6.11.09

...On Jeanne Jugan.

Carlos has placed this on his blog, but readers of this blog will already be familure with this Saint whom my father loved...

Humble Friend of the Poor

by Sandra Miesel

Though overlooked by many during her lifetime, Jeanne Jugan—now St. Marie de la Croix—founded an order that cares for thousands of the poor and sick around the globe today.

Saints are supposed to be humble. Few have been as quietly humble as Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, who was canonized by Benedict XVI on October 11 as St. Marie de la Croix. Through humility she achieved what T.S. Eliot called

“A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything.)”
That simplicity lives on today in Jeanne’s religious daughters, who serve the elderly poor throughout the world.

Jeanne was a poor fisherman’s daughter, born at Cancale in Brittany on October 25, 1792, during the French Revolution. Her parish priest, who had conformed to the Revolutionary regime, left the village within a few years. Women kept the faith alive through private instruction. They defiantly continued their pilgrimages to pray for the safety of their men at sea. After Napoleon made peace with the Church in 1802, Mass returned and Jeanne was able to receive the sacraments.

Jeanne’s father drowned before she was four years old. Her mother scrabbled hard to keep her four children alive. Breton women were famously hardy and used to giving each other mutual support. Jeanne did her part by watching cows, spinning, and knitting. By age 15, she went out to work as a kitchen maid at a country estate. The kindly lady of the manor took Jeanne along when distributing food to the poor. This apprenticeship in discreet giving would prove invaluable to her in later years.

In 1816, Jeanne attended a huge parish mission, part of a national re-evangelization effort begun after the Revolution. During the program, she felt the stirrings of a divine call that would not soon take form. “God wants me for himself,” she told her family. “He is keeping me for a work as yet unknown, for a work which is not yet founded.” Jeanne rejected a patient suitor and chose celibacy. The following year, she left home for employment at a hospital in the nearby town of Saint-Servran.

The Revolution and Napoleon’s wars had taken a heavy toll on France. Beside social upheaval and military casualties, unemployment and famine drove hordes of beggars across the countryside. Old forms of relief for the poor—religious, civic, and private—were overwhelmed. In Saint-Servan, where four persons out of 10 were destitute, the town government tried to limit alms to licensed local beggars. The under-funded institution where Jeanne worked for the next six years was a refuge of last resort, not a place to get well. Although she learned rudimentary nursing skills there, her own health broke under the strain.

Fortunately, an older friend took Jeanne on as a maid and companion, allowing her time and rest to restore her strength. Both women belonged to the Society of the Heart of the Admirable Mother, a Third Order for laywomen founded by St. John Eudes, the great home missionary of 17th century France. Jeanne and her friend followed a regular schedule of prayer and taught catechism to parish children. After her friend died, Jeanne found a new roommate and supported herself as a maid, laundress, and nurse.

In 1839, 25 years after her initial call, Jeanne found her life’s work when she gave up her own bed to a homeless old blind woman. A second elderly guest and a young orphan soon joined them. Jeanne gave up her day-jobs to help support the household by begging. (The residents themselves also spun and knitted goods to sell.) Within two years, they had moved to larger quarters and were caring for 12 “good women.” To better meet the never-ending need, Jeanne and three young friends established a pious association called Servants of the Poor in 1842. They purchased their first residence that year and attracted favorable notice from their bishop.

Cheerful, discreet, and persistent, Jeanne had a charism for begging, despite her initial reluctance to do it. “She collected by praising God,” one observer recalled. Turned away, slapped, or even shoved down stairs, she managed to keep her begging basket full. Jeanne was not simply helping the poor—she made herself one of them. The whole town was drawn into collaboration, giving money, goods, and labor to the ever-growing enterprise. Whether the need was firewood or butter, donations had a way of materializing exactly when required.

As Jeanne and her companions were evolving into a religious community, they received valuable encouragement from a male nursing order, the Brothers of St. John of God, and from a local secular priest, Father Augustin Le Pailleur. But in 1843, shortly after the women had elected Jeanne their superior for the second time, Father Le Pailleur abruptly annulled the election and installed a younger woman of his own choosing in her place. Forty years later, he was still claiming credit for founding the community himself—under the sudden inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Jeanne submitted. She never denied Father Le Pailleur’s version of history, then or later. The name she took under private vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and hospitality as a “Sister of the Poor” the following year was Marie de la Croix, a reflection as well as a prophecy of her life.

But as far as the public knew, Jeanne was still in charge. Local dignitaries—prodded by Father Le Pailleur—brought her to the attention of the French Academy, which awarded “Mlle. Jeanne Jugan” a prize of 3,000 francs for her good deeds. Even the usually anti-clerical Freemasons sent her a gold medal, which Jeanne had melted down and turned into a chalice for the sisters’ chapel.

