25.10.12

Claire Ferchaud

"...I come, not to bring terror among you; I am the God of love, the God who forgives and wants to save you all..."

There is very little written about Clair Ferchaud outside of France, perhaps it is because she was a woman who went against  the worldview of a woman should be.  I did not know of Clair until I was into my early 50's although she did not die until 1972.  Which makes her a contemporary if not from my generation.  Clair was born in 1901on May 5, the feast of St. Hilary of Arles, in in the little village of Loublande, in the province of Vendée.  The Vendée whose people had shed so much blood in  the cause of Holy Mother  Church.

,,My grace will work with great power on sinners who without contrition, Kneel before the picture of My Broken Heart, so that they will arise converted."


She attended the school of the Sacred Heart as a child and received visions of Jesus, His mother Mary and Saint Joan of Arc, (although she had not yet been canonised). As with her messenger Joan the would call her and meet with her. In 1916 during that "anneé terrible" she was called by Jesus to a vision of His Sacred Heart slashed and torn by the "Sins of mankind" and a deeper wound by the sin of Atheism.  Atheism which had been planted by the revolution of 1789, watered by the blood of the dead of the Commune of 1871, pruned by the anti-clerical law of 1905, which legally separated Church and State. (1)

,,I will forgive their sins, even before the absolution, to those who with a true love kiss the picture of My Broken Heart."


Born on May 5 in 1896, she was hurriedly dressed in a white gown and taken to the local church where she was Baptised Claire-Yvonne-Marie-Louis. She was born in Saint-Laurent-sur-Sèvre, in the small village of Loublande, in the Vendéen hedged farmland called the Bocage. She attended the school of the Sacred Heart and during her childhood, she was subject to apparitions. Jesus Christ, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joan of Arc appeared to her and asked her to deliver for them messages.  She confides in the parish priest of Loublande, the Abbot Audebert. Then Jesus entrusts to her a mission: to contact President Poincaré regarding her conversion with Jesus, being the placing of the Sacred Heart on French flags, which will insure the final victory of the armies of France against the Germans.

,,My glance will touch the hearts of the indifferent and will inflame them with favor so that they will practice goodness."


In accordance with the wishes of Our Saviour, she writes this missive, and her letter is sent to the President Poincaré January 16 1917. He ignores it. By the intervention and help of a prominent royalist representative, the small mystic is received on March 21 at the Elysée palace where she arrives to deliver this message: "The President was to ask the Bishops to consecrate France to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and to ask the parliament to place the 'Sacred Heart' image on the white portion of the French flag... President Poincaré seemed to consent to her suggestions, but strangely once again nothing in fact is done. Clair sends to President Poincaré a second letter on the 1st of May, again he does nothing. On May 7, she then sends the letter of warning to 14 generals of the army, asking "that the picture of the Sacred Heart, signs hope and of good day, shine officially on our national colors". Only one complies , and that Division of the Army saves Paris from the advancing German Army in the 2nd Battle of the Marne. The Sacred Heart will be invoked during this conflict by faithful millions of, but never will be placed on the standards.

,,An only act of love with the plea for forgiveness towards this picture will he enough for Me to open heaven to the soul which in the last hour must appear before Me."


Clair withdraws to her home to accomplish the other mission that God inspired in her: to found a congregation to repair the insult done to the Sacred Heart, "in substitution to the refusal by the France to recognize officially God for master". She will take the name of Sister Claire of Crucified Jesus. The community will receive the blessing of Pope Pius XII!

,,When some refuse to believe in the truths of religion, one can put the picture of My Broken Heart in their room (dwelling) without their knowledge. It will bring through the wonder of graces sudden and supernatural conversions."

During 1918, there thousands of pilgrims invade the town of Loublande simply to be near Clair and the Sacred Heart. The height of these pilgrimages occurred on June 7 1918 with a procession of torches which 10,000 pilgrims participate! ...But the peace signed in 1918, as had announced by Claire Ferchaud, would not be "final". A greater holocaust is yet to come. Clair asks for and is granted a perpetual Mass for France, which was approved by Mgr Humbrecht, the bishop of Poitiers, on June 11, 1918.

The picture of the " Sacred Heart of Jesus broken for our sins", which was painted under the directions of Claire Ferchaud (a reproduction which is exposed in the chapel of the house of the Sacred Heart of Loublande) is seen widely in Royalist and Catholic places of the faith.

Today the Royalists of France are represent on their color the sacred heart, sometimes as the Chouans and sometimes as it was requested By Christ through Clair Ferchaud.

But until France and the world consecrate their countries individually peace will not come nor wil the enemies of the church be crushed.

I respectfully call upon S.A.R. Louis Alphonse, as legitmate heir of the Crown of France to Publically Consecrate France to the Sacred Heart.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny





(1) In the Affaire Des Fiches in France in 1904–1905, it was discovered that the anticlerical War Minister under Émile Combes, General Louis André, was determining promotions based on the French Masonic Grand Orient's huge card index on public officials, detailing which were Catholic and who attended Mass, with a view to preventing their promotions

On 7 May 1917, she then addressed a letter of warning to 14 generals of the French armies, calling for ‘the image of the Sacred Heart, sign of hope and salvation’, to be inserted onto ‘our national colors’. Fifteen copies of this letter were written and sent to the following generals:


Hubert Lyautey, Minister of War in the previous Government of Aristide Briand;

Philippe Pétain, General in chief of all Armies;

Joseph Alfred Micheler, Commandant of the 1st Army;

Adolphe Guillaumat, Commandant of the 2nd Army;

Georges Louis Humbert, Commandant of the 3rd Army;

Henri Joseph Eugène Gouraud, Commandant of the 4th Army;

Fénelon François Germain Passaga, Commandant of the 5th Army;

Paul Maistre, Commandant of the 6th Army;

Antoine Baucheron de Boissoudy, Commandant of the 7th Army;

Augustin Gérard, Commandant of the 8th Army;

Denis Auguste Duchêne, Commandant of the 10th Army;

And also to Generals: Jacques de Castelnau, Robert Georges Nivelle, Marie Émile Fayolle, and Ferdinand Foch.

It is known today, from two sources which attested to the fact (that of the curé of Bonbon, the abbé Paul Noyer and that of Father Perroy on November 17, 1918), that only General Foch, (Commanding the 20th Corps in Nancy and later the Supreme Commander of Allied Forces) ‘consecrated’ the armed forces of the French and their Allies ‘to the Sacred Heart’ on 16 July 1918, during a private ceremony.

The Sacred Heart was, in fact, invoked during this conflict by millions of faithful Catholics, but was never placed on the Flag. In fact, the image of the Sacred Heart, was broadcast very widely. Millions of copies were distributed. It was commonly found in the trenches, to the point that a circular from the Minister of War of 6 August 1917 (countersigned by Philippe Pétain later the president of unoccupied France in 1940) prohibited its exhibition.

The Corps of Marechal Foch, soon after placing the Sacred Heart on the 20th corps flag were instumental in the repulse of the Germans at the battle of 2nd Marne. Roert Nivelle troops mutinied in 1917.

24.10.12

Medieval Sourcebook, Arabs, Franks, and the Battle of Tours, 732

Three accounts. The following opinion was expressed about the Franks by the emir who conquered Spain, and who---had he not been recalled---might have commanded at Tours. It shows what the Arab leaders thought of the men of the North up to the moment of their great disillusionment by "The Hammer." The following opinion was expressed about the Franks by the emir who conquered Spain, and who---had he not been recalled---might have commanded at Tours. It shows what the Arab leaders thought of the men of the North up to the moment of their great disillusionment by "The Hammer." (Davis Introduction)

From an Arabian Chronicler Musa being returned to Damascus, the Caliph Abd-el Melek asked of him about his conquests, saying "Now tell me about these Franks---what is their nature?" "They," replied Musa, "are a folk right numerous, and full of might: brave and impetuous in the attack, but cowardly and craven in event of defeat." "And how has passed the war betwixt them and thyself? Favorably or the reverse?" "The reverse? No, by Allah and the prophet!" spoke Musa. "Never has a company from my army been beaten. And never have the Moslems hesitated to follow me when I have led them; though they were twoscore to fourscore."


Isidore of Beja's Chronicle The defeat of the Saracen invaders of Frankish lands at Tours (more properly Poitiers) in 732 A.D. was a turning point in history. It is not likely the Muslims, if victorious, would have penetrated, at least at once, far into the north, but they would surely have seized South Gaul, and thence readily have crushed the weak Christian powers of Italy. It is very unfortunate that we do not possess scientific accounts of Charles Martel's great victory, instead of the interesting but insufficient stories of the old Christian chroniclers. Then Abderrahman, [the Muslim emir] seeing the land filled with the multitude of his army, crossed the Pyrenees, and traversed the defiles [in the mountains] and the plains, so that he penetrated ravaging and slaying clear into the lands of the Franks. He gave battle to Duke Eudes (of Aquitaine) beyond the Garonne and the Dordogne, and put him to flight---so utterly [was he beaten] that God alone knew the number of the slain and wounded. Whereupon Abderrahman set in pursuit of Eudes; he destroyed palaces, burned churches, and imagined he could pillage the basilica of St. Martin of Tours.

It is then that he found himself face to face with the lord of Austrasia, Charles, a mighty warrior from his youth, and trained in all the occasions of arms. For almost seven days the two armies watched one another, waiting anxiously the moment for joining the struggle. Finally they made ready for combat. And in the shock of the battle the men of the North seemed like North a sea that cannot be moved. Firmly they stood, one close to another, forming as it were a bulwark of ice; and with great blows of their swords they hewed down the Arabs. Drawn up in a band around their chief, the people of the Austrasians carried all before them. Their tireless hands drove their swords down to the breasts [of the foe].

At last night sundered the combatants. The Franks with misgivings lowered their blades, and beholding the numberless tents of the Arabs, prepared themselves for another battle the next day. Very early, when they issued from their retreat, the men of Europe saw the Arab tents ranged still in order, in the same place where they had set up their camp. Unaware that they were utterly empty, and fearful lest within the phalanxes of the Saracens were drawn up for combat, they sent out spies to ascertain the facts. These spies discovered that all the squadrons of the "Ishmaelites" had vanished. In fact, during the night they had fled with the greatest silence, seeking with all speed their home land. The Europeans, uncertain and fearful, lest they were merely hidden in order to come back [to fall upon them] by ambushments, sent scouting parties everywhere, but to their great amazement found nothing. Then without troubling to pursue the fugitives, they contented themselves with sharing the spoils and returned right gladly to their own country.

Chronicle of St. Denis The Muslims planned to go to Tours to destroy the Church of St. Martin, the city, and the whole country. Then came against them the glorious Prince Charles, at the head of his whole force. He drew up his host, and he fought as fiercely as the hungry wolf falls upon the stag. By the grace of Our Lord, he wrought a great slaughter upon the enemies of Christian faith, so that---as history bears witness---he slew in that battle 300,000 men, likewise their king by name Abderrahman. Then was he [Charles] first called "Martel," for as a hammer of iron, of steel, and of every other metal, even so he dashed: and smote in the battle all his enemies. And what was the greatest marvel of all, he only lost in that battle 1500 men. The tents and harness [of the enemy] were taken; and whatever else they possessed became a prey to him and his followers. Eudes, Duke of Aquitaine, being now reconciled with Prince Charles Martel, later slew as many of the Saracens as he could find who had escaped from the battle.

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

22.10.12

Saint Michel Archange


Seigneur, daigne te souvenir que dans les circonstances douloureuses de notre histoire, tu as fait de l'Archange saint Michel l'instrument de ta miséricorde à notre égard. Nous ne saurions l'oublier ; c'est pourquoi nous te conjurons de conserver à notre patrie la protection dont tu l'as jadis entourée par le ministère de cet Archange vainqueur.

Et toi, ô saint Michel, Prince des Milices célestes, viens à nous ; nous t'appelons.

Tu es l'Ange gardien de l'Eglise et de la France ; c'est toi qui as inspiré et soutenu Jeanne d'Arc dans sa mission libératrice. Viens encore à notre secours et sauve-nous ! Nous mettons nos personnes, nos familles, nos paroisses, la France entière, sous ta protection toute spéciale. Nous en avons la ferme espérance, tu ne laisseras pas mourir le peuple qui t'a é...té confié.

Que Dieu suscite parmi nous des saints ! Par eux, ô saint Archange, fais triompher l'Eglise dans la lutte qu'elle soutient contre l'enfer déchaîné et, par la Vertu du Saint-Esprit, établis le règne du Christ sur la France et dans le monde, afin que la paix du ciel y demeure à jamais.

Ainsi soit-il.

Saint Michel Archange, prie pour nous, pour l'Eglise et pour la France. Saint Aubert, prie pour nous. Saint Louis, roi de France, prie pour nous. Sainte Jeanne d'Arc, prie pour nous. Sainte Thérèse de l'Enfant-Jésus, prie pour nous. Saints et Saintes de France, priez pour nous.See More

Lord, deign to remember that in the painful circumstances of our history, you made the Archangel Michael the instrument of your mercy towards us. We must not forget it; This is why we urge you to keep our homeland protections you have once surrounded it by the Ministry of this winner Archangel.

And you, o saint Michael, Prince of the celestial militia, come to us; We call you.

You are the guardian of the Church and the Angel of France ; It is you who have inspired and supported Joan of Arc in its liberating mission. Still come to our rescue and save us! We put our people, our families, our parishes, the entire France, under your very special protection. We hope farm, you will not let die the people entrusted to you.

That God is with us the saints! By them, o saint Archangel, do triumph the Church in combating it supports against the raging hell, and by the virtue of the Holy Spirit, established the reign of Christ on the France and in the world, so that the peace of heaven remains there forever.

So be.

St. Michael the Archangel, prays for US, for the Church and for the France. Saint Aubert, pray for us. Saint Louis, King of France, pray for us. Sainte Jeanne d'Arc, pray for us. Saint Thérèse of the child Jesus, pray for us. Saints and Holy of France, pray for us.  

Jhesu+Marie,
Brantigny

Not the least amongst the Saints


Kateri Tekakwitha was born in today’s New York state in 1656 to a Mohawk father and a Christian Algonquin mother who gave to her a sense of the living God. She was baptized at twenty years of age and, to escape persecution, she took refuge in Saint Francis Xavier Mission near Montreal. There she worked, faithful to the traditions of her people, although renouncing their religious convictions until her death at the age of twenty-four. Leading a simple life, Kateri remained faithful to her love for Jesus, to prayer and to daily Mass. Her greatest wish was to know and to do what pleased God. She lived a life radiant with faith and purity.

Kateri impresses us by the action of grace in her life in spite of the absence of external help and by the courage of her vocation, so unusual in her culture. In her, faith and culture enrich each other! May her example help us to live where we are, loving Jesus without denying who we are. Saint Kateri, Protectress of Canada and the first native American saint, we entrust to you the renewal of the faith in the first nations and in all of North America! May God bless the first nations!



Jhesu+Marie Brantigny St Kateri Tekawitha portraits barrowed from the Catholic Illustrators Guild

Jhesu+marie,
Brantigny