4.6.10

From St Faustina's Diary

One day, I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell. And their number was so great that it was impossible to count them. more...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

3.6.10

Murder of the Duc Duc d'Enghien

Elena-Maria has posted this article on her blog some time ago, here is the link...


Louis-Antoine, Duc d'Enghien, the last heir of the house of Bourbon-Condé, was one of the most appealing among the exiled French princes in the days of Napoleonic rule. After the attempt upon Napoleon's life by a group of misguided royalists, as discussed in my review of For the King by Catherine Delors, the Corsican dictator sought to prevent any further plots by making an example of a member of the royal family. The Duc was kidnapped from his home beyond the French border and shot. Talleyrand referred to the murder as being a blunder on Naploeon's part, since the Duc was generally held in high esteem by friends and foes alike. Nevertheless, it seems that Talleyrand was involved in the efforts to capture the prince. more...

Vive le Roy!
Brantigny

This Diorama is made of the standard 56 mm plastic Historex Figures, which have been transformed to make this scene. The figures were concieved, designed and painted by Jean-Claude Colrat and Armand Frascuratti; the scenery was made by Gabriel Colrat.

Jean-Claude Colrat is a reference for thing pertaining to Jehanne d'Arc.

Que Dieu bénisse la Famille Royale!

Par cette double naissance, Il semble assurer la pérennité du sang de Saint Louis, d'Henri IV et de Louis XIV.

Que, par l'intercession de Notre-Dame de l'Assomption, de Sainte Jehanne d'Arc et de Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant Jésus, à la prière de Saint Michel, de Sainte Geneviève et de Sainte Clotilde, de Saint Remi et de Saint Martin, de Saint Louis et de tous les Saints de France, Sa Main toute-puissante protège nos Princes et le Royaume des Lys en le ramenant dans la fidélité à sa vocation scellée dans la fontaine baptismale de Reims!
Lully

Vive le Roy! Vive Le Dauphin!
Une Foi, Un Roi, Une France! Jamais!

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

The dog of Francois Dorel

Once upon a time, a young hunter, Francois Dorel went to Ars with friends. He was in Ars with his dog, as the Cure of Ars, John Vianney was passing by. He had a particularly well groomed dog. The Priest said, "I wish your soul were in as good shape as your dog." Francois was overwhelmed, made his confession and went to be a trappist monk in La Trappe.

Love Undefiled

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Restoration of 11-story Illinois cross faces lawsuit threat because of state grant

Restoration attempts have begun on an 11-story mountaintop cross in southern Illinois, but an atheist activist has threatened a lawsuit because the restoration group received a state grant.

The Bald Knob Cross of Peace was finished in 1963 on the 1,025-foot-high Bald Knob Mountain about 130 miles southeast of St. Louis.

Its concrete and steel frame was covered by about 650 white porcelain panels, but many have rusted or fallen off and some remain attached only with coat hangers and bailing wire.

A group called Friends of Bald Knob Cross has collected $360,000 of the $550,000 needed to restore the cross, including a $20,000 grant from the state of Illinois.

Chicago-area atheist Rob Sherman has challenged the grant, promising “a long and expensive” lawsuit if the money isn’t returned, according to the Associated Press.

Sherman, a retired Chicago-area radio talk show host, successfully fought the state’s moment of silence in public schools.

Bill Vandergraph, a minister and member of the board of Friends of Bald Knob Cross, said that the money was used long ago as a down payment on the renovation.

About the lawsuit, he said, “We’re not shaken in any way.”

"We're trying to stay low-profile, and that's not out of fear. We're absolutely not intimidated," he commented, the AP reports.

According to Vandergraph, his group applied for the money only after a state senator said they’d be eligible for it. The cross has also housed federal government transmission equipment and has been used by Union County’s conservation department.

The mountain has been the site of Easter services since 1937. Rural mail carrier Wayman Presley and pastor William Lirely envisioned a giant cross for the site to be visible for miles to serve as a continued witness.

Presley’s effort was featured on the television show “This is Your Life” in 1955, generating donations from across the country.

A widow named Myrta Clutts pledged $100 to the project despite her poverty. When her pig Betsy gave birth to 21 piglets, three times the normal litter size, she gave some to her dog to raise. She sold 14 of the piglets and had $400 remaining to pay the bills.

Presley set up a barn on Clutts’ farm where more than 1,700 piglets were produced from Betsy’s original litter to be sold to support the Bald Knob Cross fund, the AP says.


What troubles the atheists about a cross? Fear alone.

EWTN

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Ste. Marguerite Marie Alacoque


Ste. Marguerite Marie Alacoque

Religious of the Visitation Order. Apostle of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, born at Lhautecour, France, 22 July, 1647; died at Paray-le-Monial, 17 October, 1690.

Her parents, Claude Alacoque and Philiberte Lamyn, were distinguished less for temporal possessions than for their virtue, which gave them an honourable position. From early childhood Margaret showed intense love for the Blessed Sacrament, and preferred silence and prayer to childish amusements. After her first communion at the age of nine, she practised in secret severe corporal mortifications, until paralysis confined her to bed for four years. At the end of this period, having made a vow to the Blessed Virgin to consecrate herself to religious life, she was instantly restored to perfect health. The death of her father and the injustice of a relative plunged the family in poverty and humiliation, after which more than ever Margaret found consolation in the Blessed Sacrament, and Christ made her sensible of His presence and protection. He usually appeared to her as the Crucified or the Ecce Homo, and this did not surprise her, as she thought others had the same Divine assistance. When Margaret was seventeen, the family property was recovered, and her mother besought her to establish herself in the world. Her filial tenderness made her believe that the vow of childhood was not binding, and that she could serve God at home by penance and charity to the poor. Then, still bleeding from her self-imposed austerities, she began to take part in the pleasures of the world. One night upon her return from a ball, she had a vision of Christ as He was during the scourging, reproaching her for infidelity after He had given her so many proofs of His love. During her entire life Margaret mourned over two faults committed at this time--the wearing of some superfluous ornaments and a mask at the carnival to please her brothers.


On 25 May, 1671, she entered the Visitation Convent at Paray, where she was subjected to many trials to prove her vocation, and in November, 1672, pronounced her final vows. She had a delicate constitution, but was gifted with intelligence and good judgement, and in the cloister she chose for herself what was most repugnant to her nature, making her life one of inconceivable sufferings, which were often relieved or instantly cured by our Lord, Who acted as her Director, appeared to her frequently and conversed with her, confiding to her the mission to establish the devotion to His Sacred Heart. These extraordinary occurrences drew upon her the adverse criticism of the community, who treated her as a visionary, and her superior commanded her to live the common life. But her obedience, her humility, and invariable charity towards those who persecuted her, finally prevailed, and her mission, accomplished in the crucible of suffering, was recognized even by those who had shown her the most bitter opposition.


Margaret Mary was inspired by Christ to establish the Holy Hour and to pray lying prostrate with her face to the ground from eleven till midnight on the eve of the first Friday of each month, to share in the mortal sadness He endured when abandoned by His Apostles in His Agony, and to receive holy Communion on the first Friday of every month. In the first great revelation, He made known to her His ardent desire to be loved by men and His design of manifesting His Heart with all Its treasures of love and mercy, of sanctification and salvation. He appointed the Friday after the octave of the feast of Corpus Christi as the feast of the Sacred Heart; He called her "the Beloved Disciple of the Sacred Heart", and the heiress of all Its treasures. The love of the Sacred Heart was the fire which consumed her, and devotion to the Sacred Heart is the refrain of all her writings. In her last illness she refused all alleviation, repeating frequently: "What have I in heaven and what do I desire on earth, but Thee alone, O my God", and died pronouncing the Holy Name of Jesus.

The discussion of the mission and virtues of Margaret Mary continued for years. All her actions, her revelations, her spiritual maxims, her teachings regarding the devotion to the Sacred Heart, of which she was the chief exponent as well as the apostle, were subjected to the most severe and minute examination, and finally the Sacred Congregation of rites passed a favourable vote on the heroic virtues of this servant of God. In March, 1824, Leo XII pronounced her Venerable, and on 18 September, 1864, Pius IX declared her Blessed. When her tomb was canonically opened in July, 1830, two instantaneous cures took place. Her body rests under the altar in the chapel at Paray, and many striking favours have been obtained by pilgrims attracted thither from all parts of the world. Her feast is celebrated on 17 October. St. Margaret Mary was canonized by Benedict XV in 1920.

The prayers of the feast of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque are found here...

Tea at Trianon has a similar feature today, here...

At Two Hearts Ablaze, here...

For a list of the Twelve Promises of the Sacred Heart, here...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Efficacious Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

I. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, ask and you will receive, seek and you will find, knock and it will be opened to you." Behold I knock, I seek and ask for the grace of...... (here name your request)
Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

II. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, if you ask anything of the Father in my name, he will give it to you." Behold, in your name, I ask the Father for the grace of.......(here name your request) Our Father...Hail Mary....Glory Be To the Father....Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

III. O my Jesus, you have said: "Truly I say to you, heaven and earth will pass away but my words will not pass away." Encouraged by your infallible words I now ask for the grace of.....(here name your request) Our Father....Hail Mary....Glory Be to the Father...Sacred Heart of Jesus, I place all my trust in you.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, for whom it is impossible not to have compassion on the afflicted, have pity on us miserable sinners and grant us the grace which we ask of you, through the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, your tender Mother and ours.

Say the Hail, Holy Queen and add: St. Joseph, foster father of Jesus, pray for us.

~ St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

Jhesu-Marie
Brantigny

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us


From Les Femmes-The Truth
Thursday, June 3, 2010

The month of June is dedicated by Holy Mother Church to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

It has also been dedicated by a so-called "messiah," Barack Obama. He dedicated the month to --- ta da --- LGBT pride. (Read about it here.) Ah yes, we should all be proud of our sinful sexual behavior and proclaim it from the housetops or from Folsom Street in San Francisco.

Are we surprised? The man who skipped town rather than honor our dead soldiers by attending the national event at Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day, the same one who ignored the National Day of Prayer...is quick to honor sodomy with an entire month. more

Sacre Coeur de Jesus, Avoir pitié pour nous.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

1.6.10

Jacques Marquette, for the Greater Glory of God

It was on this day in 1637 that the great French Missionary and explorer, Jacques Marquette was born in Laon, France. He bacame a Jesuit in his 17th year, and after 12years with his training complete, he was sent to Quebec in 1666, and demonstrating a great proficiency in the native languages his superiors sent him to the upper reaches of the St. Laurance. He assisted in founding the mission at Sault Ste. Marie and at La Pointe, on Lake Superior. Here, he came into contact with members of the Algonquian tribes, who told him about a great river. Intertribal warfare compelled him to move his mission at La Pointe to the straits of Mackinac. He informed his superiors of the river and requestd to explore the great river.

Being of French and Canadian desent and a native of Chicago, I have long been interested by the stories the early exploration in New World, and especially of the early French Jesuit Missionaries. through much pain suffering and martyrdom these missionaries not only converted the indians of early North America but did much of the exploration of this continent. The Jesuits braved not only the unknown but also the possibility of martyrdom in their efforts to bring the faith to the natives without hesitation.

In 1673, Marquette was joined by Louis Jolliet, a French-Canadian explorer. They departed from St. Ignace on May 17, with two canoes and five voyageurs. They followed Lake Michigan to the Bay of Green Bay and up the Fox River, nearly to its headwaters. From there, they were told to portage their canoes a distance of slightly less than two miles through marsh and oak plains to the Wisconsin River. At that point the French later built the trading town of Portage, named for its location. From the Portage, they ventured forth, and on June 17, they entered the Mississippi near Prairie du Chien.

The Joliet-Marquette expedition traveled to within 435 miles of the Gulf of Mexico but turned back at the mouth of the Arkansas River. By this point they had encountered several natives carrying European trinkets, and they feared an encounter with explorers or colonists from Spain. They followed the Mississippi back to the mouth of the Illinois River, which they learned from local natives was a shorter route back to the Great Lakes. They returned to Lake Michigan near the location of modern-day Chicago. Marquette stopped at the mission of St. Francis Xavier in Green Bay in September, while Joliet returned to Quebec to relate the news of their discoveries.

Arriving at Quebec he was at once assigned to Three Rivers (Trois Riveres) on the Saint Lawrence, where he assisted Druillettes and, as preliminary to further work, devoted himself to the study of the Huron language. Such was his talent as a linguist that he learned to converse fluently in six different dialects. Recalled to Quebec in the spring of 1668 he repaired at once to Montreal, where he awaited the flotilla which was to bear him to his first mission in the west. After laboring for eighteen months with Father Dablon at Sault Ste. Marie (the Soo) he was given the more difficult task of instructing the tribes at the mission of the Holy Ghost at La Pointe, on the southwestern shore of Lake Superior, near the present city of Ashland.

The Catholic Encycopdea relates... "Here we meet for the first time the account of the work of Marquette as told by himself and his first reference to the great river with which his name will be forever associated. To this mission on the bleak bay of a northern lake came the Illinois Indians from their distant wigwams in the south. They brought strange tidings of a mighty river which flowed through their country and so far away to the south that no one knew into what ocean or gulf it emptied. Their own villages numbered eight thousand souls, and other populous tribes lived along the banks of this unknown stream. Would Marquette come and instruct them? Here was a call to which the young and enthusiastic missionary responded without delay. He would find the river, explore the country, and open up fields for other missionaries. The Hurons promised to build him a canoe; he would take with him a Frenchman and a young Illinois from whom he was learning the language. From information given by the visitors Marquette concluded that the Mississippi emptied into the Gulf of California; and on learning that the Indians along its banks wore glass beads he knew they had intercourse with the Europeans.