“The little work” flourished. Within a decade, there were 15 foundations from Brittany to Paris to London served by more than 300 sisters. Jeanne walked everywhere across northern France, ringing doorbells for God and her beloved poor. The mention of her name could open the tightest purse. Her community, now called the Little Sisters of the Poor, received episcopal approval as a religious congregation on May 29, 1852.

No sooner was this done than Father Le Pailleur ordered Jeanne off the roads and into the motherhouse for the remainder of her life. As Father Superior-General of the community, he wanted Jeanne safely hidden away while he polished his self-aggrandizing falsehoods about the foundation.

Meanwhile, Jeanne spent her days quietly living among the postulants and novices at the congregation’s motherhouse, La Tour de Saint-Joseph, in the countryside outside Rennes, Brittany. Her steady kindness, joy, and simplicity, her unshakeable sense of “littleness before God” and gratitude for his blessings, seeped into the hearts of her young colleagues. Jeanne Jugan melted away completely into Sr. Marie de la Croix. She had been “grafted onto the Cross.” Only once did her superiors consult her, over the question of accepting endowments. They accepted her advice to rely on God’s Providence alone. It was a tacit admission that she was the guardian of the community’s true spirit. Corporate poverty was duly written into the Rule, which was approved by Pope Leo XIII on March 1, 1879.

In her final years, Sr. Marie de la Croix had gone blind: “Now all I can see is God.” She died, apparently of a heart attack, on August 28, 1879. No immediate public announcement was made, perhaps because it would disrupt the celebration of Father Le Pailleur’s patron saint’s day, the feast of St. Augustine.

Nevertheless, truth did prevail. At the request of the Mother General of the Little Sisters, a Vatican investigation in 1890 uncovered the truth about Father Le Pailleur and sent the overweening cleric to his own exile in a Roman convent. Once Jeanne Jugan was rightfully acknowledged as the real foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, her reputation for sanctity spread in ever-widening arcs. After a diocesan investigation in 1935, the cause for her canonization was formally introduced in Rome in 1970. She was declared Venerable in 1979 and beatified in 1982. Jeanne’s canonization was authorized this spring after an Omaha man’s cure of metastasized cancer of the esophagus was declared miraculous. As Pope John Paul II declared at her beatification: “God could glorify no more humble a servant than she!”


Published originally in the Catholic World Report.

My article on St Jeanne, is found here...

St Jeanne Pray for us.

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

"...That which we call a rose...

...by any other name would smell as sweet. Shakespeare", but ...A tax by any other name would just smell...Brantigny

California to withhold a bigger chunk of paychecks

The amount goes up 10% on Sunday as Sacramento borrows from taxpayers. Technically, it's not an income tax increase: You'll get the money back eventually.

Reporting from Los Angeles and Sacramento - Starting Sunday, cash-strapped California will dig deeper into the pocketbooks of wage earners -- holding back 10% more than it already does in state income taxes just as the biggest shopping season of the year kicks into gear.

Technically, it's not a tax increase, even though it may feel like one when your next paycheck arrives. As part of a bundle of budget patches adopted in the summer, the state is taking more money now in withholding, even though workers' annual tax bills won't change.

Think of it as a forced, interest-free loan: You'll be repaid any extra withholding in April. Those who would receive a refund anyway will receive a larger one, and those who owe taxes will owe less.
more...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

I can't leave this with out posting the whole Quote from Romeo and Juliette,

Juliette...
...'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself...

U.S. Unemployment rate hits 10.2 %.



Change We can believe in! 10.2% unemployment? Yes we can!

I am sure glad we passed that bit of legislation.

By Lucia Mutikani Lucia Mutikani – Fri Nov 6, 9:50 am ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. unemployment rate unexpectedly jumped to 10.2 percent in October, breaching the politically sensitive double-digit barrier for the first time in 26-1/2 years, even though the pace of job losses slowed.

A Labor Department report showed on Friday that employers cut 190,000 jobs last month, more than the 175,000 markets had expected. Economists had looked for the jobless rate to rise to only 9.9 percent from 9.8 percent the prior month.

The government revised job losses for August and September to show 91,000 fewer jobs lost than previously reported.

U.S. stock index futures turned negative on the data, while government debt prices rose.

"The unemployment rate of 10.2 percent is problematic because it gives a sense of urgency to Washington, D.C. Washington will be looking for any increase in stimulus," said Tom Sowanick, co-president and chief investment officer at Omnivest Group.

President Barack Obama has called job creation priority No. 1, but the scope to take further steps to lift the economy is limited by record budget deficits.

Mounting unemployment could pose problems for the Democrats who control Congress as they head into congressional elections in November 2010. This week, Republicans wrested control of two state governorships away from Democrats in races where the weak economy figured prominently.

The labor market is being watched for signs whether the economic recovery that started in the third quarter can be sustained without government support. The economy grew at a 3.5 percent annualized rate in the July-September period, probably ending the most painful U.S. recession in 70 years.

Labor market sluggishness and weak wage growth suggest inflation is unlikely to get out of hand anytime soon, giving the Federal Reserve scope to maintain supportive policies.

The U.S. central bank on Wednesday held overnight interest rates close to zero percent and said it would keep them extraordinarily low as long as excess economic slack and a lack of inflation warning signs prevailed.

"The Fed will stay on hold even longer with less likelihood of giving a concrete answer to when and how to withdraw quantitative easing," said Joseph Trevisani, senior market analyst at FX Solution in Saddler River, New Jersey.

Payrolls have declined for 22 consecutive months now, throwing 7.3 million people out of work since December 2007, when the recession started.

However, the pace of layoffs has slowed sharply from early this year, when nearly three-quarters of a million jobs were lost in January. In October, job losses were across almost all sectors, with education and health services and professional and business services bucking the trend.

Manufacturing employment fell 61,000 last month, while construction industries payrolls dropped 62,000.

The service-providing sector cut 61,000 workers in October and goods-producing industries slashed 129,000 positions. Education and health services added 45,000 jobs, while government employment was flat.

The average workweek, which closely correlates with overall output and gives clues on when firms will start hiring, was steady at 33 hours in October. Average hourly earnings rose to $18.72 from $18.67 in September.

(Additional reporting by Nick Olivari and Jennifer Ablan in New York; Editing by Andrea Ricci).


Dieu le Roy.
Brantigny

Currently 69% of Americans have lost jobs or had their pay and/or benefits reduced.

Spéciale dédicace pour Louis XX



Watch this!

A special dedication for Louis XX...

Vive le Roy!
Brantigny

Ft Hood and the massacre, a few thoughts.

Going home yesterday, I was saddened to hear the news that a man went into a reception center at Ft. Hood, and killed 13 and wounding 30.

Here are some of my thoughts...

The FBI immediately announced it was not a terrorist attack. How they knew that, I have no idea. The gunman, Nidal Malik Hasan, however, had a Facebook page, (now taken down) through which he reportedly made, "...posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades...". It has also been reported that Nidal Malik Hasan (left ) shouted Allahu Akbar, (God is Great) which is the cry of a homicide bomber. Hasan was a major in the US Army, Medical Corps who had been recantly transferred from Maryland. It is reported that his fitness for duty reports graded him substandard.

This is terrorism. How many have to die before Homeland Security has to get of their dead buts and stem this?

There could be a charge of Treason. As stated, in Article III Section 3 delineates treason as follows:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. It is the only crime listed in the US Constitution.

Every effort is being made currently to give excuses by saying...

(A cousin, Nader Hasan,) to The New York Times, that after counseling soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with post-traumatic stress disorder, Hasan knew war firsthand. "He was mortified by the idea of having to deploy," Nader Hasan said. "He had people telling him on a daily basis the horrors they saw over there." So what did he thinks he was joining, a golf club? Every soldier, and Marine hates to deploy. During the last 10 years of my 22 1/2 years of my Marine Corps career I was gone about 200 days each year. You may ask my wife Suzanne. But by and large each man and woman steps up when called and does their duty. (Most are very humble about any medals they make as well.)

It is now 69 days since the president received a report from the Commander in Afghanistan of the need for more troops. He has failed to act. A trait of a good leader is decisiveness.

In related news President Obama says don't jump to conclusions...

"We don't know all the answers yet. And I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts," Obama said in a Rose Garden statement otherwise devoted to the economy.

"What we do know is that there are families, friends and an entire nation grieving right now for the valiant men and women who came under attack yesterday," the president said.


Obama is lost...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

A quote by Charlotte Corday


"On ne meurt qu’une fois et c’est pour si longtemps !"Charlotte Corday

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

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

My article on Charlotte Corday...

Dieu Le Roy!
Brantigny

To Planned Parenthood: Election Results Got Your Tongue?

Elisa, a reader of this blog and active pro-life Christian showed me this today...

Contact for reporters/journalists: media@fightpp.org; General E-Mail: ; Interviews,

FRONT ROYAL, Va., Nov. 4 /Christian Newswire/ -- "Every time an election is held and pro-abortion candidates win, Planned Parenthood runs to the media to say the results show great support for its agenda. But the hierarchy of the abortion-committing group is silent now that voters in New Jersey and Virginia have soundly rejected the politics of death espoused by Planned Parenthood-endorsed candidates," said Douglas R. Scott, Jr., president Life Decisions International (LDI).

"Many Planned Parenthood-endorsed candidates, including Creigh Deeds in Virginia, made unrestricted abortion the keystone of their campaigns," Scott said. "They saw the issue as the Achilles' Heel of pro-life candidates. But the people have seen through the ruse that Planned Parenthood and its legions have employed for decades."

Scott said he hopes this will serve as a lesson to other politicians. "Hang your hopes on promoting the pro-abortion agenda and you can expect it to get you nowhere--absolutely nowhere."
Scott said he is thrilled that every statewide race in Virginia was won by a pro-life candidate, and the top office in New Jersey was won by a candidate who does not embrace Planned Parenthood's extremist agenda.

"Pro-life candidates of the future need to stand tall and proud," Scott said. "After all, you are not the ones who have embraced killing and death as a 'solution' to social problems. It is those who believe killing and death are acceptable choices who should truly be ashamed. If the death of their children is the best 'solution' we can offer women who are facing an untimely pregnancy, we are a sad, sad society indeed. We can surely do better."

What's the matter, Planned Parenthood? Election results got your tongue?

Life Decisions International (LDI) is dedicated to challenging the Culture of Death, concentrating on exposing and fighting the agenda of Planned Parenthood. LDI's chief project is a boycott of corporations that fund the abortion-committing giant. To learn more about Planned Parenthood, please click here.


Thanks to Elisa, with a profound bow and tip of the beret...

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

"Never give up, never surrender!"
Captain Peter Q Taggart, Galaxy Quest

5.11.09

A New Blog link

I found this blog while looking for asermon from Fr George Rutler. Fr Rutler as you may know is a priest in the Diocese of New York, on 9/11 he rushed from his parish just in time to grant absolution to those trapped by the flames, the police and rescue personel. It was another strike against Satan, who received no one that day in hell.

DON'T WORRY - GOD EXISTS!
Faith and politics - discussions and personal reflections from a Catholic point of view. While atheists claim that God probably doesn't exist so you should stop worrying and enjoy your life I claim the exact opposite: Stop worrying - God exists!

This blog is the property of Bitte, who related to me her parents named her for the patron Saint of Sweden, St. Brigitta.

It may be found by clicking here or by going to my blog roll...

See a video about St Brigitta here...

Dieu Le Roy!
Brantigny

Anecdote of the Duc of Burgundy concerning Jerusalem

Jean, Sieur de Joinville relates...

...When the great King Philip left the camp before Acre to go to France, he left all his people behind with Duke Hugh of Burgundy (the grandfather of the Duke who died lately). Whilst the Duke was sojourning at Acre, with King Richard of England, news came to them, that they might take Jerusalem the very next day, if they chose, because all the chivalry of the Sultan of Damascus had left the city and gone in full force to assist him in a war that he was waging against another Sultan.

...They made ready their men, and the King of England formed the first division, and the Duke of Burgundy the one next to it, with all the followers of the King of France. Whilst they were all counting the town as good as taken, a message came from the Duke's army not to proceed, for the Duke of Burgundy was going back; and for this reason neither more nor less, that it might not be said that the English had taken Jerusalem. Whilst they were thus parleying, one of King Richard's knights cried to him: " Sir, Sir, only come here, and I will show you Jerusalem! " And when he heard this, he drew his coat of mail over his eyes, weeping, and said to Our Lord, " Fair Lord God, I beseech thee, suffer me not to behold Thy Holy City, since I may not deliver her from the hands of Thine enemies!"

...This example they instanced, to show the King, that if he, who was the greatest King among Christians, were to make his pilgrimage without delivering the city from God's enemies, all the other kings and pilgrims that might come after him would be content to make their pilgrimage as the King of France had done, and would make no effort to deliver Jerusalem...


Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

4.11.09

H1N1 Running Rampant Amid Shortage of Vaccine

How can we be excited about Universal Health Care when the first test of this admisistration is proving to be a rank failure... This is a Katrina of epic purportions.

...H1N1 flu is running rampant throughout the U.S., and the country will have received only 25 percent of the vaccine that was expected by the end of October, Sen. Joe Lieberman told a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

The grim news was the focus of a special hearing of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, at which three Cabinet secretaries were called to address the panel: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Education Secretary Arne Duncan.

As of last week, there were more than 5,000 cases of flu reported, compared to 7 cases in October of last year. More than 800 people have died from H1N1, including 86children, according to the latest reports from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...

...Sebelius blamed the vaccine shortage on lower than predicted yields from vaccine manufacturers and on some manufacturing "glitches" that have occurred since May. She said the yields are now more in line with original predictions and that any glitches have been corrected...
more ...

Actually the "gliche" is that the Federal government required the manufacturer of the vaccine to manufacture single use syringes as opposed to multi-use bottles, thereby slowing down the manufacturing process. This was done to appease groups who claim that the substance used to preserve the vaccine caused health problems. This is why at first we were told it would take two injections vice one. We are back to one injection now that there is a "shortage".

This is the dyke that Obama blew up.

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

New evidence on shroud emerges...


Here is an interesting article...

Pope confirms visit to Shroud of Turin;

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI confirmed his intention to visit the Shroud of Turin when it goes on public display in Turin's cathedral April 10-May 23, 2010.

Cardinal Severino Poletto of Turin, papal custodian of the Shroud of Turin, visited the pope July 26 in Les Combes, Italy, where the pope was spending part of his vacation. The Alpine village is about 85 miles from Turin.

The cardinal gave the pope the latest news concerning preparations for next year's public exposition of the shroud and the pope "confirmed his intention to go to Turin for the occasion," said the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, in a written statement July 27.

The specific date of the papal visit has yet to be determined, the priest added.

The last time the Shroud of Turin was displayed to the public was in 2000 for the jubilee year. The shroud is removed from a specially designed protective case only for very special spiritual occasions, and its removal for study or display to the public must be approved by the pope.

The shroud underwent major cleaning and restoration in 2002.

According to tradition, the 14-foot-by-4- foot linen cloth is the burial shroud of Jesus. The shroud has a full-length photonegative image of a man, front and back, bearing signs of wounds that correspond to the Gospel accounts of the torture Jesus endured in his passion and death.

The church has never officially ruled on the shroud's authenticity, saying judgments about its age and origin belonged to scientific investigation. Scientists have debated its authenticity for decades, and studies have led to conflicting results.

A recent study by French scientist Thierry Castex has revealed that on the shroud are traces of words in Aramaic spelled with Hebrew letters.

A Vatican researcher, Barbara Frale, told Vatican Radio July 26 that her own studies suggest the letters on the shroud were written more than 1,800 years ago.

She said that in 1978 a Latin professor in Milan noticed Aramaic writing on the shroud and in 1989 scholars discovered Hebrew characters that probably were portions of the phrase "The king of the Jews."

Castex's recent discovery of the word "found" with another word next to it, which still has to be deciphered, "together may mean 'because found' or 'we found,'" she said.

What is interesting, she said, is that it recalls a passage in the Gospel of St. Luke, "We found this man misleading our people," which was what several Jewish leaders told Pontius Pilate when they asked him to condemn Jesus.

She said it would not be unusual for something to be written on a burial cloth in order to indicate the identity of the deceased.

Frale, who is a researcher at the Vatican Secret Archives, has written a new book on the shroud and the Knights Templar, the medieval crusading order which, she says, may have held secret custody of the Shroud of Turin during the 13th and 14th centuries.

She told Vatican Radio that she has studied the writings on the shroud in an effort to find out if the Knights had written them.

"When I analyzed these writings, I saw that they had nothing to do with the Templars because they were written at least 1,000 years before the Order of the Temple was founded" in the 12th century, she said.

Traces of Aramaic on Shroud of Turin


Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

Breitbart.tv » Planned Parenthood Leader Resigns After Watching Ultrasound of Abortion Procedure

Breitbart.tv » Planned Parenthood Leader Resigns After Watching Ultrasound of Abortion Procedure

During the 80's Patsy Schroeder (dem Colorado) blocked the film of a partial birth abortion to the committee she was serving on. If that film had been shown, the Abortion arguement would be all but over.

For more on the founder of Planned parenthood see this...
Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

Was the night that drove old Corzine out...


"The night they drove Jon Corzine out
And the bells were ringing
The night they drove Jon Corzine out
And the people were singing
They sang, "La, la, la..."

WASHINGTON – Independents who swept Barack Obama to a historic 2008 victory broke big for Republicans on Tuesday as the GOP wrested political control from Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey, a troubling sign for the president and his party heading into an important midterm election year.

Conservative Republican Bob McDonnell's victory in the Virginia governor's race over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds and moderate Republican Chris Christie's ouster of unpopular New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was a double-barreled triumph for a party looking to rebuild after being booted from power in national elections in 2006 and 2008.

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Maine voters rejected a state law that would allow same-sex couples to wed. If supporters had prevailed, it would have marked the first time that the electorate in any state endorsed gay marriage. more...


31 states out of 31 states who have been allowed to vote on same sex unions have rejected it. Look for an end run by this congress to put it in the health care bill...

Excuse me Mr President, it's 3 AM...

Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

St Louis IX, King on Keeping a Vow

A vow is a promise* to God. King Louis IX knew this and demonstrated this to his subjects in a way they did not expect...

Jean Sieur de Joinville relates:

"...The Queen Mother and the Bishop of Paris (Guillaume d'Auvergne), as well as many of the nobles, tried hard to persuade Louis to give up his proposed Crusade and apply to the Pope for a dispensation. The Bishop was most insistent, urging that when Louis took the Cross he was still weak from sickness and not in possession of his faculties; he urged as political dangers the power of Emperor Frederick and the "deceitful coin " of the King of England, the treachery of the Poitevins, the heresies of the Albigenses: "Germany is disturbed; Italy is not at rest; in front the road to the Holy Land is blocked; behind is the inexorable hate of Frederick and the Pope; implacable feuds: to all this you leave us."

Said the Queen Mother: " Remember, my son, that God loves obedient children. Stay till thou canst go with a larger army; God is no caviller; thy excuse is that thy senses were dazed and thy wits wandering."

To this the King replied, " You say that weakness of wit was the cause of my taking the Cross; lo, then, since you desire it, here I lay down the Cross, I resign it to you," and putting his hand to his shoulder he tore off the badge and presented it to the Archbishop. At this there was a buzz of applause and congratulation from all who sat round. Then said the King, and his voice and face changed, " My friends, you agree now, do you not, that I am in full possession of my senses? that now at any rate I am sane in mind and body? Give me back then my Cross. For He who knows all things knows that no food shall pass my lips until my Cross is restored to me."

And when they that stood round heard this, they declared: " This was the finger of God." ...


Dieu le Roy,
Brantigny

*As opposed to a oath which ask God to witness. Breaking both is a serious offense to God. Example, marriage "vows" are not made to each other but to God, promising to Love, Cherish, and honour each other. This is why it is so important to make these vows in the presence of a Priest, or Deacon.

An example of a bad vow is Scarlett O'hara vowing to never be hungry again. One cannot state a vow for something over which one does not have control.

3.11.09

Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al Megrahi discharged from hospital

I am waiting for a miraculous cure.

Abdelbaset al Megrahi, the man convicted of carrying out the Lockerbie bombing, has left the Tripoli hospital where he was receiving treatment for cancer.

London Daily Telegraph
By Damien McElroy
Published: 8:01PM GMT 02 Nov 2009

Megrahi went into hospital to undergo chemotherapy just days after Libyans celebrated his return Officials in Libya on Monday reported that Megrahi had been discharged from Tripoli Medical Centre, the country's most advanced public clinic, where he had received treatment since late August.

In August, doctors gave Megrahi just three months to live in a judgement that secured his release from a Glasgow prison. But he entered the Tripoli hospital to undergo an aggressive chemotherapy programme just days after Libyans celebrated his triumphal return.

Lockerbie bomber defies doctors' prediction of death. Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime publicly declared its hope that "a miracle from God" would preserve his life.

The 57-year old former Libyan intelligence official marks three months since his release next week.

One Libyan official was quoted as saying that Megrahi need "years" to pursue his efforts to clear his name from the conviction for causing the deaths of 280 people in 1988.

Under the terms of the medical parole arrangement made with the Scottish government, Megrahi was supposed to communicate with officials weekly via a videolink installed in his family home.

Megrahi has now been sent back to the family's villa in central Tripoli where a police guard keeps unauthorised visitors at bay. The family has been ordered to sever contacts with journalists.


Useful idiot Scotish judge.

Dieu le Roy.
Brantigny

Hommage aux victimes des Noyades de Nantes

Nous invitons tous nos amis à participer à cette journée organisée par le souvenir Chouan de Bretagne.

Dimanche 22 Novembre

Après la messe de 11h à l'église de Notre Dame de Bon Port à Nantes (à côté des quai)

Une gerbe sera jetée du pont de Anne de Bretagne en hommage aux victimes des Noyades de Nantes.

Déjeuner prévu et balade l'après midi.

Pour plus d'information prendre contact avec le Président du Souvenir Chouan de Bretgne Noël Stassinet : 02 40 87 41 40 .

Que sont le Noyades de Nantes? cliquez ici...

Hommage to the victims of the Noyades of Nantes

We invite all our friends to participate in this rememberance day organized by Chouan Brittany.

Sunday November 22

After the mass at 11AM in the church of Bon Port à Nantes (next to the quay)

A bundle will be thrown bridge of Anne of Brittany in homage to the victims of the Noyades de Nantes. (organized drownings in Nantes)

Luncheon before hand and a walk in the afternoon.

For more of information to contact the President of the Memorial Chouan Bretagne, Noël Stassinet: 02 40 87 41 40.

What are the Noyades of Nantes? Click here...

Dieu le Roy!
Brantigny

An obscure news paper article

Will the Seventh Day Adventist's Church have to pay reparations?

Ex-deacon gets 33 years for Chesterfield rape

A young woman who was raped at gunpoint last year by a local church official benevolently forgave her attacker yesterday shortly before he was sentenced to 33 years in prison.

But Oscar A. Rivera-Licona, 35, rebuffed his victim's offer of absolution. Instead, the former head deacon of the Richmond Evangelistic Center of Seventh-day Adventist questioned the veracity of the woman he raped despite DNA evidence linking him to the crime.

"Is it possible that someone could accuse another person of a crime and be lying about it?" the unapologetic defendant asked Judge Ernest P. Gates Jr. of Chesterfield County Circuit Court through an interpreter.

The surprised judge reminded the Honduras native that he had pleaded no contest in August to abducting, raping and using a gun in attacking the young woman in the Chesterfield Village Apartments, where she lived.

Gates then sentenced Rivera-Licona to 73 years in prison with 40 years suspended. State sentencing guidelines called for a maximum prison term of 21 years and seven months. Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney M. Duncan Minton Jr. had asked for a life sentence.

In sentencing Rivera-Licona above state guidelines, Gates said there was "no significance in his mind that what he did was wrong."

Rivera-Licona has a wife and child in Honduras and had worked as a laborer since arriving here more than five years ago. As head deacon of the Richmond Evangelistic Center on Walmsley Boulevard, he worked closely with the church's pastor.

In May, Rosa Olivera, the wife of pastor Luis Linan-Olivera, publicly defended their deacon, saying authorities had made a terrible mistake.

"We strongly believe that there is another person" responsible for the crimes, she said then. Neither she nor her husband could be reached for comment yesterday.

Chesterfield authorities charged Rivera-Licona in the spring after a Richmond prostitute identified him as the man who attempted to rape and rob her March 24 while she was working in the 2200 block of Ingram Avenue in the city. Richmond police charged him with that offense in early April, but prosecutors withdrew the charges a month later after the victim failed to appear at a preliminary hearing.

Since then, Richmond prosecutor Cynthia Mikland said, she has located the victim and is talking with her about reinstating the charges.

Rivera-Licona remains a suspect in the Feb. 13 attempted abduction of a 17-year-old Chesterfield girl who was accosted at gunpoint while walking to a school bus stop in the same neighborhood where the rape occurred, Minton said.

The victim in yesterday's case was attacked Nov. 14 about 11:15 p.m. on Belasco Drive, not far from where the student was accosted. The Richmond Times-Dispatch generally does not identify victims of sexual assault.

The woman had just returned to the complex after picking up her roommate but stayed behind in the car to pray about a Christian-outreach program that she would staff the next day. "She was praying that everything would go well," Minton said.

Rivera-Licona rushed her moments after she stepped out of the car, forcing her to an area near a tree line. He brandished a gun that police later determined was a plastic toy.

The woman offered him money and even dropped her wallet. After she was pushed down near a tree, the victim quickly realized his intent was to rape her. He said he wouldn't kill her if she stayed quiet.

"She told him, 'God will forgive you, Jesus will forgive you, I'll forgive you,'" Minton said.

The woman heard Rivera-Licona run away after the attack and, when she felt it was safe, turned and saw him disappear around a corner. She raced back to her apartment, banging on the back door.

From the witness stand yesterday, the victim glanced at her attacker as she read a statement about how the rape left her feeling broken, fearful and enraged. But she also recalled the sense of joy she felt at still being alive as a hospital nurse examined her after the assault.

"I just kept hugging myself," she said. "I just kept smiling because I was alive and safe. I had survived!"

"That's all I could think about," she added. "That my family and friends had the luxury of not finding my dead body with unbuttoned pants on the side of my apartment building."


It is refreshing to see the forgivness of the victim.

In Virginia, a rapist is a rapist, not a celebrity.

Dieu Le Roy.
Brantigny

Racial disparity?

There will always be a "race" problem in this country until the media stops fueling articles "asking" if this or that problem were tainted by some racial motivation. From what I see, those who are being investigated are all Democrats being investigated by Democrats.

Just a little history reminder for those who do not regularly read this blog,

The Demorcratic party was formed by Thomas Jefferson, a slaveholder, who had children by a slave, who promised to imancipate their children but did not...

It was the Democratic party which lost the election of 1860 and formed the Confederacy, plunging the nation into a Civil War...

It was the Democratic party which brought the south: the KKK, and Jim Crow laws.

President Woodrow Wilson*, a democrat, was a Klan member, (readers who how this blog reveres that president).

" The Civil Rights bill of 1964 came before the full Senate for debate on March 30, 1964 and the "Southern Bloc" of southern Senators led by Richard Russell (Democrat-GA) launched a filibuster to prevent its passage. Said Russell: "We will resist to the bitter end any measure or any movement which would have a tendency to bring about social equality and intermingling and amalgamation of the races in our (Southern) states."

Robert Byrd, for whom everything in West Virginia has been named for... Klan member. He is also famous for the 14 hour 13 minute filibuster on June 10, 1964, to prevent the Civil rights act of 1964 from being brought to a vote.

The following article should be entitled: Political disparity: All active ethics probes focus on Democrats. but then that isn't polically correct.

Racial disparity: All active ethics probes focus on black lawmakers
John Bresnahan – Tue Nov 3, 4:54 am ET

The House ethics committee is currently investigating seven African-American lawmakers — more than 15 percent of the total in the House. And an eighth black member, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), would be under investigation if the Justice Department hadn’t asked the committee to stand down.

Not a single white lawmaker is currently the subject of a full-scale ethics committee probe.

The ethics committee declined to respond to questions about the racial disparity, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus are wary of talking about it on the record. But privately, some black members are outraged — and see in the numbers a worrisome trend in the actions of ethics watchdogs on and off Capitol Hill.

“Is there concern whether someone is trying to set up [Congressional Black Caucus] members? Yeah, there is,” a black House Democrat said. “It looks as if there is somebody out there who understands what the rules [are] and sends names to the ethics committee with the goal of going after the [CBC].”

African-American politicians have long complained that they’re treated unfairly when ethical issues arise. Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are still fuming over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s decision to oust then-Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) from the House Ways and Means Committee in 2006, and some have argued that race plays a role in the ongoing efforts to remove Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) from his chairmanship of that committee.

Last week’s actions by the House ethics committee are sure to add fuel to the fire.

The committee — which has one African-American lawmaker, Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.), among its 10 members — on Thursday considered three referrals from the recently formed Office of Congressional Ethics. It dismissed a case against Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), who is white, but agreed to open full-blown investigations of California Democratic Reps. Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson, both of whom are black. more...


Dieu le Roy,
Brantingy

2.11.09

St Louis IX, King on belief of Christian law and ecuminism

Jean, Sieur de Joinville relates...

...The holy King strove with all his might, by his conversation, to make me believe firmly in the Christian law. He told me once, that some Albigenses' had come to the Count of Montfort, (who at that time was holding the Albigenses' country for the King) and told him they had come to see the body of our Lord which had turned to flesh and blood in the priest's hands. "Go and see it, you that disbelieve it," said he, "For as for me, I firmly believe it, according to the teaching of Holy Church. And know, that it is I that shall be the winner," said the Count, "because in this mortal life I believe it; wherefor I shall have a crown in Heaven above the angels, for they see it face to face, and so cannot choose but believe it..."

and

...He told me that there was a great conference of clergy and Jews in the monastery of Clugny, and there was a knight, to whom the abbot had given bread out of charity, and he desired the abbot to let him have the first word, and with some difficulty he got permission. Then the knight rose, and leaned upon his crutch, and bade them bring forth the greatest scholar and master among the Jews, and they did so.

...And he put a question to him as follows: " Master," said he, " I ask you, whether you believe that the Virgin Mary, who carried God in her womb and in her arms, brought forth as a maid, and that she is the Mother of God? " And the Jew replied: That he did not believe a word of it.

The knight replied: That he was a great fool to trust himself inside her monastery and house, when he neither believed in nor loved her; " And truly you shall pay for it" quoth he. And thereupon he lifted up his staff, and smote the Jew behind the ear, and stretched him on the ground.

And the Jews took to their heels, carrying their master off with them, all wounded. And that was the end of the conference. Then the abbot came to the knight, and said: That he had acted very foolishly; and the knight replied: That he himself had acted still more foolishly, in calling such a conference; for that there were numbers of Christians there, who by the close of the conference would have gone away infidels, through not seeing through the fallacies of the Jews."

And so I tell you," said the King, "That no one ought to argue with them unless he be a very good scholar; but a layman, if he hear the Christian law defamed, should undertake its defence with the sword alone, and that he should use to run them straight through the body as far in as it will go!.."


Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

I should not be suprised,

Sunday Mass at my church is an adventure every week.. I thought that I had seen most everything but I was mistaken.

I wanted to write a long prelude to this but I can't. it is however a healing moment for me to get this off my chest. I front of me yesterday sat a lector with his daughter and young son. This son is 3. I do not know why but this child has in the past acted with crazy abandon, climbing on and of the seat, asking to be held, playing with toys, etc. Yesterday was the pièce de résistance, the veritable end, as this little fellow climbed onto the back of his father, and then up to his shoulders and sat there. It was only when the father rose to go to Communion that he was taken off.

After Communion he found his way back up on his fathers shoulders and was thus carried out of Church after Mass.

If one of my children would have imagined they would do that they quickly would have learned how to fly.

God Save Us.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny