17.4.10

16.4.10

Prière pour la sanctification du clergé

O Jésus, Pontife éternel, Bon Pasteur, Source de vie, qui, par une singulière munificence de votre Coeur très doux, nous avez donné nos prêtres, afin d'accomplir en nous les desseins de sanctification que votre grâce inspire à nos coeurs, nous Vous en prions : venez-leur en aide en votre miséricorde secourable.

Qu'il y ait en eux, ô Jésus, la foi vive dans les oeuvres, l'espérance inébranlable dans les épreuves, la charité ardente dans les résolutions.

Que votre parole, rayon de l'éternelle Sagesse, devienne, par la méditation assidue, l'aliment durable de leur vie intérieure ; que les exemples de votre vie et de votre Passion se retrouvent dans leur conduite et leurs souffrances, pour notre instruction, lumière et réconfort dans nos douleurs.

Faites, ô Seigneur, que nos prêtres, détachés de tout intérêt mondain et uniquement soucieux de votre gloire, persévèrent fidèles au devoir avec une conscience pure jusqu'à leur dernier souffle. Et quand, à la mort du corps, ils remettront en vos mains la consigne bien accomplie, qu'ils trouvent en Vous, Seigneur Jésus, qui fûtes leur Maître sur terre, la récompense de la couronne de justice dans la splendeur des saints.

Ainsi soit-il.


composée par le vénérable Pie XII.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

O Jesus, High Priest forever, Good Shepherd, The source of life, which, by a peculiar bounty of your sweet heart, we have given our priests, to accomplish in us the holiness of your designs with inspiring our hearts, we You pray, come to their aid in helping your mercy.

That there is in them, O Jesus, living faith in the works, the steadfast hope in the tests, the ardent charity in the resolutions.

Let your speech, ray of eternal wisdom, becomes, by constant meditation, sustainable food for their inner life, that examples of your life and your passion is reflected in their behavior and their suffering, for our instruction, light and comfort in our pain.

Grant, O Lord, our priests, detached from all worldly interests and only care about your glory, persevere faithful to duty with a clear conscience until their last breath. And when the body dies, they will deliver the orders in your hands well done, they find you, Lord Jesus, you who were their master on earth, the reward of the crown of righteousness in the splendor of the saints.

So be it.

Recant heretic.

"The road to hell is paved with the skulls of erring priests, with bishops as their signposts." ~ St. John Chrysostom

Pfelger has that same disease which afflicted Luther, a big opinion of himself.

Priests who preach their own opinion are heretics. Pfleger has excommunicated himself by his statement is the following video.



It seems however that Archbishop George is content to allow this heresy to continue in his diocese, as he awarded Pfleger with a lifetime achievement award, even though he was temporarily suspnded for making death threats against a gun store owner.

Archbishop George this is a scandal which you are perpetrating. The question is why?

Fr. Pfleger creates terrible scandal

A.L.L. Calls Cardinal George Award to Fr. Pfleger a Disgrace

American Maryknoll priest excommunicated for involvement in women's 'ordination'

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Call the diocese of Chicago and express your rage.
Archdiocese of Chicago
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030
312-534-8200

Archbishop Quigley Center
835 N. Rush St.
Chicago, IL 60611-2030
312-534-8200

Cardinal Meyer Center
3525 S. Lake Park Ave.
Chicago, IL 60653-1402
312-534-8200

Mailing Address for Archdiocesan Centers:
PO Box 1979
Chicago, IL 60690-1979

Statement of Rev. Michael Pfleger
Pastor, St. Sabina Parish
April 14, 2010

On Sunday, April 11, while preaching a sermon on the power of fear, I was referring to the fear that paralyzed the apostles, locking them in a room, leaving only John and the women at the foot of the cross. I stated that is why I believe women ought to be able to be ordained, as well as priests ought to be able to get married.

While this is my personal opinion, I do respect and follow the Catholic Church teachings and I am sorry I failed to do this.

Rev. Michael L. Pfleger


Somebody call this fellow and tell him that it is not his place to preach opinion. He knows that but since he said it he has to pacify his ordinary. I call on Pfleger to recant. That means you humbly say "I was wrong, and the Church is right." Unfortunately humility is not a virtue he seems to possess.

Vatican Official Slams 'Obstinate Betrayal' of Nuns.

