5.6.09

Abortion Clinic 911 Emergency Calls "No lights and sirens, please!"

What is done in darkness, is not hidden in the light.

Genocide pure and simple.

God save your children.

Brantigny

Franciscan Sisters: Called to be, Called to serve

In heaven today are many fine sisters who served their purgatory while teaching me. God bless them all. A most noble vocation.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Birthday

Tomorrow is my wifes birthday. Yes she was born on the anniversary of D-Day. a strong desire for life, prevents me from mentioning which one. We are travelling to Washington DC, for the occasion. I will be writing on Monday.

Have a blessed weekend.

Dieu Le Roy!
Brantigny

1944 L'annee Des Combats

Annonce du débarquement.

1944, est bien pour l'Europe occupée l'année des plus grands espoirs. Grâce à l'action des différentes armées alliés ainsi qu'à l'aide qui leur est apportée par les mouvements et les maquis de la résistance, l'Allemagne nazie recule sur tous les fronts et son effondrement semble proche.

En France, la résistance a parcouru un long chemin et de quelques groupes d'hommes à l'origine, elle parvient à la mise en place d'importantes organisations. En cette année 1944, elles se préparent à combattre. A Alger, le Comité Français de Libération Nationale présidé par le Général de GAULLE, devient le Gouvernement Provisoire de la République Française et s'élargit à de vastes fractions de la société.

Le 6 juin enfin, le premier débarquement a lieu en Normandie. Au cours des semaines, différentes unités prennent pied sur le sol français, 2ème armée britannique, 1ère armée canadienne, 1ère et 3ème armées américaines ainsi que des contingents polonais, tchèques, belges, norvégiens, hollandais et bien sûr français (Commando KIEFFER, 2ème division blindée du Général LECLERC de HAUTECLOQUE).

Un second débarquement a lieu le 15 août en Provence. La 1ère armée française commandée par le Général de LATTRE de TASSIGNY et la 7ème armée américaine participeront à l'opération.

Au cours de ces deux débarquements, la résistance intérieure française apporte son important concours. En effet, sabotages, combats et embuscades affaibliront l'ennemi.

De son côté, le régime de Vichy va s'évanouir dans une atmosphère de guerre civile et le 20 août, Philippe PETAIN, chef d'un état fantôme, sera conduit en Allemagne, à Sigmaringen, par les nazis.

Dans un dernier sursaut de barbarie, ceux-ci se livreront à de nombreux massacres et exécutions, notamment à Tulle et à Oradour-sur-Glane.

Toutefois, le 25 août, Paris est libéré tandis que le 11 septembre 1944, a lieu la jonction à Châtillon-sur-Seine, des forces alliées débarquées en Normandie et en Provence.

Le 15 septembre 1944, la quasi totalité du territoire français est libérée, à l'exception d'une partie de la Lorraine et de l'Alsace, des six poches du littoral et de certaines vallées et crêtes des Alpes. Près de trois mois et demi de combats auront donc été nécessaires depuis le 6 juin, pour parvenir à un tel résultat.

Mais si l'année 1944 est l'année de la libération de la France, elle n'est certes pas celle de la fin de la guerre. Amalgamés à l'armée régulière, de nombreux résistants poursuivront la lutte pendant de longs mois, avant que la fin des hostilités, le 8 mai 1945, mette un terme en Europe, à un conflit qui restera parmi les plus meurtriers de l'histoire de l'humanité.
Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

4.6.09

Les Brésiliens récupèrent les premiers débris,The Brazilians recover the first wreckage

An up date on the tragedy.

What this article does not explain is that these aircraft are fly-by-wire. This means that the controls are operated somewhat like a computer mouse in the form of a steering wheel, and just as your computer once the power goes out the mouse fails. A catastophic failure in the electrical system would mean the aircraft was out of control. Where ever the control surfaces position was when the power went out is where they froze. This leads to uncontrolable aircraft.

Les Brésiliens récupèrent les premiers débris du vol AF447

Miguel Lo Bianco Imprimer Les secouristes brésiliens ont récupéré les premiers débris provenant de l'Airbus A330 d'Air France qui s'est abîmé lundi, pour des raisons encore non élucidées, dans l'Atlantique avec 228 personnes à bord. Lire la suite l'article

Un hélicoptère militaire brésilien Lynx embarqué à bord d'une frégate dépêchée sur zone pour participer aux recherches a ainsi collecté un coffre à bagages et deux gilets de sauvetage, a annoncé l'armée de l'air.

L'équipage a également trouvé, flottant sur une mer agitée, des objets de couleur jaune, marron et blanc provenant, semble-t-il, de l'intérieur du biréacteur.

Trois navires de guerre brésiliens passent au peigne fin une zone d'environ 1.100 km située au large du nord-est du pays, sans être parvenus pour le moment à trouver des débris.

Les secouristes n'ont en revanche découvert aucune trace de corps.

Au total, onze avions militaires brésiliens patrouillent dans une zone de plus de 6.000 km2 à partir de l'archipel volcanique très faiblement peuplé de Fernando de Noronha, à 370 km du littoral.

Officiels et pilotes français ont de leur côté invité à la prudence après la multiplication des hypothèses dans l'enquête sur la disparition du vol AF 447.

Le journal Le Monde avance dans son édition datée du 5 juin que la vitesse de l'Airbus était erronée et qu'un "enchaînement d'événements catastrophiques" a conduit à sa désintégration en vol, une thèse qui fait débat.

PRUDENCE DE MISE COTE FRANCAIS

Le président du Bureau d'enquêtes et d'analyses (BEA) a jugé toute piste prématurée et a invité la presse à la prudence.

Paul-Louis Arslanian a indiqué sur TV5 Monde que les enquêteurs français n'étaient mêmes pas certains que les débris que les autorités brésiliennes disent avoir retrouvés dans l'océan Atlantique étaient ceux de l'Airbus A330.

"Il y a une forte probabilité que les débris que l'aviation brésilienne dit avoir repérés correspondent à cet accident, mais des coïncidences existent", a-t-il dit. "Tant qu'on aura pas vu, je n'ai pas vu de photos par exemple, et l'aviation française n'a rien vu, il faut être très prudent", a-t-il ajouté.

Plus largement, Paul-Louis Arslanian a estimé qu'il y avait "beaucoup trop d'informations, dans tous les sens, qui sont plus ou moins vraies, plus ou moins validées avec des extrapolations, des tentatives d'explication."

Prié de dire si l'avion avait pu exploser en vol, il a répondu : "À ce stade, rien n'est exclu."

Selon Le Monde, Airbus devait émettre dans la journée une recommandation destinée à toutes les compagnies utilisant des biréacteurs A330.

"Le constructeur veut rappeler qu'en cas de conditions météorologiques difficiles, leurs équipages doivent conserver la poussée des réacteurs et l'assiette correctes pour garder l'avion en ligne", écrit le quotidien publié jeudi.

Le président du BEA a cependant indiqué que le temps des recommandations n'était venu.

"Pour l'instant, je dissocie ces deux démarches, l'information d'abord, la recommandation après", a-t-il dit.

Deux responsables du Syndicat national des pilotes de ligne (SNPL) se sont également étonnés des indications du Monde.

Selon eux, la question n'est pas pour un commandant de bord pris dans de fortes turbulences d'observer une vitesse correcte ou non mais d'éviter les variations de vitesse et de conserver une ligne de vol stable.

"D'autre part, il est normal pour le pilote de diminuer la vitesse quand il rencontre des turbulences", a dit à Reuters le porte-parole du syndicat, Eric Derivery.

KOUCHNER A RIO

Deux quotidiens brésiliens disent de leur côté avoir eu la teneur des messages émis automatiquement par l'avion et qui feraient apparaître une succession de pannes lors de la traversée d'une zone de fortes turbulences.

Le quotidien espagnol El Mundo cite pour sa part le témoignage d'un pilote espagnol disant avoir vu "un intense éclat de lumière blanche qui a suivi une trajectoire descendante et verticale et qui s'est dissipé en six segments."

Ce témoignage accréditerait la thèse de l'explosion en vol du vol AF447. La veille, le ministre brésilien de la Défense, Nelson Jobim, avait déclaré que la présence de nappes de carburant dans l'eau écartait a priori cette piste.

Paul-Louis Arslanian a confirmé que les enquêteurs disposaient "d'informations émises automatiquement" par l'avion, tout en soulignant qu'il s'agissait "de données de maintenance."

"Ce sont des informations indiquant qu'un appareil s'est déclaré en panne. La deuxième information, c'est qu'on a perdu l'avion quelque part au milieu de l'Atlantique", a-t-il dit.

Le président du BEA a également dit ignorer si la turbulence signalée avait eu "un impact" sur l'avion.

Dès lundi, quelques heures après la disparition de l'avion, Air France avait indiqué que l'appareil avait traversé une zone orageuse et qu'un message automatique indiquait une "panne du circuit électrique."

Un porte-parole de la compagnie a précisé par la suite que l'avion avait été foudroyé, sans dire si cet élément pouvait être une cause majeure de la panne.

Un premier rapport du BEA sur l'accident du vol AF447 doit être rendu fin juin.

A Rio de Janeiro, Bernard Kouchner, ministre français des Affaires étrangères, a assisté jeudi matin à un office religieux à l'église de la Candelaria à la mémoire des victimes de la catastrophe en compagnie de centaines de parents et amis des victimes en pleurs. "Ceux qui ont disparu sont ici dans nos coeurs et dans nos mémoires", a lancé le ministre.


Gérard Bon et Jean-Loup Fiévet, édité par Yves Clarisse

By FEDERICO ESCHER and GREG KELLER, Associated Press Writers

FERNANDO DE NORONHA, Brazil – A Brazilian helicopter crew recovered the first wreckage from Air France Flight 447 on Thursday, pulling a cargo pallet from the sea. No sign of human remains have been spotted, and Air France has told families that the jetliner broke apart, killing all 228 people on board.

Two buoys — standard emergency equipment on planes — also were recovered from the Atlantic Ocean about 340 miles (550 kilometers) northeast of Brazil's northern Fernando de Noronha islands by the helicopter crew, which was working off a Brazilian navy ship.

Air France's CEO Pierre-Henri Gourgeon told family members at a private meeting that the Airbus A330 disintegrated, either in the air or when it slammed into the ocean and there were no survivors, according to Guillaume Denoix de Saint-Marc, a grief counselor who was asked by Paris prosecutors to help counsel relatives.

The plane disappeared en route from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on Sunday night, the deadliest crash in Air France history and the world's worst commercial air accident since 2001.

With the crucial "black box" voice and data recorders still missing, investigators were relying heavily on the plane's automated messages to help reconstruct what happened as the jet flew through towering thunderstorms.

The messages detail a series of failures that end with its systems shutting down, suggesting the plane broke apart in the sky, according to an aviation industry official with knowledge of the investigation who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the crash.

"What is clear is that there was no landing. There's no chance the escape slides came out," said Denoix de Saint-Marc, who heads a victims' association for UTA Flight 772, which Libyan terrorists downed with a suitcase bomb in 1989.

France's accident investigation agency said only two findings have been established so far: One is that the series of automatic messages sent from Flight 447 gave conflicting signals about the plane's speed; the other is that the flight path went through dangerously stormy weather.

The agency warned against any "hasty interpretation or speculation" after the French newspaper Le Monde reported, without naming sources, that the Air France plane was flying at the wrong speed.

France has invited the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board to help in the accident investigation. The U.S. team also includes General Electric Aviation of Cincinnati, Ohio, which made the plane's engines, and Honeywell International Inc. of Morristown, N.J., which made the black boxes and parts of the communication and navigation systems.

Seas were calm Thursday with periodic rain as ships converged on three debris sites to recover wreckage, but French military spokesman Christophe Prazuck said extreme cloudiness" prevented U.S. satellites from helping.

"The clock is ticking on finding debris before they spread out and before they sink or disappear," Prazuck said. "That's the priority now, the next step will be to look for the black boxes."

French planes and a U.S. Navy P-3C Orion surveillance plane joined Brazil's Air Force, whose pilots guided Navy ships to debris areas across a search zone of 2,300 square miles (6,000 square kilometers), said Brazil Air Force Gen. Ramon Borges Cardoso. He said collection of debris could begin Thursday. No bodies or body parts were seen.

Floating debris spotted so far includes a 23-foot (seven-meter) chunk of plane, an airline seat, an oil slick and several large brown and yellow pieces that Cardoso said probably came from inside the plane.

Brazil's Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said debris had spread more than 140 miles (230 kilometers) apart in currents roughly 400 miles (640 kilometers) northeast of the Fernando de Noronha islands off Brazil's northern coast, where the ocean floor drops as low as 22,950 feet (7,000 meters) below sea level.

The Pourquoi Pas, a French sea research vessel carrying manned and unmanned submarines, is heading from the Azores and will be in the search zone by June 12, Prazuck said. The equipment includes the Nautile, a mini-sub used to explore the undersea wreckage of the Titanic, according to French marine institute Ifremer.

But the lead French investigator has questioned whether the recorders will ever be found in such deep and rugged underwater terrain.

The mourning continues — more than 500 people packed the historic Candelaria church in the center of Rio de Janeiro Thursday for a Mass for the victims of crash. Some relatives quietly sobbed and others wore sunglasses to hide reddened eyes.

Carlos Eduardo Esteves, a 22-year-old law school student, came to remember Air France crew member Lucas Gagliano, a Brazilian who was on his way back home to France after attending his father's funeral.

His eyes tearing up, Esteves said they had been friends for years.

"This is a form of saying goodbye to him. I feel so much loss, the nation has lost so much."

The pilot sent a manual signal at 11 p.m. local time Sunday saying he was flying through an area of black, electrically charged cumulonimbus clouds that come with violent winds and lightning. The automated messages that followed suggest the plane broke apart in the sky, according to the aviation industry official.

At 11:10 p.m., a cascade of problems began: the autopilot had disengaged, a key computer system switched to alternative power, and controls needed to keep the plane stable had been damaged. An alarm sounded indicating the deterioration of flight systems.

Three minutes after that, systems for monitoring air speed, altitude and direction failed, and then controls over the main flight computer and wing spoilers failed as well.

The last automatic message, at 11:14 p.m., signaled loss of cabin pressure and complete electrical failure — catastrophic events in a plane that was likely already plunging toward the ocean.

Patrick Smith, a U.S. airline pilot and aviation analyst, said the failures could have begun with a loss of electrical power, possibly as the result of an extremely strong lightning bolt.

"What jumps out at me is the reported failure of both the primary and standby instruments," Smith said. "From that point the plane basically becomes unflyable."

"If they lost control and started spiraling down into a storm cell, the plane would begin disintegrating, the engines and wings would start coming off, the cabin would begin falling apart," he said.

The pilot of a Spanish airliner flying nearby at the time reported seeing a bright flash of white light plunging to the ocean, said Angel del Rio, spokesman for the Spanish airline Air Comet.

"Suddenly, off in the distance, we observed a strong and bright flash of white light that took a downward and vertical trajectory and vanished in six seconds," the pilot wrote in his report, del Rio told the AP.

The pilot of the Spanish plane, en route from Lima, Peru to Madrid, said he heard no emergency calls.

France's defense minister and the Pentagon have said there were no signs that terrorism was involved, and Jobim, the Brazilian defense minister, said "that possibility hasn't even been considered."


Pray for these lost souls Oh Mother of God, and direct this petition to your son who can refuse you nothing...

Jhesu+Maria,
Brantigny

3.6.09

Célébration inter-religieuse de prière - Pour les 228 victimes du vol AF 447

Paris, 03 juin 2009 - 12h00 heure locale

Communiqué de presse : Archevêché de Paris

Célébration inter-religieuse de prière - Pour les 228 victimes du vol AF 447 du 1er juin 2009, pour leurs familles et leurs proches - Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris –

Le mercredi 3 juin 2009 à 16h

En présence du cardinal André Vingt-Trois archevêque de Paris et président de la Conférence des Evêques de France, du Grand Rabbin Haïm Korsia, aumônier Israélite de l’air, de M. Mohammed Moussaoui, président du Conseil Français du Culte Musulman, du Métropolite Emmanuel, président de l’Assemblée des Evêques Orthodoxes de France et du Pasteur Claude Baty, Président de la Fédération Protestante de France.

En plus du Grand Rabbin Haïm Korsia, des aumôniers catholiques, protestants et musulmans de Roissy seront présents : le Père Francis Truptil, le Père Gérard Sqarcioni, le Père Baudouin Tournemire, le Pasteur Jean Pierre Dassonville et l’ Imam Hazem El-Shaffei.

Cette célébration a été préparée conjointement avec Air France. Elle sera un temps de recueillement et de prière pour les familles et les proches des victimes dans un esprit de rapprochement entre les hommes de tous pays et toutes religions. Des lectures seront donc faîtes en français, anglais et brésilien. La prière sera portée par des chants en français, latin et allemand de la Maîtrise de Notre-Dame de Paris et du Chœur d’Air France.

Au début de la célébration, Mgr Vingt-Trois va proposer aux membres des familles et proches d’apporter 228 bougies allumées devant l’autel. Elles symbolisent chacun et chacune des disparus.

Les familles seront invitées à emporter cette bougie à la fin de la célébration.

Musiques et Textes de la célébration :

Introït du Requiem de Duruflé (Maîtrise de Notre Dame)Psaume 42 Wie der Hirsch de Felix Mendelssohn (Chœur d’Air France)
Lecture du Livre des lamentations de Jérémie (Lm 3, 17-26)
Psaume 129 (Maîtrise de Notre Dame et assemblée)
Je mets mon espoir dans le Seigneur, je suis sûr de sa parole
Evangile de Jésus-Christ selon saint Luc (Lc 23, 33-53)
Choral de Johann Sebastian Bach, Ich harre des Herrn (extr. Cantate BWV 131) (Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris)
Felix Mendelssohn, Da nobis Pacem (Chœur d’Air France)
Extrait du Requiem de Maurice Duruflé, Kyrie (Maîtrise de Notre-Dame)
Giuseppe Verdi, Libera me Domine - extraits du Requiem (Chœur d’Air France)
Un Poème « Des pas sur le sable » d’Ademar de Barros, poète brésilien sera lu à la fin de la célébration.

(extraits)

Une nuit, j'ai fait un rêve,

Je cheminais sur la plage, côte à côte avec le Seigneur, laissant une double empreinte, la mienne et celle du Seigneur. L'idée me vint - c'était un songe - que chacun de mes pas représentait un jour de ma vie. (…) Je remarquai qu'en certains endroits, au lieu de deux empreintes, il y en avait qu'une. Alors, me tournant vers le Seigneur, J'osai lui faire des reproches : "Tu nous as pourtant promis d'être avec nous tous les jours ! Pourquoi n'as-tu pas tenu ta promesse ? Pourquoi m'avoir laissé seul au pire moment de ma vie ? Aux jours où j'avais le plus besoin de ta présence."

Mais le Seigneur m'a répondu :"Mon ami, les jours où tu ne vois qu'une trace de pas sur le sable, Ce sont les jours où moi, je t'ai porté ».

Paris, 03 June 2009 - 13:21 local time

Archbishop Of Paris Press Release

INTER-RELIGIOUS PRAYER CEREMONY FOR THE 228 VICTIMS OF FLIGHT AF 447 OF 1ST JUNE 2009, AND FOR THEIR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS - NOTRE-DAME DE PARIS – WEDNESDAY, 3 JUNE 2009 AT 4PM

The ceremony will be attended by Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, Archbishop of Paris and President of the Bishops Conference of France, Grand Rabbi Haïm Korsia, the Jewish Chaplain for Air Personnel, Mr. Mohammed Moussaoui, President of the French Council of Muslim Faith, Metropolite Emmanuel, President of the Assembly of Orthodox Bishops of France and Pastor Claude Baty, President of the Protestant Federation of France.

In addition to the Grand Rabbi Haïm Korsia, the Catholic, Protestant and Muslim Chaplains of Paris-Charles de Gaulle will attend: Father Francis Truptil, Father Gérard Sqarcioni, Father Baudouin Tournemire, Pastor Jean Pierre Dassonville and Imam Hazem El-Shaffei.

This ceremony has been prepared together with Air France. It will be a moment of contemplation and prayer for the families and friends of the victims, in a spirit of unity among people from every country and religious belief. Readings will therefore be made in French, English and Brazilian. Prayers will be accompanied by hymns in French, Latin and German by the Choirs of Notre-Dame de Paris and Air France.

At the start of the ceremony, His Eminence Cardinal Vingt-Trois will propose that the families and friends of the victims carry 228 lighted candles to the altar, each one symbolizing a victim.

The families may then take the candle away with them after the ceremony.

Music and Readings:

Introit from Requiem op. 9, by Maurice Duruflé (Choir of Notre Dame)
Psalm 42 Wie der Hirsch, by Felix Mendelssohn (Air France Choir)
Reading: Lamentations 3, 17-26
Psalm 129 (Choir of Notre Dame and congregation)
I have waited for thee O Lord. My soul hath relied on his word
Reading from the Gospel according to Saint Luke (Luke 23, 33-53)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Chorale Ich harre des Herrn (from Cantata BWV 131) (Choir of Notre-Dame)
Felix Mendelssohn, Da nobis Pacem (Air France Choir)
Kyrie, from Requiem op. 9, by Maurice Duruflé (Choir of Notre-Dame)
Giuseppe Verdi, Requiem, Libera me Domine - (Air France Choir)
The poem Footsteps in the Sand by Brazilian poet Ademar de Barros will be read at the end of the ceremony.

(Extracts)

One night, I dreamed a dream, I was walking along the beach with my Lord. Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life. For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand, one belonging to me and one to my Lord. When the last scene of my life shot before me, I looked back at the footprints in the sand. There was only one set of footprints. I realized that this was at the lowest and saddest times of my life. This always bothered me and I questioned the Lord about my dilemma. "Lord, You told me when I decided to follow You, You would walk and talk with me all the way. But I’m aware that during the most troublesome times of my life there is only one set of footprints. I just don’t understand why, when I need You most, You leave me”.

He whispered “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you, never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

The Mystery Deepens

Fox news has reported that a flight similar to the Air France 447 which disappeared was threatened by a bomb. Heretofore it has been suggested that the aircraft flew into a thunderstorm and may have been hit by lightening. the video may be found here...

The area wherein the aircraft is reputed to have crashed is in water which is 23,000feet deep, that is about 4.5 miles deep. It is 400 miles from land. Don't expect a rapid conclusion to this disaster.

A film from Brasil shows the first view of the oil slick. here...

An update just in, is here... ,
and another is here...

Air France has had a remarkably safe flying record in it 76 years, there have been only 13 accidents involving a loss of life.

I pray for their souls.

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

St. Francis Borgia, S.J. And The Holy Eucharist

Joseph at Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit has posted this today, and I direct the reader there.

The strength which this divine food infuses into the soul for rising superior to human respect, is not less admirable. Whence did the saints derive that heroic fortitude by which they disregarded all human considerations, but by frequently approaching the Sacramental Table, whence they departed defying the world and its threats, to detach them by all it could say and do from their dear Lord ? And this was not alone in the rude and simple people, but in the rich and noble, and even in princes and emperors themselves. more...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Joseph.

Jhesu-Marie,
Brnatigny

The Immaculate Conception of the Holy Theotokos

I originally posted this last year. But, I have some OTCs (1) who are really stuck on this, so I thought I would post it again.

The Holy Mother of God, by virtue of the saving grace of Christ's Sacred Death and Glorious Resurrection, received from the moment of HER conception (in the womb of her mother, St. Anne) the justification that we receive in Holy Baptism. While not being the actual words of the dogma, this is what it teaches. The grace of Holy Baptism is incapable of being purchased or earned. It is given to us freely by God in response to faith. more...

Many of our evangelical brothers have trouble with this doctrine. Quoting Scripture, passed down froom herectical ancestors they say "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". This is not true, because to say this is to say that Jesus himself was born in sin. Where God exists sin must be absent. Jesus is fully God and Man.

By way of an analogy I present this, "There is a path in the forest that we have trodden over many times. One dark night unbeknown to us a hole has been dug in the middle of the path which we fall into. It is to deep and to dark for us to escape by ourselves. A hand reaches down and pulls us up out of the hole. We are saved not by our merits but by the grace of God.

Mary walks down the same path yet as She is about to fall into the hole she is pulled back from the abyss by the same hand as we were. She never falls into the hole.


We are redeemed alike, we, after being in the hole called sin, and Mary, before being in sin.

Of course one has to believe in the concept of the Alpha and Omega...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Fr Gregory A. Pilcher, O.S.B. and to Subimonk blog

Jhesu+Marie!
de Brantigny

(1) Other Than Catholic

Catholics are under fire in Connecticut

I have been taught and I believe that we may know we are the true Church by how we are attacked by satan through his secular agents and his heretics. persecution pure and simple. It is fine though, the Church grows when it is watered by the blood of martyrs.

HARTFORD, Conn. (Catholic Online) – On Friday, May 29, 2009, the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, was forced to ‘take on Caesar’. The relationship between “Caesar” (secular authority) and the Church has made for some extraordinary history. What is happening in Connecticut is now an important part of it. The Diocese has asked a Federal Judge to intervene and prevent the State Attorney General and the Office of State Ethics from compelling it to register as a lobbyist or face sanctions.

The effort is important for the Church in America, given the hostility toward the positions of the Catholic Church as our culture continues its descent into secularism and relativism. That descent involves rejecting some building blocks of the American experiment which were themselves derived from the influence of the Church. For example; recognition of the existence of inalienable rights endowed by a Creator like the Right to Life, a respect for the primacy of marriage and the family founded upon it as the first society and the right to the exercise of religious freedom, free speech, and free association. Make no mistake that is what is at stake in the case pending in the United States District Court, District of Connecticut styled “The Bridgeport Roman catholic Diocesan Corporation v. Thomas K. Jones, et.al.” Here are some excerpts from the Civil Complaint:

“Plaintiff, a Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church (the "Plaintiff' or the “Diocese"), brings this action to stop Connecticut state officials from chilling the exercise of its constitutionally protected freedoms of speech, assembly, and religion. The Defendants, officials of the State of Connecticut Office of State Ethics (the "OSE"), are applying Connecticut's lobbying statute (1) to penalize the Plaintiff for failing to register as a lobbyist before participating in a rally and making statements on its website urging its members to oppose legislation in the Connecticut General Assembly, and (2) to force the Plaintiff to register as a lobbyist, file periodic reports of its expenditures, and submit to ongoing audits by the Defendants as a result of its participation in the rally and the statements on its website."

"Defendants' extension of the Connecticut lobbying statute to these basic communicative activities - none of which involve traditional lobbying and all of which the Plaintiff undertook to oppose unconstitutional legislation that struck at its right of religious self-governance - would impose on the Plaintiff fines, substantial burdens, and intrusive state oversight. Defendants' application of the state lobbying laws is pressuring the Plaintiff, which from time to time is compelled by its faith to take stands on legislation, to tailor its communications and scale back its religious mission to avoid being treated as a "lobbyist." The Plaintiff asks that this Court enjoin the Defendants' unconstitutional application of the Connecticut lobbying statute.”

Raised Bill 1098

“The proposed legislation that triggered the communicative activities by the Plaintiff on which the Defendants are focusing was introduced by the co-chairs of the Judiciary Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly as ''Raised Bill 1098" in March 2009. Raised Bill 1098 sought to strip the Plaintiffs religious leaders of authority over the internal governance and financial affairs of its parishes, in an unfair and blatantly unconstitutional attack on the Plaintiff and other Roman Catholic Dioceses in Connecticut. Raised Bill 1098 would have reorganized Catholic parishes to operate in much the same way as a Protestant Congregational Church, imposing a structure that does not reflect the tradition and faith of the Roman Catholic Church."

"Among other things, Raised Bill 1098 would have deprived Roman Catholic Bishops and pastors of voting membership on the governing bodies of the corporations that control parish property in Connecticut, would have required that those governing bodies be elected exclusively from the lay members of each congregation, and would have required the pastor of each congregation to submit to the direction of the lay governing body. The bill would also have empowered Connecticut's Attorney General to scrutinize the financial affairs of Roman Catholic parishes in Connecticut. The bill did not target any other religious denomination. Upon Plaintiffs information and belief, every lawyer (apart from some in the General Assembly) who commented publicly on Raised Bill 1098 agreed that it was unconstitutional in violation of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, including the noted First Amendment practitioner, Floyd Abrams.”

“In response to the introduction of Raised Bill 1098, the Plaintiff moved quickly to defend its constitutional rights. Given only a few days notice of a Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill scheduled for March 11, 2009, the Plaintiff posted on its website and requested that its pastors read at weekend services statements informing Catholics (and others who might attend those services or view the Plaintiffs website) of the unconstitutional features of Raised Bill 1098 and urging them to oppose the bill. Some of these statements encouraged members of the Plaintiff's parishes to attend a rally in front of the State Capitol to be held on March 11, the same day as the scheduled Judiciary Committee public hearing on the bill. Statements on the Plaintiff's website also encouraged members of the Church (and any others who might view the website) to contact legislators to express opposition to the bill."

"At the rally held in front of the State Capitol on March 11, the Most Reverend William E. Lori, the Bishop of the Diocese, along with Bishops of the other Dioceses within Connecticut, spoke against the attempt to subvert the Church's chosen governance structure reflected in Raised Bill 1098. Other speakers likewise criticized the bill and emphasized the importance of the principles of religious freedom and separation between church and state enshrined in the First Amendment…”

Bishop William Lori is correct in claiming that the State is violating the constitutional rights of the Diocese through efforts to compel it to register as a lobbyist. It is a violation of the Constitutional protections afforded every American under the First Amendment. However it is even more repugnant because it is targeted at a particular Church, the Catholic Church. Caesar (the State of Connecticut) has determined that the moral positions of the Catholic Church, such as her insistence upon the dignity of every human life and support of marriage, are “political” because they are not popular in certain political circles. Thus the State is trying to silence the voice of the Church. Bishop William Lori is courageously defending not only the rights of his Diocese but the rights of every Catholic Diocese in America. The hostile actions of the State of Connecticut constitute anti-Catholic bigotry.

This is not the first time in American history that Catholics have been singled out. For example, the “Know-Nothing Party” flourished in America between 1852 and 1856 and was rooted in anti-Catholic bigotry. America was the home of a nativist movement that opposed the immigrations of that era, especially from Ireland and Germany. The influx of new Americans brought many Catholics “yearning to be free” as promised by Lady Liberty. Some Americans did not want us here. At the beginning it was predominantly a movement of Democrats but then shifted to include Republicans as well. Then as now, the political labels were a problem. After all what characterizes a political party is its ideas and the people who lead it. This movement was known as the “know-nothings” because its members answered "I know nothing" when asked about their true anti-Catholic aims. They hid their bigotry behind such denials, with a wink and a nod.

The Roman authorities charged the first Christians with “odium humani generis” (hatred of the human race), a political charge. It is similar to the way in which some charge Catholics with creating a “climate of hate” because they defend life and marriage. Some in Rome had lost respect for the dignity of all human life. They practiced primitive forms of abortion as well as “exposure”, the killing of unwanted newborns. The Emperor Nero was a libertine, overt in his promiscuous homosexual behavior. Some historians indicate his having taken a male “wife”. History shows a correlation between the growth of hostility toward Christians and the moral decline of the Republic. The insistence of the Christians on the dignity of every human person and the compelling witness of their faithful monogamous marriages transformed ancient Rome. But it was not without opposition, hostility and persecution.

So it may be again in what might become a new Rome. Out in front in our age, speaking truth and refusing to worship the false gods of this new Rome are faithful Catholics. The government has not charged us with “hatred of the human race” but there is a growing effort to brand us as “extremist” and “intolerant.” What is happening in Connecticut is a direct, anti-Catholic, unconstitutional abuse of the power of the State. State efforts to silence the Voice of the catholic Church must not go unopposed. Bishop Lori has taken on Caesar. We need to support him with our prayer and our Catholic Action.

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Salut, ô Reine, Mère de Miséricorde, notre vie, notre douceur, et notre espérance, salut.

Vers vous nous élevons nos cris, pauvres exilés, malheureux enfants d'Eve.
Vers vous nous soupirons, gémissant et pleurant dans cette vallée de larmes.
De grâce donc, ô notre Avocate, tournez vers nous vos regards miséricordieux.
Et, après cet exil, montrez-nous Jésus, le fruit béni de vos entrailles.
Ô clémente, ô miséricordieuse, ô douce Vierge Marie.

Marie, Vierge et Mère de Dieu, Priez pour nous.


Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

St. Alphonsus Ligouri

Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and the founder of the Redemptorist Congregation. He was born Alphonsus Marie Antony John Cosmos Damien Michael Gaspard de Liguori on September 27,1696, at Marianella, near Naples, Italy. Raised in a pious home, Alphonsus went on retreats with his father, Don Joseph, who was a naval officer and a captain of the Royal Galleys.

Alphonsus was the oldest of seven children, raised by a devout mother of Spanish descent. Educated at the University of Naples, Alphonsus received his doctorate at the age of sixteen. By age nineteen he was practicing law, but he saw the transitory nature of the secular world, and after a brief time, retreated from the law courts and his fame. Visiting the local Hospital for Incurables on August 28, 1723, he had a vision and was told to consecrate his life solely to God. In response, Alphonsus dedicated himself to the religious life, even while suffering persecution from his family.

He finally agreed to become a priest but to live at home as a member of a group of secular missionaries. He was ordained on December 21, 1726, and he spent six years giving missions throughout Naples. In April 1729, Alphonsus went to live at the "Chiflese College," founded in Naples by Father Matthew Ripa, the Apostle of China. There he met Bishop Thomas Falcoia, founder of the Congregation of Pious Workers. This lifelong friendship aided Alphonsus, as did his association with a mystic, Sister Mary Celeste. With their aid, Aiphonsus founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer on November 9, 1732.

The foundation faced immediate problems, and after just one year, Alphonsus found himself with only one lay brother, his other companions having left to form their own religious group. He started again, recruited new members, and in 1743 became the prior of two new congregations, one for men and one for women.

Pope Benedict XIV gave his approval for the men's congregation in 1749 and for the women's in 1750. Alphonsus was preaching missions in the rural areas and writing. He refused to become the bishop of Palermo but in 1762 had to accept the papal command to accept the see of St. Agatha of the Goths near Naples. Here he discovered more than thirty thousand uninstructed men and women and four hundred indifferent priests.

For thirteen years Alphonsus fed the poor, instructed families, reorganized the seminary and religious houses, taught theology, and wrote. His austerities were rigorous, and he suffered daily the pain from rheumatism that was beginning to deform his body. He spent several years having to drink from tubes because his head was so bent forward. An attack of rheumatic fever, from May 1768 to June 1769, left him paralyzed. He was not allowed to resign his see, however, until 1775. In 1780, Alphonsus was tricked into signing a submission for royal approval of his congregation. This submission altered the original rule, and as a result Alphonsus was denied any authority among the Redemptorists.

Deposed and excluded from his own congregation, Alphonsus suffered great anguish. But he overcame his depression, and he experienced visions, performed miracles, and gave prophecies. He died peacefully on August 1,1787, at Nocera di Pagani, near Naples as the Angelus was ringing. He was beatified in 1816 and canonized in 1839. In 1871, Alphonsus was declared a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius IX. His writings on moral, theological, and ascetic matters had great impact and have survived through the years, especially his Moral Theology and his Glories of Mary. He was buried at the monastery of the Pagani near Naples. Shrines were built there and at St. Agatha of the Goths. He is the patron of confessors, moral theologians, and the lay apostolate. In liturgical art he is depicted as bent over with rheumatism or as a young priest.

St Alphonsis pray for us,
Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

References: Biography http://www.catholic.org/
Angelus http://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/prayers/Angelus.htm

‘Charity is the bond of perfection' ...

Christine at Laudem Glorae has posted this meditation from St Alphonsis Ligouri. Whe I first went to grammar school I attended St Alphonsis in Chicago. St Alphonus carism was quite in evidence there.

Toute notre perfection consiste à aimer notre Dieu : Caritas est vinculum perfectionis. (Coloss. III.) Mais toute la perfection de l'amour consiste dans l'union de notre volonté à la sienne. L'effet principal de l'amour, dit S. Denis l'Aréopagite (De Div. Nom. 4.), c'est d'unir la volonté das amans, de telle sorte qu'il n'y en ait plus qu'une. Aussi plus on est uni à la volonté de Dieu, plus est grand l'amour qu'on a pour lui. Les mortifications, les méditations, les communions, les oeuvres de charité envers le prochain, plaisent à Dieu ; mais quand? Lorsqu'elles sont faites selon sa volonté ; mais s'il n'en est pas ainsi, elles lui déplaisent ; que dis-je, il les abhorre, et les punit.

S'il y avait deux serviteurs dont l'un travaillât toute la journée sans se reposer , mais aussi en ne voulant faire les choses qu'á sa guise, et dont l'autre, prenant moins de peine, obéirait en tout ce qui lui serait commandé, le maître préférerait sans doute le second au premier. Nos oeuvres servent-elles à la gloire de Dieu lorsqu'elles ne sont pas selon son bon plaisir? Le Seigneur ne veut pas de sacrifice, dit le prophète à Saül, il veut seulement qu'on lui obéisse.

--St. Alphonse de Liguori, De L'Amour Divin

Perfection is founded entirely on the love of God: “Charity is the bond of perfection” and perfect love of God means the complete union of our will with God’s: “The principal effect of love is so to unite the wills of those who love each other as to make them will the same things.” It follows then, that the more one unites his will with the divine will, the greater will be his love of God. Mortification, meditation, receiving Holy Communion, acts of fraternal charity are all certainly pleasing to God -- but only when they are in accordance with his will. When they do not accord with God’s will, he not only finds no pleasure in them, but he even rejects them utterly and punishes them.

To illustrate: -- A man has two servants. One works unremittingly all day long -- but according to his own devices; the other, conceivably, works less, but he does do what he is told. This latter of course is going to find favor in the eyes of his master; the other will not. Now, in applying this example, we may ask: Why should we perform actions for God’s glory if they are not going to be acceptable to him? God does not want sacrifices, the prophet Samuel told King Saul, but he does want obedience to his will:

--St. Alphonse de Liguori.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

2.6.09

June 2, 1793

It was on this day that the Girondins fell as they tried to distance themselves from the radicals they had unleashed. In their attempt to bring various radicals to heal the Girondins attempted to bring Marat to justice, which only increased his prestige. His acquittal was a foregone conclusion.

François Hanriot with the National Guards purged the Convention of the Girondists. A list drawn up by Hanriot, and endorsed by a decree of the intimidated Convention, included twenty-two Girondist deputies and ten members of the Commission of Twelve, who were ordered to be detained at their lodgings "under the safeguard of the people". Some submitted, among them Gensonné, Guadet, Vergniaud, Pétion, Birotteau and Boyer-Fonfrède. Others, including Brissot, Louvet, Buzot, Lasource, Grangeneuve, Larivière and Bergoing, escaped from Paris and, joined later by Guadet, Pétion and Birotteau, set to work to organize a movement of the provinces against the capital. Many of the escaped, returned to the coast. It was false information about their location, which Charlotte Corday used to gain entrance to the home of Marat.

The trial of twenty-one deputies, which began before the Revolutionary Tribunal on 24October 1793, was a mere farce, the verdict also a foregone conclusion. On 31 October they were borne to the guillotine in five tumbrils, the corpse of Dufriche de Valazé, the 22nd deputy -- who had killed himself -- being carried with them. They met death with great courage, signing the refrain Plutôt la mort que l'esclavage.

Does history repeat itself? Can a political party over reach to the point where it is devoured by it's opponents or itself? Only time will tell. This is the defect of a democracy, the party in power will always be jealous of their power. In a republic the party in power never applys itself for the good of their constituancy, they apply their power to maintain that power. Their allegiance is to themselves not to God. Thus it was for the French, and thus it is for the United States.

VIve le Roy!
Brantigny

A new blog

In her latest post Catherine Delors directed me to The Mysteries of Jehanne d’Arc written by Jackie. It is very well made and informative.

She has posted this short film made in 1899 about Joan!



I shall add her to my Blog roll.

Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny

Mort du Prince Pierre Louis d'Orléans Bragance

Le prince, âgé de 26 ans seulement, héritier (après ses deux oncles célibataires et son père) du trône du Brésil, se trouvait à bord du vol Air France 447 qui s'est abîmé dans l'Atlantique.

Je tiens également à présenter mes plus sincères condoléances.

Mon grâce à Arnaud Lance.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

1.6.09

The Widow Capet

Elena-Maria, reminds us that the Revolution was not done with the family of Louis XVI, after he was murdered. A final insult was to call her the widow Capet. like a queen she bore this with the grace that underlined her heritage.


Above is a posthumous portrait depicting Marie-Antoinette in the Temple prison after the murder of her husband. A bit idealized (I doubt that she had a bust of Louis XVI at hand) it is nevertheless based upon a Vigee-Lebrun portrait. The queen did have her missal with her, because it is recorded that the Revolutionaries later took it away when she was sent to the Conciergerie. Antonia Fraser mentions in Marie-Antoinette: The Journey that the queen would ask her sister-in-law Madame Elisabeth to read the words of the Mass to her from the missal. (In the Temple prison they were forbidden to receive the sacraments.) more

St Marie-Antoinette pray for us.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

31.5.09