it, and some of them work in Washington."

American Catholics need to realize that many in the current generation haven’t just been "assimilated" into the American culture, but have in fact been "absorbed and bleached and digested by it," Archbishop Chaput asserted.

If this realization doesn’t happen, the coming generations will continue on the same path and "a real Catholic presence in American life will continue to weaken and disappear," said Chaput.

Citing the example of "unhappy, self-described Catholics who complain that abortion is too much of a litmus test," he stated, "We can’t claim to be ‘Catholic’ and ‘pro-choice’ at the same time without owning the responsibility for where the choice leads – to a dead unborn child."

The archbishop also addressed the "abortion reduction" argument being made by some in politics.

"We can’t talk piously about programs to reduce the abortion body count without also working vigorously to change the laws that make the killing possible. If we’re Catholic, then we believe in the sanctity of developing human life. And if we don’t really believe in the humanity of the unborn child from the moment life begins, then we should stop lying to ourselves and others, and even to God, by claiming we’re something we’re not."

"Catholic social teaching goes well beyond abortion," Chaput noted. "In America we have many urgent issues that beg for our attention, from immigration reform to health care to poverty to homelessness."

Winding his talk down, the Archbishop of Denver remarked on the misunderstanding of the word "hope."

"For Christians," he explained, "hope is a virtue, not an emotional crutch or a political slogan. Virtus, the Latin root of virtue, means strength or courage. Real hope is unsentimental. It has nothing to do with the cheesy optimism of election campaigns. Hope assumes and demands a spine in believers. And that’s why – at least for a Christian -- hope sustains us when the real answer to the problems or hard choices in life is ‘no, we can’t,’ instead of ‘yes, we can.’"


The full text of the archbishop's speech can be found here:

My article on the new messiah.
Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Mercredi des Cendres

« ...Quand vous jeûnez, ne prenez pas un air abattu, comme ceux qui se donnent en spectacle : ils se composent une mine défaite pour bien montrer aux hommes qu'ils jeûnent […]. Mais toi, quand tu jeûnes, parfume-toi la tête et lave-toi le visage ; ainsi, ton jeûne ne sera pas connu des hommes, mais seulement de ton Père qui est présent dans le secret ; ton Père voit ce que tu fais dans le secret : il te le revaudra... » (Matthieu VI, 16-18)

"...And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee..." (Matthew 6: 16-18)
Douay-Rheims
Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Blessed Noel Pinot

Fr Tim Finigan, who lists his most important function in life as Parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary, Blackfen, England, has posted this on his site. Father has been under fire of recent time for saying the Mass (of all things)in Latin. I think this article he received is especially poignant...

Jane Teresa of the blog My heart was restless passed on to me the story of a martyr priest from the time of the French Revolution who went to his death on this day in 1794. He refused to take the oath of allegiance to the "Civil Constitution of the Clergy", a law passed by the Constituent Assembly of the Revolution which subjected the Church to the civil government.

Many priests and religious understandably fled the country and did great work elsewhere - including the USA. A brave few actually stayed on to minister to their flock - among them Blessed Noel Pinot. After refusing to take the oath he had to go into hiding but he came back publicly after the initial success of the rising in the Vendée.

During the brutal suppression of the rising (with atrocities amounting to genocide) Fr Pinot was captured while fully vested for Mass. He was dragged through the streets to the jeers of hostile spectators and soldiers and thrown into prison. After twelve days, he was sentenced to death for refusing to take the oath.

He went to the guillotine still vested for Mass and repeatedly praying the words that begin the Mass: "Introibo ad altare Dei, ad Deum qui laetificat iuventutem meam.

Whenever we suffer, we should always remember that our trials are puny compared to those of the heroic martyrs of the faith.


Remember that this good priest was condemned for his adherance to the faith...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Memento, homo, quod pulvis es

Now that Carnival is over we are returned to earth, figuratively and literally. Catherine reminds us...

Ash Wednesday, Mercredi des Cendres

Ash Wednesday follows Fat Tuesday, and the mood could not be more different. Today, a day of fast and prayer, marks the beginning of Lent. The day of ashes on foreheads, and the admonition Memento, homo, quod pulvis es, et in pulverem reverteris ("Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.") more...


Thanks Catherine.

Dieu le Roy.
Brantigny


24.2.09

Jansenism Was Calvinism Disguised

Joseph Fromm shows the connection between Jansenism and Calvinism. Jansenism was the single most insidious threat to the church in France during the reign of Louis XIV. In the end Louis XIV was forced to close two convent in which the heresy was taught.

We may now speak of Jansenism, the most insidious heresy ever introduced into the Church, against which the Society of Jesus combated literally to the death. A part of the doctrine of Martin Luther, accentuated by Calvin, was that man had no free will, that he always remained bad, and that we were saved independently of any merit of our own. more...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

More on Bishop Williamson

It just keeps on coming. Bishop Williamson made no remarks which directly contradicted the Faith or Morals of the Church, yet there seems to be a concerted action to chase this man down. My question is this what exactly do these reporters want? A retraction is not going to be forthcoming, so I may only surmise that he will be hounded so that another sound bite may be recorded which will immediately be transmitted world wide.

Reporters are notorious for getting a sound bite taking that to another prelate, and asking what that person thinks. Here is the trick, what ever that question is, the answer will be posted as proving a breakdown in the Catholic Church's hierarchy.
Bishop Williamson is not Brittany Spears.

Feb 24 12:49 PM US/Eastern

By JEANNETTE NEUMANN
Associated Press Writer
Holocaust-denying bishop scuffles with reporter

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) - A Holocaust-denying bishop flew out of Argentina under a government expulsion order on Tuesday after scuffling with a reporter at the airport.

A local television station showed Richard Williamson raising his fist toward a reporter, then shoving him into a pole with his shoulder as he hurried through Buenos Aires' Ezeiza international airport to catch a flight for London.

Argentina's government on Thursday ordered the traditionalist Catholic bishop to leave the country or face expulsion, citing his failure to declare a job change as required by immigration law as well as his denials of the Holocaust, which it called "an insult" to humanity.

Pope Benedict XVI sought last month to help heal a rift with ultra-traditionalists when he lifted a 20-year-old excommunication decree imposed on Williamson and three other bishops who had been consecrated without Vatican approval.

The pope's action immediately caused an uproar among Jewish groups. Swedish state television last month broadcast a November interview in which the British bishop asserted that no Jews were gassed during the Holocaust and only 200,000 to 300,000 were killed, not 6 million.

That prompted the pope to insist that Williamson recant before he can be recognized as a Roman Catholic bishop.

The Anti-Defamation League also found records of embarrassing speeches and letters by Williamson when he was based earlier at a seminary in Winona, Minn. He was quoted in one 1989 speech as saying that "Jews made up the Holocaust, Protestants get their orders from the devil and the Vatican has sold its soul to liberalism."

He was quoted as asserting that "the Jews created the Holocaust so we would prostrate ourselves on our knees before them and approve of their new state of Israel."

Williamson's conservative Society of St. Pius X distanced itself from Williamson's views and announced on Feb. 9 it had removed him as head of a seminary in Buenos Aires. The government then ordered the bishop to leave. Argentina has Latin America's largest Jewish population.

Argentina's Interior Ministry said in a news release that Williamson departed on a flight to London on Tuesday.

Images broadcast on Buenos Aires' Todo Noticias television showed Williamson—wearing a baseball cap, a black fleece jacket and dark sunglasses—hurrying through the airport when television reporter Norberto Dupesso moved alongside Williamson to ask a question.

Williamson, his lips tightly pursed in a grimace, raised a clenched fist inches from Dupesso's face, then pushed past, shoving Dupesso into a pole with his shoulder. Two men accompanying the bishop then grabbed Dupesso by his shoulders and held him back by while Williamson hurried away.
Thanks to Robert Banaugh for contributing this letter.
Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

A Miracle at Lourdes

Carlos has posted a touching article about the healing of a firstborn son. It reminds me that everything on earth is transitory, that in the end it is God to whom we must return and that we must praise and thank God.

I have not been to Lourdes, I never had the opportunity. There are some who go and are healed. There are many who go and are not healed in their physical body but touched by God and healed in their spiritual body. Is that not the better healing? Our bodies will still die, but our soul lives on.

It is for that reason that the Church will tomorrow place, on our head, ashes. To remind us that we also are transitory, and we are given that opportunity to repent, reparate, and return to the goodness of God.

This last Saturday we had all of our grand-daughters staying with us. While we were in Raleigh my littlest (4 years old) clmbed up on my lap and asked me a question which startled me for it's content and made my heart leap for joy. She asked "How did God make us?. In her mind she was curious but she asked the 60,000 dollar question, because it allowed me to tell her from where we come and where we will return.

Here is another story of a father and his son...

A Miracle at Lourdes by Brian Caulfield

My firstborn son was healed of a heart ailment as an infant at the Marian Shrine in Lourdes, France.

I don’t talk about this often because I’ve had this nagging notion that one day I’ll wake up and realize that it didn’t really happen and my son will be scheduled again for surgery. But Stephen is 8 years old now, and the healing is real.

