28.5.11

Letter from Sarah

I have received several comments over time from Sarah, an Australian, receiving this particular one on my recent post entitled Ugly Statistics.. I thought it would be good to reprint this as well as post it to comments

Richard,

This makes the heart cry out in agony! It is hideous, absolutely hideous!! God help us! May His chastisement arise soon that the heinous treatment of the voiceless might be brought to an end once and for all!

I am the daughter of an adopted mother, the sister of an adopted brother, a survivor of micro-premi birth and one who lives with the resultant vision impairments (but considers such a fair price for me to pay for the gift of life - 40 years of it - god's hand of providence - survived in 1970 born at only 26 weeks!!).

(to see how the individual with vision impairment can access computer tech, look at www.humanware.comwww.serotek.com and www.freedomscientific.com to hear how your site is spoken, go to www.satogo.com for Catholic material (including Catechism) in giant print, audio and Braille, go to http://www.xaviersocietyfortheblind.org/for Bibles in same, go to
http://www.braillebibles.org/

XSB has provided me, free of charge, the Catechism, complete book of prayers, guide to praying the rosary, monthly Mass Propers and bi-monthly newsletters, all in Braille. The team have been incredible and I commend this organization to you for regular prayers, ...

But back to the matter at hand...The voiceless are trampled upon!
The helpless left defenceless!!

Remember, the OT prophets spoke about the abuse of the 'widow and orphan' regularly, and ancient Israel's turning away from God's law of life and faith...remember what happened upon each occasion Israel of Old strayed?? If we continue to stray, He shall bring us right back into line and it won't necessarily be a pretty sight...though much deserved!

God help us!

Thank you for this confronting yet vitally important blog entry.

blessings,

Sarah,
Australia.

Thank you Sarah from the bottom of my heart.
Richard

27.5.11

Henriette Anne d'Angleterre

...The young princess had come to France with her mother Queen Henrietta Maria during the English Civil War. Raised at Court, she became a Roman Catholic and was married to Louis Dieudonne's brother Philippe. As Louis XIV's brother, Philippe was called "Monsieur" and Henrietta "Madame". She was a favorite of the King at Court and lauded for her beauty. Two of Louis's mistresses, Louise de la Valliere (who repented and became a Carmelite) and Francoise-Athenais, Madame de Montespan came from Henrietta's household... MORE

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

A very good description of Madame may be found in The Sun King by Nancy Mitford

Jehanne La Pucelle by Antoine Mercie

Under a staircase on the ground floor of the Art Institute of Chicago is hidden the bust of The Maid by Antonin Mercie. I found this quite by accident on afternoon as I was visiting the Institute for a Mary Cassat exhibition several years ago. At the time I paused for a second, gave it a glance and continued to the exhibition. Weeks later the bust reappeared in my mind and I called my sister who works near by and asked her to run over on her luncheon and take some photos for me. I present this now, as a first article on St. Joan of Arc, or as she was called during her lifetime, La Pucelle. (simply The Maid).

I know I will never do her story justice, so I will include links to my articles which will expound on and verify facts.

Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny

24.5.11

What was he thinking?


Obama Dates Westminster Abbey Guestbook Entry '24 May 2008'

...Just as President Barack Obama's reelection campaign gears up ahead of 2012, it seems possible that the president's mind is stuck back in the last election cycle.

Apparently Mr Obama was heard to ask the dean what the day's date was - but managed to get the year wrong.

A Westminster Abbey spokeswoman confirmed it was the president who had written the wrong date...


Sarah Palin when asked knew the correct date.

Bloody 'ell.

Brantigny

Ugly statistics

Abortion is a sin callingout to God for vengance.

Up to 12 million girls aborted in India over last 30 years

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Up to 12 million girls were aborted over the last three decades in India by parents that tended to be richer and more educated, a large study in India found, and researchers warned that the figure could rise with falling fertility rates.

The missing daughters occurred mostly in families which already had a first born daughter. Although the preference for boys runs across Indian society, the abortions were more likely to be carried out by educated parents who were aware of ultrasound technology and who could afford abortions.

"The number of girls being aborted is increasing and may have reached 12 million with the lower estimate of 4 million over the last three decades," said lead author Professor Prabhat Jha at the Center for Global Health Research in Toronto, Canada.

"The logic is families are saying if Nature gives us a first boy, then we don't do anything. But if Nature gives a first girl then perhaps we would consider ultrasound testing and selective abortion for the subsequent children," he told Reuters in a telephone interview on Tuesday.

Jha said the preference for boys in Indian society remains firmly in place and the reason why abortions of female fetuses were occurring more among richer and educated parents was because they could afford to do so.

"The preference for boys doesn't differ between rich and poor, it is similar. But the means to ensure a boy is greater among the educated and the rich," Jha said.

ABORTION OF GIRLS MAY INCREASE WITH LOWER FERTILITY

Jha and his colleagues, who published their study in The Lancet, said abortion of girls in India was different from the situation in China, where a one-child policy results in even abortions of the first girl.

"In India, we don't see that yet and there is no required one-child policy. But the concern is that if urban women decide they only want one child, then this practice may spread from second or third child to the first, so this is a future risk that we have identified," Jha said.

Jha's team analyzed data from three national health surveys conducted over different time periods from 1992 to 2006, where over 300,000 mothers between the ages of 15 to 49 were interviewed for their birth history.

The researchers also analyzed data of three cohorts of children born from 1990 to 2005.

They found the sex ratio for the second child in homes where the first born was a girl fell to 836 girls for every 1,000 boys in 2005, from 906 to every 1,000 boys in 1990.

"There were 4 million to 12 million selective abortions from 1980 to 2010 and just in the last decade, about 3 to 6 million, so the problem is increasing," Jha said.

India enacted a law in 1996 to prevent the use of scanning for prenatal sex determination and selective abortion of girls but Jha said it was very difficult to enforce because of a huge unregulated private medical practice.

"Until the government brings health reforms in place and brings doctors into a publicly financed accountable system, it's difficult to go that route," he said.

(Reporting by Tan Ee Lyn; Editing by Miral Fahmy)
Yahoo News

The pro-choice crowd is salivating.

There just is nothing left to be said.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

De Profundis

De profundis clamavi ad te, Domine;
Domine, exaudi vocem meam. Fiant aures tuæ intendentes
in vocem deprecationis meæ.
Si iniquitates observaveris, Domine, Domine, quis sustinebit?
Quia apud te propitiatio est; et propter legem tuam sustinui te, Domine.
Sustinuit anima mea in verbo ejus:
Speravit anima mea in Domino.
A custodia matutina usque ad noctem, speret Israël in Domino.
Quia apud Dominum misericordia, et copiosa apud eum redemptio.
Et ipse redimet Israël ex omnibus iniquitatibus ejus.

De Profundis

Out of the depths, I have cried to Thee,
O Lord, Lord, hear my voice.
Let Thine ears be attentive to the
voice of my supplication.
If Thou, O Lord, shalt mark my iniquities,
O Lord, who shall stand it?
For with Thee there is merciful
forgiveness: and by reason of Thy
law I have waited for Thee, O Lord.
My soul hath relied on His word;
my soul hath hoped in the Lord.
From the morning watch even until
night; let Israel hope in the Lord.
Because with the Lord there is mercy;
And with Him plenteous redemption.

Ps 103

Rapture delayed.

I feel sad for Harold Camping. He doesn't seem like a bad sort just mixed up. Some time in his life he started believing in himself and not in scripture. May be it is in the area he lives, or maybe it is because it seems many evangelicals have only 3 books in their Bible, Daniel, Revelations and Isiah... Well, Camping did miss the date, and as I have said many of those who believed him are now wavering in their faith yet I wonder if it is their faith in Camping or their Faith in God.

Camping continues to be unwavering in his hubris. He still claims to be right, it was just his math was wrong. This episode is almost Gnostic. I remain uninitiated.

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Here is what the True Church says about the end times...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

I will say no more on this subject.

Stupid is as stupid does...

Back in 1975 John Saxon was the star of a new TV series which failed about a post apolyptic world in to which the star travels 1890 years into the future to rescue his commrades held in suspnded animation at a place called PAX. (I actually had a friend who wrote a script for this) in the future it seems there is a cult of androgyny. They refused to perceive any differences in sex. (no, not gender that is a grammatical term.) This was Gene Rodenbury's only failed series and reflected his concept of how things should be in his world, (and later in space).

Roddenbury was an atheist, and his programs show this. Enough about him.

Acts of Apostacy has surprised me once again with this feature...

Genderless Child Being Raised By Brainless Parents

...Each week the woman asks the same question about the baby with the squishy cheeks and feathery blond hair.

She’s used to it. The neighbours know Witterick and her husband, David Stocker, are raising a genderless baby. But they don’t pretend to understand it...
more...

An ambiguous sex needs an ambiguous name, the baby is called "Storm".

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

23.5.11

Presisdential hopeful Ron Paul and his libertarian views

You see libertarians, to remain libertarian, are forced to accept everthing as a freedom no matter how offensive or destructive as long as the Constitution does not say otherwise. Ron Paul's acceptance of prostitution, abortion, and all manner of other self destructive lifestyles shows this to be true. Listen to his remarks in this video, and then listen to the Fox News Catholic commentator Father Jonathan Morris respond. Ron Paul is applauded and Father Jonathan is laughted at by the people on the set with him and his words are twisted and made fun of. A martyr for the truth. Yet Father Jonathan stood up to these poor befuddled ones.



Pope John-Paul II on Thomas More and morality in government.
When he wanted to send a message to politicians worldwide, John Paul II declared Saint Thomas More the Patron of Statesmen and Politicians (October 31, 2000). He listed various reasons for making this choice. Fundamentally he spoke of “the need felt by the world of politics and public administration for credible role models able to indicate the path of truth at a time in history when difficult challenges and crucial responsibilities are increasing.” His key phrase refers to men and women who can “indicate the path of truth.”

The pope went on to say that: “What enlightened [Thomas More’s] conscience was the sense that man cannot be sundered from God, nor politics from morality.” In Church teaching there is a profound sense of truth that even embraces politicians and statesmen — like it or not — and which is both grounded in God and orders the moral behavior of men and women, both the public servants themselves and the people whom they represent. This is to say that faith in God is eminently necessary. In Thomas Aquinas’ words: “the gift of wisdom presupposes faith, because ‘a man judges well what he knows’ (Ethic. i, 3).” (ST II II question 45) This comes from the Summa’s section on human actions.

It is simple, if you can not be moral, then how can you lead a nation and expect morality?

Quod erat demonstrandum, a good choice for President Ron Paul is not.

St. Louis' letter of advice to advice his eldest son, the later Philip III provides us with some insight into the attitudes of one of the most Holy and important French kings. The same holds true to presidents and wannabe presidents.

Jhesu+Marie.
Brantigny

The rapture is over now, please return to your places...

Are we there yet?

Drat! I'm still here.




I looked at the Family Radio website today... It has changed.
The old web page is here...
The new homepage, here... has a funny graphic at the bottom, "What's New... should be "What's new?

The pity is, people who listened to this message and sold their houses, cars, and property, are now dis-enthralled with Camping's message. These heretical communities now have a problem oon their hands, because in a emotion and sensually based faith, when the emotion is crushed and the feeling is changed the faith sometimes disappears. Those in the True Faith are not worried about the "rapture". It will come when it will come. I will not go into the we "will not know the hour or the day", once again proven by God. We are prepared every day.

The Catholic View of the Rapture...

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantingy

St. Matilda of Saxony, Empress

She known also as Mathilda, Mathildis, Maud, Mechtildis, and from her grandson every King of France up to and including the current de jure King Louis XX is descended.

Born at Engern, Westphalia, Germany, c. 895; died at Quedlinburg,March 14, 968. Saint Matilda is another who shows us the possibility of living in the world and reaching the state of Christian perfection. It's not easy, especially at first, because there are so many delightful distractions that titillate the senses and feed the ego. But when the soul becomes acquainted with God and forms a relationship, it hungers and thirsts for more of His love. Thus, fervent prayer, holy meditation, and reading pious books, are more necessary for those living in the world than for professed religious, because of the continual distractions. Amidst the pomp, hurry, and amusements of a court, Saint Matilda gave herself up to holy contemplation with such earnestness, that though she never neglected any duties, her soul was raised to heaven.

Saint Matilda was daughter of Count Dietric (Theodoric) of Westphalia and Reinhild of Denmark. At a very early age her parents placed her under the care of her grandmother, Maud, abbess of Eufurt monastery, who had renounced the world upon her widowhood. Matilda relished the life of prayer and spiritual reading. Like all young ladies she learned the refined skill of needlework. She remained in the convent until her parents married her to Henry, son of Duke Otto of Saxony, in 909 (some vitae push all the dates for marriage and crowning by several years).

Her husband, named the Fowler, from his fondness for popular sport of hawking, became duke of Saxony at the death of his father, in 912. Upon the death of Conrad I in 919, was chosen king of Germany. He was a pious and victorious prince, and very tender of his subjects. His solicitude in easing their taxes, made them ready to serve their country in his wars at their own cost, though he generously recompensed their zeal after his expeditions, which were always attended with success.

While he by his arms checked the insolence of the Hungarians and Danes, and enlarged his dominions by adding to them Bavaria, Matilda gained domestic victories over her spiritual enemies, more worthy of a Christian, and far greater in the eyes of heaven. She nourished the precious seeds of devotion and humility in her heart by assiduous prayer and meditation; and, not content with the time which the day afforded for these exercises, employed part of the night the same way. The nearer the view was which she took of worldly vanities, the more clearly she discovered their emptiness and dangers and sighed to see men pursue such bubbles to the loss of their souls; for, under a fair outside, they contain nothing but poison and bitterness.

It was her delight to visit and comfort the sick and the afflicted, to serve and instruct the poor, and to show charity to prisoners, procuring their freedom if justice would permit it or easing their suffering by liberal alms. Her husband, edified by her example, concurred with her in every pious undertaking.

After twenty-seven years of marriage, Matilda and Henry were separated by his death in 936. During his last illness, Matilda went to the church to pour forth her soul in prayer for him at the foot of the altar. As soon as she understood, by the tears and cries of the people, that he had expired, she called for a priest that was fasting, to offer the holy sacrifice for his soul; and at the same time cut off
the jewels which she wore, and gave them to the priest as a pledge that she renounced from that moment the pomp of the world.

She had three sons (one source says five); Otto, afterwards emperor; Henry, duke of Bavaria who is known as "the Quarrelsome"; and Saint Bruno, archbishop of Cologne. Henry was the better suited to succeed his father, but Otto, the eldest, was elected. Otto was crowned king of Germany in 937. Matilda, in the contest between her two elder sons for the elected crown, favored her middle son, Henry, a fault she
expiated by severe afflictions and penance. When Otto (the Great) was elected, she persuaded him to name Henry duke of Bavaria after he had led an unsuccessful revolt.

These two sons conspired to strip her of her dowry, on the unjust charge that she had squandered away the revenues of the state on the poor. This persecution was long and cruel, especially because it came at the hands of her precious sons. She retired to her country home but was later recalled to the court at the insistence of Otto's wife, Edith. The errant princes were reconciled to her and restored her all they had taken. She then became more liberal in her alms than ever.

When Henry again revolted, Otto put down the insurrection in 941 with great cruelty. Matilda censured Henry when he began another revolt against Otto in 953 and for his ruthlessness in suppressing a revolt by his own subjects; at that time she prophesied his imminent death. Yet, the testimony of her son Henry is powerful. He told her: "Oh, my very dear one, in all things you have given us excellent advice: how many times have you changed iniquity to justice."

After Henry's death in 955, she devoted herself to building many churches and four religious houses, including Engern, Pöhlde in Brunswick (where she maintained 3,000 monks), Quedlinburg in Saxony (where she buried her husband), and Nordhausen, where she retired in her later years. When she had finished the buildings, Quedlinburg
became her usual retreat. After his victories over the Bohemians and Lombards, Matilda governed the kingdom when Otto went to Rome in 962 to be crowned emperor, which is often regarded as the beginning of the Holy Roman Empire.

During the last of her 32 years of widowhood, Matilda entered one of the convents she had founded at Nordhausen. She applied herself totally to her devotions, and to works of mercy. It was her greatest pleasure to teach the poor and ignorant how to pray, as she had formerly taught her servants. In her last sickness she made her
confession to her grandson William, the archbishop of Mentz, who yet died twelve days before her, on his road home. She again made a public confession before the priests and monks of the place, received a second time the last sacraments, and lying on a sackcloth with ashes on her head. Her body remains at Quedlinburg, where she is buried beside her husband. The Benedictines venerate her as one of their oblates.

To find the bliss Matilda found requires foregoing vain pleasures to
open precious hours for devotional exercises.

Geneology of Huge Capet

Hugh Capet King of France

Father: Hugh the Great

Paternal Grandfather: Robert I of France
Paternal Grandmother: Béatrice of Vermandois

Paternal Great-grandfather: Robert the Strong
Paternal Great-grandmother: Adelaide

Paternal Great-grandfather: Herbert I, Count of Vermandois
Paternal Great-grandmother: Bertha de Morvois

Mother: Hedwige of Saxony

Maternal Grandfather: Henry I of Germany
Maternal Grandmother: Matilda of Ringelheim

Maternal Great-grandfather: Otto I, Duke of Saxony
Maternal Great-grandmother: Hedwiga of Franconia

Maternal Great-grandfather: Dietrich of Westfalia
Maternal Great-grandmother: Reinhild

The family of Louis XX is a family of Saints.

Vive le Roy! Vive Louis!
Jhesu+Marie
Brantigny

The Great Alcuin

Some time ago there was a European miniseries which perported to be the biography of Charlemagne. After watching that it would have been hard to imagine Charles as a Saint, although that is what Jeanne the Maid* called him when she explained why God sent her on her mission. That is where I first learned about Alcuin of York. Hearing about the great King of the Franks, the preservor of the Church, and a desendant of the Hammer. It may be said with complete confidence that this is the man that made Charlemagne who he became.

Elena-Maria Vidal's has posted this on the educator monk of the educator Emperor.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

*Then Jeanne said to me : "Are you the Bastard of Orleans?" "Yes," I answered; "and I am very glad of your coming !" " Is it you who said I was to come on this side [of the river], and that I should not go direct to the side where Talbot and the English are ?" "Yes, and those more wise than I are of the same opinion, for our greater success and safety." "In God's Name," she then said, "the counsel of My Lord is safer and wiser than yours. You thought to deceive me, and it is yourselves who are deceived, for I bring you better succor than has ever come to any general or town whatsoever the succor of the King of Heaven. This succor does not come from me, but from God Himself, Who, at the prayers of Saint Louis and Saint Charlemagne, has had compassion on the town of Orleans, and will not suffer the enemy to hold at the same time the Duke and his town!"

JEAN, Bastard of Orleans, Count de Dunois testimony at the Trial of Nullification, 1449-1455