By Kathleen Gilbert Life Site News

MUNDELEIN, Illinois, April 12, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Catholic consecrated religious who openly dissent from the authority of Rome and the church's teaching on life are "an absurdity of the most tragic kind" and should cease identifying themselves as Catholic, said Archbishop Raymond Burke, the head of Rome's Apostolic Signatura.

Burke gave the remarks in his keynote address Friday at the Institute for Religious Life’s national meeting at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. The Institute also honored Burke with their Pro Fidelitate et Virtute Award at a celebration of the legacy of Servant of God Fr. John Hardon, SJ.

In excerpts of the address published by Thomas Peters of the American Papist blog, Burke took a moment to express his exasperation with the defiance of Catholic religious sisters in the U.S. who supported the federal health care bill - a measure dubbed the most pro-abortion piece of legislation since Roe v. Wade, thanks to its vast expansion of government abortion funding.

"Who could imagine that consecrated religious would openly, and in defiance of the bishops as successors of the apostles, publicly endorse legislation containing provisions which violated the natural moral law in its most fundamental tenets – the safeguarding and promoting of innocence and defenseless life, and fail to safeguard the demands of the free exercise of conscience for health care workers?" Burke questioned.

The Vatican official also severely criticized "public and obstinate betrayal of religious life by certain religious" towards Rome's ongoing apostolic visitation into U.S. religious orders.

After the visitation began last spring, Sr. Sandra M. Schneiders of the Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary said in remarks published on the National Catholic Reporter that nuns should receive representatives of Rome "politely and kindly, for what they are, uninvited guests who should be received in the parlor, not given the run of the house."

"Who ever could have imagined that religious congregations of pontifical right, would openly organize to resist and attempt to frustrate an apostolic visitation, that is, a visit to their congregations carried out under the authority of the vicar of Christ on earth, to whom all religious are bound by the strongest bonds of loyalty and obedience?" he asked.

Abp. Burke indicated that the attitude of sisters towards the visitation represents "a growing tendency among certain consecrated religious to view themselves outside and above the body of Christ as a parallel institution looking in upon the Church with an autonomy which contradicts their very nature."

"Religious life lived in the heart of the Church, and for that reason religious congregations are, by their very nature, bound in strictest loyalty to the Roman Pontiff," he said. "It is of course an absurdity of the most tragic kind to have consecrated religious knowingly and obstinately acting against the moral law.

"The spiritual harm done to the individual religious who are disobedient and also the grave scandal caused to the faithful and people in general are of incalculable dimensions."

Burke also directly challenged Sr. Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, as well as Network, a pro-abortion lobby group of U.S. nuns, whose support for the bill the Obama administration openly acknowledged as critical to its success.

"Was not the Speaker of the House [Nancy Pelosi] glowing to report that so many religious sisters were in support of her proposed health care plan?" he asked. "Was not a religious sister [Sr. Carol Keehan, President of CHA] one of the recipients of a pen used by the President of the United States to sign the health care plan into law?

"Now is the time for us all, and in particular for consecrated persons to stand up for the truth and to call upon our fellow Catholics in leadership to do the same, or to cease identifying themselves as Catholics." Original article.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Makeup in the 18 Century

Both Catherine Delors and Elena-Maria have posted articles on Marie-Antoinette and the description of the Queen by Elizabeth Vigee-la Brun. I thought that I would place some perspective on this description with this short note. From the narrtive it appears that Marie-Antoinette went au-naturel as we would say today. Secretly, and speaking as a man, I would say that this is the way most men would prefer their women.



"But the most remarkable thing about her face was the splendour of her complexion. I never have seen one so brilliant, and brilliant is the word, for her skin was so transparent that it bore no umber in the painting. Neither could I render the real effect of it as I wished. I had no colours to paint such freshness, such delicate tints, which were hers alone, and which I had never seen in any other woman." Elizabeth Vigee-la Brun

The above description by Vigee-la Brun of Queen Marie-Antoinette gives us an insight into the appearance of the Reine-Martyr. The deception talks of perfect skin. It was a trait shared by her eldest daughter, Madame Royale.

It was not so with many of the women of the time. Fair skin was sought after in a time when a tan meant low born. There were rules in dress and appearance that the most fashionable ones, who thought they were fashionable, strived for. Marie-Antoinette was the style setter of the last part of the 18th century. Indeed so much has been written about her clothes and their extravagance that when the truth be known that she mended and saved her clothes many are wont not to believe it. The reason for this is simple, it was the woman who wore the clothes and not the clothes that wore the woman. Her skin was perfect therefore she had no need of cosmetics.

To be seen as having this alabaster skin women of the 18th century wore a cosmetic face powder. Below is the receipe to make that 18th century face powder. (This is not a joke.)

Face Powder

several thin plates of lead
a big pot of vinegar
a bed of horse manure
water
perfume & tinting agent

Steep the lead in the pot of vinegar, and rest it in a bed of manure for at least three weeks. When the lead finally softens to the point where it can pounded into a flaky white powder (chemical reaction between vinegar and lead causes lead to turn white), grind to a fine powder. Mix with water, and let dry in the sun. After the powder is dry, mix with the appropriate amount of perfume and tinting dye. (Gunn)

(uh huh)

But wait there's more...

Rouge

Rouge was another favorite cosmetic. Its name is derived from the French word for "red." Like the popular white face powder, rouge was created from questionable ingredients, including carmine (a lead-based pigment.) People used rouge with wet bits of wool to daub fashionable red spots on their cheeks --- the general idea was that it made an aesthetically pleasing contrast to one's pale, powdered face.

Rouge was also available as a lipstick for both men and women. Sticks of solid rouge were created by mixing carmine with plaster of Paris. (Gunn)

NOTE: Fortunately we don't do this any more. Lead is easily absorbed by the body and has the side effects of severe head pain, nausea, dizziness, bowel problems, blindness, and, if large enough amounts have been ingested, paralyzsis or even death.

Jhesu Marie,
Brantigny

Gunn, Fenja, The Artificial Face London: Trinity Press, 1973

If you are asking why I know about this book, it is because my family and I reenact in the 18th century, and no Madame Brantigny does not use this formulary.

14.4.10

A story from the Jesuit Relations

Where it not for the Jesuits and their written history called the Jesuit Relations, the known history of French Canada would be far different.

While reseaching some family history, I found this about my family connexion to Sillery. One Thomas Hayot, or Ayotte, (the parent of Anne, the wife of my ancestor, Etienne) was a resident of of the first parish registry of Quebec on 30 October 1638, his birthplace was in France but on this side of my family there is little known before his arrival in Canada. It has been established that his family was living in Saint Jean de Mortagne, currently a commune in the Orne department of northwestern France.

One will recognize immediatelly that St Joseph has a special meaning to the people of Sillery even in the 17th century. St Joseph will reward Sillery by the miracles done in his name by Brother Andre. More...

Sillery is located along the left border of the map near the bottom in this 18th century map.

The Jesuit's Relate:

...OF THE RESIDENCE OF SAINT JOSEPH AT THE COVE OF SILLERY,

AS Faith and Religion have sprung from the Cross, it is impossible to preach them well and to establish them properly otherwise than by the Cross. It has not failed us for over thirty years in which we have been working at this end of the world, to bring nations to JESUS CHRIST, and to erect a new Church to him. The waters have at times swallowed up some of our worthy Neophytes in shipwrecks; the tainted air has from time to time caused epidemics, which have carried off a portion of these peoples; wars have exterminated a number of villages, and wiped out entire Nations; the enemies of the Faith have killed and massacred, have burned and eaten the fathers and the children, — I mean, the Preachers of the Gospel, and those who had received it.

Such were these trials that, not without reason, this country has sometimes been called " the land of Crosses. " God has sent us this year some precious ones; may he be forever praised for it. I will allude only to one in passing, in order to speak of the consolation given us by some good Neophytes. On the 13th of June of this year, 1657, fire burst out in a pile of wood, without our being able to find out how it originated; we saw in a short time, at the residence of saint Joseph, our house and that of a good Christian savage all in flames; and, to crown our misfortune, the fire drove them so violently and so rapidly toward the Church, in which a good portion of these people have been born to JESUS CHRIST, that it was impossible to save it. The High Altar, enriched with gold and that beautiful coral red which so agreeably attracted the gaze of those good Neophytes, and inspired them with tender affection for their Aiamihimikiouap, — that is, their house of prayer, — was reduced to ashes in an instant.

