I am going to visit my parents in Illinois for the next ten days. My post will be sparce but I will try to post on my sister Diane's high speed low drag computer a few times.
Vive Le Roi!
de Brantigny


Don't Blame the Traditionalists, part 2

I have to say this.

Elena-Maria, has written me and commented on my redirect to her site, that she has received a great deal of comments (read hatemail) which were, to say the least not in the spirit of Holy Mother Church. Suprisingly many of these comments were from members of her own parish. I am deeply grieved. One would expect to be persecuted by members of a different faith community or different eclesiatical community, but by members of ones own parish, is unthinkable.

Ok, here is the big picture. The way you believe is the way you pray. This is not the way Catholics pray. It is the way Muslims pray. If you wish to pray like a Muslim be a Muslim, and depart in peace. It is not a matter of being ecumenical it is a matter of the proper attitude in the Presence of the Living God. Muslims, do not believe this. Trying to make an Eucharistic Adoration into a Jumah is WRONG.

I am at your service.
de Brantigny

Les Tricoteuses

Elena Maria Vidal writes at Tea at Trianon about another facit of the terror; Les tricoteuses. They remind me of the Harpies in Jason and the Argonauts, taking pleasure in death.

Les Tricoteuses were the women who sat around the guillotine, keeping track of the number of executions with their knitting. They embodied the Terror of the French Revolution, for they seemed to be drawn to the blood and the violence, so consumed were they by hatred. When women are out for blood, they can be more ruthless than men, and far more cruel. Most of les tricoteuses, "the knitters," were simple and ignorant women, manipulated both by their own passions and by the leaders of the various factions. The manipulation was facilitated by famine, war and social chaos, all of which spiraled out of control amid the violence of the Revolution. more...


The First Thanksgiving Was Catholic

Tradition in Action has an article by Dr. Marian T. Horvat, PHD

I have been asked to comment on Thanksgiving, the national holiday commemorating the first successful harvest season of the grim Protestant pilgrims of New England.

"It just doesn’t seem right to celebrate the prospering of a Puritan sect that established a Calvinist theocracy in the Massachusetts Colony that would mercilessly persecute Catholics,” one reader argued.

Such Catholics, gathered around their laden Thanksgiving tables enjoying the company of family and friends, should know a quite consoling fact of American History: the first Thanksgiving on U.S. soil was Catholic. more...

Te Deum
(We praise Thee, O God)
We praise Thee, O God; we acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.
Thee the Father everlasting, all the earth doth worship.
To Thee all the angels, to Thee the heavens, and all the powers.
To Thee the Cherubim and Seraphim cry out unceasingly:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts.
Full are the heavens and the earth, of the majesty of Thy glory.
Thee, the glorious choir of the apostles,
Thee, the admirable company of the prophets,
Thee, the white-robed army of the martyrs doth praise.
Thee, the holy Church throughout the world doth confess,
The Father of infinite majesty.
Thine adorable, true, and only Son.
And the Holy Ghost, the Paraclete.
Thou, O Christ, art the King of glory.
Thou art the everlasting Son of the Father.
Thou, having taken upon Thee to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin's womb.
Thou, having overcome the sting of death, hast opened to believers the Kingdom of Heaven.
Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.
Thou we believe art the judge to come.
We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood.
Make them to be numbered with Thy saints in glory everlasting.
O Lord, save Thy peopoe, and bless Thine inheritance.
And govern them and exalt them forever.
Day by day, we bless Thee.
And we praise Thy name forever; yea forever and forever.
Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, to keep us without sin.
Have mercy on us, Lord; have mercy on us.
Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; as we have hoped in Thee.
In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped; let me never be confounded.

V. Let us bless the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
R. Let us praise and magnify Him forever.
V. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven.
R. And worthy to be praised, and glorified, and exalted forever.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee.
V. The Lord be with you.
R. And with thy spirit.

Let us pray.

O God, Whose mercies are without number, and the treasure of Whose goodness is infinite; we render thanks to Thy most precious majesty for the gifts Thou hast bestowed upon us; evermore beseeching Thy clemency that as Thou grantest the petitions of those who seek Thee, Thou wilt never forsake them, but wilt prepare them for the rewards to come. Through Christ Our Lord.

R. Amen.

Thanks and a tip of the hat ot Geoff for tipping me off to this article.

de Brantigny

How the myths still exist.

I came across this article as I was doing some research on why the liberals glory in being called the left and the conservatives the right. It is part of a site which concerns Victor Hugo.

...This portrait of Marie Antoinette is one of many painted by Marie Vigee-Lebrun. This painting was probably completed in the early 1780s. Marie is more accessible in this portrait than she ever was as a queen. She gazes directly at the viewer, and holds in her hand a document of some sort. She looks industrious in this picture, which is unusual because she had a reputation of being a frivolous and idle woman. She was nicknamed Madame Deficit by the people of France because of her love of extravagance. Soon after her marriage to Louis she became the leader of fashion in France, and her taste added to France's already burdened treasury. After she had children, Marie-Antoinette turned to meddling in affairs of state. She persecuted her enemies successfully, and it appeared that she had her husband completely henpecked. She never made a secret of her preference for her country of birth (Austria), and so she was resented by the French people. They often blamed her for Louis's blunders...

This is a part of an article on "Les Miserables" and just in this short piece we are presented with a less than favorable look at the Queen Martyre. "She looks industrious" and why not, she was, never one to be lazy and indolent she worked hard and was full of zeal in her charity and kindness to the poor. While some complained about her "extravagance" she was inclined to wear plain clothes more fitting to propriety than to showiness. For a Queen who was accused of this extravagance one is hard pressed to find many jewels in paintings to support that claim. In doing so she was again insulted by those who remarked that she was posing in her chemise. She was first a loving mother of children. Her home a Petite Trianon (once the home of Louis XV mistress) became her refuge. She had a model farming which she oversaw and took interest in the minutest detail, in the hope that the system worked out there would benefit France. She was a Baptised Catholic and in a time where reverence and fear of God was mocked at she herself was mocked. She never lost her faith. Of course the public never saw her in these family moments. Her detractors, many of whom were relations by marriage wrote scandalous libelles seeking power or from jealousy. Marie-Antoinette and Louis sold their own silverware to help with the finances already overburdened by helping the American defeat England in that revolution. The view of her is slanted because unlike a certain Diana, whose marriage to Charles was reviewed and previewed in the media was and remains the darling of a leftest press. Diana could do no wrong even when on TV she announced to the public that she had an affair (incidentally by British law this is treason). But I digress.

"Marie is more accessible in this portrait than she ever was as a queen." And the point is? Queens during that period in history did not go about the town partying and conversing with the local butcher a shopping bag in hand. It was and is beneath the dignity of a crowned head. In a slightly later time the eldest daughter of Marie-Antoinette would council a relative about how she acted in public speaking to shopkeepers as if she was one of them. No French Queen had ever done this before, yet Marie-Antoinette is castigated for it. And which mother who having lost two children to disease wants to be overcrowded by throngs of onlookers in her grief and solitude?

"After she had children, Marie-Antoinette turned to meddling in affairs of state..."
Only by telling her Husband the King it was not a good thing to help the Americans in their rebellion because nothing good could come of it. In this she was correct, for this selfsame nation which begged for help in the war against the British turned their back on those whose fortunes they had so abused and thrown into trouble. Marie-Antoinette told the King she was fearful of the French revolutionaries and what that aide might do to the nation.

One cannot be too surprised by this view, after all it is what has been propagated for 200 years. A nation such as the US who has taught children that because taxation with out representation was the cause of the American Revolution will not pause to believe anything produced in a one sided fiction of the "poor masses" clamoring for their "rights". They will not bother to think about the cost to France during the Terror, the religion of the faithful, the wars it fostered, the revolutions it spawned, the destruction of the family. Al these modern ills can be directly attributed to the revloution.

Grand Dieu Sauve le Roi.

de Brantigny


Don't Blame the Traditionalists...

I am breaking my own rule here today. I was hoping to provide some information about the Revolution in France and confine myself to history but unfortunately some things are so appalling that they must be let into the open. There was a time when all we had to worry about was the spiritual murder of our young by certain men who should never been allowed to be priests. Today I found on Elena Maria Vidal's "Tea at Trianon" an article which is about a parish which is showing children to pray as Muslims. All I have to say is THIS IS WRONG! This priest is heretical. Obedience to a heretic is a sin. More

Send this everywhere there is a Catholic.

de Brantigny


Father Michael McGivney, Founder of the Knights of Columbus

I present here the founder of my order, the Knights of Columbus. We are a charitable order, and we do more than just sell tootsie rolls at Walmart. Though we started to provide a supliment to the widows and children of the immigrant families the Order has become one of the most charitable organizations in the world.

For the Cause of the Canonization of Father Michael McGivney

That all obstacles in the process of canonizating the founder of our Order be overcome, and this Holy Priest be raised in Sanctity to the honors of the Altar...

We pray to the Lord


Father Michael McGivney was born in Waterbury on August 12, 1852. His parents, Patrick and Mary (Lynch) McGivney, had arrived in the great 19th century wave of Irish immigration. Patrick McGivney became a molder in the heat and noxious fumes of a Waterbury brass mill. Mary McGivney gave birth to 13 children, six of whom died in infancy or childhood. So the first child, Michael, with four living sisters and two brothers, learned early about sorrow and the harsh grip of poverty. He also learned about the powers of love and faith, and family fortitude.

He went to the small district schools of Waterbury's working-class neighborhoods. A good child, he was admired by his school principal for "excellent deportment and proficiency in his studies." Then, after the Civil War, when Connecticut's metals industry was booming, he left school at age 13 to go to work. His job in the spoon-making department of a brass factory provided a few more dollars for family survival..

When Michael reached the age of 16 in 1868, he left the factory. With the priesthood clearly in mind, he traveled with his Waterbury pastor to Quebec, Canada. There he registered at the French-run College of St. Hyacinthe. He worked hard on subjects which would prepare him to apply for seminary admission.

Two academic years followed at Our Lady of Angels Seminary, attached to Niagara University in Niagara Falls, New York. Young McGivney moved next to Montreal to attend seminary classes at the Jesuit-run St. Mary's College.

He was there when his father died in June of 1873.


Lacking funds and concerned about his family, he went home for the funeral, lingering awhile in Waterbury. Then, at the request of the bishop of Hartford, he entered St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore, Maryland. After four years of study, on December 22, 1877, he was ordained in Baltimore's historic Cathedral of the Assumption by Archbishop (later Cardinal) James Gibbons. A few days later, with his widowed mother present, he said his first Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Waterbury.

Father McGivney began his priestly ministry on Christmas Day in 1877 as curate at St. Mary's Church in New Haven. It was the city's first parish. A new stone church had been built, after the old one burned, on one of New Haven's finest residential streets, Hillhouse Avenue. There was neighborhood objection which even the New York Times noted in 1879, under the headline: "How An Aristocratic Avenue Was Blemished By A Roman Church Edifice." So Father McGivney's priestly ministry in New Haven began with tension and defensiveness among the working-class Irish families he served.

One of the responsibilities of St. Mary's priests was pastoral care of inmates of the city jail. In a notable case, a 21-year-old Irishman, while drunk, shot and killed a police officer. James (Chip) Smith was tried for first-degree murder in 1881, convicted and sentenced to be hung. Father McGivney visited him daily.

After a special Mass on the day of execution, the priest's grief was intense. The young offender comforted him: "Father, your saintly ministrations have enabled me to meet death without a tremor. Do not fear for me, I must not break down now."

Father McGivney worked closely with the young people of St. Mary's parish, holding catechism classes and organizing a total abstinence society to fight alcoholism. In 1881 he began to explore with various laymen the idea of a Catholic, fraternal benefit society. In an era when parish clubs and fraternal societies had wide popular appeal, the young priest felt there should be some way to strengthen religious faith and at the same time provide for the financial needs of families overwhelmed by illness or death of the breadwinner.

He discussed this concept with Bishop Lawrence McMahon of Hartford, and received his approval. He traveled to Boston to talk with the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters, and traveled to Brooklyn to consult the Catholic Benevolent Legion. He met with other priests of the diocese. Wherever he could, he sought information that would help the Catholic laymen to organize themselves into a benefit society.


People who knew Father McGivney in this period were impressed by his energy and intensity. Father Gordian Daley later recalled, "I saw him but once, and yet I remember this pale, beautiful face as if I saw it only yesterday. It was a 'priest's face' and that explains everything. It was a face of wonderful repose. There was nothing harsh in that countenance although there was everything that was strong."

William Geary, one of the Order's charter members, said that at the first council meeting in 1882, he was "acclaimed as founder by 24 men with hearts full of joy and thanksgiving, recognizing that without his optimism, his will to succeed, his counsel and advice they would have failed."

Father McGivney had suggested Sons of Columbus as a name for the Order. This would bind Catholicism and Americanism together through the faith and bold vision of the New World's discoverer.

The word "knights" replaced "sons" because key members of the organizing group who were Irish-born Civil War veterans felt it would help to apply a noble ritual in support of the emerging cause of Catholic civil liberty.

In the first public reference to the Order on February 8, 1882, the New Haven Morning Journal and Couriersaid the Knights of Columbus' initial meeting had been held the night before.

On March 29, the Connecticut legislature granted a charter to the Knights of Columbus, formally establishing it as a legal corporation. The Order's principles in 1882 were "Unity" and "Charity." The concepts of "Fraternity" and "Patriotism" were added later. Each of these ideals played a major role in ceremonials from the beginning. The Columbus-linked themes, says historian Christopher J. Kauffman, "reverberated with pride in the American promise of liberty, equality and opportunity."


In April 1882, Father McGivney, with the permission of Bishop McMahon, wrote to all the pastors of the Diocese of Hartford. The Order's primary objective, he wrote, was to dissuade Catholics from joining secret societies by providing them better advantages at times of death or sickness. He urged each pastor to exert influence "in the formation of a Council in your parish." Father McGivney personally installed the first officers of San Salvador Council 1 in New Haven, in May 1882.

By May 1883, Council 2 had been instituted in Meriden, Connecticut and Bishop McMahon, so impressed with the organization, became a member of Council 11 in 1884, and served it as council chaplain. By the end of 1885, there were 31 councils in Connecticut.

Father McGivney's dedication to the Order was evidenced in trips he made to all parts of Connecticut and in handwritten correspondence—little of which survives—about K of C business. At St. Mary's, despite all this, he remained the energetic curate with constant concern for every parishioner's problems.

Then in November 1884, he was named pastor of St. Thomas Church in Thomaston, Connecticut, a factory town 10 miles from his hometown. It was a factory parish, heavily in debt, serving working-class parishioners with few resources beyond their faith. With prayerful acceptance, Father McGivney put his seven years at St. Mary's behind him.

His New Haven parishioners, in a testimonial resolution elaborately superimposed on the drawing of a chalice and host, declared that despite burdens and afflictions, his courtesy, his kindness and the purity of his life had "secured the love and confidence of the people of St. Mary's, which will follow him in every future field of labor."

In six subsequent years at St. Thomas, he wrestled with the church debt and built the same close ties of devotion and charitable concern he had developed in New Haven. He continued, as well, to serve as supreme chaplain, personally involved in helping the Order to extend its membership into Rhode Island. Later, from 1901 to 1939, his younger brothers, Msgrs. Patrick and John J. McGivney, served the Order as supreme chaplains.


Never robust in health, Father McGivney was suddenly stricken with a serious case of pneumonia in January 1890. It hung on. Various treatments for consumptive illness were tried, but his decline persisted. The young priest lost physical strength just as the Order he founded was moving toward new vitality.

On August 14, 1890, Father Michael J. McGivney died at the age of 38. In his 13 brief, busy years as a priest, Father McGivney's piety and compassion had won the love of those he served as curate and pastor. His Christian inspiration, leadership and administrative drive had brought him the loyalty and affection of thousands who knew him as the founder of the Knights of Columbus.

From the moment he launched it, the organization fortified Catholics in their faith, offered them ways to greater financial security in a sometimes hostile world, and strengthened them in self-esteem.

Remarkably developed from its simple beginnings in a church basement, the Knights of Columbus today combines Catholic fraternalism and one of the most successful American insurance enterprises. The four towers of the international headquarters symbolize the Order's worldwide commitment to charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. More than 12,000 fraternal councils are active in 13 countries.

Nearly 1.7 million Knights contribute about $130 million and 61 million hours of volunteer service to charitable causes each year. And—as a particular result of the Order's multi-faceted services to the Church—the board of directors in 1988 conducted formal business of the Order for the first time in a room named for the Knights of Columbus within the ancient St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

At St. Mary's Church in New Haven, Father McGivney's polished granite sarcophagus, sheltered inside a totally restored church, now has become a shrine for pilgrim Knights where the Order began.

At the first memorial service for deceased Knights held later in the year he died, this tribute was accorded him: "He was a man of the people. He was zealous of the people's welfare, and all the kindliness of his priestly soul asserted itself more strongly in his unceasing efforts for the betterment of their condition . . .Oh, Reverend Founder. . .that act alone which gave life to the Knights of Columbus has surely secured for thee everlasting joy and eternal peace."

A copy of his biography may be found here

A review may be found here

Knight of Columbus Web site is here