My wife and I may never submit the details to the medical board at Lourdes, but we only have to look at Stephen to know in our hearts that a miracle took place.

Our son is a fast runner, a Little Leaguer with a keen batting eye, a Bear Scout who can hike a mountain, and a big brother to our 4-year-old Justin.

Stephen was born more than seven weeks premature on the feast day of St. Padre Pio (who was a Blessed at the time). He spent 10 days in the neonatal ICU, where they detected a heart murmur. Tests revealed a mild coarctation. If you are like my wife and I were at the time, the word is unfamiliar and frightening. Coarctation is a narrowing of the aorta, a condition that restricts blood flow and could lead to hypertension and stroke.

We got a second opinion, with the same diagnosis, and our son was scheduled for surgery at 7 months of age. By God’s grace, we were accepted for a pilgrimage to Lourdes with the Knights of Malta, who each year charter a plane to bring sick children and their parents to the place where St. Bernadette Soubirous saw the Blessed Mother and unearthed a stream of healing water.

We got little Stephen a passport, flew to Lourdes with the wonderful assistance of the Knights and Dames of Malta, and immersed ourselves in the grace of the famous shrine. My wife dipped him in the frigid water on two occasions, splashing extra water on his chest for good measure, and we prayed for healing. We also took part in a healing Mass, an amazing candlelight procession, a visit to St. Bernadette’s little home, and many other activities during our week in Lourdes.

My wife had the distinct feeling that something had changed with our son. I was not sure, and thought that her hopeful emotions were natural for a mother who had gone through a high-risk pregnancy and an emergency delivery.

We returned home and a few days later had an appointment with the pediatric cardiologist, who performed the usual tests, this time in preparation for surgery. He spoke little and said he would call us later. We were puzzled, and concerned. Had things gotten worse?

The cardiologist called that evening to say that he was taking Stephen off the surgery list for now. Too stunned to think, I told him not to let our hesitance sway him; we wanted the best for our son’s health. The doctor explained that the tests that day showed a marked improvement. He didn’t say anything after the exam because he wanted to consult with colleagues before breaking the good news.

“Is this the miracle we prayed for at Lourdes?” I asked. He said that as a doctor he didn’t deal in miracles, but he had never seen such a rapid improvement of this condition.

Over the months, the coarctation continued to improve, so that a specialist at one of the nation’s top hospitals said he could not detect any evidence of the condition.

Stephen was healed. The only explanation is Lourdes.

I tell this story to inspire faith and hope in others, as we approach the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes on February 11th. Not everybody who goes to Lourdes receives a physical healing. But everyone is healed in some way, spiritually, emotionally, mentally.

Please join me in thanking the Blessed Mother for her intercession before God, for all the graces she bestows on souls and bodies. Let us give glory to God in the highest.


Originally published by Fathers for Good a Knights of Columbus site in English, en français, en español, W Języku polskim.

Thanks and Tip of the beret to Carlos!

Deo Gratias,
Brantigny

23.2.09

Carnival


The name even sounds carnal.

Catherine Delors gives us a glimpse into the day before Lent festivities in Paris just before the Revolution.

Carnival in Paris
Carnival is the time of revelry and celebration that precedes the fast of Lent and culminates with Mardi-Gras, Fat Tuesday. Before the French Revolution it was the occasion for masquerades, and also raucous parades through the streets of Paris, like the promenade du bœuf gras ("fat ox.") A young boy, called "King of the Butchers" with a gilt crown, sword and scepter, rode the ox, at the sound of violins, fifes and drums, surrounded by butchers disguised as women.

Social barriers, good taste and rules of acceptable behavior fell by the wayside for a few days. The Church remonstrated in vain. The great writer Louis-Sebastien Mercier, who must receive credit for giving us the best snapshots of everyday life in Paris at the end of the 18th century, reports on the obscenity of the parades.
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With a shake of my head, and a rolling of my eyes, I thank you Catherine!

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Some links to Charlotte Corday


A reader, "Sagamore" has introduced me to a facebook group called Charlotte Corday – dans l’Histoire et les arts, which may be found here...

I have gone through the links it provided therein and some are truly great.

From the Musee Haute-Normandie which not only has an exhibit on Charlotte Corday but other dramatic events in Normand history.

Others are
http://www.vimoutiers.net/charlotte_corday.htm
http://les.guillotines.free.fr/corday.htm
http://www.charlotte-corday.com/ccorday.htm

My article on Charlotte Corday...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to "Sagamore".

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny