Feast Of Corpus Christi

The Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (as it is often called today), goes back to the 13th century, but it celebrates something far older: the institution of the Sacrament of Holy Communion at the Last Supper. While Holy Thursday is also a celebration of this mystery, the solemn nature of Holy Week, and the focus on Christ's Passion on Good Friday, overshadows that aspect of Holy Thursday.

Thus, in 1246, Bishop Robert de Thorete of the Belgina diocese of Liège, at the suggestion of St. Juliana of Mont Cornillon (also in Belgium), convened a synod and instituted the celebration of the feast. From Liège, the celebration began to spread, and, on September 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal bull "Transiturus," which established the Feast of Corpus Christi as a universal feast of the Church, to be celebrated on the Thursday following Trinity Sunday.

At the request of Pope Urban IV, St. Thomas Aquinas composed the office (the official prayers of the Church) for the feast. This office is widely considered one of the most beautiful in the traditional Roman Breviary (the official prayer book of the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours), and it is the source of the famous Eucharistic hymns "Pange Lingua Gloriosi" and "Tantum Ergo Sacramentum."

For centuries after the celebration was extended to the universal Church, the feast was also celebrated with a eucharistic procession, in which the Sacred Host was carried throughout the town, accompanied by hymns and litanies. The faithful would venerate the Body of Christ as the procession passed by. In recent years, this practice has almost disappeared, though some parishes still hold a brief procession around the outside of the parish church.

Dieu Le Roy!
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"You Are My Witnesses That I Am Dying For The Catholic Faith."

From Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit I reproduce this article...

"You Are My Witnesses That I Am Dying For The Catholic Faith."

Bl. Ignatius de Azevedo, S.J. (Portuguese: 1527-1570) was one of the Forty Martyrs of Brazil who met their death off the Canary Islands at the hands of Huguenots. Ignatius had worked in Rome as procurator for India and Brazil, then the Superior General, Francis Borgia assigned him to Brazil as Visitor to find how Rome could help the Jesuits working there. The answer was more Jesuits, so Ignatius went to visit the Spanish and Portuguese provinces of the Society to seek volunteers for the Brazil mission and succeeded in gathering 49 young Jesuit volunteers.

The 40 martyrs In spite of the clear danger of pirate ships they sailed off in two ships. Ignatius expressed his feeling: "If the Huguenots should capture us, what harm can they do? The most they can do is to send us speedily to heaven."

On July 15, 1570 as they were heading into the Port of Palms, near the Canary Islands, one of the two ships, with 40 Jesuits aboard, was overtaken by five faster pirate ships under the command of a French Huguenot, formerly a Catholic, now a declared enemy of Jesuits. When the pirates boarded the ship and saw Fr. Azevedo in the center of the ship holding a painting of the Virgin Mary, a pirate slashed him with a sword as he protested: "You are my witnesses that I am dying for the Catholic Faith." The pirates picked up his body and hurled him overboard with the painting still held tightly in his hands.

They then hacked to death the rest of the 39 Jesuits and threw them all into the sea, leaving unharmed the rest of the passengers...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Joseph Fromm.

In addition to the above please see the following articles at Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit...

St. Robert Bellarmine - The Yoke Of Jesus

Our Lady of the Rose, and other terms of endearment...

Bl. Peter Wright, a martyr

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Archbishop Publicly Tells Pro-Abortion Kansas Governor Not to Receive Communion

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann has directed Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius to refrain from presenting herself for Holy Communion until she takes "the necessary steps for amendment of her life which would include a public repudiation of her previous efforts and actions in support of laws and policies sanctioning abortion."

The Archbishop made the directive public by writing about his actions in his archdiocesan newspaper The Leaven. "Having made every effort to inform and to persuade Governor Sebelius and after consultation with Bishop Ron Gilmore (Dodge City), Bishop Paul Coakley (Salina) and Bishop Michael Jackels (Wichita), I wrote the governor last August requesting that she refrain from presenting herself for reception of the Eucharist until she had acknowledged the error of her past positions, made a worthy sacramental confession and taken the necessary steps for amendment of her life which would include a public repudiation of her previous efforts and actions in support of laws and policies sanctioning abortion," he wrote.

