Arch-Bishop Chaput on Cavuto

I like this guy...
Right to the point.

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Archbishop Charles Chaput scolds pro-choice Biden

Just a note: There are far too many Democrats who feel themselves as being good Catholics and support Abortion. They are wrong, they are not "good' nor are they Catholic". The Church teaches us that abortion is a grave sin, and the support for abortion is a grave sin, because it is a scandal. Joseph for you as well as Nancy Pelosi, turn from this soul destructive peril.

Just to keep the record straight, I do not believe that being American presumes any right to dissension from Church teaching. American Catholics do not have the right to pick and choose what Church teachings are the ones they will follow today because it suits them, in what my youngest daughter calls "Cafeteria Catholicism". We already have ecclesiastical communities which allow the members to pick and choose doctrine, they are called protestants.

Below is a secular article,

by Valerie Richardson and Julia Duin
Tuesday, August 26, 2008

DENVER | Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. arrived at the Democratic National Convention on Monday amid rumblings over whether his pro-choice Catholicism would help or hurt the Democratic ticket.

An Irish-Catholic from a working-class upbringing, Mr. Biden won the nod as presumptive presidential nominee Barack Obama's running mate in part because of his appeal to blue-collar Catholics, the same voters who swung during the primary for Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

Although he represents Delaware in the Senate, Mr. Biden grew up in Pennsylvania, a must-win state for Democrats in November.

But the party's hopes of winning the critical Catholic vote took a hit Sunday when Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver said Mr. Biden should avoid taking Communion as a result of his pro-choice stand on abortion.

Archbishop Chaput, who was scheduled to lead a pro-life candlelight vigil Monday night here in front of Planned Parenthood, called Mr. Biden's support for abortion rights "seriously wrong," said archdiocese spokeswoman Jeanette De Melo.

"I certainly presume his good will and integrity," said the archbishop, "and I presume that his integrity will lead him to refrain from presenting himself for Communion if he supports a false 'right' to abortion."

The archbishop, who was not invited to speak at any convention events in what appeared to be a deliberate snub, told the Associated Press that he would like to speak privately with Mr. Biden.

The debate underscored what has emerged as a central theme of this year's convention: the tension between the Democratic Party's renewed outreach to religious voters and its long-standing support for unfettered access to abortion.

At a panel discussion Monday sponsored by Google on "The Shifting Faith Vote: What It Means for the Election," panelists said that concerns over social issues, such as poverty, are moving some faith-based voters away from the Republican Party.

At the same time, they haven't aligned with the Democrats, primarily because of the abortion issue.

"The push for the Democratic Party is to have a new position on abortion," said Steve Waldman, editor of the religious Web site beliefnet.com. "When you look at Catholics and evangelicals, you see that they agree with 80 percent of what [Mr. Obama] says, but there's this stumbling block with abortion."

Whether pro-choice Catholics should take Communion became a major issue in 2004 during Democrat John Kerry's run for the presidency when more than a dozen bishops, including Archbishop Chaput, publicly asked the senator from Massachusetts not to present himself for the Eucharist.

Their stance may have given a boost to President Bush, who increased his share of the Catholic vote from 47 percent in 2000 to 52 percent in 2004.

Catholics, the nation's largest religious voting bloc, represent 26 percent of the electorate. Alexia Kelley, executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, said that 11 percent of those this year are considered "swing voters," more than in any recent election year.

Catholic advocacy groups didn't wait long before weighing in on the "wafer wars." The conservative Catholic group Fidelis condemned the selection of Mr. Biden.

"Now everywhere Biden campaigns, we'll have this question of whether a pro-abortion Catholic can receive Communion. ... Selecting a pro-abortion Catholic is a slap in the face to Catholic voters," said Fidelis President Brian Burch.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny



While studying at the Catholic University of the west, in Angers, my daughter had the honour to have as her house mother, Mdme Breteau, a descendant of this gallant general.

"Mes amis, si j'avance, suivez-moi! Si je recule, tuez-moi! Si je meurs, vengez-moi!" *

Henri de La Rochejacquelein at the Battle of Cholet in 1793 by Paul-Emile Boutigny, (19th C.), Musée d'art et d'histoire de Cholet, Cholet, France.

Henri du Vergier, comte de la Rochejaquelein (August 30, 1772 - January 28, 1794) was the youngest general of the Royalist Vendéan insurrection during the French Revolution.

Born in the Château de la Durbellière, Saint-Aubin-de-Baubigné, near Châtillon, La Rochejaquelein fought for the first time defending the Tuileries Palace on the 10th of August attack of 1792, as an officer of the Constitutional Guard of King Louis XVI.

Returned to his home province, he refused to apply for the levée en masse called by the outbreak of the French Revolutionary Wars, he joined his cousin Louis-Marie Joseph Lescure on the latter's estates in Poitou.

Soon after, they started fighting the troops of the French Republic with Maurice-Louis-Joseph Gigot d'Elbée and the Marquis de Bonchamps from April 1793. There, he gave famous order "Mes amis, si j'avance, suivez-moi! Si je recule, tuez-moi! Si je meurs, vengez-moi!" ("Friends, if I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!").

Leading a few thousands Vendéan peasants, La Rochejaquelein gained his first victory over the French Revolutionary Army on April 13, took part to the taking of Bressuire on May 3, of Fontenay-le-Comte on the 25th, and of Saumur on June 9.

In August, in Luçon, he regrouped the Vendéan army, which was on the verge of being disbanded, and won the battle of Chantonnay in September. He had to retreat across the Loire after being beaten in Cholet, on October 17.

On October 20, La Rochejaquelein was elected commander-in-chief of the Royal and Catholic Armies, replacing d'Elbée - who had been severely wounded in Cholet. However, his bravery did not compensate for his lack of experience and strategic skills. He marched onto Granville, took Avranches on November 12, but failed to seize Granville and retreated to Angers in order to cross the Loire.

François Séverin Marceau, Jean Baptiste Kléber and François Joseph Westermann gave chase, defeating him once in Le Mans on December 12, and again, more severely, on the December 23 in Savenay. He managed to save the remains of his army by crossing the Loire, and left under the criticism of his fellow companions.

While trying to pursue a guerilla war against the Republicans, he was killed by a Republican soldier near Nuaillé.

Today after more than 200 years the republican government can not bring itself to admit that the Vendéans were the first population consigned to genocide in modern times by a government which proclaimed liberté, égalité, fraternité.

Vérité pour la Vendée is a French site remembering the genocide in the Vendee.

The truth is out there.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny.

*"Friends, if I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!".

Les Anges Gardiens

par Le Sacre Coeur de Jesus blog...


Les anges gardiens veillent sans cesse sur les hommes qui leur sont confiés. Leur nombre est si grand, que jamais aucun ange, après avoir accompagné au ciel son protégé, n'est encore revenu sur la terre pour y être mis au service d'un homme d'une génération suivante. L'ange gardien qui a assisté une personne sur la terre, demeure auprès d'elle dans le ciel. Quand leurs protégés entrent au ciel, la joie de leurs anges gardiens augmente infiniment. Encore ici...


recommandé par Saint Vincent Ferrier

Ange de Dieu qui êtes mon gardien, par un bienfait de la divine providence, éclairez-moi, protégez-moi, dirigez-moi et gouvernez-moi. Ainsi soit-il.

Invocation to my Guardian Angel

recommended by Saint Vincent Ferrier

Angel of God who art my Guardian, by a kind deed of the Divine Providence, Brighten me, protect me, direct me and govern me. Thus it be.

Jhesu+Marie, Je T'adore.
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St Augustine of Hippo

I feel a sudden twinge down my spine as I remind one and all of the feast of St Auginstine which will be celebrated on the 28th of August.

Augustine, Saint (354-430), greatest of the Latin Fathers and one of
the most eminent Western Doctors of the Church.

Augustine was born on November 13, 354, in Tagaste, Numidia (now
Souk-Ahras, Algeria). His father, Patricius (died about 371), was a pagan (later converted to Christianity), but his mother, Monica, was a devout Christian who labored untiringly for her son's conversion and who was canonized by the Roman Catholic church. Augustine was educated as a rhetorician in the former North African cities of Tagaste, Madaura, and Carthage. Between the ages of 15 and 30, he lived with a Carthaginian woman whose name is unknown; in 372 she bore him a son, whom he named Adeodatus, which is Latin for "the gift of God."

Intellectual Struggle

Inspired by the philosophical treatise Hortensius, by the Roman
orator and statesman Marcus Tullius Cicero, Augustine became an
earnest seeker after truth. He considered becoming a Christian, but
experimented with several philosophical systems before finally
entering the church. For nine years, from 373 until 382, he adhered
to Manichaeism, a Persian dualistic philosophy then widely current
in the Western Roman Empire. With its fundamental principle of
conflict between good and evil, Manichaeism at first seemed to
Augustine to correspond to experience and to furnish the most
plausible hypothesis upon which to construct a philosophical and
ethical system. Moreover, its moral code was not unpleasantly
strict; Augustine later recorded in his Confessions: "Give me
chastity and continence, but not just now." Disillusioned by the
impossibility of reconciling certain contradictory Manichaeist
doctrines, Augustine abandoned this philosophy and turned to

About 383 Augustine left Carthage for Rome, but a year later he went
on to Milan as a teacher of rhetoric. There he came under the
influence of the philosophy of Neoplatonism and also met the bishop
of Milan, St. Ambrose, then the most distinguished ecclesiastic in
Italy. Augustine presently was attracted again to Christianity. At
last one day, according to his own account, he seemed to hear a
voice, like that of a child, repeating, "Take up and read." He
interpreted this as a divine exhortation to open the Scriptures and
read the first passage he happened to see. Accordingly, he opened to
Romans 13:13-14, where he read: "…not in revelry and drunkenness,
not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and
jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision
for the flesh, to gratify its desires." He immediately resolved to
embrace Christianity. Along with his natural son, he was baptized by
Ambrose on Easter Eve in 387. His mother, who had rejoined him in
Italy, rejoiced at this answer to her prayers and hopes. She died
soon afterward in Ostia.

Bishop and Theologian

He returned to North Africa and was ordained in 391. He became
bishop of Hippo (now Annaba, Algeria) in 395, an office he held
until his death. It was a period of political and theological
unrest, for while the barbarians pressed in upon the empire, even
sacking Rome itself in 410, schism and heresy also threatened the
church. Augustine threw himself wholeheartedly into the theological
battle. Besides combating the Manichaean heresy, Augustine engaged
in two great theological conflicts. One was with the Donatists, a
sect that held the sacraments invalid unless administered by sinless
ecclesiastics. The other conflict was with the Pelagians, followers
of a contemporary British monk who denied the doctrine of original
sin. In the course of this conflict, which was long and bitter,
Augustine developed his doctrines of original sin and divine grace,
divine sovereignty, and predestination. The Roman Catholic church
has found special satisfaction in the institutional or
ecclesiastical aspects of the doctrines of St. Augustine; Roman
Catholic and Protestant theology alike are largely based on their
more purely theological aspects. John Calvin and Martin Luther,
leaders of the Reformation, were both close students of Augustine.

Augustine's doctrine stood between the extremes of Pelagianism and
Manichaeism. Against Pelagian doctrine, he held that human spiritual
disobedience had resulted in a state of sin that human nature was
powerless to change. In his theology, men and women are saved by the
gift of divine grace; against Manichaeism he vigorously defended the
place of free will in cooperation with grace. Augustine died at
Hippo, August 28, 430. His feast day is August 28.


The place of prominence held by Augustine among the Fathers and
Doctors of the Church is comparable to that of St. Paul among the
apostles. As a writer, Augustine was prolific, persuasive, and a
brilliant stylist. His best-known work is his autobiographical
Confessions (circa 400), exposing his early life and conversion. In
his great Christian apologia The City of God (413-26), Augustine
formulated a theological philosophy of history. Ten of the 22 books
of this work are devoted to polemic against pantheism. The remaining
12 books trace the origin, progress, and destiny of the church and
establish it as the proper successor to paganism. In 428 Augustine
wrote the Retractions, in which he registered his final verdict upon
his earlier books, correcting whatever his maturer judgment held to
be misleading or wrong.
His other writings include the Epistles, of which 270 are in the Benedictine edition, variously dated between
386 and 429; his treatises On Free Will (388-95), On Christian
Doctrine (397), On Baptism: Against the Donatists (400), On the
Trinity (400-16), and On Nature and Grace (415); and Homilies upon
several books of the Bible.

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A new Traditional Catholic Blog

The Traditional Third Order of St. Francis is being added to my blogroll. Please pay them a visit. The owners are Br. Anthony, T.O.S.F. and Br. Pio Francis. They are located in Toronto, Canada.

Fratelli, benvenuti!

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Reply from Cardinal Egan to Nancy Pelosi on abortion

Yesterday I posted an article, (which had the most hits of any article I have ever posted on its first day)concerning statements made by the speaker of the US House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi concerning ensoulment and included references to St. Augustine. It may be found here... A reply was promulgated to the Speaker by Edward Cardinal Egan concerning the statement made by Nancy Pelosi.

Below is the reply, in its entirety, from the Catholic Archdiocese of New York web site.

Finally after decades of silence and moral relativism by Catholics in politics the Catholic Bishops are speaking the Faith.


Like many other citizens of this nation, I was shocked to learn that the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the United States of America would make the kind of statements that were made to Mr. Tom Brokaw of NBC-TV on Sunday, August 24, 2008. What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly incredible in this day and age.

We are blessed in the 21st century with crystal-clear photographs and action films of the living realities within their pregnant mothers. No one with the slightest measure of integrity or honor could fail to know what these marvelous beings manifestly, clearly, and obviously are, as they smile and wave into the world outside the womb. In simplest terms, they are human beings with an inalienable right to live, a right that the Speaker of the House of Representatives is bound to defend at all costs for the most basic of ethical reasons. They are not parts of their mothers, and what they are depends not at all upon the opinions of theologians of any faith. Anyone who dares to defend that they may be legitimately killed because another human being “chooses” to do so or for any other equally ridiculous reason should not be providing leadership in a civilized democracy worthy of the name.

Edward Cardinal Egan
Archbishop of New York

August 26, 2008

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Ici Londres... This is London

During the Second World War, messages were sent from London to the resistance in France via short wave radio. This site in French has recordings of some of these short messages to "friends in France". These messages announced bombings, parachutist, and the invasion. The site my be found here...

Each announcement was begun with the Morse code for V, dot, dot, dot, dash, which sounded like the opening of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Followed by "Ici Londres...

The invention of these messages is attributed to one Georges Bégué, an officer with the SOE, the British intellegence unit, and was begun in 1942. During the war from 1941 to 1945 there were approxamately 1800 agents in France.

Number 3 and 44 announce the invasion and tells the agents know it will be with in 48 hours...

Vive La France!
de Brantigny

Paris est libéré!

1944 la France libre. Paris est libéré. Le général De Gaulle défile triomphalement sur les Champs-Élysées

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Paris ! Paris outragé ! Paris brisé ! Paris martyrisé ! Mais ... Paris Libéré !

I don't know how I missed this yesterday. I apologize to my French friends.

25 August 1944 . The liberation to the capital of France from the Nazi.
On 26 August 1944, de Gaulle walks from the Arc de Triomphe to Notre Dame, in triumphant acclaim. Behind him to his left is Général Leclerc; to his right, Resistance leader George Bidault.

General de Gaulle marched upright though the streets of Paris (unconcerned by the snipers) to the cathedral of Notre Dame. In Notre Dame, a Te Deum was sung even as shots rang out inside the cathedral. Who exactly the snipers were remains unknown. Two snipers who were caught elsewhere in the city, were killed by the enraged crowd before they could be interrogated.

The Capital of France and the honour of the nation is restored...

Vive la France!
de Brantigny


Saint Monica

St. Monica, Mother of Saint Augustine of Hippo; reformed alcholic Died 387 at Ostia, Italy; relics are enshrined at Saint Augustine's Church in Rome near the Piazza Navona; other relics are at Arrouaise Commemorated August 27

Patronage: abuse victims, alcoholics, alcoholism, difficult marriages, disappointing children, homemakers, housewives, marriedwomen, mothers, victims of adultery, victims of unfaithfulness, victims of verbal abuse, widows, wives

In art, Saint Monica is portrayed in widow's reeds or a nun's habit in scenes with her son Augustine. She might also be shown: (1)enthroned with a book among Augustinian nuns; (2) kneeling withAugustine with an angel over them as she holds a scarf,handkerchief, or book in her hand; (3) praying before an altar withAugustine; (4) saying farewell to him as he departs by ship; (5)holding a tablet engraved with IHS (Roeder); or (6) receiving amonstrance from an angel (White). In this 15th-century Flemish painting, Saint Monica is shown with the Madonna and Child, and Saints Augustine, John the Baptist, and Nicholas of Tolentino. Monica, Matron.

Born at Tagaste or Carthage, North Africa, in 331-2; died at Ostia,Italy, in 387.Monica, the eldest of three children of Christian parents, wasreared by a family retained, who led her charges in a strict life.

According to one story, the servant never allowed them to drink between meals because, "It is water you want now, but when you become mistresses of your own cellar, you will want wine--not water--and the habit will remain with you. Nevertheless, when as a young girl she was given the duty of drawing wine for the family, she ignored the maxim and indulged in wine until the day an angry servant caught her drunk and called her a "winebibber." From thatday she made a vow (that she kept) that she would never drink anything but water. She married the pagan Patricius who had an uncontrollable temper. Her mother-in-law, also a pagan, usually sided with Patricius and told false tells to the servants about Monica, who met all their insults with silence.

Although he felt some contempt for her devoutness and generosity to the poor, he respected her. Her silence would overcome her husband's wrath. He never physically abused her,despite his explosive temper, and when other women showed her bruises received at the hands of their husbands, Monica told themthat their tongues brought the treatment upon them. Over time her meekness, humility and prayers transformed Patricius, who became a catechumen, and her mother-in-law. The formerly formal relationship of the couple developed into a warm, spiritual devotion. He died a happy death soon after his baptism in 370. The marriage produced three children that lived: Augustine, Navigius, and Perpetua. Her eldest, Saint Augustine, was born in 354. He was inscribed as a catechumen in infancy, but was not baptized. He was gifted with a mother who spoke often of God's love and her faith.When widowed about 371, at the age of 40, Monica vowed to belong wholly to God, renounced all worldly pleasures, and ministered tothe poor and orphaned while still fulfilling her maternal duties, especially the conversion of her wayward son. The family was relatively poor, but a rich citizen of Tagaste met Augustine's educational expenses at the university in Carthage. Monica hoped studying philosophy and science would bring back her wayward son to God, but she did not realize Carthage was a seething mass of iniquity. Augustine had a 15-year, faithful common-law marriage and a son named Adeodatus or "given by God." In Carthage, he joined the heretical Manichees and persuaded others to follow suit.

The Manichean doctrine that bodily actions had no moral significance brought relief to Augustine's troubled soul. He returned to Tagastefor his vacation and Monica threw him out. When Monica heard thatAugustine had become a Manichean and was living a dissolute life, she refused to allow him to live in her home. He was not to return until he had renounced his errors and submitted to the truth. Unlike many modern minds, Monica refused to allow her son's life to be devastated by a vain deceit. Then she had a vision in which she seemed to be standing on a wooden beam, despairing of his fall, when a shining being asked her the reason for her lamentation. She answered and he told her to stop crying. Looking toward the spot he indicated, she saw Augustine standing of the beam next to her. She repeated the vision to her son, and he replied playfully that they might easily be together if Monica renounced her faith. After completing his studies, Augustine opened a school of oratory in Carthage and instructed his disciples in the principles of Manicheism. In doing so, he discovered that the Manicheans were more adept in attacking Catholicism than in establishing the truth of their own theories. And his new religion was incapable of relieving his grief at the death of a close friend.

Augustine tells us that Monica shed "more tears for my spiritual death than other mothers shed for the bodily death of a son." Monica kept praying for her son's conversion for 17 years. To add power to her prayers, she fasted, making Holy Communion her daily food and she was often favored with the grace of ecstasy. An unnamed bishop comforted her that her son was young and stubborn, but that God's time would come because "The son of so many tears cannot possibly be lost." At the age of 29, Augustine finally tired of the frivolity of Carthage, moved to Rome to teach rhetoric. Monica was determined to accompany him, but he tricked her and sailed alone. Soon after his arrival he became deathly ill. He recovered and opened his school. Monica fretted because of the tone of his letters and the reputed vice of Rome, so she followed him after selling her few remaining possessions. In the meantime, Saint Symmachus offered Augustine a chair in rhetoric in Milan, after he won a competition. When she arrived in Rome, he had already left, but she hurried on to Milan. Upon arrival in Milan, Augustine had paid a courtesy visit to Bishop Saint Ambrose, to whom he felt attraction of a kindred spirit. Augustine came to love the bishop as a father and went every Sunday to hear Ambrose as an orator as he preached. At the age of 30, Augustine began to see the folly of Manicheism and its gross misrepresentation of the Church, but he still did not believe.

When Monica arrived in Milan, her first visit was also to Ambrose and they understood one another at once. She became his faith fuldisciple and Ambrose's "heart warmed to Monica because of her truly pious way of life, her zeal in good works, and her faithfulness in worship. Often when he saw [Augustine] he would break out in praise of her, congratulating [the son] on having such a mother." AndAugustine wryly notes: "He little knew what sort of a son she had. "Monica turned to Ambrose for spiritual direction, especially inregards to practice. In response to one of her questions on fasting,he gave the famous response: "When I am here, I do not fast onSaturday, but I fast when I am in Rome; do the same, and always follow the custom and discipline of the Church as it is observed in the particular locality in which you find yourself. "Monica and Augustine began to attend Mass together and to discuss the bishop's sermons afterwards. Monica had deeply studied philosophy and theology so that she might be able to deal intelligently with Augustine's difficulties. He began to realize how many things he believed that he could not prove, but accepted on the testimony of others.

And so Augustine fulfilled the maxim that "conversions are rarely brought about though an immediate influx of divine grace, but through the agency of events and persons." Saint Monica used every possible wile to bring her son into contact with the bishop. Augustine had reached a critical point, he must choose God or his mistress. Ever the meddlesome mother, Monica arranged a marriage for him but had to leave him to his decision. She began her penitential discipline in a convent. Meanwhile Augustine attracted a group of friends in Milan with whom he daily read and discussed the Scriptures. An old priest, Saint Simplicianus, told him of the courageous conversion of oldVictorinus, whose translation of Plato he had been reading and convicted Augustine of his cowardice.

Pontitianus told him of the life of Saint Antony the Hermit and of how two courtiers had been converted by reading his story. Immediately after Augustine finally recognized the darkness of his soul, his eyes fell upon Paul's epistle, "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh and the concupiscence there of." Saint Alypius, his friend, too opened the book and read, "He that is weak in faith take unto you." Augustine went at once to Monica and told her what had happened. Her agony was ended! He attributed his conversion primarily to her.

When his instruction was over, he was baptized by Ambrose on Holy Saturday, 387. Monica's faith purchased for the Catholic Church its keenest philosopher, most comprehensive theologian, most persuasive apologist, and most far-seeing moralist, a wise administrator, apowerful preacher, and a penetrating mystic. Countless now live under the Augustinian rule. Four years after their arrival in Milan, during a stop at Ostia enroute back to Tagaste, Monica told her son: "What I am still to do,or why I still linger in this world, I do not know. There was one reason, one alone, for which I wish to tarry a little longer: that I might see you a Catholic Christian before I die. God has granted me this boon, and more, for I see you his servant, spurning all earthly happiness. What is left for me to do in this life?" Saint Monica died about two weeks later at the age of 56, Augustine was then 33. She is venerated at Ostia , Italy, and in all Augustinian houses . She is the patron saint of married women and mothers .


O Lord who taught Monica to persevere for the good of her family, help me to be a better parent to my children. Help me to have patience with them when they misbehave and give me the strength to guide them gently to the right path. Permit me always to forgive their misdeeds and keep me from speaking harshly or punishing unwisely. Please help me to be a beacon of goodness for them as they grow to adulthood and to be a good example to them in all I say and do.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Archbishop of Canterbury's post hoc, ergo propter hoc logic

Muddled? Who's muddled?

Pat is the security guard at a bank. Mike is a bank robber.

Pat is an indifferent employee. He punches the time-clock, plods through his dull routine, and waits for the paycheck on Friday. Mike, on the other hand, is a perfectionist: hard-working, methodical, punctilious about the details of his craft. What he does, he does well.

Which is morally superior: Pat's respectable mediocrity or Mike's criminal artistry?

If you choose Mike, you'll probably understand the moral reasoning
used by the Archbishop of Canterbury on the issue of same-sex relationships.

Strangely enough, despite the clarity of the Archbishop's moral leadership, the Boston Globe reports that the affairs of the Anglican communion "remain as muddled as ever," even after the candid and productive discussions of the Lambeth Conference. Freshly returned from Lambeth, Bishop Thomas Shaw of Boston tells the Globe that he will continue to ordain homosexual men-- now there's a surprise!-- despite the outrage of other Anglican prelates. It is "pastorally important" to do so, you see, and as many Catholic priests and theologians have learned, if you can invoke some form of the word "pastoral" you can disregard all other principles of moral reasoning.

He also said that local priests will continue to bless same-sex marriages, although Shaw said that those priests are doing so on their own and that "I haven't authorized anybody to do anything."

One of these soft summer evenings, as you muse on the Anglican claims to apostolic succession (insofar as any Anglicans bother to advance those claims anymore), ask yourself which one of the 12 Apostles might have uttered those words: "I haven't authorized anybody to do anything." Doesn't sound like St. Peter, does it? St. Paul? Don't think so. One of the Sons of Thunder? Uh-uh....

via Catholic Culture by Diogenes Posted Aug. 7, 2008 7:40 AM

I wonder if Christ at the last Judgement will see it the same way.

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St Andrews relics

Icon of Apostle St Andrew the First-Called (Andrei Pervozvanny) (St Andrei Rublyov, 1408). Click to enlarge.

Unique relics that were earlier thought as lost forever, then, irreparably damaged, will soon return to Orthodox believers in Chelyabinsk oblast. A reliquary with the relics of Apostle St Andrew the First-called will first make a long tour of Russian cities and, then, will return to its “native place”, the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chelyabinsk. The history of the reliquary dates back to the late 19th century. In 1884, the then-rector of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Fr Ivan Dneprovsky, visited a hermitage on Mount Athos, where the monks presented him with parts of the relics of Apostle St Andrew the First-Called. He had a reliquary specially-made for the relics in St Petersburg. For several decades, the priceless relics were kept in the church, but, in the 1930s, the atheist government confiscated the relics. Yet, the reliquary was not melted down as was the rule at the time; it became an exhibit in the atheistic propaganda section in the Chelyabinsk museum. With time, the relics were lost amongst the museum stocks and were forgotten for many years.

Only recently, Orthodox priests were allowed into the museum’s closed stocks. There, under thick layers of dust, they saw the damaged old reliquary. True, it was empty, the relics, the most important item, were missing. Someone secretly took them away from Chelyabinsk. By an accident, it became known that the relics did not perish. Several months ago, a monk found relics of Apostle St Andrew the First-Called in the Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra near Moscow. Who took the relics to the monastery still remains a mystery. Unfortunately, art experts came to the conclusion that the original reliquary cannot be restored. Master jewellers from Zlatoust offered their help; they made an exact copy of the original reliquary and decorated it with 10 kilogrammes (22 pounds) of jasper, brass, gold, and silver.

Patriarch Aleksei II of Moscow and all-Russia blessed the return of the relics to the Holy Trinity Cathedral in the south of the Urals. The Diocese of Chelyabinsk described the forthcoming event as a miraculous rediscovery of the relics of Apostle St Andrew, one of the most-respected amongst the Orthodox saints. A spokesman for the Moscow Patriarchate, Bishop Mark of Yegorevsk, said, “The rediscovery of the relics of St Andrew is a miracle and good omen for all Orthodox believers since he is our country’s enlightener. Apostle St Andrew is believed to have crossed our country. He was in Kiev and foretold that God would erect numerous churches there; he reached the city of Novgorod, and in such a way he blessed our land. Therefore, Holy Russia always venerated Apostle St Andrew in a very special and reverent manner”.

At present, the reliquary with the relics is in the Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra near Moscow. On 3 September, it will leave the monastery, and residents of many Russian cities will be able to venerate the relics of St Andrew. By the end of next month, after a long interval of nearly 100 years, the relics will finally return to Chelyabinsk.

via Vara at "Voices of Russia" blog. спасибо!

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Les Anges d'un ordre plus élevé assistent les Anges gardiens

Quand une âme s'engage dans la voie de la perfection, elle reçoit, en plus de son ange gardien, d'autres anges d'un ordre plus élevé, c'est-à-dire du troisième et quatrième choeurs: des Vertus et des Puissances.

"Votre deuxième ange, écrit Ancilla à soeur Hedwige schabel à Augsbourg, est de la compagnie de Gabriel; un frère, par conséquent, de mon archange bien-aimé.

Je voie souvent mon ange et l'envoie à mes fils spirituels; je lui demande son secours. C'est un grand, un très bel ange, à la chevelure d'un brun doré; il est grave et perdu en Dieu, mais il sourit parfois d'une manière si céleste ! surtout quand je lui présente des demandes concernant mes fils spirituels .Nous, "Grignonistes", membres de l'Association de prières " Marie Reine des Coeurs", nous avons tous 2 anges: notre ange gardien et un deuxième ange de la compagnie de Saint Gabriel, un archange, par conséquent."

extrait de : "Les Anges"
d'après les communications faites par Mechtilde Thaller, nommée Ancilla Domini
Chevalier Frédéric de Lama
Editions Christiana Stein Am Rhein

Invocation à Saint Michel que vous pouvez dire par exemple à la fin de chaque dizaine de votre chapelet ou Rosaire (facultatif)

Saint Michel Archange , de ta lumière éclaire-nous!

Saint Michel Archange, de tes ailes protège-nous!

Saint Michel Archange, de ton épée défends-nous de tout mal et du péché!

Par mes amis, "Sacré Coeur de Jésus". Encore? Cliquez ici... Merci, J'enlève mon béret à vous!

Dieu Le Roy!
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"God, France, and Marguerite"

Elena-Maria Vidal has placed this on her site today...

Saint Louis IX, King of France, whose feast we celebrate today, is the epitome of the Christian knight, king and crusader. He is the patron saint of Franciscan tertiaries. In addition to his administrative duties as king, he prayed the daily Mass and Divine Office. His strong interior life aided him in being a competent ruler and a father to his people.

While still a teenager, St. Louis married a beautiful princess from the south of France, Marguerite de Provence. She was also pious, although not as devout as Louis. Inside his wedding ring, he had three words inscribed: "God, France, and Marguerite." They had eleven children. King Louis had a secret staircase built from his study to his wife's parlor above so that he could visit her during the day without his mother knowing it. Louis' mother, Queen Blanche, thought that Louis should concentrate solely upon his work. She also may have feared that Marguerite might gain too much political influence over Louis, and so tried to keep the young lovers/spouses apart as much as possible.

Blanche went to extremes by making young Louis leave Marguerite when she was suffering after a particularly difficult childbirth and wanted her husband to hold her hand. Blanche told Louis that it was not his place to be in the birthing room and Louis obeyed his mother. Marguerite was quite distressed although she forgave Louis. more...

Dieu le Roy!
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on Nancy Pelosi and Abortion

Nancy Pelosi said the Doctors of the Catholic Church can't even decide when life begins. She then went on to "quote" Saint Augustine, as saying life (ensoulment) begins at three months. St Augustine lived until A.D. 430, long before any Christian would consider abortion. During his life he tried every heresy and sin that came along, until he converted...

Pelosi like many ex-Catholics relies on the fact that she will be addressing a non-Catholic who will consider her a subject expert.

What Nancy, does the Catechism say? Here, I will quote it for you...

2258 'Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains for ever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. God alone is the Lord of life from its beginning until its end: no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.'

2268 The fifth commandment forbids direct and intentional killing as gravely sinful. The murderer and those who co-operate voluntarily in murder commit a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance.

Nancy, if you need a copy of the catechism, write me and I will send you a copy.

Until then, I say this in Christian Charity, truly repent, you are old, and to die in a state of obstinate disobedience to God places your soul in mortal danger of Hell.

Read about the referenced position on history and abortion as verbalized by Madame Speaker Pelosi, here...

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Sébastien Rale Jesuit Martyr ,"They Took His Scalp"

Joseph Fromm has an article on Fr Sabastien Rale, a Jesuit martyr...

The border of what came to be the maritime provinces of Canada and New England was not fixed until 1842. The first half of the 18th century, the territory was disputed between French l’Acadie and English Massachusetts, and of course there were the aboriginals. There is the high school history question, “Who won the French and Indian War†?” Well, those were not the competitors, but the allied opponents of the British empire, of which the colonies, which were to form the United States, were a part.

In that territory, the French and the Indians were united in faith. That faith, was the ancient faith that was demonised by the Calvinists of Massachusetts. more...

Father Rale has had a cause opened for him, you may read more here...

Until the advent of the Europeans Indians did not scalp their enemies. It was not until the Dutch offered money for the scalps taken in battle that the "Sauvage" lifted scalps.

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