So far had he gone in his preparations for the trip that he sent presents to the neighboring pagan tribes and obtained permission to pass through their country. However, before he could carry out his designs the Hurons were forced to abandon their village at La Pointe on account of a threatened attack of the Dakotas. The missionary embarked with the entire tribe and followed the Indians back to their ancient abode on the northwest shore of the Straits of Mackinac. Here a rude chapel was built and the work of instructing the Indians went on. There is extant a long letter from his pen in which Marquette gives some interesting accounts of the piety and habits of the converted Hurons (Jesuit Relations). But Marquette was yearning for other conquests among the tribes which inhabited the banks of the Mississippi. He concluded this letter with the joyful information that he had been chosen by his superiors to set out from Mackinac for the exploration which he had so long desired. In the meanwhile accounts of the Mississippi had reached Quebec, and while Marquette was preparing for the voyage and awaiting the season of navigation, Joliet came to join the expedition. On May 17, 1673, with five other Frenchmen, in two canoes, Marquette and Joliet set forth on their voyage of discovery. Skirting along the northern shore of Lake Michigan and entering Green Bay, pushing up the twisting current of the Fox River, and crossing a short portage, the party reached the Wisconsin. This river, they were told, flowed into the great stream which they were seeking. The report proved true, and on the June 17 their canoes glided out into the broad, swift current of the Mississippi. Marquette drew a map of the country through which they passed and kept a diary of the voyage; this diary with its clear, concise style is one of the most important and interesting documents of American history. He describes the villages and customs of the different tribes, the topography of the country, the tides of the lakes, the future commercial value of navigable streams, the nature and variety of the flowers and trees, of birds and animals. Down the river the party sailed, passing the mouth of the muddy Missouri and the Ohio until they reached the mouth of the Arkansas, and learned with certainty from the Indians that the river upon which they were navigating flowed into the Gulf of Mexico.

This was the information which they sought; and fearing danger from the Spaniards if they went further, they turned the prows of their canoes northward. "We considered", writes Marquette in his diary," that we would expose ourselves to the risk of losing the fruits of the voyage if we were captured by the Spaniards, who would at least hold us captives; besides we were not prepared to resist the Indian allies of the Europeans, for these savages were expert in the use of firearms; lastly we had gathered all the information that could be desired from the expedition. After weighing all these reasons we resolved to return." On coming to the mouth of the Illinois they left the Mississippi and took what they learned from the Indians was a shorter route. Near the present city of Utica they came to a very large village of the Illinois who requested the missionary to return and instruct them. Reaching Lake Michigan (where Chicago now stands), and paddling along the western shore they came to the mission of Saint Francis Xavier at the head of Green Bay. Here Marquette remained while Joliet went on to Quebec to announce the tidings of the discovery.

The results of this expedition were threefold: (1) it gave to Canada and Europe historical, ethnological, and geographical knowledge hitherto unknown; (2) it opened vast fields for missionary zeal and added impulse to colonization; (3) it determined the policy of France in fortifying the Mississippi and its eastern tributaries, thus placing an effective barrier to the further extension of the English colonies. A year later (1675) Marquette started for the village of the Illinois Indians whom he had met on his return voyage, but was overtaken by the cold and forced to spend the winter near the lake (Chicago). The following spring he reached the village and said Mass just opposite to the place later known to history as Starved Rock. Since the missionary's strength had been exhausted by his labors and travels, he felt that his end was fast approaching; he, therefore, left the Illinois after three weeks, being anxious to pass his remaining days at the mission at Mackinac. Coasting along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, he reached the mouth of a small stream near the present city of Ludington, where he told his two companions, who had been with him throughout his entire trip, to carry him ashore. He died there on May 19, 1675 at the age of thirty-nine. Two years later the Indians carried his bones to the Mission at Mackinac.

In 1887 a bill was passed by the Assembly at Madison, Wisconsin, authorizing the state to place a statue of Marquette in the Hall of Fame at Washington. This statue of Marquette from the chisel of the Italian sculptor, S. Tretanove, is conceded to be one of the most artistic in the Capitol. Bronze replicas of this work have been erected at Marquette, Michigan, and at Mackinac Island. Thus have been verified the prophetic words of Bancroft, who wrote of Marquette: "The people of the West will build his monument."
by Henry S. Spalding

Top of map is west.


Jhesu+Marie,

Brantigny

One last thing: This is what being true to one's charism means.


Naissance des Princes Louis et Alphonse !

Comme nous vous l'annonçions dans le bulletin n° 19 que vous avez du recevoir dernièrement, nous avons la grande joie de vous faire part de la naissance des princes ce jour, Vendredi 28 mai 2010:

Les princes Louis, duc de Bourgogne et Alphonse, duc de Berry, sont
nés à 15 h 33 et 15 h 38, heures de Paris.

Loué soit Dieu ! La duchesse d'Anjou se porte au mieux et Louis de
Bourbon, duc d'Anjou et chef de la Maison de France est heureux.

Vive le Roy! Vive le Dauphin!
Brantigny

Encore, en anglais... en français...