He explains his reason for making the directive public as Sebelius went against his directive not to receive Communion. "Recently, it came to my attention that the governor had received holy Communion at one of our parishes," he wrote. "I have written to her again, asking her to respect my previous request and not require from me any additional pastoral actions."

Sebelius is known as an aggressive supporter of radical abortion rights and has vetoed a number of pieces of common-sense legislation over the years that would have reigned in an out-of-control abortion industry in Kansas. As a result, abortion mills remain uninspected in spite of documented substandard conditions, and abortion laws meant to protect women and viable babies remain unenforced.

Sebelius has close ties to abortionist George R. Tiller, who has funneled huge amounts of campaign contributions to Sebelius in the past. Tiller currently faces 19 criminal charges, a grand jury investigation, and two open investigations with the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts for criminal conduct and violations of the standard of care. Nevertheless, Sebelius remains supportive of Tiller and his notorious abortion business.

"We believe evidence exists that shows that Sebelius has strong personal and political ties to Tiller, and has used her political influence to cover up for crimes committed by Tiller and his associates in order to maintain the flow of abortion money into Kansas politics, thus furthering her own political career," commented Operation Rescue President Troy Newman.

"It is because of her policies that three abortionists come to Kansas to commit the latest of late-term abortions from states that prohibit them. It is also because of her policies that women come to Kansas from all over the world for the latest of late-term abortions that are banned elsewhere. These people come to kill viable babies because they know as long as Sebelius is governor that Kansas laws prohibiting post-viability abortions will not be enforced."

"Sebelius stands in open rebellion to the teachings and requests of her Church," said Newman. "We join Archbishop Naumann in calling on Sebelius to repent from her support of abortion, and to amend her life to undo some of the human devastation and tragedy for which her public policies and private cover ups are responsible."

Archbishop Naumann concluded his column stating, "I have not made lightly this request of Governor Sebelius, but only after much prayer and reflection. The spiritually lethal message, communicated by our governor, as well as many other high profile Catholics in public life, has been in effect: 'The church's teaching on abortion is optional!' I reissue my request of the faithful of the archdiocese to pray for Governor Sebelius. I hope that my request of the governor, not to present herself for holy Communion, will provoke her to reconsider the serious spiritual and moral consequences of her past and present actions. At the same time, I pray this pastoral action on my part will help alert other Catholics to the moral gravity of participating in and/or cooperating with the performance of abortions."

By John-Henry Westen
TOPEKA, Kansas, May 10, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com)

Now we must see if she values Heaven as much as God values her...

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Margaret Sanger

I am forever amazed that there are certain presidential candidtes who will court the Womans vote and the minortiy vote and make a big deal out of supporting abortion and birth control, really know so little about it's founder...So let's

Meet Margaret Sanger
Founder of Planned Parenthood

Margaret Sanger, alcoholic and Demerol addict, spawned the International Planned Parenthood Federation, was a proponent of forced eugenics, segregation, abortion, birth control and sexual immorality. Here are some of her quotes.

"The most merciful thing that a family does to one of its infant members is to kill it."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"Birth control must lead ultimately to a cleaner race."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population…"
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"Eugenic sterilization is an urgent need ... We must prevent multiplication of this bad stock."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"Eugenics is … the most adequate and thorough avenue to the solution of racial, political and social problems.
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"Birth control itself, often denounced as a violation of natural law, is nothing more or less than the facilitation of the process of weeding out the unfit, of preventing the birth of defectives or of those who will become defectives."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"The unbalance between the birth rate of the 'unfit' and the 'fit,' [is] the greatest present menace to civilization… the most urgent problem today is how to limit and discourage the over-fertility of the mentally and physically defective."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"The campaign for birth control is not merely of eugenic value, but is practically identical with the final aims of eugenics."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"Our failure to segregate morons who are increasing and multiplying… a dead weight of human waste… an ever-increasing, unceasingly spawning class of human beings who never should have been born at all."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"The undeniably feeble-minded should, indeed, not only be discouraged but prevented from propagating their kind."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"The procreation of [the diseased, the feeble-minded and paupers] should be stopped."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"The marriage bed is the most degenerative influence in the social order..."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"[Our objective is] unlimited sexual gratification without the burden of unwanted children..."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"[Mandatory] sterilization for [the insane and feeble-minded] is the answer."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

"Give dysgenic groups [people with 'bad genes'] in our population their choice of segregation or [compulsory] sterilization."
Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood

Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, proposed the American Baby Code that states, "No woman shall have the legal right to bear a child… without a permit for parenthood".

Margaret Sanger, Founder of Planned Parenthood, proposed the Population Congress with the aim, "...to give certain dysgenic groups in our population their choice of segregation or sterilization."

"As we celebrate the 100th birthday of Margaret Sanger, our outrageous and our courageous leader, we will probably find a number of areas in which we may find more about Margaret Sanger than we thought we wanted to know..."
Faye Wattleton, Past-president of Planned Parenthood

All the above quotes can be found on the web...

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"Shimapnzeee Minkey" Business,

Usually I would say this is funny but I just can't bring myself to make that remark in this case. It is strange when certain jacobins in the Senate and House of representives produce argument after arguement why unborn children cannot be delcared persons yet the environementalists wish us to believe the following...

Austrian Group Wants Chimpanzee Granted Basic Rights

VIENNA, Austria — In some ways, Hiasl is like any other Viennese: He indulges a weakness for pastry, likes to paint and enjoys chilling out by watching TV.

But he doesn't care for coffee, and he isn't actually a person — at least not yet.

In a closely watched test case that could set a global legal precedent for granting basic rights to apes, Austrian animal rights advocates are waging an unusual court battle to get the 26-year-old male chimpanzee legally declared a "person." more...

Basically my dogs feel the same way about pastry, and like to sneak wine if they can get to it, but I wouldn't call them French people...

Priests for Life web site here.

Sacre Coeur de Jhesu priez pour nous,
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La grandeur des rois de France

La république n'atteindra jamais la grandeur des Rois de France.
Vive Le Roy! Vive Louis!
Dieu Sauve le Roy!
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Virginia late-term abortion ban, update

As if everything else isnt bad enough today...

One more reason to distrust democracy, The Federal Appeals Court had to vote whether or not is is constitutional to kill a baby about to be born...

Virginia late-term abortion ban remains unconstitutional.

A federal appeals court has once again struck down Virginia's ban on late-term abortions, setting up a likely legal challenge.

A panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond on Tuesday ruled 2-1 that Virginia's 2003 "Partial Birth Infanticide Act" is unconstitutional because its restrictions impose "an undue burden on a woman's right to obtain an abortion."

The appeals court strongly suggested that the General Assembly rewrite the law.

Specifically, the court said the act does not protect a doctor from criminal liability if he accidentally performs the banned procedure while trying to perform a legal abortion.

"The Virginia act, on its face, lacks both the intent and the distinct overt act requirements found crucial to the constitutionality of the federal act," wrote Judge M. Blane Michael.

The lone dissenting judge said Virginia's act should have been ruled constitutional because it virtually mirrors the federal late-term abortion ban, which the U.S. Supreme Court upheld about a year ago.

Judge Paul V. Niemeyer called the majority's opinion a "glaring misreading" of both the Virginia act and U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

A spokesman for Virginia Attorney General Robert McDonnell, a Republican, said he also was disappointed with the ruling and had not decided whether to ask the entire 4th Circuit to reconsider the decision, or petition the Supreme Court to take the case.

The ruling led to a flood of comments from both abortion-rights groups and anti-abortion advocates who said they expect an appeal by

McDonnell. The state has 14 days to ask the full 4th Circuit to hear the case or 90 days to take it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Nathan Driscoll, an attorney with the Virginia Beach-based National Legal Foundation, called the ruling "flawed."

"Obviously, the National Legal Foundation is pro-life in general, so we don't like opinions that come down pro-abortion," Driscoll said.

He said the complicated 31-page majority opinion seeks to weave through case law and precedent to come up with an unconstitutional ruling.

"The difference between the federal and state statutes are extremely small," he said, noting that the type of second-trimester abortion in the ruling is rarely done.

The handful of second-trimester abortions that are performed in South Hampton Roads are done because the woman is experiencing serious medical problems or because the fetus has severe defects, doctors have told The Virginian-Pilot in the past. In most cases, those women are referred to hospitals in other areas.

The ruling was hailed by abortion-rights supporters who said they were surprised that the usually conservative Virginia-based federal appeals court would side with abortion rights.

"Today's ruling holds the line against attempts to block women's access to abortion care," said Tarina Keene, formerly of Norfolk, who serves as executive director of Pro-Choice Virginia based in Alexandria.

However, she wasn't optimistic that the ruling would be upheld on appeal. "This ruling might prove to be the exception rather than the rule as more reproductive-rights cases go into the courts," she said.

University of Richmond School of Law professor Carl Tobias said he expects to see more state skirmishes on abortion in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision last year upholding a federal ban on late-term abortions.

"The question is what will happen next," he said. "I'm sure it will be appealed. I don't think there's any question about that."

Last June, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals declared Michigan's law unconstitutional because it could also prohibit other abortion procedures, and the Supreme Court in January refused to review the decision.

In its majority ruling, the 4th Circuit seemed to challenge the Virginia General Assembly to address the flaws in the act.

"Any remedy short of declaring the act invalid would require us to rewrite its very core, and that is a task that must be left to the legislature," Michael wrote in the majority opinion.

"We recognize, of course, that Virginia may enact a statute that prohibits certain abortion procedures," he continued, "so long as the statute complies with the limits imposed by the Constitution."

He suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last year would provide "the Commonwealth with further (and important) guidance."

The same three judges issued a nearly identical ruling in 2005, but the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to the 4th Circuit for re-examination last year in light of its ruling upholding the federal ban.

Attempts to reach several legislators were unsuccessful Tuesday.

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Vatican says prohibition against gays in seminaries is universal

Today's Catholic Bulletin has posted the blow article. The San Francisco Chronicle either hasn't read it of is ignoring this story.

Vatican says prohibition against gays in seminaries is universal

Vatican City, May 19, 2008 / 09:21 am (CNA).- Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, has sent a letter to the bishops of the world with the approval of Pope Benedict XVI reaffirming the norms established by the Congregation for Catholic Education in the 2005 document, “Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocation with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders,” as universal and without exceptions.

In the brief “Rescriptum ex audientia” –a written response to various queries—Cardinal Bertone said the norms establishing the selection of candidates to the priesthood are valid “for all houses of formation for the priesthood, including those under the Dicasteries for Eastern Churches, for the Evangelization of Peoples, and for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.”

The letter, which Cardinal Bertone said was issued in response “to numerous requests for clarification,” implies that the prohibition against accepting homosexual candidates in seminaries applies not only to diocesan seminaries but also to those of religious orders and congregations, as well as to those that are located in mission territories.

The 2005 Instruction indicated the Congregation for Catholic Education, “in accord with the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, believes it necessary to state clearly that the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture'."

"Such persons, in fact, find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women. One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies," the 2005 document also said.

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The Last Acceptable Prejudice

Tea at Trianon presents the last acceptable form of Prejusdic, Anti-Catholicism. I wish I had a dime for everytime I heard some one tell me, I (or we) dont hate Cathoics just the Catholic Church. I am the Catholic Church! My Family is the Catholic Church! If they hate the Catholic Church they hate me...

This link (here) will take you Tea at Trianon which will redirect.

I am not posting the article because it should be read at its site, however I present a comment on it below...

Monet writes...

The Catholic and Christian religion is very large indeed, and deserves respect; however the influence of various sects harms its prestige.

Think of all the sects who are opposed to our most holy religion :

*Gnosticism, a kind of spiritualist and occult philosophy which encourages liberalism

*Freemasons, essentially based of gnostic illuminism.

*Feminism, a kind of female gnosticism which states that women have no particular obedience neither to Man nor to the Lord.

*Darwinism, the view that evolution is the foremost principle of everything, including morality.

*Mathusianism, a teaching of Malthus, that the Earth deserves to be depopulated.

*Averroism, a teaching of Averroes, that there is a vast separation between philosophy and theology, and ultimately between faith and knowledge.

*Nietzcheism, an extreme form of nihilism that strongly denies the presence of Our Lord.

*Statism, the teaching that the Governement is the measure of all things, more so than the Church.

*Individualism, the denial of any possible social cohabitation, especially that of the Christian society.

*Socialism, the view that social engineering on families is feasible and desirable.

*Historicism, the teaching of Hegel that human history is the measure of all things, which is notably opposed to biblical revelation.

*Marxism, the view that all social existence is summarized in class warfare, where any kind of legitimate power must be dissolved.

*Lockism, an unhealthy exalting of Tolerance, where intolerance is held to be anything that is not politically correct.

*Positivism, which teaches that only scientifc knowledge is really knowable.

*Protestantism, which denies the Real Presence of the Lord is the Nost Holy Sacrament. It further denies the very notion of Sacrifice, most notably the sacrificial priesthood.

*Arianism, a teaching of Arius that denies the divinity of Christ. This heresy survives in the more liberal brands of protestantism.

*Deweyism, a educational view that children must never be given any kind of morality, especially the religious kind.

*Anticlericalism, the special hatred of priests, priestly actions and teachings.

*Anarchism, the denial of any kind of special social order, especially the natural order as willed by God or by legitimate rulers.

*Spinozism, a form of pantheism which states that nature is a kind of god and that we can never know the divine essence.

*Kantism, an epistomological view which states that no reason is reason in itself, thus denying any form of Logos or divine reason.

*Scepticism, a philosophy of David Hume which claims that even human reason is doubtful in itself.

*Anti-papism : the view that the Pope is either an impostor or a medieval despot.

*Anti-dogmaticism : the systematic denial of any kind of Church held belief, any kind of conviction that is helf to be sacred.

*Anti-episcopalism : the rejection of bishops, and the espousal of an ecclesiatical polity that excludes their sacred ministry.

*Secularism : either the public rejection of Church contributions, or the rejection of all lthat is sacred in the modern world.

*Weberism : the teaching of Max Weber that holds that the sacred beliefs of religion are disappearing, or will disappear sometime in the future.

*Sociologism : the held view by many sociologists that society in itself can explain just about everything, without any possible recourse to the sacred.

*Vitalism : the view that life in itself is not sacred but instead can provide a standeard bearer for rationalism and the sort.

*Rationalism : an extreme form of cartesianism, which provides that human reason is either equal or superior to the supernatural.

*Cartesianism : a reductionist view of the supernatural which admits the existence of God, but reduces it to a purely natural or naturalist phenomenon.

*Hyper-calvinism : an extreme protestant view that basically claims that there is not a great difference between sin and grace, because both are irresistible.

There are many more of these, but it is fair to say that many modern thinkers have been anti-catholic.

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Novena to the Sacred Heart

Elena-Maria Vidal has posted this on her site...

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. more...

Merci et salutations Elena-Marie,

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Episcopal Bishop to Marry

Is there any wonder why people are flocking away from Christian Churches. The Catholic Church has struggled with homosexual priests, and has roundly and quite rightly been critisized for our dealing with it. Why is it therfore so positively tolerated that the following can happen? What has become of the Episcopalian Church? I think I recall St Thomas More stating at his trial that "silence implies consent*". Does the silence of the Episcopal Church imply consent or approval? How can Bishop Robinson say he is being moral when he openly professes, glories in and is scandalous about his homosexuality. Find he no conflict in this? As Sr. Elizabeth McDonough O.P. used to say, "Once a brick of doctrine has been removed from the wall of the Church, another and another must come down to keep the wall from falling, until there is no wall left."

Gay Bishop Soon to “Marry”

Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, an openly-gay bishop of the Episcopal Church’s New Hampshire Diocese, plans to enter a civil union in June. The controversial religious figure was consecrated a Bishop of the church on All Saints Day 2003 and became the Ninth Bishop of New Hampshire on 7 March 2004.

In an open discussion broadcast on C-SPAN, Robinson said: “I always wanted to be a June bride.” He will “marry” his partner of 20 years, Mark Andrew, next month.

Church officials have asked the leader to defer the rites until after the Lambeth Conference, a once-in-a-decade meeting of Anglican bishops, scheduled for July 2008. Robinson’s consecration as Bishop left the international sharply divided, and some worry about embroiling the upcoming council in further controversy on the issue of gay marriage. Robinson does not plan to reschedule his plans.

Robinson views himself as an advocate for civil rights and sees no conflict between his overt sexuality and his Christian vocation.

Click here to read the full story. On the same page of the London Times is an article which says, "Is Christianity Dying?".

*"Qui tacet consentit."

Vivate Christus Rex,
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An unusual artifact

I have seen this same thing at Jamestown at the dig there. It seems that the people of the 17th and 18th century were careful to keep their ears and teeth clean. This is one of those objects which allows us to become intimately with the people of the past. In the world of history even the littlest things become interesting.

KEY WEST, Fla. - Experts found a tiny gold combined toothpick and earwax spoon, believed to be more than 385 years old, during the search for a shipwrecked Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys.

The late 16th or early 17th century grooming tool, which weighs only about an ounce, was located Sunday by Blue Water Ventures diver Chris Rackley as he searched the area about 22 feet below the surface and 40 miles west of Key West. He says its value could exceed $100,000.

The divers, who are searching the shipwreck trail of the Spanish galleon Santa Margarita that sank in a 1622 hurricane, also recovered ceramic pieces, spikes, ships' fittings, rigging elements and two skeleton keys.
We were on the trail on the Margarita site following the artifact scatter pattern to the north," said Blue Water head archaeologist Dr. R. Duncan Mathewson. "This is the furthest point on that trail where gold has ever been found before, so it confirms that we're on the right trail."

The search for Santa Margarita artifacts began more than a quarter-century ago by the late Key West treasure hunter Mel Fisher. Today, the Blue Water team is leading that search under a joint-venture partnership with the Fisher family owned company, Motivation Inc.

Almost a year ago, Blue Water divers located gold bars, gold chains and a lead box containing thousands of pearls that were carried by the Margarita. The value of that find was estimated at more than $2 million.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

Louis XIII Le Juste

The music is Lully's 'Les Follies d'Espagne'

Vive Le Roy.
de Brantigny



In 1641, some fifty French settlers, both men and women, recruited in France by Jérôme Le Royer de la Dauversière, of Anjou, on behalf of the Société de Notre-Dame de Montréal, set sail for New France. They hoped to convert the Natives and create a model Catholic community.

After a long crossing and a number of stops, the small group, led by Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve, of Champagne, with the energetic assistance of Jeanne Mance, landed on the point of land next to the little river on May 17, 1642, and there founded Ville-Marie.

The little colony would soon become known as Montréal.

Originally Champenois, Montréal became the home of my French-Canadien ancestors.


Je me souviens.
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Today in French History

Today is the anniversary of the death of one Gilbert du Motier, freemason, French military officer and aristocrat who participated in both the American and French revolutions. Du Motier served in the American Revolutionary War both as a general and as a diplomat, serving entirely without pay in both roles. Later, he was to prove a key figure in the early phases of the French Revolution, and the subsequent National Constituent Assembly. He was a leading figure among the Feuillants, who tried to turn France into a constitutional monarchy, and commander of the French National Guard. He was accused by Jean-Paul Marat of responsibility for the "Massacre of the Champ de Mars" , he subsequently was forced out of a leading role in the Revolution by Jacobin-Terror anarchists. On August 19, 1792, the Jacobin party seized control of Paris and the National Assembly, ordering du Motier's arrest. He fled France and was arrested by the Austrian army in Rochefort, Belgium. Thereafter, he spent five years in various Prussian / Austrian prisons allied with the British Empire. After a strenuous effort by his wife, that was aided by the French Directory that forced Napoleon's Army toward Austria, he was released in 1797; however, Napoleon did not want du Motier to return to France and hoped he would leave forever to the United States. After three years in exile he quietly returned (aided again by his wife) and continued to be active in French and European politics until his death in 1834.

He permanently renounced the nobility and the title "Marquis" before the French National Assembly on June 19, 1790.

Due to his infamous act of attacking the Bastile, he was able to offer George Washington the present of the key to the Bastile, which is at Mount Vernon to this day.

He was known as de La Fayette until he renouced his title.

Vive Le Roy! Vive Le Roy! Vive Le Roy!

The Divine Model of Governance

Note: The following is an excerpt from a piece Mark Amesse wrote for the Society of Christendom’s weblog The Christendom Chronicle.

At first glance introducing and explaining true monarchism seems a daunting task, for modern man has been trained to despise kings as tyrants, or at least to see monarchy as a backward governmental form, one which existed before the advancement of “civilised” democracy. Monarchy, they say, is only good in romances and fairy tales, and while it is true that monarchy appeals to our sentiments, I will not focus on sentimentalism, but on the intellectual theory of monarchism. The Comte de Maistre wisely advised us to, "[k]now how to be a monarchist: in the past it was instinct, today it is a science." I have tried to put those words into practice and I hope to share with our reader some of things I have gleaned.To continue reading click HERE.

Thanks to Mark at Durandal,
Dieu Sauve le Roy.
Richard Sieur de Brantigny, (dit) Boisvert

Talon Rouge

One aspect of the French Court, often leglected, was the habitual wearing of red heels by courtiers. This was a tradition begun by Louis XIV in 1673, were originally restricted to those nobles who had the right genealogical qualifications to be presented at court. It was a sign for those outside of court that the wearer had been to court at Versailles. Red heels remained part of the formal wear at the French court for the Royal family and the noblesse presentee, they can be seen in the portaits I have posted below.

The reasons which are normally given for the wearing of red heels are, they evocked a warning to the Kings enemies that they wourld be crushed beneath those loyal to His Majesty, and more a "republican" one... The nobles did not get their heels dirty. Most likely it was because Louis XIV liked them that way.

Above left: Louis XV in coronation robes by Hycinathe Rignaud

Right: Louis XVI in his coronation robes by Antoine-Francois Callet, 1779 . Take note that the heels are lower than those of Louis XV.

Left: Wedding of King Louis XIV of France to Marie-Therese, Archduchess of Austria, artist unknown. Although the heels of the King are not visable those of the courtiers are. Fashion dictated a higher heel for men during this period.

As Paul Harvey would say at this point, "Now you know the rest of the story".

Vive Le Roy
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Occasionally I see reenactors wearing red heels. Personally I believe this to be incorrect that a mere Ensigne or Captaine would be presented to the King. Nobles who were of high enough geneology to be presented to the King would not settle for a captaincy or less, and would have considered those ranks beneath them. I could be wrong...

Marie-Antoinette and the perfumed court

How do I start this?

I was looking for some photos on the net for the preceding article when I ran across this little gem from the London Times online edition of August 5, 2006. I think you will find this enlightening. It seems that my ancestors played fast and loose with their bathing duties until Marie-Antoinette made it a habit to bathe.

...The queen’s elaborate attention to her ablutions and her appearance has been taken as an index of her vacuousness. And yet, for generations of European courts, admission to the monarchal toilette had enjoyed a currency as a symbol of political access. (As David Starkey has demonstrated, some 250 years earlier, Henry VIII’s most prized courtier was his Groom of the Stool, or lavatory attendant.) This was never more the case than at etiquette-consumed Versailles, where social and political significance were gestured in labyrinthine orders of precedence as to who washed and dressed the queen, who had access to her lever and her coucher, her (still rather public by modern standards) private toilette, and the formal toilette de représentation at noon... More

I would have posted a photo with this, but Kirsten Dunst's visage seems to be intertwined with the Reine-Martyre so much that the net is plastered with naked or semi-naked photos of Kursten Dunst as Marie-Antoinette. I wonder if KD knows that she will probably never play the role of a finer woman?

Vive La Reine!
de Brantigny

The Cell of the Reine-Martyre

Elena-Maria Vidal has posted a redirect from Laudem Gloriae with photos of the Reine-Martyre's prison cell in the Conciergie. It is hard not to imagine the way the cell appeared in 1793, even though there is a model of it. One thing you can not reproduce on a photo or in a movie, (although "Saving Private Ryan" came close.) is fear of the unknown. Now it is so sanitary, almost homey like. It is hard to imagine the fear, no not the fear for herself, for she felt I am sure none, but the angst Marie-Antoinette endured for her children, and her sister-in-law. Oh these French, even adopted French, are of such strong character.

Left: Marie Antoinette Imprisoned in the Conciergerie
The Marquise de Bréhan c. 1793-95

Christine of Laudem Gloriae has just returned from Paris with some marvelous photos of the Conciergerie, including the prison cell of Marie-Antoinette. The original cell was turned into a chapel by Louis XVIII, but a replica of how it would have looked in 1793 is also there. more

Thanks Elena-Maria.

Vive le Roy,
de Brantigny