7.3.09

NINTH STATION

Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Luke 23: 27-28


And there followed him a great multitude of the people, and of women who bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning to them said, "Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and for your children".

MEDITATION

Women, especially mothers, derive from their love an immense capacity for endurance in suffering. They suffer through the actions of men, they suffer for their children. Let us think of the mothers of all those young people who are persecuted and imprisoned in the Name of Christ. How many long nights those mothers spend awake and in tears! Let us think of the mothers who risk arrest and persecution as they persevere in family prayer, nourishing in their hearts the hope of better times ahead.

PRAYER

Jesus, despite your sufferings, you were anxious to speak to the women along the Way of the Cross; make your consoling and enlightening voice heard today by so many suffering women.
You urge them not to weep for you, but for themselves and for their children.

Weeping over you, they weep over sufferings that bring salvation to humanity, and are therefore a cause of joy. What they should weep for, though, are the sufferings due to sin, which make them and their children and all of us like dry wood, worthy only to be tossed onto the fire.

Lord, you sent your Mother to repeat this same message to us at Lourdes and at Fatima: "Do penance and pray that the wrath of God may be halted". Move us at our final hour to accept this urgent appeal with sincere hearts!
All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
Sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Eia mater,
fons amoris,
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

6.3.09

To all those Catholics who voted for Obama

I am writing this for all those Catholics who voted for Barack Obama in the last election. You should be proud of yourselves. I heard many times that Catholics were not voting for the Conservative party because, #1. You hated Bush #2. You didn't like McCain's running mate because she was a woman, (I heard this from women most), #3 the republican party was fascist (with no real knowledge about what that really was) #4. "Always been a democrat", #5. It is time for change. #6. There is more to societal issues than abortion... That last one was the most damaging, because being Catholic and supposedly part of the Church of Life they turned their back on life and rationalized their vote.

Today America reaps the reward of your vote.

Obama to reverse limits on stem cell work
Associated Press Writer Ben Feller,

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama is expected to sign an executive order on Monday reversing restrictions on federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. A senior administration official says the president will hold an event at the White House to announce the move. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the policy had not yet been publicly announced on Friday.

Stem cells are the building blocks that turn into different kinds of tissue.

Under President George W. Bush, federal money for research on human embryonic stems cells was limited to those stem cell lines that were created before Aug. 9, 2001. No federal dollars could be used on research with cell lines from embryos destroyed from that point forward.


To anyone who is too ignorant to understand this I will put it in to language you will understand. Embryos will again be destroyed to gain stem cells.

Now, there are many like me, a Catholic, who believes that an embryo is a baby with a soul, that will be destroyed even though it has been shown that adult stem cells may be used for the same research without killing the donor. However to a pro-abortion supporter that would not be enough because that would mean that an abortion could be avoided.

Prediction: Women will get pregnant and have abortions for money that they can get from their fertilized embryo.

God save us.
Mother Mary take these babies to your bosom.

Brantigny

French Travelogue #1

Paris - La Ville Lumiere, 1936

Ah Paris.

Note the men wear suits, and the women wear dresses and hats.

An accident of age did not allow me to vist you in 1936.

Pity.

Dieu le Roy.
Brantigny

How Catholics do the pro-aborts’ work for them

by Phil Lawler
Posted Mar. 2, 2009 5:50 PM

...CWN reports that President Obama is proposing to rescind the Bush administration’s "conscience clause" for health care workers. The conscience clause, established by an executive order last December, protected those doctors, nurses, and others who might refuse to be involved in a medical procedure-- abortion, contraception, assisted suicide, or sterilization-- on the grounds of moral objections...

Does this bother you? It should.

Yet in Massachusetts, Caritas Christi Health Care, an arm of the Archdiocese of Boston, is bidding on a contract to insure low-income state residents under the health initiative to provide state-sponsored health insurance introduced in 2006 by former Governor Mitt Romney. When asked by a board member of Connector Authority (the state agency that oversees the program) whether the group would be able to provide reproductive services (abortion, contraception, and sterilization), the response was:

"[We] will contract with providers, both in and out of the Caritas network, to ensure access to all services required by the authority, including confidential family planning services."

In other words, if Caritas wins the bid, there will be no conscience clause possible, regardless of the outcome of the federal regulations, because even in the six Massachusetts Catholic hospitals, these services will be contracted with providers, according to the terms of the proposal. Individual doctors may be able to avoid involvement, but they will not be able to affiliate themselves with hospitals that are not involved in abortions or abortion referrals; no such hospitals will remain.

And notice: Caritas Christi is not being forced by law to "contract with providers" for abortion coverage. The Catholic health-care network is bidding for the contract-- asking for the opportunity to be involved!

What standing will any Catholic or other person of good will have in protesting inclusion of these services if the Catholic hospitals are under contract to provide them or to refer? For financial reasons, the Archdiocese of Boston is seeking to detach from Caritas Christi. In the meantime, the Caritas Christi web site proclaims that:

“Caritas Christi Health Care, rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus, is committed to serving the physical and spiritual needs of our community by delivering the highest quality care with compassion and respect.”

Note the link to Catholic health care directives!

Such are the mundane business transactions that entrench morally repugnant practices in our communities. If Caritas Christi gets the bid, will that be the moment that Catholics wake up and realize what’s going on? A fait accompli will be much harder to overturn, although the odds aren’t great right now.

Notice how it will happen that lay Catholics – doctors, nurses, and other health care workers – will be forced to choose between their career and their conscience. It won’t be a politically motivated group that will be the material cause of getting taxpayers to pay for Catholic-sponsored abortions. It's simply a matter of the bottom line.

Caritas Christi is a huge money loser. As far as Cardinal O'Malley is concerned, this is not about a corporate work of mercy. It isn't about the faithful having a morally safe place to go to get health care. It's about a headache he has in his portfolio-- this entity -- and needs to get rid of. Their policies seem to be the least of his problems.

So, while the faithful of the Archdiocese of Boston (and the other Massachusetts dioceses) are worrying about FOCA -- and spending their political capital sending postcards – they will be paying for low-income abortions here in our state while finding that any coherent objection to the practice of actual abhorrent reproductive services is void.

What Catholics must learn if we are to recover our moral strength is an adage of war worth pondering: Deal with spies, traitors, and informers first. In other words, don’t think you can defeat Obama’s abortion agenda until you have cleaned up your own side.

Catholic Culture

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Cyrano de Bergerac

Today is the anniverary of a contemporary of my ancestor Etienne; Cyrano de Bergerac, was born this day in 1619 in Paris...

"Thus I toss my poor hat aside,
And shrug off my threadbare cape,
The crowd's eyes are open wideAnd many a mouth is agape,
As I take my sword by the nape
And draw out its form so fine
From which there is no escape,
For tonight, Valvert--you are mine!

Too bad that you chose to deride
This vicious old Bergerac ape(
(My teeth are as hard as my hide),
Yet when you are dead I will drape
Your corpse with the finest of crepe,
So that all know your taste was 'divine,'
Though you should have avoided a scrape
With the master--for now, you are mine!

I must find now a sharp rhyme for 'pride'--
You're panting, you're red as a grape
Is that ardor or terror inside?
What began as a lark, as a jape,
Now concludes with a rout, with a rape,
With your virginal courage supine,
As a puddle on honor's landscape-
Turn around, little girl--you are mine!"-
Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac, Act 1

Hector Savinien de Cyrano de Bergerac was a French dramatist and duelist who is now best remembered for the many works of fiction which have been woven around his life story. In these fictional works he is featured with an overly large nose; portraits suggest that he did have a big nose, though not nearly as large as described in Edmond Rostand's play and the subsequent works about him. A statue of him stands in the town of Bergerac, Dordogne.

(1) Cyrano de Bergerac died on 28 July 1655, he was aged 36. "Tis a short life for a noble man"

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

A follower of mine is Cyrano so I felt compelled to mark the day!

EIGHTH STATION

Jesus is helped by Simon of Cyrene to carry the Cross

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Mark 15: 21

And they compelled a passer-by, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his Cross.

MEDITATION

Simon of Cyrene was coming in from the country. He stumbled upon the procession of death and was pressed into carrying the Cross together with Jesus.

At a later date, he confirmed this act of service, expressing his satisfaction at having been of assistance to the poor condemned Prisoner, and he became one of the disciples in the early Church. He was surely the object of admiration and even envy for the special privilege of having comforted Jesus in his sufferings.

PRAYER

Dear Jesus, you would have thanked Simon of Cyrene for his help, even though the Cross was actually owed to him and to each one of us. In this way, Jesus, you are grateful to us every time we help our brothers and sisters to carry their cross, although we are simply doing our duty in order to atone for our sins.

Jesus, you are at the origin of this cycle of compassion. You bear our cross, thereby enabling us to assist you in your brothers and sisters to carry the cross.

Lord, as members of your Body, we help one another to carry the cross, and we admire the great throng of "Simons of Cyrene" who, even if they do not yet have the faith, generously come to relieve your sufferings in your brothers and sisters.

When we come to the aid of our brethren in the persecuted Church, make us mindful that in reality it is we who, to an even greater extent, are being helped by them.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Tui Nati vulnerati,
tam dignati pro me pati,
pœnas mecum divide.

de Greef (1862-1940): Grieg -

For my wife Suzy for no special reason,

...Happy the husband of a good wife, twice-lengthened are his days; A worthy wife brings joy to her husband, peaceful and full is his life. A good wife is a generous gift bestowed upon him who fears the LORD; Be he rich or poor, his heart is content, and a smile is ever on his face...A gracious wife delights her husband, her thoughtfulness puts flesh on his bones;...A gift from the LORD is her governed speech, and her firm virtue is of surpassing worth. Choicest of blessings is a modest wife, priceless her chaste person. Like the sun rising in the LORD'S heavens, the beauty of a virtuous wife is the radiance of her home. Like the light which shines above the holy lampstand, are her beauty of face and graceful figure... Sirach 26:1-4. 13-17.

Jhesu + Marie





5.3.09

The smoking ban, hows that going for you over there?

I have never smoked. I will never smoke. Ok now that I have said that, I post today about end to an era. An end, I dare point out, that was brought about by an (over)well meaning liberal government.

From 1920 through 1933 the United States had an experiment in legislating morality called the "Volstead Act" which went into effect on January 16 1920, and when ratified by the 18th Amendment, which made the sale, manufacture, and transportation of alcohol for consumption banned nationally. Europeans laughed at the United States for banning something which was so much a part of everyday life. Prohibition as it was called destroyed businesses, increased crime and in the end did nothing but increase that use of alcohol in the United States. It should have been an example to the world...

Social experimentation did not die the death it should have. One of those places it thrives is evidentaly France.

The following article is about the destruction of the local cafe in France, you know the corner Tabac where the local colour would congregate for a quick aperitif, before going home, a light luncheon, conversation. If you want to see this slice of life go to France quick, for the French have enacted a smoking ban in public places.

As I said in the beginning of this article, I have never smoked. My parents smoked, my grandfather, uncles and aunts smoked. My brother, sister and I never smoked, I guess it just seemed stupid to us like the Bob Newhart Monologue with Sir Walter Raleigh.

From Berry Deep France.

...Saturday lunchtime. My first trip of 2008 to my local « bar tabac » for 20 of my favourite coffin nails.

Normally the place is heaving on a Saturday lunchtime (and every lunchtime for that matter). Regulars propping up the bar, enjoying an aperitif or three, before they head home for their meat and two veg. The tables are normally taken up by the «lottery syndicates. » groups of friends enjoying a drink as they fill out their national lottery slip. Needless to say the place is normally very noisy and thick with smoke.

This lunchtime though, the bar was certainly smoke free, bit was also client free. It was a shock. In all the time that I have lived here, I can’t remember ever seeing any bar, no matter how awful, void of drinkers on a Saturday lunchtime.

The « patronne » was quite clear, her regulars just haven’t come back since the sloking ban, and if it carries on like this, she might have to close.

Our local bar tabac « Le Nemrode » is situated on the main road into Bourges from Moulins. Everyday hundreds of lorries and delivery vans trundle past the café. Many of the drivers stop to buy their cigarettes and have a coffee...
more...

yet it doesn't end there, see this...

I know that I have written a somewhat tongue in check article and backing it up with the blog of a actual smoker but the same garbage goes on even in Ireland, England and the Republic of California.

thanks and a tip of the beret to Dirk, who does read my blog and probably won't but a tip just the same.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

PS I hate the smell of Gualoises.

SEVENTH STATION

The Cross is placed upon Jesus' shoulders

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Mark 15:20

And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak, and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.

MEDITATION

The Cross, that great symbol of Christianity, from being an instrument of shameful punishment has become a glorious victory banner.

There are courageous atheists who are ready to sacrifice themselves for the revolution: they are prepared to embrace the cross, but without Jesus.

Among Christians there are de facto "atheists" who want Jesus, but without the Cross. Now without Jesus, the cross is unbearable, and without the Cross, no one can claim to be with Jesus. Let us embrace the Cross and let us embrace Jesus, and with Jesus let us embrace all our suffering and persecuted brethren!

PRAYER

O divine Redeemer, with what great joy you embraced the Cross, which you had desired for so long! It weighs heavily upon your wounded shoulders, but it is held up by a heart filled with love.

The great Saints understood the saving value of the Cross so deeply that they could cry out: "Either suffer or die!". Give us the grace at least to accept your invitation to carry our cross behind you. You prepared a personal cross for each one of us. We have before our eyes the image of Pope John Paul II, who climbed the "Mount of Crosses" in Lithuania. Every one of those crosses had a story to tell, a story of suffering and joy, of humiliation and triumph, of death and resurrection.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Quis non posset contristari,
piam matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?

Pope Pius XII, document found


Robert Banaugh sent me this article this morning, It is interesting...

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Vatican Radio said Wednesday that a 1943 document found in a Rome convent bolsters church contentions that Pope Pius XII tried to save Jews from Nazis in World War II.

Some historians and Jewish groups contend that the wartime pontiff didn't speak out enough against the Holocaust [How many Jews 'spoke out enough against' the trial, torture, and crucifixion of Our Lord?], while the Vatican insists that the late pope used quiet diplomacy to help Jews.

Vatican Radio reported the discovery of a note, kept in a cloistered monastery near the Colosseum, which lists the names of 24 people who were taken in by the nuns "in accordance with Pius' desire."

The note carried a November 1943 date, Vatican Radio said. In October 1943, more than 2,000 Jews were rounded up in the city's Old Ghetto neighborhood and deported to concentration camps while the Italian capital was under Nazi occupation. Only about 100 Jews survived to return to Italy.

A German Jesuit who has been spearheading efforts for beatification for Pius, told Vatican Radio he obtained the document from nuns based in the convent.

The Rev. Peter Gumpel contended that the lists provides "further confirmation that can be useful against those who persistently want to denigrate Pius XII and thus attack the Catholic church."

Beatification is the last formal step before sainthood.

Israeli officials and Jewish groups have said that as long as Vatican archives on Pius' papacy remain closed to researchers, the question over what the pontiff did or didn't do to save Jews remains unresolved.

Last year, Pope Benedict XVI, in a tribute to Pius, insisted the late pontiff worked quietly behind the scenes to save as many Jews as possible. He has expressed hope the path for sainthood could move ahead, but also reportedly agreed to consider freezing the process until the Vatican's wartime archives are opened to researchers.


Pope Pius XII continues to be under attack by Jewish groups due in large part to a fictional play in 1962, called "The Deputy" by the then unknown Rolf Hochhuth. The calumny in that theatrical production was believed by many Jewish and protestant groups until respect for Pius XII, widespread until then, rapidly turned into negative opinion. (Of course Pius XII was dead by then) Hochhuth claimed that the Pope had remained silent, for reprehensible reasons (selfishness of the institutions, concern for papal finances), precisely when an official pronouncement from him could have put an end to the killing of the Jews being perpetrated by National Socialism. The groups suporting Hochhuth's contention claimed that the Vatican secret archives remained closed to them, and offered this as proof of a conspiracy to coverup the Pope's alleged connection to the Nazi's.

Rolf Hochhuth, strange as it may seem,was a leading defender of David Irving a well known Holocaust denier. When asked about Irving’s statement that "more women died on the back seat of Edward Kennedy's car at Chappaquiddick than ever died in a gas chamber in Auschwitz", Hochhuth called this black humour... So now I am confused.

I guess my question would be, why does the Vatican have to prove anything to Jewish groups? In which way do these groups determine who is canonized and who is not. I can assure the reader that if God has taken Pope Pius XII into his busom then no piece of paper or canonization process can change that.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Robert Banaugh at Post Conciliar Catholicism for sending me the article from the Vatican News organization.

Pope Saint Pius XII pray for us...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

4.3.09

Newborn baby thrown out with the trash alive!

"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

This kind of story brings tears to my eyes, I picked this upat Irish Tory. Is this what we have allowed ourselves to degenerate to? The blood of this child lays at the door of those who would say "..we can't vote on a single issue..."

'A young mother has accused a Florida clinic of botching her abortion, allowing her child to be born alive - then putting the baby into a plastic bag and throwing her out with the trash.

Sycloria Williams is suing Dr Pierre Jean-Jacque Renelique and the abortion clinic's owners in a case that has shocked both sides of the abortion debate.


Aged 18, Ms Williams went to an abortion clinic outside Miami and paid $1,200 for Dr Renelique to terminate her 23-week pregnancy.

Three days later, she sat in a reclining chair, medicated and ready for the procedure.

But Dr Renelique did not arrive in time - and, according to Williams and the Florida Department of Health, she went into labour and delivered a live baby girl.

Then, Ms Williams and the Department of Health claim, one of the clinic's owners - who has no medical licence - cut the infant's umbilical cord.


Ms Williams says the woman placed the baby in a plastic bio-hazard bag and threw it out.

Police recovered the decomposing remains in a cardboard box a week later after getting anonymous tips.

An autopsy revealed air in the baby girl's lungs - proving that she was born alive and breathing.'

There is so much about this that is so wrong, I don't know where to start!


From the Baltimore Cathecisms:
6. Q. Why did God make you?
A. God made me to know Him, to love Him, and to serve Him in this world, and to be happy with Him forever in the next.

Thanks and a tip of the beret.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Benoît XVI invite les fidèles à invoquer les anges dans leur vie de foi

Au cours de la prière de l'Angélus, ce 1er mars, le pape a invité les fidèles à prier pour lui et pour ses collaborateurs de la Curie Romaine. Le Pape a rappelé que dans l’Evangile de Dimanche, « les anges, figures lumineuses et mystérieuses, apparaissent presque à la hâte, dans la brièveté du récit, face à cette figure obscure et ténébreuse qui ose tenter le Seigneur ». « Les anges, dit l'Evangile, ‘servaient' Jésus (Marc 1,13); ils sont le contrepoint de Satan ». « ‘Ange' veut dire ‘envoyé' », a poursuivi le pape en expliquant que « nous trouvons ces figures dans tout l'Ancien Testament, qui aident et guident les hommes au nom de Dieu ». Le pape a entre autre rappelé « la figure de l'ange Raphaël » dans le Livre de Tobie, mais aussi celle de Gabriel, dans le Nouveau Testament, « envoyé pour annoncer à Zacharie et à Marie les heureux événements qui sont le début de notre salut » ou encore le chœur d'anges qui « annonce aux pasteurs la bonne nouvelle de la naissance du Sauveur ». « Nous enlèverions une part importante de l'Evangile si nous laissions de côté ces êtres envoyés par Dieu, qui annoncent sa présence parmi nous et en sont un signe », a ajouté le pape. « Invoquons-les souvent, pour qu'ils nous soutiennent dans l'engagement de suivre Jésus jusqu'à nous identifier à Lui ».

Priez pour nous, bienheureux anges de Dieu.

Brantigny

Merci a Notre Dame des Neiges

SIXTH STATION

Jesus is scourged and crowned with thorns

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Mark 15: 15b, 17-19

Pilate, having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers clothed him in a purple cloak, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on him. And they began to salute him, "Hail, King of the Jews!". And they struck his head with a reed and spat upon him, and they knelt down in homage to him.

MEDITATION

Scourging as it was practised in those days was a terrible punishment. The dreadful flagellum used by the Romans tore the flesh to shreds. And the crown of thorns, apart from causing the most acute pain, was also a mockery of the divine Prisoner's kingship, as were the spitting and the blows.

Appalling forms of torture continue to emerge from the cruelty of the human heart - and psychological tortures are no less terrible than the physical variety; often the victims themselves become torturers in their turn. Are all these sufferings meaningless?

PRAYER

No, Jesus, you continue to gather together and sanctify suffering of all kinds: that of the sick, of those who die in hardship, of all who experience discrimination; but the sufferings which shine out over all others are those endured for your Name.

By the sufferings of the martyrs, bless your Church; may their blood become the seed of new Christians. We firmly believe that their sufferings, even if at the time they seem like total defeat, will bring true victory to your Church. Lord, grant constancy to our persecuted brethren!

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Pro peccatis suae gentis
vidit Iesum in tormentis
et flagellis subditum.

New Site

I have been shopping on the internet for a site which sells porcelain in a purely French design. I found one, called Boutique Catholique Scout. For all my fellow Royalists out there, there is a place where you can purchase those items which are not available here.

Click on the above link to go to the site.

I shall place a link on my blog to this site.

Needless to say I was ecstatic!

Dieu le Roy! Roi, Foi, Dieu!
Brantigny

Britain to give Sen. Kennedy honorary knighthood

Evidently knighthood comes cheaply now in Great Britain. Theodore Kennedy receiving a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth is like Louis XVI bestowing a knighthood on Robespierre. I hear his tabard will be all red.

London– He won't be allowed to call himself Sir Ted, but U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy is being awarded an honorary knighthood from Britain.

The government said Wednesday the Massachusetts senator is being recognized for services to U.S.-U.K. relations and to Northern Ireland.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown will announce the honor Wednesday when he addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington. Knighthoods are bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II but recipients are selected by the government or an advisory committee.

Kennedy, scion of an Irish-American political dynasty, is known in Britain for his involvement in the long process that led to Northern Ireland's 1998 Good Friday peace accord.

The 77-year-old brother of the late President John F. Kennedy has served in the Senate since 1962. He is being treated for a brain tumor.

Other Americans to receive honorary knighthoods include Microsoft chief Bill Gates, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and filmmaker Steven Spielberg. Unlike British knights, they are not entitled to use the honorific "Sir" or "Dame" before their names.


I can not inmagine Kennedy going off on a Crusade.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

3.3.09

Civil War Jesuit, The Rebel Chaplain

Joseph has placed this missive today...

For all four years of the American Civil War, the French-born Jesuit Louis-Hipployte Gache (1817-1907) served as a Chaplain with the Confederate Army. His letters, written between May 1861 and July 1865, describe his experiences with the Tenth Louisiana Infantry. In 1981 Father Cornelius M. Buckley, S.J., collected Father Gache’s wartime letters together in a book titled A Frenchman, A Chaplain, A Rebel. During the Civil War some six hundred women religious served as nurses in the both the Union and Confederate armies.

Link (here) to the full post I Thought Catholic's Were Worst People A The Earth! from the blog called Mc Namara's Blog.

Thanks Joseph...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Who Believes in Miracles?

The Lady Spoke To Me

I had gone down one day with two other girls to the bank of the river Gave when suddenly I heard a kind of rustling sound. I turned my head toward the field by the side of the river but the trees seemed quite still and the noice was evidently not from them. Then I looked up and caught sight of the cave where I saw a lady wearing a lovely white dress with a bright belt. On top of each of her feet was a pale yellow rose, the same color as her rosary beads.

At this I rubbed my eyes, thinking I was seeing things, and I put my hands into the fold of my dress where my rosary was. I wanted to make the sign of the cross but for the life of me I couldn't manage it and my hand just fell down. Then the lady made the sign of the cross herself and at the second attempt I managed to do the same,though my hands were trembling. Then I began to say the rosary while the lady let her beads slip through her fingers,without moving her lips. When I stopped saying the Hail Mary, she immediately vanished.

I asked my two companions if they had noticed anything,but they said no. Of course they wanted to know what I was doing and I told them that I had seen a lady wearing a nice white dress, though I didn't know who she was. I told them not to say anything about it, and they said I was silly to have anything to do with it.I said they were wrong and I came back next Sunday, feeling myself drawn to the place....

The Third time I went the lady spoke to me and asked me to come every day for fifteen days. I said I would and then she said that she wanted me to tell the priests to build a chapel there. She also told me to drink from the stream. I went to the Gave, the only stream I could see. Then she made me realize she was not speaking of the Gave and she indicated a little trickle of water close-by.When I got to it I could only find a few drops,mostly mud. I cupped my hands to catch some liquid without success and then I started to scrape the ground. I managed to find a few drops of water but only at the fourth attempt was there sufficient for any kind of drink.The Lady then vanished and I went back home.

I went back each day for fifteen days and each tilme, except one Monday and one Friday, the lady appeared and told me to look for a stream and wash in it and to see that the priests build a chapel there.I must also pray, she said,for the conversion of sinners. I asked her many times what she meant by that,but she only smiled. Finally with outstretched arms and eyes looking up to heaven she told me she was the Immaculate Conception.

During the fifteen days she told me three secrets but I was not to speak about them to anyone and so far I have not.


From a letter by Saint Marie Bernardette Soubirous, virgin.

Notre Dame de Lourdes, ora pro nobis!

Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny

The Fifth Station and election

...And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the King of the Jews?". And they cried out, "Crucify him". And Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has he done?". But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him". So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified...

In the above scripture we see a reference to an election, and a referendum. These are the only such references I have found in scripture where the people were asked to choose a candidate and then choose His mandate.

Last november the United States elected, through their own free will, a man I call an anti-christ. I still believe this. He has declared war against the Churches and Charities,

...The tax increases would raise an estimated $318 billion over 10 years by reducing the value of such longstanding deductions as mortgage interest and charitable contributions for people in the highest tax brackets. Households paying income taxes at the 33% and 35% rates can currently claim deductions at those rates. Under the Obama proposal, they could deduct only 28% of the value of those payments.

So we just spent $787B to stimulate the economy and now we are going to begin sucking money out of the economy. Some (okay, everyone) would conclude that we are acting as cross-purposes, adding stimulus with one hand and taking it away with the other.
more

White House comment? Sure! "The government will make up any shortcomings." So let me understand, a charity can beg the government for money? The government never gives money away with no strings attached. ..."Ok churches, you want public funds? Cut back that hatefilled rhetoric about abortion, and we will give you some money..." To all those Catholics who voted for Obama, see what you have done? Your country is all but gone. Democracy is vile. A King who cares for his subjects would not do this.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

FIFTH STATION


Jesus is judged by Pilate

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Mark 15: 12-15


And Pilate again said to them, "Then what shall I do with the man whom you call the King of the Jews?". And they cried out, "Crucify him". And Pilate said to them, "Why, what evil has he done?". But they shouted all the more, "Crucify him". So Pilate, wishing to satisfy the crowd, released for them Barabbas; and having scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.


MEDITATION

Pilate appeared powerful, he was in a position to determine the life or death of Jesus. He enjoyed that ironic reference to the "King of the Jews", but in truth he was weak, wretched and servile. He was afraid of the Emperor Tiberius, he was afraid of the people, he was afraid of the chief priests, while nevertheless despising them in his heart. He handed Jesus over to be crucified, knowing that he was innocent.

In his vain attempt to save Jesus, he ended up granting freedom to a dangerous murderer.

To no avail he sought to wash those hands, dripping with innocent blood.

Pilate is the image of all those who wield authority as an instrument of power, having no regard for justice.

PRAYER

Jesus, through your courage in declaring yourself king, you sought to awaken Pilate to the voice of his conscience. Enlighten the consciences of the many people in positions of authority, so that they may recognize the innocence of your followers. Give them the courage to respect religious freedom.

The temptation to cultivate the powerful and oppress the weak is very widespread. And the powerful are those who wield authority, those who control trade and the mass media; but there are also people who allow themselves to be easily manipulated by the powerful into oppressing the weak. How could those people cry out "Crucify him!", after they had known you as a compassionate friend, one who had only ever done good to everyone?

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Quis est homo qui non fleret,
matrem Christi si videret
in tanto supplicio?
Brantigny

Madame Louise, Venerable Mother Thérèse de Saint-Augustin, daughter of Louis XV

Life in a Carmel is never easy. For some though it is the culmination of every hope and desire on earth. So it was with St Therese of Lesieux, so it was with Madame Louise.

Catherine Delors has recited the story of Madame Louise, daughter of Louis XV and aunt to Louis XVI in a short biography.

...Born on July 15, 1737, Louise-Marie was the last of the children of Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska. She was only eleven months old when, with her elder sisters Victoire, Sophie and Thérèse, she left Versailles for the faraway the Abbey of Fontevraud. That is to say she knew of no other world than the convent where she spent all of her childhood... There is more! Thank you Catherine.

Dieu le Roy!
Brnatigny

2.3.09

Marie-Antoinette's Dress

Some my find it strange that a man should find a dress worn by Marie-Antoinette interesting. Well I do find it interesting, but not from any prurient interest, indeed far from that. Other than the natural historical interest, this is a relic of a woman I believe is a martyr, and therefore a Saint.

...The dress which is pictured at left is currently located in the "Royal Ontario Museum but will be exhibited at Versailles". A podcast here talks about the dress.
I would like to thank, Catherine Delors for tweeking my interest and for Johanna Öst at 18th century Blog, fashion and Culture from the 1700's.
Thanks you to both of you, and a tip of my royalist beret.
Roi,Foi, Dieu.
Brantigny

King Louis XVI, Queen Marie-Antoinette and Almgiving

In her book Trianon, Elena-Maria carefully researched the persons of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette. Instead of finding an uncaring pair of despots she found them human and wrote about them as they were. The royal couple lived scripture, and because of it they were attacked by calumny and libel. Elena-Maria has today posted an article about Alms giving, the third of those devotions(1) we are to undertake during Lent.

...Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven. Therefore when thou dost an almsdeed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward. But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth. That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee... (2)

...During Lent we recall the duties of every Christian to apply themselves more fervently to almsgiving. In pre-revolutionary France it was for the King and the Queen to give an example to everyone else in this regard. Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette took this duty seriously and throughout their reign did what they could to help the needy.

At the fireworks celebrating the marriage of the young prince and princess in May 1774, there was a stampede in which many people were killed. Louis and Antoinette gave all of their private spending money for a year to relieve the suffering of the victims and their families. They became very popular with the common people as a result, which was reflected in the adulation with which they were received when the Dauphin took his wife to Paris on her first "official" visit in June 1773. Marie-Antoinette's reputation for sweetness and mercy became even more entrenched in 1774, when as the new Queen she asked that the people be relieved of a tax called "The Queen's belt," customary at the beginning of each reign. "Belts are no longer worn," she said. It was only the onslaught of revolutionary propaganda that would eventually destroy her reputation. More...


Thank You and and a tip of the beret to Elena-Maria Vidal.


Roi, Foi, Dieu.
Brantigny

(1) The other two are, Fasting and Prayer.
(2) Matt, 6: 1-4, Douay-Reims Bible

FOURTH STATION, Jesus is denied by Peter

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Mark 14: 66-68, 72

And as Peter was below in the courtyard, one of the maids of the high priest came; and seeing Peter warming himself, she looked at him and said, "You also were with the Nazarene, Jesus". But he denied it, saying, "I neither know nor understand what you mean". And immediately the cock crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had said to him, "Before the cock crows twice, you will deny me three times". And he broke down and wept.

MEDITATION

"Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you" (Mk 14: 31). Peter was sincere when he said this, but he did not know himself, he did not know his own weakness. He was generous, but he had forgotten that he needed the generosity of the Master. He claimed he would die for Jesus, but it was Jesus who was to die for him, to save him.

In making Simon the "rock" on which to build his Church, Christ involved the Apostle in his initiative of salvation. Peter naively believed that he could give something to the Master, but instead, everything was freely given to him by Christ, including forgiveness after his denial.

Jesus did not withdraw his choice of Peter as the foundation of his Church. After repenting, Peter was given the capacity to strengthen his brethren.

PRAYER

Lord, when Peter speaks, enlightened by the Father's revelation, he acknowledges you as the Christ, the Son of the living God. When, on the other hand, he trusts his own reason and good will, he becomes an obstacle to your mission. Presumption causes him to deny you, his Master, while humble repentance confirms him once more as the rock on which you build your Church. Your choice to entrust the continuation of the work of salvation to weak and vulnerable men manifests your wisdom and power.

Protect the men you have chosen, Lord, so that the gates of the underworld will never prevail against your servants.

Direct your gaze upon all of us, as you did that night upon Peter after the cock crowed.

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Quæ mærebat et dolebat
pia mater, cum videbat
Nati pœnas incliti.

1.3.09

Counterrevolutionary Social Etiquette - Calling Cards

Nicholas Wansbutter writes..

...To the unrefined or unbred, the visiting card is but a trifling and insignificant bit of paper; but to the cultured disciple of social law, it conveys a subtle and unmistakable intelligence. Its texture, style of engraving, and even the hour of leaving it combine to place the stranger, whose name it bears, in a pleasant or a disagreeable attitude even before his manners, conversation, and face have been able to explain his social position... more at Durendal

Thanks and a tip of my beret to the writers at Durendal.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Young, John H. Our Deportment Or The Manners, Conduct and Dress of the Most Refined Society. IndyPublish, 2006

THIRD STATION

Jesus is condemned by the Sanhedrin

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Mark 14: 55, 61b-62a, 64b

Now the chief priests and the whole council sought testimony against Jesus to put him to death; but they found none. The high priest asked him, "Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed?". And Jesus said, "I am!" And they all condemned him as deserving death.

MEDITATION

The Sanhedrin was the court of justice of God's people. Now this court condemns Christ, the Son of the Blessed One, and judges him to be deserving of death.

The Innocent One is condemned "because he has blasphemed", say the judges, and they tear their garments. Yet we know from the Evangelist that they did so through envy and hatred.

St John says that ultimately the high priest had spoken in God's Name: only by allowing his innocent Son to be condemned could God the Father save the guilty brothers of Jesus.

Across the centuries, hosts of innocent people have been condemned to atrocious sufferings. Some cry out against the injustice, but it is they, the innocent, who, in communion with Christ, the Innocent One, atone for the sins of the world.

PRAYER

Jesus, you are not concerned to prove your innocence, you are solely intent upon restoring to man the righteousness that he lost through sin.

We were your enemies, there was no way for us to change our condition. You let yourself be condemned in order to grant us forgiveness. Saviour, help us to avoid bringing condemnation upon ourselves on the last day. "Iudex ergo cum sedebit, quicquid latet apparebit; nil inultum remanebit. Iuste iudex ultionis, donum fac remissionis ante diem rationis".

All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

O quam tristis et afflicta
fuit illa benedica
mater Unigeniti!

SECOND STATION

Jesus is betrayed by Judas and abandoned by his disciples

V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
R/. Quia per sanctam crucem tuam redemisti mundum.

From the Gospel according to Mark 14: 43a, 45-46, 50-52

And immediately, while Jesus was still speaking, Judas came, one of the Twelve. And he went up to Jesus at once and said, "Master!" And he kissed him. And they laid hands on him and seized him. And the disciples all forsook him and fled. And a young man followed him, with nothing but a linen cloth about his body; and they seized him, but he left the linen cloth and ran away naked.

MEDITATION

Betrayal and abandonment on the part of those he had chosen as Apostles, those he had entrusted with the secrets of the Kingdom, those he had trusted completely! Total failure, then. What sorrow, what humiliation!

Yet all this took place to fulfil the sayings of the prophets. Otherwise, how could the ugliness of sin have been exposed, which is simply the betrayal of love?

Betrayal causes surprise, especially if it even involves the shepherds of the flock. How could they do this to him? The spirit is strong, but the flesh is weak. Temptations, threats and blackmail bend the will. Yet what a scandal! What great sorrow in the Lord's heart!

Let us not be scandalized! Defections are never lacking at times of persecution. And afterwards, people have often returned to the fold. In that young man who cast away the linen cloth and ran away naked (cf. Mk 14: 51-52), authoritative interpreters have seen the future evangelist Mark.

PRAYER

Lord, those who flee from your Passion are left without dignity. Have mercy on us, who stand naked before your Majesty. Let us place before you our most shameful wounds.

Jesus, to abandon you is to abandon the sun. If we seek to rid ourselves of the sun, we fall back into cold and darkness.

Father, we have distanced ourselves from your house. We are not worthy to be received back by you. Yet you have given orders that we should be washed and robed, supplied with sandals and a ring on our finger.


All:

Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
sanctificetur nomen tuum;
adveniat regnum tuum;
fiat voluntas tua, sicut in cælo, et in terra.
Panem nostrum cotidianum da nobis hodie;
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos dimittimus debitoribus nostris;
et ne nos inducas in tentationem;
sed libera nos a malo.

Cuius animam gementem,
contristatam et dolentem
pertransivit gladius.