That Church was dedicated to God under the name of St. Michael, in accordance with the desire of him who had contributed a good portion of the money wherewith to build it. It was the first that had been erected in the whole country for the new Christians. It might have been called the Mother of the entire Christianity of this new world, because the Montagnais and the Algonquins had become converted on this spot, and had inspired, in all the other Nations who have since received JESUS CHRIST, the desire of hearing his word after the example of their Countrymen. It was the asylum and refuge of the French of the neighborhood, who deplore the fire as much as our good Neophytes. One and all urge us to raise those ruins; but our arms are not strong enough, without greater help than they can give us, to retrieve so serious a loss by ourselves.

The worthy Neophyte, whose house and the whole of whose petty effects were destroyed by the flames, was asked whether that disaster had touched him deeply; he piously replied: " Had not Faith taught me that he who has made all is the Master of his works and wisely disposes of them as he pleases, that blow would have caused me sorrow. But why blame him, and be angry about a matter which belongs to him, since, in giving us the Faith, he promises us not the good things of the earth, but the blessings of heaven, which fire can never consume ? "


Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny


13.4.10

Notre Dame University sinks to new low...

More Scandal at Notre Dame

Homosexual Promotion Week at Notre Dame began yesterday under the guise of "tolerance." They're calling it "Stand Against Hate Week" and are including a day of silence. This is supposed to represent the fact that "gays" aren't permitted to be who they are. (Are you using your crying towel?) Les Femmes-The Truth

Picture: The Weeping Virgin of la Sallete

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

The date of the Shroud may be incorrect.

EWTN News

Results of radiocarbon dating carried out by three laboratories in 1988 that placed the creation of the Shroud of Turin in the 13th or 14th century cannot be considered as "conclusive," according to the Italian Society of Statistics (SIS). A recent "robust statistical analysis" run by a group of statisticians claims to debunk the original results, which they say contain huge inconsistencies. Four professors, three Italian and one English, published an article in the online SIS Magazine on March 31 that revisited the original data reported in "Nature" magazine, by Damon et al. from laboratories in Tuscon, Zurich and Oxford.

Errors that Damon and his colleagues found in their 1988 test were found not to be significant, and the results were deemed to provide "conclusive evidence" of the Shroud's medieval origins.

According to the professors' calculations in their recent SIS article, these conclusions should be revisited.

The statisticians cited by SIS write that if Damon et al.'s numbers are subject to more thorough testing the margin of error in the results is proven to be greater than originally thought. They propose that if the data from the original 12 tests carried out to determine the age of the Shroud are re-run through a "robust statistical analysis," the "non-uniform," but linear results show the probable presence of contamination.

They do not venture a guess at the source of the contamination, but propose that it could be the source of a trend in the numbers that shows a significant, "non-negligible" variation.

All of the samples from 1988 were taken from a single section of the cloth measuring less than a centimeter.

According to the professors, if the systematic inconsistencies present in the statistics were to be applied to the entire four meters of the Shroud, the results for the dating could vary by up to 20,000 years.

They also mentioned that according to Willard Libby, who developed the Carbon-14 dating process along with colleagues from the University of Chicago in 1949, the technique cannot give a reliable result for organic materials subject to unknown environmental factors that may have influenced them in the past.

The Shroud of Turin may have previously been exposed during outdoor exhibitions and was subjected to extreme heat during a fire in 1532.

Pilgrims are currently able to view the Shroud, which is on exhibition for the first time since 2000. The current exhibition runs from April 10 – May 23 at the Turin Cathedral.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Defund Planned Parenthood!


MILWAUKEE, April 12th--A new undercover video reveals medically inaccurate abortion counseling at a tax-funded Milwaukee Planned Parenthood clinic. The video, released by youth-led pro-life group Live Action, records Planned Parenthood staff distorting basic facts of fetal development and pressuring a woman to have an abortion.

In the video, a staffer tells a woman who is reportedly 6 to 8 weeks pregnant that at this stage her baby has "no arms, no legs, no heart no head, no brain." The staffer emphasizes the difficulties of adoption, urges the woman to obtain an abortion as soon as possible, says that images of abortion are fabricated, and states that the unborn child at 6 to 8 weeks has no "identifiable parts" and is just "fetal matter."

A similar video released in December from an Appleton, WI abortion clinic prompted state senator Glenn Grothman to call for an investigation of Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Two leading embryologists also denounced Planned Parenthood's counseling, calling it "absurd and scientifically erroneous." Live Action also released a video last February catching Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin failing to comply with mandatory reporting laws for the sexual abuse of a 14 year old girl.

Wisconsin law requires women to receive medically accurate information before obtaining an abortion. The America Medical Association indicates in its Code of Ethics that "the physician’s obligation is to present the medical facts accurately to the patient."

Lila Rose, UCLA student and president of Live Action, says the new footage further confirms the deceptive and manipulative practices of Planned Parenthood: "Planned Parenthood has an abortion-first mentality that is driven both by ideology and the desire for money," says Rose. "Since women will often choose against abortion if they learn the scientific facts about the unborn child inside the womb, Planned Parenthood distorts basic facts in an attempt to perform more abortions."

The video is the second in Live Action's "Rosa Acuna Project," a multi-state undercover investigation documenting Planned Parenthood's deceptive abortion counseling. Planned Parenthood, the largest abortion chain in the U.S., has come under fire recently after Live Action's previous investigations found the abortion giant willing to conceal sexual abuse of young girls and accept racist donations earmarked to abort African-American babies.

Lets see what the founder of Planned Parenthood Margaret Sanger has to say, in her own words...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Jean Heiman at Catholic Fire

Jhesu+Marie<
Brantigny

12.4.10

Évangeline




Carbella chante Évangeline, la légende acadienne.

Évangeline

Les étoiles étaient dans le ciel
Toi dans les bras de Gabriel
Il faisait beau, c'était dimanche
Les cloches allaient bientôt sonner
Et tu allais te marier
Dans ta première robe blanche
L'automne était bien commencé
Les troupeaux étaient tous rentrés
Et parties toutes les sarcelles
Et le soir au son du violon
Les filles et surtout les garçons
T'auraient dit que tu étais belle

Évangéline, Évangéline

Mais les Anglais sont arrivés
Dans l'église ils ont enfermé
Tous les hommes de ton village
Et les femmes ont dû passer
Avec les enfants qui pleuraient
Toute la nuit sur le rivage
Au matin ils ont embarqué
Gabriel sur un grand voilier
Sans un adieu, sans un sourire
Et toute seule sur le quai
Tu as essayé de prier
Mais tu n'avais plus rien à dire

Évangéline, Évangéline

Alors pendant plus de vingt ans
Tu as recherché ton amant
À travers toute l'Amérique
Dans les plaines et les vallons
Chaque vent murmurait son nom
Comme la plus jolie musique
Même si ton cœur était mort
Ton amour grandissait plus fort
Dans le souvenir et l'absence
Il était toutes tes pensées
Et chaque jour il fleurissait
Dans le grand jardin du silence

Évangéline, Évangéline

Tu vécus dans le seul désir
De soulager et de guérir
Ceux qui souffraient plus que toi-même
Tu appris qu'au bout des chagrins
On trouve toujours un chemin
Qui mène à celui qui nous aime
Ainsi un dimanche matin
Tu entendis dans le lointain
Les carillons de ton village
Et soudain alors tu compris
Que tes épreuves étaient finies
Ainsi que le très long voyage

Évangéline, Évangéline

Devant toi était étendu
Sur un grabat un inconnu
Un vieillard mourant de faiblesse
Dans la lumière du matin
Son visage sembla soudain
Prendre les traits de sa jeunesse
Gabriel mourut dans tes bras
Sur sa bouche tu déposas
Un baiser long comme ta vie
Il faut avoir beaucoup aimé
Pour pouvoir encore trouver
La force de dire merci

Évangéline, Évangéline

Il existe encore aujourd'hui
Des gens qui vivent dans ton pays
Et qui de ton nom se souviennent
Car l'océan parle de toi
Les vents du sud portent ta voix
De la forêt jusqu'à la plaine
Ton nom c'est plus que l'Acadie
Plus que l'espoir d'une patrie
Ton nom dépasse les frontières
Ton nom c'est le nom de tous ceux
Qui malgré qu'ils soient malheureux
Croient en l'amour et qui espèrent

Évangéline, Évangéline


Pour Évangéline, un poème par Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Cliquez ici,

Pour un histoire de le Grand Dérangement, cliquez ici...(en anglais)

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Vatican makes peace with the Beatles

John Lennon flashes the satan sign.*

I am not sure that Giovanni Maria Vian is quite right in his Catholic mind. I could not just read this and just let it go.

The article states. The Beatles "...took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives..," not to mention they lives were sexually scandalous. John Lennon in his song "Imagine" says "Imagine there's no Heaven, It's easy if you try, No hell below us, Above us only sky, Imagine all the people, Living for today..." Is this a Catholic message? NO! Is it now that the Church will wait 30 or 40 years and rehabilitate them?

What about this Album cover which shows the "Fab Four" in butcher's clothes with doll parts and bones on their lap. "...This horrendous picture clearly refers to the kind of infanticide that takes place in Satanic rituals and Devil worships..." more on John Lennon’s Pact with Satan.

By ALESSANDRA RIZZO, Associated Press Writer Alessandra Rizzo, Associated Press Writer – Mon Apr 12, 10:50 am ET

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican has finally made peace with the Beatles, saying their drug use, "dissolute" lives and even the claim that the band was bigger than Jesus are all in the past — while their music lives on.

Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano paid tribute to the Fab Four in its weekend editions, with two articles and a front-page cartoon reproducing the crosswalk immortalized on the cover of the band's album "Abbey Road."

The tribute marked the 40th anniversary of the band's breakup.

"It's true, they took drugs; swept up by their success, they lived dissolute and uninhibited lives," said the paper. "They even said they were more famous than Jesus," it said, recalling John Lennon's 1966 comment that outraged many Catholics and others.

"But, listening to their songs, all of this seems distant and meaningless," L'Osservatore said. "Their beautiful melodies, which changed forever pop music and still give us emotions, live on like precious jewels."

It is not the first time the Vatican has praised the legendary band from Liverpool.

Two years ago, Vatican media hailed the Beatles' musical legacy on the 40th anniversary of the "White Album." And last month the Vatican paper included "Revolver" in its semiserious list of top-10 albums.

Now, L'Osservatore says that the Beatles' songs have stood the test of time, and that the band remains "the longest-lasting, most consistent and representative phenomenon in the history of pop music."

Giovanni Maria Vian, the editor in chief of L'Osservatore Romano, said Monday that he loves the Beatles.

He said that at the time of Lennon's sensational statement, Osservatore "commented that in reality it wasn't that scandalous, because the fascination with Jesus was so great that it attracted these new heroes of the time."


No, I for one do not think it is time to rehabilitate the "Fab Four."

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

*The fact that Paul McCartney is flashing the symbol of Christian perfection in no way diminishes the symbol flased by Lennon.

Year for Priests: Priest sees the hand of God in his life

by Father Silvio Kaberia
special to The Catholic Virginian

"When my mom was pregnant with me, little did she know that the child would be coming earlier than the expected time.

I was born two months before due date several miles from the nearest Catholic sponsored maternity clinic in the area.

In those days being delivered so early was a sure death sentence. Luck was on my side because the Italian Consolata Missionary sisters had come that day to their regular outreach clinic in the village.

Sensing that I would probably not survive, they decided to administer emergency baptism. Sister Nunzia, a nurse, baptized me. The only name which quickly came to her mind was that of her uncle in Italy by the name Silvio.

My life hung in the balance for several weeks. The Sisters came to visit my family frequently and a great bond between them developed. This had a great impact as I grew up in a family of eight siblings, two of whom have since entered into eternal life.

The parish was five miles from home and the Sunday trek to church was always interesting with groups of people walking together for Mass. Attending Mass was not only a spiritual but social event.

There were plenty of different activities for children which enabled interaction for children of different social backgrounds.

I received Communion at age seven and Confirmation at age nine. Thereafter I became an altar server.

In Africa the elementary schools are miles apart in the bush. The nearest primary school was two miles away and I had to walk and be in school by 7 a.m., then run home for a lunch break of two hours. This was like a daily marathon and the excitement is that one was not alone.

The government allowed public schools to have morning prayers, with the Protestants in one class and the Catholics in another. (It still does.) I led the morning prayers for Catholics.

The first book I was interested in reading was the Bible. I would also read the Mass with others in order to actively respond on Sunday. We prayed as family together before going to bed and Saturday nights we read the Sunday gospel. My family was a truly domestic church.

In high school I was an official and active member of the Young Christian Students, a movement for high school and college students which reinforced Catholic teaching and traditions. It is from here that my vocation was strengthened and I got clear vision.

I informed my parents who encouraged me, but my grandmother was enraged. She could not understand why one would want to be a priest.

I first considered becoming a Consolata Missionary but on closer reflection I decided to be diocesan priest.

There were only two major seminaries in Kenya. St. Augustine Senior Seminary of Philosophy and St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary of Theology built by the Dominicans and trained both religious order and diocesan priests.

Seminarians from many of the 42 tribes in Kenya, each with a distinct language and customs, provided a multicultural experience. We were unified by faith and common formation. This experience would be continued further when I took my studies in Navarra University in Spain.

Upon my ordination in December 1983, I began as a teacher and spiritual director at St. Pius X Minor seminary (high school) of the Diocese of Meru in Kenya. Later I was assigned to St. Joseph’s Major seminary of philosophy with the present Archbishop of Nairobi, Cardinal John Njue as the Rector.

I later became a parish priest and religious advisor for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Meru. Life went full circle when I became a staff member of St. Augustine Senior seminary where I started my priestly formation a few years earlier.

Some of my students are now priests and one is a bishop. When I meet them or read about the work they are doing, I am humbled and very happy with my ministry as a priest.

My awesome experience was my apostolate among the nomads (people who move from place to place) of the Apostolic Vicariate of Isiolo. This is located in a dry remote area of Kenya where the majority of people are Muslims. I had learned about the Muslim faith in the seminary, but here I got my first personal encounter with them.

I was a vicar general and parish priest of the Cathedral with the mosque across the street. I learned the challenge Christians face in a majority Muslim environment and what it means to be part of the Christian minority with all the prejudices. To the Muslims, Christians were seen as infidels and the priest was the number one infidel.

Since the Diocese (Vicariate) was not self-supporting, it depended on religious and priests from other dioceses, especially the Archdiocese of Vercelli in Italy. They helped build churches, schools, clinics, rectories and sponsored children’s education by paying for the children’s tuition and other basic needs.

I understood how absolute poverty can marginalize and dehumanize persons. The church was the only hope.

How is it that I am in the United States of America and precisely in the Diocese of Richmond?

I see the hand of God in all my life. I came to visit a friend in Richmond and went to see the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. As I was walking around the Cathedral I met Bishop Emeritus Walter F. Sullivan. He blessed me and said, “Welcome to my diocese, you look like a holy priest.”

I had several meetings with him and then he asked me whether I would be willing to work in the Diocese of Richmond. God can speak to us through others, and so my answer was a strong yes.

When Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo was installed as Bishop of Richmond he was also supportive. His first ground breaking ceremony for a new church was at Good Shepherd, South Hill, where I was assigned as new pastor. I have also been pastor of St. Catherine of Siena in Clarksville and St. Paschal Baylon in South Boston.
(Editor: All at the same time.)

The parishioners of these three parishes were most welcoming, loving and committed in lay leadership and helping the priest carry out the mission of Jesus Christ. The challenge was the distance from one parish to the other, especially for Sunday Mass. Each parish had its unique characteristics and spirituality.

I am now pastor of St. Luke Parish in Virginia Beach. There is a multi-cultural and multi-ethnic community of American, Filipino and Latino traditions who blend into a welcoming community fueled by a common faith.

What a wonderful church, so diverse but one in faith and in solidarity with the rest! What a pleasure and privilege for me to serve the people of God.

I hope my story might inspire and encourage anybody willing to serve the Church, especially where there is the greatest need."


For many years this kind and Holy man was our parish priest at St Catherine of Siena Parish in Clarksville Virginia. He has been missed by the parish, not because the Priests who replaced him could not live up to his example, they have and continue to do so. No, it is because Fr Silvio is a member of our community and our families.

God Bless Fr Silvio.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Child of Cebu

Recently, I was asked to do an article on the Santo Niño. I am about to be finished with the research on the subject and will soon post it.

On the 20th of March 2010, His Eminence, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, DD, Metropolitan Archbishop of Cebu, commemorated the first year anniversary of the blessing of Señor Santo Niño de Cebu on the grounds of Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral.

The Santo Niño was long considered to be the patron “saint” of Cebu. However, the Santo Niño is a representation of Jesus Christ as a child. The Catholic Church in the Philippines sets the Holy Child as an example of humility and as a celebration of the Incarnation. Many Cebuanos do not consider the Christmas Season over until the Feast of the Santo Niño.

With this in mind, in 2002, the Archbishop of Cebu, Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, declared Jesus’ mother Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe to be the principal patroness of Cebu. This upset some Santo Niño devotees, who felt that the declaration “demoted” the Holy Child. However, the declaration is consistent with Catholic teaching requiring a patron saint be a human saint who has gone to his or her heavenly reward and who prays to God on behalf of the living, rather than a divine being himself.

Since the Holy Child is a representation of Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity, he cannot, as God, be considered a patron. In that sense, Cardinal Vidal’s move was to actually install a patron saint for Cebu, when before there was none. He did not, however, abolish the feast or the traditional street celebrations.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Seems to me that I have heard that name, Vidal, somewhere...

The Guillotine

The "National Razor" as it has sometimes been called, has gone on display for the first time in France. Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, an anatomy professor from Paris medical school, had designed the device in 1791 as one which could end life without inflicting pain.

A unique mechanism involving a huge, slanted blade, pulleys and a hinged neck harness was effectively meant to cause instant death.

But this ‘humane’ approach was often called into question, with fears that the swift impact actually caused pain and suffering.

Decapitation was so swift, that the brain might take a few seconds to register decapitation, medics argued.

Post-mortems often revealed eyelids moving up and down, and that faces quivered. more... A recorded instance may be this one, of Charlotte Corday l'ange de l'assassinat ...Charlotte was executed on 17 July 1793. Legend has it that after she was guillotined the executioner took her by the hair and slapped her across the face. Her face scowled at the executioner in "unequivocal indignation"! The slap was considered an unacceptable breach of etiquette and the executioner was locked away for 3 months...

Thanks to Elena-Maria for this article and link.

The Death of Louis XVI.

The Death of Marie-Antoinette.

Here is the Instument of Death

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

*It is also said, although a guillotine was not used but a sword, that Anne Boleyn blinked at the spectators and her mouth moved as if to speak.

11.4.10

A tragic remanant...

These crumbling stone arches are virtually all that is left in Paris of the Palais de Tuileries, built by Catherine de Medici after the death of her husband French king Henri II in the mid 1500s. It was a royal residence for Louis XIV and Louis XV, and it's where the Paris mob brought Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette after forcing them to leave Versailles in 1789. Later it was the home of Napoleon and Josephine, and under the Second Empire, Napoleon III. It was finally burnt to the ground during the 1871 civil war known as the Commune, one of the darkest hours in French history...more.

A tip of the beret to Anne at an Just another American in Paris.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

24.8 % of Russians wish a return of the Monarchy

24.8% are FOR monarchy in Russia

In Belgorod (a regional centre in Middle Russia) at the end of March 2010 the Russian Imperial Union-Order organised a sociological research of public attitude to the monarchy and the Russian Imperial House. 180 people of different age and social status agreed to participate in the research.
13.4% of the participants are monarchists under their views. More...

The Living Crown

Three Hundred Catholic Words: Magyar Szent Korona

On January 28th, 814, Charles the Great died.

One-hundred and eighty-six years later, a small party of men quietly worked at prying a marble lid from its foundation in the palace of Aix-La-Chapelle. As the corner seal broke free, a long swoosh of air sucked into the hollow space beneath their feet and quickly rushed back out. The workmen turned their heads and held their breath. After a few seconds they slowly exhaled and glanced furtively at each other’s faces. One of them sniffed.

The air was a little musty, but overall it was fresh.

The Holy Roman Emperor stood watching off to the side. In his hand was a scroll with a broken wax seal bearing the crossed keys of Peter. Otto III slowly moved forward as the laborers groaned and slid the top across the floor. With an intense expression marring his young face, he bent over the opening and peered down into the darkness.

“Give me light here!”

When candelabrum were lowered into the crypt, the sparkle of gold caught Otto’s eye.

Charlemagne sat in his throne the same as the day he was buried. Except for a twist of his neck which caused his head to tilt unnaturally to the side, the body was remarkably incorrupt. Atop his head was the crown.

For a moment, Otto’s youthful impetuosity almost took over.

That’s rightfully mine.

An open bible lay across Charlemagne’s lap and his finger was resting on a specific verse, Mathew 16:26. “For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul?”

Otto caught his breath.

“If the Pope wants István to have it, so be it,” he said and walked out.

Since then, fifty Hungarian rulers have been found to wear this “living” crown.

Thanks to Sanctus Christopher

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny