The Pope in Paris: France and religion

Catherine Delores has some interesting insights on the Popes visit to Paris.

...Certainly France under the monarchy was "the eldest daughter of the Church" but its relations with the Church had not waited for the Revolution to become tense. During the Middle Ages, King Philippe IV le Bel (the Handsome), grandson of Saint Louis, had his envoy assault Pope Boniface VIII, who died as a result. Philippe then forcibly relocated the Holy See from Rome to Avignon, in Provence, within convenient reach of French troops in case of a conflict between the monarchy and the Church. The ensuing Popes were French.

Fast forward a few centuries, and Louis XV expelled the Jesuits from France. The Revolution, a few decades later, saw a complete breakup between the Church and the State. Many priests and nuns perished for their faith. Napoleon entered into a Concordat with the Pope, before holding the Holy Father prisoner. Then the early 20th century saw radically anticlerical policies.

I found this interesting Wall Street Journal article on the topic of France's complex relationship with the Church. Everything in there is true, but I could not help noticing a glaring omission: in France religious schools, many of which are Catholic, are funded by the State...More

Merci Catherine, J'enlève mon béret à vous!

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny


Elena-Maria has posted a fine reminder of the 12 of September 1683, when the Moslem Turk was turned back from the very gates of Vienna.

...On September 12, the fifth day within the octave of the Nativity of the Virgin, in 1683, the army of the Turkish Sultan, 300,000 strong, was miraculously defeated at the gates of Vienna after an attempt to sweep across Europe... more...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Elena-Marie.

de Brantigny


Libellés : foi et charité, L'Appel du Sacré-Coeur, Père Mattéo Crawley-Boevey

mercredi 10 septembre 2008

L'Imitation du Sacré-Coeur de Jésus

3- Vous avez-là mon Fils, une source abondante de consolations; mon Coeur agonisant et priant, luttant par l'amour et triomphant par l'amour !

Venez donc, mon Fils, et, fléchissant le genou, ou du moins humiliant profondément votre coeur, priez que le calice d'affliction s'éloigne de vous, si c'est la volonté de Dieu; mais que la volonté divine se fasse et non pas la vôtre.

4- Quand vous priez dans l'affliction, mon Fils, vous devez prier avec l'intention d'être résigné, soit que vous obteniez votre délivrance, soit que vous receviez à sa place quelque chose de meilleur, c'est-à-dire de plus conforme à la volonté divine, soit que vous goutiez de la douceur, ou que vous ressentiez de l'amertume.

La meilleure prière n'est pas celle ou l'on éprouve le plus de consolations; car ce qui est doux n'est pas toujours utile, ce qui est amer n'est pas toujours nuisible. Dans l'état présent de l'homme , le doux est souvent nuisible , et l'amer profitable.

La meilleure prière est celle d'ou vous sortirez avec une humilité et une charité plus grandes, avec la résolution d'exécuter le bon plaisir de Dieu malgré toutes les résistances de votre nature, et d'embrasser ce qui vous est le plus contraire.

5- Le Disciple- Mille actions de grâces vous soient rendues, ô bon Jésus, vrai consolateur des affligés, pour les consolations si suaves que vous m'envoyez, au milieu des amertumes de la souffrance.

Je me lèverais bien toujours à minuit ! Ce n'est pas la fatigue qui m'effraie; je serais le plus heureux des prêtres, si ce n'était pas cette pensée qu'il faut paraître au tribunal de Dieu
comme curé !

Saint Jean Marie Vianney, saint curé d'Ars

Par Le Sacré Coeur de Jésus, Merci, J'enlève mon béret à vous!

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

The Holy Father in France

France, known as the eldest daughter of the Church, today welcomes the Holy Father, Pope Benedict on his pastoral visit. There is an official site of the French Bishops' Conference (en français) which gives the programme and other details. He will be in Paris today and will leave for Lourdes tomorrow afternoon. All of the discourses will be worth following, of course, but it will be interesting to read the address to the French Bishops at the hemicycle on Sunday.

For an insight into liturgical matters, see the interview with Mgr Marini in Le Figaro, translated at the NLM. They also have the Sacramentary for the visit.

Fr Tim Finagan pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, Blackfen, Kent posted this today. Thanks father and a tip of the beret to you.

Jhesu+ Marie,
de Brantigny


Jeremia Wright, Barry and Mary

The parody never stops.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright Compares Obama to Mary in Newark New Jersey at a Presbyterian Church crowd. Find the story here...

"Lord told him, an ordinary black boy, ‘You can be a state senator and you can bring folk to the bargaining table who not only do not talk to one another, these folk don’t like one another.’

"He did what the Lord said," Mr. Wright continued, "an ordinary black boy like Mary was an ordinary little girl."

Catholic to Jeremiah Wright, Mary was no ordinary little girl, She was born with out original sin. She is the Theotokos, She is the Queen of the Angels, She is the Virgin of Virgins, She is the Co-Mediatrix...Jerimiah Wright, I know Mary and Barack Obama is no Mary.

That being said, I am glad to hear that a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ, when speaking to a Presbyterian crowd should realize that the Virgin Mary has a role in salvation.

...In a related story, Donna Brazile has compared Obama to Jesus as she compares Sarah Palin to Pilate, more here... She just had to go there.

Make it STOP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thanks to Joseph Fromm at Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit.

Wasn't Georgtown University once a "Catholic" University?

de Brantigny

France sings the National Anthem of the United States

La France chante l'Hymne National des Etats-Unis



Elisabeth Amalie Eugenie of the House of Wittelsbach, was the Empress consort of Austria and Queen consort of Hungary, being married to the Emperor Franz Joseph I.

Her father was Maximilian Joseph, Duke in Bavaria and her mother was Ludovika, Royal Princess of Bavaria; her family home was Possenhofen Castle. From an early age, she was called "Sisi" by family and friends.

On September 10, 1898, in Geneva, Switzerland, Elisabeth, aged 60, was stabbed in the heart with a sharpened file by a young anarchist named Luigi Lucheni who wished to kill a royal as an act of prapaganda.

From Wikipedia, here

A site in German and Hungarian may be found here entitled, Ich Kaiserin Elizabeth-Meine Familie, I am the Emeress Elizabeth-my Family. Photos may be found on the the scroll on the left, under "Bilder".

Dieu le Roy.
de Brantigny

Chopin's Military Polonaise, Opus 40 #1


Saint Ignatius of Loyola said...

Teach us, good Lord,
To serve Thee as Thou deservest:
To give and not to count the cost;
To fight and not to heed the wounds;
To toil and not to seek for rest;
To labor and not ask for any reward;
Save that of knowing that we do Thy will.

Saint Ignatius of Loyola [1548]

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Ignatius Productions and Father Mitch Pacwa

Founding of St Augustine Florida

Saint Augustine is on my top ten historic places to visit. I have been there on three occasions and each time I learn something new.

September 8, 1565: The Founding of St. Augustine

September 8, 1565: The Founding of St. Augustine – In March of 1565, Admiral Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés y Alonso de la Campa, Comendador of the Holy Cross of Zarza of the Knights of Santiago, Captain-General of the Indies Fleet, Governor of Cuba, is awarded a contract by Felipe II of Spain, appointing him Adelantado (frontier governor) of Florida.

At that time, Spanish Florida consisted of all of North America from the Keys north to Newfoundland and west to some unmapped point. Menéndez’ contract charges him, within three years and without cost to the Crown, to explore, conquer, and colonize the land and begin its conversion to the Holy Faith. When, 10 days after the contract is signed, Felipe II learns of an “illegal” settlement of French Huguenots on today’s St. Johns River - Fort Caroline, under René de Laudonnière - he adds 300 royal soldiers and 15,000 ducats, making the Enterprise of Florida a joint venture.

Spies report that Jean Ribault (a Hugenot) of France is on his way to reinforce the fort, Menéndez sails for Puerto Rico, then, with a force of more than 1,000, up the Gulf Stream to the mouth of the St. Johns. Ribault, however, has won the race for Florida; his ships, too large to cross the bar of the St. Johns, lay at anchor outside the channel. Menéndez encounters the French ships and forces them to flee. He then falls back to the nearest harbor to off-load supplies from his flagship, the great galleon San Pelayo, and has his men fortify the bay-side native Timucuan village of Seloy. There, on September 8, 1565, to the sound of drums, trumpets, and artillery, witnessed by cheering soldados and colonists, as well as mystified natives, Menéndez lands and officially takes possession of Florida in the name of His Most Catholic Majesty, formally establishing the municipality of San Agustín (present-day St. Augustine, FL) as part of the Spanish Empire. The settlement that Pedro Menéndez de Avilés founded has survived for 443 years upon its original site.

This 208 foot cross marks the Site of the first Mass in Florida.

Mission of Nombre de Dios and the chapel of Our Lady of La Leche, is the site and grounds of the first Mass in Florida and the First Mission in the New World. It is just moments away from the old Fort Caroline. It may be found here.

Fort Caroline is the site of the First french settlement in Florida. Photos of it may be found here and the Spanish fortress San Marcos here...

Dieu le Roy!


George III and Charlotte von Mecklinburg und Strelitz

Today, September 8, not only being the Feast of the Nativity, the birthday of Richard the Lionhearted, (and my birthday) it is also the anniversary of the marriage of George III and Queen Charlotte. Queen Charlotte is the namesake of the Queen city, Charlotte, North Carolina, which is located in Meckenburg county.

The King married in the Chapel Royal, St James's Palace, Duchess Sophia Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, whom he met on their wedding day. A fortnight later, both were crowned at Westminster Abbey. George remarkably never took a mistress (in contrast with both his Hanoverian predecessors and his sons), and the couple enjoyed a genuinely happy marriage. They had 15 children—nine sons and six daughters. In 1762, the King purchased Buckingham House (now Palace) for use as a family retreat.

George III is of course best know for being the King who relieved the 13 American colonies from allegeance to the crown, and because of the recent motion picture The Madness of George III.George III's reign was marked by troubles with the parlement, the loss of the colonies and his congenital desease porphyria, which had occasion to drive him mad.

Vive le Roy.
de Brantigny


From my Orthodox friend Juliana here is a beautif reflection on the Nativity of the God Bearer.

I love all the feast days of the Theotokos. Today is The Nativity of our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God and Ever-Virigin Mary. O Blessed Theotokos, pray to God for us!

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary: The Most Holy Virgin Mary was born at a time when people had reached such a degree of moral decay that it seemed altogether impossible to restore them. People often said that God must come into the world to restore faith and not permit the ruin of mankind.

The Son of God chose to take on human nature for the salvation of mankind, and chose as His Mother the All-Pure Virgin Mary, who alone was worthy to give birth to the Source of purity and holiness.

The Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary is celebrated by the Church as a day of universal joy. Within the context of the Old and the New Testaments, the Most Blessed Virgin Mary was born on this radiant day, having been chosen before the ages by Divine Providence to bring about the Mystery of the Incarnation of the Word of God. She is revealed as the Mother of the Savior of the World, Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Most Holy Virgin Mary was born in the small city of Galilee, Nazareth. Her parents were Righteous Joachim of the tribe of the Prophet-King David, and Anna from the tribe of the First Priest Aaron. The couple was without child, since St Anna was barren.

Having reached old age, Joachim and Anna did not lose hope in God’s mercy. They had strong faith that for God everything is possible, and that He would be able to overcome the barrenness of Anna even in her old age, as He had once overcame the barrenness of Sarah, spouse of the Patriarch Abraham. Sts Joachim and Anna vowed to dedicate the child which the Lord might give them, to the service of God in the Temple.

Childlessness was considered among the Hebrew nation as a Divine punishment for sin, and therefore the righteous Sts Joachim and Anna had to endure abuse from their own countrymen. On one of the feastdays at the Temple in Jerusalem the elderly Joachim brought his sacrifice to offer to God, but the High Priest would not accept it, considering him to be unworthy since he was childless.

St Joachim in deep grief went into the wilderness, and there he prayed with tears to the Lord for a child. St Anna wept bitterly when she learned what had happened at the Jerusalem Temple. Never once did she complain against the Lord, but rather she prayed to ask God’s mercy on her family.

The Lord fulfilled her petitions when the pious couple had attained to extreme old age and prepared themselves by virtuous life for a sublime calling: to be the parents of the Most Holy Virgin Mary, the future Mother of the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Archangel Gabriel brought Joachim and Anna the joyous message that their prayers were heard by God, and of them would be born a most blessed daughter Mary, through Whom would come the Salvation of all the World.

The Most Holy Virgin Mary surpassed in purity and virtue not only all mankind, but also the angels. She was manifest as the living Temple of God, so the Church sings in its festal hymns: “the East Gate… bringing Christ into the world for the salvation of our souls” (2nd Stikhera on “Lord, I Have Cried”, Tone 6).

The Nativity of the Theotokos marks the change of the times when the great and comforting promises of God for the salvation of the human race from slavery to the devil are about to be fulfilled. This event has brought to earth the grace of the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of Truth, piety, virtue and everlasting life. The Theotokos is revealed to all of us by grace as a merciful Intercessor and Mother, to Whom we have recourse with filial devotion.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to you Juliana an Metanoia.

Vive la Reine des anges.
de Brantigny

Metenioa is a Greek work which means a turning around.



September 8th

The present Feast forms a link between the New and the Old Testament. It shows that Truth succeeds symbols and figures and that the New Covenant replaces the Old. Hence, all creation sings with joy, exults, and participates in the joy of this day.... This is, in fact, the day on which the Creator of the world constructed His temple; today is the day on which by a stupendous project a creature becomes the preferred dwelling of the Creator" (Saint Andrew of Crete).
"Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Virgin Mary, of whom was born the Sun of Justice.... Her birth constitutes the hope and the light of salvation for the whole world.... Her image is light for the whole Christian people" (From the Liturgy).

As these texts so clearly indicate, an atmosphere of joy and light pervades the Birth of the Virgin Mary.

1. Historical Details about the Feast

The origin of this Feast is sought in Palestine. It goes back to the consecration of a church in Jerusalem, which tradition identifies as that of the present basilica of St. Ann.

At Rome the Feast began to be kept toward the end of the 7th century, brought there by Eastern monks. Gradually and in varied ways it spread to the other parts of the West in the centuries that followed. From the 13th century on, the celebration assumed notable importance, becoming a Solemnity with a major Octave and preceded by a Vigil calling for a fast. The Octave was reduced to a simple one during the reform of St. Pius X and was abolished altogether under the reform of Pius XII in 1955.

The present Calendar characterizes the Birth of Mary as a "Feast," placing it on the same plane as the Visitation.

For some centuries now, the Birth has been assigned to September 8 both in the East and in the West, but in ancient times it was celebrated on different dates from place to place. However, when the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (which has a later origin than that of the Birth) was extended to the whole Church, the Birth little by little became assigned everywhere to September 8: nine months after the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.

2. At the Heart of Salvation

As we know, the Gospels have not transmitted to us anything about the birth of the Virgin Mary. Their attention is completely centered on the mystery of Christ and His salvific mission.

The birth of Mary is recounted by the Protevangelium of James (5:2), an apocryphal writing from the end of the 2nd century. Subsequent tradition is based on this account.

The description - although in the manner of an apocryphal document - obviously presents an important historical event: the birth of the Mother of the Lord.

But the problem that concerns us here is the significance of this event. In the case of all the Saints, the Church commemorates their birthday on the day of their return to the Lord. However, in the cases of St. John the Baptizer and the Blessed Virgin, it also celebrates the day of their earthly birth. This is a singular fact already emphasized in ancient times, for example, by Paschasius Radbertus (d. about 859).

The reason for this fact is not found primarily in the greatness or the privileges of the persons involved but in the singular mission that was theirs in the History of Salvation. In this light, the birth of the Blessed Virgin is considered to be - like that of John the Baptizer - in direct relationship with the coming of the Savior of the world. Thus, the birth and existence of Marysimilar to and even more than those of the Baptizer - take on a significance that transcends her own person. It is explained solely in the context of the History of Salvation, connected with the People of God of the Old Covenant and the New. Mary's birth lies at the confluence of the two Testaments - bringing to an end the stage of expectation and the promises and inaugurating the new times of grace and salvation in Jesus Christ.

Mary, the Daughter of Zion and ideal personification of Israel, is the last and most worthy representative of the People of the Old Covenant but at the same time she is "the hope and the dawn of the whole world." With her, the elevated Daughter of Zion, after a long expectation of the promises, the times are fulfilled and a new economy is established (LG 55).

The birth of Mary is ordained in particular toward her mission as Mother of the Savior. Her existence is indissolubly connected with that of Christ: it partakes of a unique plan of predestination and grace. God's mysterious plan regarding the incarnation of the Word embraces also the Virgin who is His Mother. In this way, the Birth of Mary is inserted at the very heart of the History of Salvation.

3. Christological Orientations

The Biblical readings of the Feast have a clear Christological- salvific orientation that forms the backdrop for contemplating the figure of Mary.

Micah 5:1-4a. The Prophet announces the coming of the Lord of Israel who will come forth from Bethlehem of Judah. The Mother of the Messiah, presented as one about to give birth, will give life to the prince and pastor of the house of David who will bring justice and peace. She will work with the Messiah to bring forth a new people.

Romans 8.28-30. This passage does not speak directly about Mary but about the believer justified by the grace of Christ and gifted with the indwelling of the Spirit. He or she has been chosen and called from all eternity to share Christ's life and glory. This is true in a privileged manner for Mary, Spouse and Temple of the Holy Spirit, Mother of God's Son, and intimately united with Him in a Divine plan of predestination and grace.

Matthew 1:1-16, 18-23. The meaning of this seemingly and genealogy is theologically profound: to place Jesus, the MessiahLord, within the dynastic tree of His people. He is a descendant, and in fact "the descendant," of Abraham (cf. Gal 3:16) and the Patriarchs in accord with the promises, and He is the semi-heir of the Prophets. The ring that united Christ with His people is Mary, Daughter of Zion and Mother of the Lord.

The virginity stressed by the Gospel text is the sign of the Divine origin of the Son and of the absolute newness that now breaks forth in the history of human beings.

The Christological-salvific purpose and tone dominate not only the Bible readings but also the Eucharistic Celebration and the Liturgy of the Hours.

It has been observed that, although the texts of this Feast's celebration are less rich than those of other Marian feasts, they do have one outstanding characteristic: "The number of themes is rather restricted, [but] there are extremely numerous invitations to joy" (J. Pascher).

Indeed, joy pervades the whole of this Feast's liturgy. If many "will rejoice" at the birth of the precursor (cf. Lk 1:14), a much greater joy is stirred up by the birth of the Mother of the Savior. Hence, this is a Feast that serves as a prelude to the "joy to all people" brought about by the Birth of the Son of God at Christmas and expressed by the singing of hymns and carols.

Added to this theme of joy on this Marian Feast is that of light because with Mary's birth the darkness is dispersed and there rises in the world the dawn that announces the Sun of Justice, Christ the Lord.

A. Valentini
Taken from: Dictionary of Mary (NY: Catholic Book, 1985)

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