14.3.09

Special Announcement

Great Happiness!
I have the honour to report that my youngest daughter Genevieve and my son-in-law David are having a baby. The baby is due on November 14. The cycle of life continues. Thanks be to God!


Gracious Father, Your Word, spoken in love, created the human family and Your Son, conceived in love, restored it to Your friendship. Hear the prayers of Genevieve and David, who await the birth of their child. Calm their fears when they are anxious.Watch over and support them and bring their child into this world safely and in good health, so that as members of Your family they may praise You and glorify You through Your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen.

Blessed Mother ever Virgin, guide my daughter and son in this time, and place their child under the sublime protection of your Immaculate Heart. I ask this in the name of your Son Jesus. Amen.
Jhesu+Marie

13.3.09

De Civitate Dei, City of God

by James Schall

Recently, I have been reading with an undergraduate class St. Augustine’s The City of God. Augustine took about thirteen years to write it; it took us nineteen class days, reading fifty-seven pages at a clip, to read it. Anyone claiming to have read all the works of Augustine, a famous quip goes, “is a liar.” The same might be said of anyone, including Schall and his students, who says that he understands every aspect of The City of God. In English, the book is 1091 pages in the Penguin edition. Still, it requires very careful attention.

At the semester’s beginning, I told a class of about seventy students that, at least once in our lives (it is not enough, I know), we should read this remarkable book that bears the Christian title De Civitate Dei and is comparable to Plato’s Republic. The students were to look on reading it as an adventure, as great as any that they will ever undertake. But it is also a task. I asked them if they were willing to try it. I did not want to read only “parts,” the bane of academic life. Under Schall’s cold gaze, they agreed, I think, not reluctantly. With some awe, they mostly enjoyed it. Its reading is one of life’s soul-moving experiences, like reading Aristotle’s Metaphysics, or The Brothers Karamazov, or the Epistle to the Romans.

Throughout, Augustine keeps explaining to the reader the order of the book. He knows it is a difficult read, and its parts need constant repetition. At the end of Book 10, Augustine explains: “The first five books (of twenty-two) have been written against those who imagine that the gods are to be worshiped for the sake of the good things of this life, the latter five against those who think that the cult of the (Roman) gods should be kept with a view to the future life after death.”

When Augustine finishes with these dubious theses about the pagan gods, not much is left of them. The next twelve books, in blocks of four books each, are devoted to three topics concerning the two cities, the City of God and the City of Man: “I shall treat of their origin, their development, and their destined ends.”

The occasion for writing this remarkable book was a letter Augustine received from his friend Marcellus, who wanted some guidance on dealing with elite pagans. They had witnessed the sack of Rome in 411, and concluded that the angry gods allowed this devastation of the Eternal City because its religion had changed to Christianity under Constantine in 325 A.D.

Not unlike Plato’s brothers in The Republic, who, when they wanted to hear justice praised for its own sake, turned to Socrates, the one man who might be able to deal with the question, so Marcellus turned to Augustine. Augustine knew enough classical and Roman history to point out that these pagan gods had not always protected Rome. He also knew enough philosophy to see the incoherence of the salvific claim of the pagan gods.

The City of God brings up for our consideration the rise and fall of nations, of whether a “purpose” is found in secular things. Earlier Christians wanted to see secular history as providential. Augustine was quite careful here. He had, as it were, bigger fish to fry. Scripture did contain factual historical events. The City of God is full of Augustine’s examination of times and places. He knows about Caesar Augustus and Christ’s birth, the time of the Crucifixion. He is himself a Roman citizen, from one of the African conquests.

But The City of God is not about the rise and fall of nations except insofar as they provide the arena in which what really happens in history is carried out. Augustine has two sources of knowledge, reason and Scripture. He places them together in a coherent whole. Both arise from the same origin. Perhaps the most famous part of The City of God is Book 19, where he gives the 288 different philosophic definitions of happiness.

In the first chapter of Book 19, we find Schall’s favorite sentence in Augustine: “Nulla est homini causa philosophandi nisi ut beatus sit — Man has no cause to philosophize other than that he be happy.”

The City of God, briefly, relativizes all political institutions insofar as they claim to make man eternally happy, as so many do. The City of God is composed of all of those who, in the course of their lives, in whatever place or era, choose God as their end in the plan that God reveals. The city of man is composed of all those who, in their lives and thought, reject this gift. The purpose of the cosmos and our place within it is to make possible, in each particular case, that this decision be freely made.

Modern politics, science, and culture almost never mention that truth, which is why Christians have to return again and again to the thousand-plus pages of The City of God.

James Schall, S.J., is a professor at Georgetown University, and one of the most prolific Catholic writers in America. This article was first published in The Catholic Thing

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

Mousquetaires de la Garde


Mousquetaires de la Garde were a company of the military branch of the Maison du Roi, Royal Household. Made more than a footnote of history by the books of Alexandre Dumas, père, The Three Musketeers, Twenty Years After, and The Vicomte de Bragelonne take place in the context of some of the leading characters being or having been Musketeers.

Formed in 1622 by Louis XIII when he furnished a company of light cavalry Carabiniers with muskets. The Musketeers trained to fight both on foot as mounted infantry and on horseback, similar to dragoons. When the King travelled out side the Louvre (under Louis XIII) and later Versailles (under Louis XIV and after) and other royal residences they acted as a personal guard.

Soon after the first company was formed a second company was formed by Cardinal Richelieu. So as not to offend the King with a perceived sense of self-importance, Richelieu did not name them Garde du Corps like the King's personal guards but rather Musketeers after the Kings'junior guard cavalry. This was the start of a bitter rivalry between both corps of Musketeers. Upon the death of Richelieu his succesor Mazarin gained the second company, however he disbanded them in 1646. In 1657 the company was reformed with 150men. When Cardinal Mazarin died in 1661, King Louis XIV assumed them and added them to the other company. As the original company became the first company they were called the "mousquetaires gris" because this company rode grey horses, the former compnay of the cardinal became the "mousquetaires noirs" due to the colour of their horses being black. It was about this time that the companies doubled in size.

Of all the companies of the Kings army the musketeers were among the most prestigious. Many of the musketeers were nobility because the army reforms of Michel Tellier mandated that nobles would no longer be promoted to officer based soley on their rank, and had to serve for a period of time before they could be considered for promotion. Service in the Musketeers meant that they would be in the presence of the King, and their courage might recommend a commision from him.

On the eve of France's entrance in the American War, King Louis XVI again disbanded the Musketeers due to monitary shortfalls. Reformed on the eve of the French Revolution they were disbanded again. Upon the 1st restoration in 1814 they were formed but disbanded again in 1816.

In 1844, Dumas wrote the first of his novels which included some very real personages or composites of real characters, Charles de Batz-Castelmore, Comte d'Artagnan really existed, as did Aramis, Athos, and Porthos whose nom-de-guerres reflected their real name and station.

The original Musketeers wore a blue tabbard, a long open sleeved pullover. It was a royal blue, with a white cross at the arms of which a Fleur de Lys was embrodered in gold. The seams of the tabbard were edged in white. Musketeers carried a musket or more exactly a fire lock, which is pictured here... , which changed to a flint lock at the end of the 17th century. Musketeers were different from other regiments of the 17th century as they did not have pikemen.

During the sucessive reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, the uniform closely resembled those of line regiments with the exception that the tabbard became a sleeveless soubrevste and was worn over a red justicorpes. (Les Mousquetaires portent un uniforme rouge à parements rouges et par dessus une soubreveste bleue galonnée d'argent, chargé d'une croix argent, fleurs de lis d'or et flammes d'or à 5 rayons. L'emmanchure de la soubreveste est très basse, au niveau du ceinturon de l'épée. )

REVUE DE MOUSQUETAIRES. 1729 par Robert Paul Ponce Antoine ; dit Robert De Seri, ce tableau conservé à Versailles au musée national du château et des Trianons est signé et daté de 1729.

Madame Marie-Louise, daughter of Louis XV

The loss of a child to parents is a devastating blow. It is especailly so when the chld is a toddler. In Catherine Delors blog Versailles and More posted yesterday the story of King Louis XV and Queen Marie's youngest daughter Marie-Louise (named presumably after the Royal couple) is posted. This is a short article for a life cut short by the unfortunate medical care she received. I can hear her saying, Maman, Maman... Maman! While pulling on the skirts of Queen Marie Leszczynska.

If Marie-Louise, third of the children of Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska, is mentioned here last, blame it on my earlier (and now reversed, thanks to a blog reader's remarks) decision to study only those daughters who had reached adulthood.

Marie-Louise, known simply as Madame Louise, or Madame Troisième ("Madame the Third") was born in Versailles on July 28, 1728, less than one year after her twin sisters, Mesdames Elisabeth and Henriette. Everyone, most of all her parents, hoped for a boy this time, since women were not eligible to inherit the French crown in their own right. As soon as it became known that the baby was a girl, all of the celebrations that had been planned in anticipation of the birth of a Dauphin were canceled, except for a mass in at the Royal Chapel of the Palace. More...
Vive le Roy!
Brantigny

Princess Lilian

I would direct your attention to the tribute of Princess Lilian, second wife of King Leopold of Belguim that the Cross of Laeken has posted today.

The tragedy of the calumny spoken against her reminds me of that which was spoken against le Reine Martyr. I am sure that Achille van Acker had in mind the accusations made against Marie-Antoinette when trying to discredit the princess. Still we are surrounded by Jacobins.

Jhesu+Maria!
Brantigny

12.3.09

Massenet - Meditation from Thais

Sarah Chang: Violin
Placido Domingo: Conductor
Berliner Philharmoniker

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

FOURTEENTH STATION

Jesus is taken down from the Cross and placed in the tomb

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

From the Gospel according to Mark 15: 46

Joseph of Arimathea bought a linen shroud, and taking the body of Jesus down from the Cross, wrapped him in the linen shroud, and laid him in a tomb which had been hewn out of the rock. And he rolled a stone against the door of the tomb.

MEDITATION

Jesus chose not to come down alive from the Cross, but to rise from the tomb. True death, true silence, the Word of Life will be silent for three days.

Let us imagine the shock experienced by our first parents upon seeing the lifeless body of Abel, the first victim of death.

Let us think of Mary's sorrow as she embraces the body of Jesus, now reduced to a heap of wounds, more a worm than a man, no longer capable of returning his Mother's loving gaze. Now she must consign him to the cold stones of the tomb, after hastily washing him and laying him out. It only remains now to wait. How interminable that wait seems, until the third day.

PRAYER

Lord, the three days seem so long to us. Our stronger brethren grow weary, our weaker brethren gradually sink lower and lower, while the arrogant hold their heads high. Give perseverance to the strong, Lord, rouse the weak, and lead the hearts of all to conversion.

Are we right to be in a hurry, to want to see the victory of the Church straight away? Does our victory not consist rather in our eagerness to see it? Lord, grant us the perseverance to stand alongside the Church of silence and to accept that we will disappear and die like the grain of wheat.

Help us always to be mindful of your words, Lord: "Do not be afraid! I have overcome the world. I shall never fail you. I am with you always, until the end of the world".

Lord, increase our faith!

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.

Quando corpus morietur,
fac ut animæ donetur
paradisi gloria.
Amen.

Money is no object to a Neo-Com

I am reminded of the old saying, "In Communist countries everyone is equal, it is just that some are more equal than others".

‘JetGate’ Revelations Dog Speaker Pelosi

Newsmax.com Wednesday, March 11, 2009 12:05 PM

By: David A. Patten

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been treating the United States Air Force as her personal airline, blocking out multiple flights, issuing last minute cancellations after planes and crew are prepped and ready, and expressing outrage when the military aircraft weren’t available.

Those revelations are based on Air Force documents obtained by Judicial Watch, the nonprofit organization that exposes government waste and corruption.

"Not only does Speaker Pelosi issue unreasonable requests for military travel,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, “but her office seems unconcerned about wasting taxpayer money with last minute cancellations and other demands."

In one instance, a House staffer shot off an e-mail to Air Force officials stating: "It is my understanding there are no G5s available for the House during the Memorial Day recess. This is totally unacceptable...The speaker will want to know where the planes are."

On another occasion, when a certain type of aircraft was unavailable, the staffer responded, “This is not good news, and we will have some very disappointed folks, as well as a very upset speaker."

Judicial Watch also reports that a request by Pelosi to have her husband accompany a congressional fact-finding visit to Iraq was denied. “The DOD explained to Pelosi that the agency has a written policy prohibiting spouses from joining [congressional delegations] in combat zones,” Judicial Watch reported.

According to Fox News, Pelosi’s office is disputing the claims. They point to a White House policy enacted after 9/11 that gives the speaker of the house authority to travel by military aircraft for security reasons.

Judicial Watch quotes a Defense Department official complaining about “hidden costs” associated with last minute schedule changes. "We have...folks prepping the jets and crews driving in (not a short drive for some), cooking meals and preflighting the jets, etc.," the official said.


I am led to question who is really running the country, House Speaker Pelosi or President Obama? The President has only two, just in case you wanted to know. Speaker Pelosi has requested up to 5 to be preped and waiting for her.

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

11.3.09

St Louis on Ecumenism

Jean de Joinville relates,

"...King Louis also spoke to me of a great assembly of clergy and Jews which had taken place at the Monastery of Cluny. There was a poor knight there at the time to whom the abbot had often given bread for the love of God. This knight asked the abbot if he could speak first, and his request was granted, though somewhat grudgingly. So he rose to his feet, and leaning on his crutch, asked to have the most important and learned rabbi among the Jews brought before him. As soon as the Jew had come, the knight asked him a question. 'May I know, sir', he said, "if you believe that the Virgin Mary, who bore our Lord in her body and cradled Him in her arms, was a virgin at the time of His birth, and is in truth the Mother of God?'

The Jew replied that he had no belief in any of those things. Thereupon the knight told the Jew that he had acted like a fool when- neither believing in the Virgin, or loving her-he had set foot in the monastery which was her house. 'And by heaven' exclaimed the knight, 'I'll make you pay for it!' So he lifted up his crutch and struck the Jew such a blow with it near the left ear that he knocked him down. Then all the Jews took flight, and carried their sorely wounded rabbi away with them. Thus the conference ended.

The abbot went up to the knight and told him he had acted most unwisely. The knight retorted the the abbot had been guilty of even greater folly in calling people together for such a conference, because there were many good Christians there who, before the discussion ended would have gone away with doubts about their own religion through not fully understanding the Jews. 'So I tell you' said the king, 'that no one, unless he is an expert theologian should venture to argue with these people. But a layman, whenever he hears the Christian religion abused, should not attempt to defend its tenets, except with his sword, and that he should thrust into the scoundrel's belly as far as it will enter."

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny
Please note: I do not recommend or support running a sword through any one, be he a Jew, Muslim, or Protestant, just because they do not have the same faith. I am sure someone will post a comment saying that I am in favor of that.

You've come along way baby...


Once there was a woman named Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel called Coco. She is listed as one of the top 100 influential women of the 20th century. She once wrote in Harper's Bazaar that "simplicity is the keynote of all true elegance." Her fashion sense remains one which I favor. Simple yet elegant.

Unfortunately that creed has been forgotten. Now I wouldn't normally write about woman's fashion in a period after 1870 but I have to make an exception. While perusing a Chinese web site I came across an article about the British designer Alexander McQueen. Pictured below are some of his "creations" (I use that term guardedly). Well, I will let you decide...


Decidedly a hub cap complete with lug nuts!



If it rains she is ready.


I think the lips are painted to insure all the attention is drawn away from the outfit.


Vampire on steroids?

This guy gets the big bucks for this. Evidently his coterie of haute couture includes the Three Stooges...

You have come along way baby.

Brantigny

Trading Truth for Unity

My friend Carlos has posted an article today on Trading Truth for Unity... this article concerns the Anglican Church but it also concerns us because, as Catholics this same kind of watering down of the teachings given us by Jesus by "Progressive clergy" affects us. The playbook is the same, only the players have changed. This is a reformation of the Reformation. ..."remove one brick"...

It is the issue that simply will not go away—at least not in the post-Christian, post-consensus West. It is the issue that breeds a nasty recurring tendency to divide, and divide, and then divide some more. It is the issue to which (seemingly) every General Assembly, every major synod, and every Protestant mainline ecclesiastical convocation leads these days. And, it shows no signs of abating. What’s a poor bishop to do?

...Someone has observed that when a revolutionary group wishes to wage war on human decency, the first—and most effective—strategy is to co-opt language in the service of the cause. Surely, the rhetoric of “compassion” allows activists to capture the moral high ground. It is precisely this sort of verbal sleight-of-hand that George Orwell had in mind as he penned in 1947 a brief but highly important essay titled “Politics and the English Language”: “One ought to recognize that the present political chaos is connected with the decay of language.” “Political language,” he noted, “is designed to make lies sound truthful, and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.”... Read the article here...

Thanks and tip of the hat to Carlos.

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

Connecticut law Update

It seems today is a day for tying up loose ends. Elena-Maria posts an article on the Proposed Connecticut Law to remove the financial responsibility from Pastors and place it in the hands of the Parishioners.

Outrage in Connecticut

Anthony Esolen discusses the unconstitutional bill in Connecticut which threatened to infringe upon the freedom of Catholic citizens. It has since been tossed out but the fact that such a bill was ever introduced is not a good thing. more...

My original article...

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

17th Century Jesuit's St. Mary's Chapel Stands Anew

UPDATE!

Jesuits' brick chapel is rebuilt in St. Mary's City Research, bits of debris and educated guesswork go into design By Frank D. Roylance March 8, 2009 ST. MARY’S CITY Henry Miller's assignment might have been hopeless.

As research director for Historic St. Mary's City, he was expected to guide the reconstruction of the first Roman Catholic house of worship in English America, for which no drawings or even written descriptions have ever been found.

All that was left of the 1667 Brick Chapel in Maryland's first Colonial capital were its huge, 3-foot-thick brick foundation and thousands of fragments of glass, lead, brick and plaster sifted from the soil during 20 years of painstaking archaeology.

But after some dogged research - and six seasons of construction using 17th-century techniques - the Brick Chapel has reappeared on its original foundation, rising out of the field like a revelation. more...

My original post is here... which will direct you to this post by Joseph Fromm, here...

Thanks to Joseph for this update.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

THIRTEENTH STATION

Jesus dies on the Cross

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

From the Gospel according to Luke 23: 46

Jesus, crying with a loud voice, said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!". And having said this, he breathed his last.

MEDITATION

Jesus truly dies, because he is truly man. He hands over his last breath to the Father. O, how precious is that breath! The breath of life was given to the first man, and it is given to us once more, in a new way, after the Resurrection of Jesus, so that we are able to offer every breath to him who gave us breath. What fear we have of death and how enslaved we are by this fear! The meaning and value of a life are determined by the manner in which it is given away. Even for the unbeliever it is not acceptable to cling to life, losing all sense of its meaning. And for Jesus, there is no greater love than that which leads us to lay down our life for our friends. Those who are attached to life will lose it. Those who are ready to sacrifice it will keep it.

The martyrs give the supreme testimony of their love. They are not ashamed of their Master before men. The Master will be proud of them before all humanity on the last day.

PRAYER

Jesus, you assumed human life so that you could give it away. In taking on our sinful human flesh, you, immortal King, became mortal. In accepting the most tragic and dark death, the ultimate fruit of sin, you accomplished the supreme act of complete trust in the Father. "In manus tuas, Domine, commendo spiritum meum".

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.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
morientem desolatum,
cum emisit spiritum.

10.3.09

Quotes of the month

Each month at Wilson Revolution Unplugged J.K. Baltzersen places in his blog rmarkable quotes, quotes to remember, sound bites for civilization in countries ruled by the ungifted, unqualified, and intolerant.

His qoutes may be found here...

Here is a taste to whet your appetite,

The problem with most 'Constitutional Monarchs', is that they are in fact, not very 'constitutional' at all, they are absent monarchs or plastic monarchs. Kings and queens without power sidelined by bitter republicans who resent the symbolism they represent. Too many monarchs are imprisoned, imprisoned at the politicians pleasure, with the Sword of Damocles hanging over them, the slime ball politicos ready and waiting for an excuse to abolish that monarchy. Irish Tory

Thanks and a tip of the beret to J.K. Baltzersen.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

We should have seen this coming.

How Democracies Become Tyrannies

Socrates from the American Thinker via American Monarchist

Near the end of the Republic Socrates decides to drive this point home by showing Adeimantus what happens to a regime when its parents and educators neglect the proper moral education of its children. In the course of this chilling illustration Adeimantus comes to discover a dark and ominous secret: without proper moral conditioning a regime's "defining principle" will be the source of its ultimate destruction. For democracy, that defining principle is freedom. According to Socrates, freedom makes a democracy but freedom also eventually breaks a democracy.

For Socrates, democracy's "insatiable desire for freedom and neglect of other things" end up putting it "in need of a dictatorship." The short version of his theory is that the combination of freedom and poor education in a democracy render the citizens incapable of mastering their impulses and deferring gratification. The reckless pursuit of freedom leads the citizens to raze moral barriers, deny traditional authority, and abandon established methods of education. Eventually, this uninhibited quest for personal freedom forces the public to welcome the tyrant. Says Socrates: "Extreme freedom can't be expected to lead to anything but a change to extreme slavery, whether for a private individual or for a city."


...and what is worse, many will embrace this slavery with open arms. It will be an extension of that which they crave, the replacement of ultimate liberty substituted with ultimate pleasure...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

9.3.09

TWELFTH STATION

The Mother of Jesus and the beloved disciple at the foot of the Cross

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

From the Gospel according to John 19: 25-27

Standing by the Cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold your son!". Then he said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!". And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

MEDITATION

Jesus is not thinking of himself even in that moment of supreme suffering: he thinks of his Mother and he thinks of us. Does he first of all entrust his Mother to the disciple, as St John seems to suggest, or does he rather entrust the disciple to his Mother?

Be that as it may, for the disciple Mary will always be the Mother entrusted to him by his dying Master, and for Mary the disciple will always be the son entrusted to her by her dying Son; she will remain spiritually close to him, especially at the hour of death. Alongside all dying martyrs, then, she, their Mother, will always be standing at the foot of their cross, supporting them.

PRAYER

Jesus and Mary, you shared suffering even to the end: Jesus on the Cross, and Mary at the foot of the Cross. A spear pierced the Saviour's side and a sword penetrated the heart of the Virgin Mother.

In truth, it is we through our sins who have caused such suffering.

Accept the repentance of us all, since through our weakness we have always been exposed to the risk of betraying, denying and deserting.

Accept the homage of faithfulness from all those who have followed the example of St John, who remained courageously at the foot of the Cross.

Jesus and Mary, I give you my heart and my soul. Jesus and Mary, help me in my final agony. Jesus and Mary, may my last breath be at peace with you.

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.

Fac me tecum pie flere,
Crucifixo condolere,
donec ego vixero.

Légion d'Honneur

1917 was a long time ago... The carnage of the War to end all wars is long over, as is the war after the war to end all wars... Harry Patch has been alive from 1899, and could act as witness a world that has failed to follow Christ through at least five wars from the Boer War through the War on Terror in a century drunk on it's own blood. This is an honour well deserved.

LONDON – AP...The last British survivor of World War I's grinding trench warfare was made an officer of the French Legion of Honor on Monday.

French Ambassador Maurice Gourdault-Montagne awarded 110-year-old Harry Patch the medal at a ceremony in Patch's nursing home in Wells, 120 miles (190 kilometers) west of London, Britain's Ministry of Defense said in a statement. Patch, who served as a machine-gunner in the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele, told Gourdault-Montagne he was proud of the honor.

"Ambassador, I greatly appreciate the way your people respect the memory of those who fell, irrespective of the uniform they wore," he said in a raspy, deliberate voice. "I will wear this medal with great pride and when I eventually rejoin my mates it will be displayed in my regimental museum as a permanent reminder of the kindness of the people of France."

Patch is one of only two surviving British veterans of World War I, according to the Ministry of Defense. The second, 112-year-old Henry Allingham, served as an airman.

Patch had already been made a Knight of the French Legion in 1998, along with more than 300 other veterans of the conflict, in which more than 8 million soldiers perished.

An officer of the French Legion of Honor is a higher rank.

Patch was called up for service in the British army in 1916 when he was working as an apprentice plumber. Thrown into the Allied offensive to take the village of Passchendaele, near the Belgian town of Ypres, he was badly wounded and three of his best friends were killed by shrapnel.

Patch was due to return to France when the war ended in 1918. He went home, returned to work as a plumber, and raised a family. He didn't start talking about his war experiences until the 21st century.


Dieu le Roy.
Brantigny

Queen Astrid's Premonitions

Some may remember my article last year on the Snow Princess Queen Astrid of Belgium. There is an entire blog devoted only to The Belgian Royal family written by Matterhorn called The Cross of Laeken. She remembers the Snow Queen and her premonitions of her own death....

Strangely, not long before the tragic car crash in Küssnacht, Queen Astrid had a definite premonition of her death. She confided her forebodings to her friend, Anna Sparre, who was traveling with the royal couple in the Alps. Anna tells the story in her book, Astrid, mon amie. more...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to notre amie "Materhorn!

Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny

Popes prophecy becomes more clear every day

In the major debate over the birth control pill Pope Paul VI argued that if the birth control pill were to be come legal and common then it would not be long before abortion would be common and then euthanasia would be common.

We can see how abortion has ruined the world, not to mention the country. Now we are confronted by euthanasia. The Swiss to which country John Calvin fled with his misguided view of salvation, has declared a right to die. It is in fact a perversion of the message of Christ, which it is a culture of life.

My theology teacher once told me this, "When a "brick" of the Church structure is removed, merely for convenience, it is not long before another must be removed, and another, and another lest the Church fall down. Unfortunately, when removing these "bricks" the ones removing the "bricks" rarely notices that the church has disappeared".

I am waiting patiently for GOD's bill of rights to be adopted...

Here is an example of a world gone mad. Examine the dichotomy between this article and the one below...

Wealthy UK Couple Die at Swiss Dignitas Suicide Facility
MP calls for debate in Parliament

By Hilary White

LONDON, March 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) -A wealthy couple from Bath, England, are the latest British citizens to end their lives at the Swiss suicide facility run by a group known as Dignitas, in Zurich. At the same time, euthanasia advocates in Parliament and some British medical associations are calling for a debate on the law prohibiting assisting suicide in the U.K.

Peter and Penny Duff, a retired wine consultant and his wife, died on Feb. 27, 2009. Both were suffering from terminal cancer. The couple's daughter, Helena Conibear, called what her parents had done a "beautiful and remarkable thing." She told the London Times, "It is an amazing story, but because of the legal issues involved we are unable to discuss it at this stage."

Liberal Democrat MP Dr. Evan Harris told media that their deaths are reason to call for a new debate in Parliament over the law against assisted suicide. Harris, known as "Dr. Death" for his vocal support for legal euthanasia, abortion and embryonic stem cell research, called the fact that in over 100 documented cases of "assisted dying" no one has been prosecuted, an indication that the law is outdated.

He said, "It is time for Parliament to remove the doubt which makes an upsetting situation even more traumatic."

But Peter Saunders, campaign director of the anti-euthanasia group Care Not Killing, said, "One hundred Britons have ended their lives in Zurich. In the same period there have been three million deaths in this country. That suggests there is not a huge, pent-up demand."
more...

As I tell my students in my Confirmation class, "If suicide were natural I counldn't walk to my car for all the dead bodies. It is not, therefore those who commit suicide assissted or otherwise are not in their right minds..."

Pray for those who are contemplating suicide, or abortion.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

What ever it takes I'm game...

My daughter Geneviève always told me this, "...If ever I'm arrested it will be because I was in front of an abortion clinic...".

Man Driving to Abortion Clinic Runs Over Pro-Lifer, and is then Persuaded by the Victim's Wife Not to Abort

By Kathleen Gilbert

CHERRY HILL, New Jersey, March 7, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A lone sidewalk counselor at a Cherry Hill abortion center is suffering from serious injuries after a young man driving his pregnant wife to the abortion facility reportedly struck the counselor and ran him over. But the victim's wife says that the event probably saved a life, as she believes she was able to persuade the man afterwards not to have his unborn child killed.

The incident took place Saturday morning at the South Jersey Women's Center on Haddonfield Road. George Krail was walking toward the clinic's driveway to offer literature as a car approached, when the driver ran into and over Krail, crushing and twisting his leg. The initial impact was so severe it may have broken several of Krail's ribs.

Krail was taken to Cooper Hospital in Camden, where he is stable but continues to await surgery as of Saturday evening.

When asked George's condition, his wife Tina told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN) that "George is fine spiritually. His leg's really messed up ... his leg is pointing backwards."

Mrs. Krail, who is a veteran pro-life protester along with her husband, went on to say that the bizarre event "was orchestrated by the Lord."

Krail says her husband was suddenly prompted to witness at the local abortion facility Saturday morning after she showed him the testimony of an abortion survivor she found on a pro-life blog.

Some time after George left, Mrs. Krail received a call from him asking for help. "Tina, I'm hurt - someone ran me over. My leg's turned around Tina, come right away," George reportedly told his wife.

Police arrived following George's 911 call and were able to question the driver. No one witnessed the incident. However, the abortion facility's surveillance camera did capture the incident, and the footage is now in police custody. The driver is not currently held by police.

Mrs. Krail, who was badly shaken when she arrived on the scene, said she then had a chance to confront the man along with his pregnant wife.

"I thought, 'What would Jesus do?" she told LSN. "So I walked over and I said, 'Hon, I'd like to talk to you. I forgive you for hitting my husband.' And he said, 'Oh, I'm so sorry,' and his whole face just changed.

"Then I said: 'I want you to look at me in the eyes. I've been where you're at, and I can tell you my husband also forgives you, and he probably wants me to tell you that if one broken leg would save your child, he would do it over again.

"You should know that God has something in store mighty for you, and you should take this as a sign from God.' And he said, 'I know, I know. And they never went in [the abortion centre]."

She recalled that she embraced both and exhorted them to "think about this child now."

"This is how important this child is,'" she said.

Asked by LifeSiteNews how long they'd been particpating in pro-life witness, Tina replied cheerfully, "We've done it [pro-life activism] for the last twenty years. Yeah, it's been our life - and this'll probably be our death too. What's our life worth anyway?"


God blessed this man, what is a leg for a life? It is nothing. Thank God he was there.

Dieu Le Roy!
Brantigny

Another attack on the Church,

First it was the legislature in Connecticut attempting to force priests to break the seal on the confessional and report sex abusers, and now...

Conn. bishops to fight corporation law change

...Connecticut bishops have urged parishioners to fight a proposed state law that would allow them to control their individual parish's financial affairs.The bill, introduced last Thursday by the Legislature's Judiciary Committee - chaired by Sen. Andrew J. McDonald, D-Stamford, and Rep. Michael Lawlor, D-East Haven - caught many Catholics by surprise, who first heard about it during weekend Masses.In a statement read at Fairfield County Masses, Bridgeport Bishop William E. Lori delivered a harsh rebuke to the proposal, charging it "directly attacks the Roman Catholic Church and our faith" and was a "thinly-veiled attempt to silence the Catholic Church on the important issues of the day, such as same-sex marriage."... more from Clerical Whispers.
Sometimes you are known by the enemies you keep. This law would effectively Puritanize the Catholic Church in Connecticut.
Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Shakespeare?

LONDON – AP,Scholars studying the life and times of William Shakespeare unveiled a portrait Monday believed to be the only authentic image of the Bard painted during his lifetime.

Experts at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust believe the painting was used as the basis for the enduring engraving of Shakespeare that graces the cover of the First Folio collection of his plays.

Paul Edmondson, the group's director of learning, said it was also used as a basis for the famous portrait of the playwright that hangs in the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington.

"What makes it so important is that it's a portrait of William Shakespeare made during his lifetime," he said. "We think it was painted in 1610 and several copies of it were made early on, including the engraving. So our portrait is the primary version of one of the greatest portraits of Shakespeare."

The other images were all made after Shakespeare's death in 1616, he said, making the newly unveiled portrait unique.

Edmondson said experts are confident that the handsome, bearded man in the portrait is the author of some of the most enduring words ever written in the English language.

"We're 90 percent sure that it's Shakespeare," he said. "You'll never be entirely certain. There will always be voices of dissent."

He said scholars are convinced it is Shakespeare because so many copies of the painting were made, including the one at the Folger, and because the painting was handed down through the generations along with a portrait of the Earl of Southampton, Shakespeare's main patron.

He said the portrait had long been part of the Cobbe collection owned by the Cobbe family, but had not been connected to Shakespeare until 2006, when one of the family members saw the Folger Shakespeare painting on display at a traveling exhibition in London and realized the similarity between the two.

The disclosure was made on a bumper day for Shakespeare fans and devotees throughout the world: the Museum of London also announced that the foundations of the theater where Shakespeare's plays were performed, and where he himself performed as an actor, had been found in Hackney on the eastern outskirts of London.

The Museum's archaeologists had also found a piece of pottery with an image of a man who resembles Shakespeare, said spokesman Tim Morley.

"We are 99 percent certain this is the theater, it's in the right place and the brickwork is the right age," he said.

Museum officials said the rudimentary playhouse, called The Theatre, was built in 1576 by James Burbage. The site, where Shakespeare performed from 1594 to 1597, now houses an abandoned warehouse. Experts believe Romeo and Juliet was performed there.

Officials hope to build a small new theater on the site.

The newly identified portrait of Shakespeare is to be put on public display at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Stratford-on-Avon from April 23 until Sept. 6.


Dieu le Roy.
Brantigny

Embryonic stem cell research signed into the legacy of death...

WASHINGTON , Associated Press– President Barack Obama on Monday cleared the way for a significant increase in federal dollars for embryonic stem cell research and promised no scientific data will be "distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda."

Obama signed the executive order on the divisive stem cell issue and a memo addressing what he called scientific integrity before an East Room audience packed with scientists. He laced his remarks with several jabs at the way science was handled by former President George W. Bush.

"Promoting science isn't just about providing resources, it is also about protecting free and open inquiry," Obama said. "It is about letting scientists like those here today do their jobs, free from manipulation or coercion, and listening to what they tell us, even when it's inconvenient especially when it's inconvenient. It is about ensuring that scientific data is never distorted or concealed to serve a political agenda and that we make scientific decisions based on facts, not ideology."

He said his memorandum is meant to restore "scientific integrity to government decision-making." He called it the beginning of a process of ensuring his administration bases its decision on sound science; appoints scientific advisers based on their credentials, not their politics; and is honest about the science behind its decisions.

Fulfilling a campaign promise, Obama signed the order that on stem cell research that supporters believe could uncover cures for serious ailments from diabetes to paralysis. Proponents from former first lady Nancy Reagan to the late actor Christopher Reeve had pushed for ending the restrictions on research.

Obama paid tribute to Reeve, calling him a tireless advocate who was dedicated to raising awareness to the promise of research.

Obama's action reverses Bush's stem cell policy by undoing his 2001 directive that banned federal funding for research into stem lines created after Aug. 9, 2001.

The president said his administration would work aggressively to make up for the ground he said was lost due to Bush's decision, though it can't be known how much more federal money will be spent on the research until grants are applied for and issued.

"Medical miracles do not happen simply by accident," Obama declared.

Embryonic stem cells are master cells that can morph into any cell of the body. Scientists hope to harness them so they can create replacement tissues to treat a variety of diseases — such as new insulin-producing cells for diabetics, cells that could help those with Parkinson's disease or maybe even Alzheimer's, or new nerve connections to restore movement after spinal injury.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, criticized Obama, saying in a statement that the president had "rolled back important protections for innocent life, further dividing our nation at a time when we need greater unity to tackle the challenges before us."

Bush limited the use of taxpayer money to only the 21 stem cell lines that had been produced before his decision. He argued he was defending human life because days-old embryos — although typically from fertility clinics and already destined for destruction — are destroyed to create the stem cell lines.

The Obama order reverses that without addressing a separate legislative ban, which precludes any federal money for the development of stem cell lines. The legislation, however, does not prevent funds for research on those lines created without federal funding.

Researchers say the newer lines created with private money during the period of the Bush ban are healthier and better suited to creating treatment for diseases.

Obama called his decision a "difficult and delicate balance," an understatement of the intense emotions generated on both sides of the long, contentious debate. He said he came down on the side of the majority of Americans who support increased federal funding for the research, both because strict oversight would prevent problems and because of the great and lifesaving potential it holds.

"Rather than furthering discovery, our government has forced what I believe is a false choice between sound science and moral values," Obama said. "In this case, I believe the two are not inconsistent. As a person of faith, I believe we are called to care for each other and work to ease human suffering."

Obama warned against overstating the eventual benefits of the research, but he said his administration "will vigorously support scientists who pursue this research," taking another slap at Bush in the process.

"I cannot guarantee that we will find the treatments and cures we seek. No president can promise that. But I can promise that we will seek them actively, responsibly, and with the urgency required to make up for lost ground," he said.

It's a matter of competitive advantage globally as well, the president argued.

"When government fails to make these investments, opportunities are missed. Promising avenues go unexplored," Obama said.

But the president was insistent that his order would not open the door to human cloning.

"We will develop strict guidelines, which we will rigorously enforce, because we cannot ever tolerate misuse or abuse," Obama said. "And we will ensure that our government never opens the door to the use of cloning for human reproduction. It is dangerous, profoundly wrong, and has no place in our society, or any society."
PHILIP ELLIOTT

Forget about creating jobs. No matter what the anti-christ says, it is just a matter of time before we start cloning body parts. In that way he can take credit for creating life too. Satan always has his parody.

God is the only Creator.
Brantigny

Soldiers of Christ - Knighthood and True Christian Militarism Part I

“What purpose does ordained knighthood serve? To protect the Church, to battle against disloyalty, to honor the office of the priesthood, to put an end to injustice towards the poor, to bring peace to the land, to let his own blood be spilled for his brothers, and, if necessary, to give up his own life.” John of Salisbury, Bishop of Chartres (c.1120-1180)

Durandal, the Bastion of Catholicism and Monarchy, (whose approach is not nearly as redical) as mine has today posted this the first part of, "Soldiers of Christ - Knighthood and True Christian Militarism" Part I by J.D. Bennett...

A wise friend once told me that in the mind of the modern western man there is almost as little worth dying for as there is to live for. Few today could even contemplate giving their lives for a noble cause, for their family, their country, or for God and the Church. Yet when the twelfth century bishop John of Salisbury wrote his Historia Pontificalis there existed an entire class devoted to this purpose. To take up the Cross was to live, fight and perhaps die in the service of the Church and for the maintenance of Christian society, a task entrusted to the Chivalry of Christendom

Three distinct social estates inhabited mediaeval Christendom- the oratores, the laborares and the bellatores- that is, those who pray (the clergy and religious), those who work (the rural peasants and the urban bourgeoisie), and those who fight (the military aristocracy). This threefold division of the social order of Europe provided for the spiritual, economic, and defensive needs of a civilisation for nearly a millennium. Though the last class- which we know as chivalry- as an institution was dealt its final blow in the egalitarian revolutions of the nineteenth century, it remains as an ideal of true Catholic militancy...more..


Dieu Le Roy!
Brantigny

ELEVENTH STATION

Jesus promises his Kingdom to the Good Thief

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

From the Gospel according to Luke 23: 33, 42-43

And when they came to the place which is called The Skull, there they crucified Jesus, and the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. One of the criminals said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom". And he said to him, "Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise".



MEDITATION

He was an evil-doer. He represents all evil-doers, that is to say, all of us. He had the good fortune to be close to Jesus in suffering, but all of us have this good fortune. Like him, let us say: "Lord, remember us when you come into your kingdom". We will receive the same reply.

And what of those who do not have the good fortune to be close to Jesus? Jesus is close to them, to each and every one.

"Jesus, remember us": let us speak these words to him for ourselves, for our friends, for our enemies and for the persecutors of our friends. The salvation of all people is the Lord's true victory.

PRAYER

Jesus, remember me when, conscious of my unfaithfulness, I am tempted to despair.

Jesus, remember me when, after repeated efforts, I once more find myself deep in the valley of darkness.

Jesus, remember me when everyone is weary of me and no one trusts me anymore, and I find myself alone and abandoned.

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.

Sancta mater, istud agas,
Crucifixi fige plagas
cordi meo valide.

8.3.09

TENTH STATION

Jesus is crucified

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

From the Gospel according to Mark 15: 25, 31, 34

And it was the third hour when they crucified Jesus. The chief priests mocked him to one another with the scribes, saying, "He saved others, he cannot save himself". And at the ninth hour, Jesus cried with a loud voice, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?".

MEDITATION

Jesus, stripped of his garments, nailed to the Cross, prey to untold sufferings, mocked by his enemies, feels abandoned even by the Father. This is the hell deserved by our sins. Jesus remained on the Cross, he did not save himself.

In him were fulfilled the prophecies of the Suffering Servant: "He had no form or comeliness... no beauty... we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God... all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb" (Is 53: 2, 4, 6-7).

PRAYER

O Crucified Jesus, not only on Tabor, but even more on Calvary you revealed to us your true Face, the face of a love that endures to the end.

Sometimes, out of reverence, you are represented wearing a royal cloak even on the Cross. But we are not afraid to show you to the world just as you were, hanging upon the gibbet that Friday, from the sixth hour until the ninth hour.

As we contemplate you on the Cross, we are filled with shame over our unfaithfulness and with gratitude for your infinite mercy. O Lord, how much your love for us has cost you!

Putting our trust in the power that comes from your Passion, we promise never more to offend you. We wish one day to have the honour of being placed upon the cross ourselves, like Peter and Andrew. We are encouraged by the serenity and the joy that it has been granted us to see on the faces of your faithful servants, the martyrs of our age.

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.

Fac ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum,
ut sibi complaceam.