The age of chivalry

Today this was posted on the Monarchist Initiative.

Edmund Burke (12 January 1729 – 9 July 1797) was an Anglo-Irish statesman, author, orator, political theorist, and philosopher who is often regarded as the philosophical founder of Anglo-American conservatism. Although Burke had supported the American War for Independence, which he saw as an appropriate response to the situation regarding the American colonists, he condemned the French Revolution in his Reflections on the Revolution in France in November 1790. He saw it, not as movement towards a representative, constitutional democracy, but rather as a violent rebellion against tradition and proper authority and as an experiment disconnected from the complex realities of human society. Burke argued that the new doctrines of France were simple and abstract, that since they did not recognize the nature and orders of people, it could never replace the present ones. As such, he predicted, it would end in disaster. He professed that a civilized people could not naturally be made up of people with the same distinctions, positions and interests. An attempt by the multitude of a country to govern each other's affairs would inevitably move the country away from personal merit and distinction towards an unprincipled, enervating mediocrity. Moreover, he asserted that the French doctrines fundamentally worked against the interests of the people and endangered their most prized and cherished treasures themselves. more...

I thank the author* and tip my beret.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

*If my wild translation of Serbian is correct the authors nom-de-plum is Монархистичка Иницијатива, or Monarchist Initiative, it is very close to Russian.

Marie Antoinette's Diamonds

When we read of Marie-Antoinette one is ofttimes bombarded by claims of extravagance, yet as Lauren writes the Queen only owned two sets of diamonds. What is all the more remarkable is that she paid for them on the installment plan! To me it is not so unusual that the queen should purchase another set as soon as the first were paid off; My wife loves rubies, I purchase a set of rubies for her, pay them off and purchase another setting right after. Well the jeweler has to eat too!

“Next to sound judgment, diamonds and pearls are the rarest things in the world”

Jean de la Bruyere, French satiric moralist, 1645-1696

Diamonds, pearls, sapphires....ladies, and men alike enjoy the beauty and sparkle of precious stones. We just saw an example of Louis' frugality with diamonds and money. Marie Antoinette was not so different! As I mentioned in a previous post, she really liked pearls, in fact she preferred them much more over diamonds! She did however make a few diamond purchases. One purchase was a pair of diamond earrings she bought which cost 460,000 livres. She made the purchase in 1776 and paid them off in installments over the course of six years. more

Thanks to Lauren and her distaff blog.

Dieu sauve le Roy.
de Brantigny

A French Genocide: the Vendée

I have just finished a book entitled "A French Genocide: The Vendée", by Reynald Secher. I highly recommend it. This book is a fascinating compendium of the war between the forces of the republic of France and those of the Vendéans.

France was on the verge of declaring backrupcy. Monies, which could have prevented bankruptcy had been collected through loans and oppressive taxation to support the American rebels and supply the forces of France sent to North America to reinforce them. The troops and sailors who returned from the fledgling United States returned with thoughts of revolution, equality, fraternity, liberty and steeping with a Masonic/Rouseauian ideal. In an effort to repair the damage done by excessive taxation the King had no alternative but to call the Estates General. Hoping only that they would prevent a bankruptcy they instead betrayed their sacred trust and inaugurated the masonic French revolution.

Not only did the republic change the form of government but it in a breath attacked the very foundations of society and Christianity. When the republic required the church to take an oath of submission to the nation the people of the Vendée finally had enough and rose as if they were one.

Reynald Secher has been lambasted by the history revisionists in France for attempting to tell the world what has been known in the Vendée since the revolution, to wit: the republican government when faced those who would not debase their faith or the True Church, determined to destroy not only that Faith, but the very people themselves. Reynald Secher has used primary sources and national records to bring to light the disgrace of the republic dedicated to Liberty, Equality, and Brotherhood of the nation.

This is a chapter in history we need to remember.

A French Genocide: the Vendée may be purchased here

Verité pour la Vendée, Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Youtube desecrations

The Eucharistic desecration story is gaining visibility
Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm. sent this to the Yahoo group Catholic Monarchists...

SPRING GROVE, Penn., Oct. 1 /Christian Newswire/ -- Today, responding
to a worldwide protest from Catholics, the internet video sharing
site YouTube has removed 40 videos showing horrible desecrations of
the Holy Eucharist from its site. The account of the author was also

Catholics are thrilled and prayers of thanksgiving are being offered.

The video removal petition was circulated by the Catholic group
America Needs Fatima and 18,201 people signed it in only seven days.

For over a month, an individual from Canada had posted 40 videos
showing the Holy Eucharist being stepped on, burned, stapled, smoked
and nailed to a stick -- even flushed down the toilet.

The videos shocked Catholics and caused America Needs Fatima to
launch a petition on September 23 asking YouTube to remove the videos.

"I was never so offended in my life," said Michael Jordan, who joined
the petition from Marysville, California. "The videos were pure hate."

The petition spread like wildfire. America Needs Fatima webmaster
Joseph Ritchie said: "I never saw so many people sign a petition so
fast. They came in from all over the world, even Russia."

"We're now sending YouTube a 'thank you' note." Mr. Ritchie
said. "The 'thank you' message lets Catholics tell YouTube how happy
they are with the videos being removed."

"It's important the staff at YouTube see that Catholics not only have
courage to defend the faith, but courtesy to say 'thank you' as
well," he said.

For more information on the 'thank you' message to YouTube, or for
interviews, call Robert Ritchie at 717-309-1990, or go to www.ANF.org

Thanks to Jovan-Marya Weismiller, T.O.Carm. with a tip of the beret and a prayer for Grace during the day.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny


Marian Devotion

Luke 2, 21-37 ; John 19, 26-27; John 3, 1-8; 1 Corinthians 15, 19-25; Romans 12, 5; 2 Peter 1, 4; Galatians 2, 20; Philippians 1, 21; John 15, 5; Psalm 45, 6-17

To understand the Catholic devotion for the Mother of God it is necessary to grasp the meaning of Mary's spiritual maternity of all those who believe in Christ, participating with Him in His suffering for the redemption of the world. Mary is the first believer to participate in Christ's redemptive suffering. Mary's communion in the sufferings of the Christ are prophesied by St. Simeon in the Gospel of Luke.

Luke 2, 21-37 — And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord (as it is written in the law of the Lord, "Every male that opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord") and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the law of the Lord, "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the law, he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said, "Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to thy people Israel." And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher; she was of a great age, having lived with her husband seven years from her virginity, and as a widow till she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.

This passage of the Gospel shows how the Messiah was born to experience both suffering and glory for the benefit of his people. Simeon tells Mary: "a sword will pierce through your own soul also," thus preparing Mary for the grievous days of the Crucifixion, when she will suffer a mother's ultimate pain and loss. There are several details in the account of Luke that point at the suffering condition of the righteous among mankind. The first is poverty. Joseph and Mary can only offer a modest sacrifice "a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons." This sacrifice was prescribed for the poor who could not afford to give a sheep or a goat. It shows how the Sacred Family shared their sufferings with the poor of all ages. The prophet Simeon had been waiting all his life to see the Messiah. He exemplifies the hope and patience of the poor. Finally, the promise of God is fulfilled. He gets to see the baby that will become known as the Messiah. The prophetess Anna, the widow who had survived her husband many decades, personifies true love ravaged by death.

Here Luke presents the longing of mankind for God. Framed by sadness, loss, suffering, and death, hope for mankind is presented in the arms of Mary. The poorest of all mothers, comes to the Temple, offering God her most precious possession, her firstborn. There she is told that more suffering will be needed before the promised glory of Israel is revealed.

All those presented in this scene are participants in the suffering of Christ. The Messiah chooses to be born into their sorrows and afflictions. The first element of this divine participation in the pains of mankind, is the maternity of Mary. She is the first to experience the presence of God in herself, first as a virgin consecrated as a daughter of God the Father, then as the spouse of the Holy Spirit and now as the mother of God the Son. Later, the Church will fully participate with her in the sufferings of Christ as Mary's Christian offspring (Colossians 1, 24).

Mary is the very first person in history to become part of the family of God. By divine grace, her familiar union with God is complete. Her trust in God is absolute.

John 19, 25-30 — So the soldiers did this. But standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother, and the disciple whom he loved standing near, he said to his mother, "Woman, behold, your son!" Then he said to the disciple, "Behold, your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home. After this Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the scripture), "I thirst." A bowl full of vinegar stood there; so they put a sponge full of the vinegar on hyssop and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the vinegar, he said, "It is finished"; and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

The last time that Jesus addresses the believers from the Cross, he speaks to give Mary to the care of Saint John, and to give Saint John to the care of Mary. John is the youngest of his disciples, the only one who dares to be with his Master until the bitter end. Observing the scene we see three women, all of them called Mary. These women represent womanhood in the Church. Mary of Nazareth is a consecrated virgin. Mary Magdalene in a former sinner, now dedicated to God. Mary the wife of Cleopas, is the mother of a godly family (Matthew 27, 55). These three women are a living sample of all the feminine vocations in the Church. In the same scene Saint John seems to represent the Church loyal to Christ (John 10, 27; Revelation 14, 4).

In that most important moment, Jesus trusts Mary to the care of his beloved disciple, calling them to be mother and son. John's new life in Christ is forever tied to Mary's. These words are the beginning of a new creation. John [1] is now—by the word of Jesus speaking from the Cross—part of the offspring of Mary (see Revelation 12, 17).

This event is particularly tied to the being "born anew" that Jesus had taught about. That will be the center of the Christian message to the Hebrews who had trusted so far in their natural inheritance of the promise made to their father Abraham. Early in his ministry Jesus had explained that mystery to Nicodemus, a master of the Mosaic Law.

John 3, 1-8 — Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to him, "Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do, unless God is with him." Jesus answered him, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born anew, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother's womb and be born?" Jesus answered, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, `You must be born anew.' The wind blows where it wills, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know whence it comes or whither it goes; so it is with every one who is born of the Spirit."

Nicodemus question is recorded in John's Gospel to remind us that a man must be born again, he must be re-created, to enter in the Kingdom of the Heavens. To achieve that, such new man must become like a child, as Jesus said in Mark 10, 15: "Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it." Nicodemus come to Jesus "at night". He is still in the dark about the true meaning of the words of Jesus. Still, he understands rather instinctively that a mother is needed to fulfill this process. He does not understand that the process is not physical, but spiritual.

The dialog of Jesus and Nicodemus precedes John's account of the baptisms by the Jordan. There Jesus reveals that the Holy Spirit is begetting this new creation, with new men and women. Christian disciples must be born again and begotten just as Jesus' perfect human nature was conceived in Mary by her Spouse, the Holy Spirit (Luke 1, 35). Later, Saint Paul explains that this being "born again" is not realized physically in the present condition of mankind, tied to sin and death inherited from Adam's flesh.

1 Corinthians 15, 19-25 — If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied. But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

Christ is the firstborn of this new creation and he chooses to be born from Mary, making her "the mother of all who shall live" (please compare with Genesis 3, 20; Romans 8, 29; Colossians 1, 15).

The spiritual maternity of Mary is better understood as a counterpoint to the fleshly maternity of Eve. Eve is to be the mother of all who live in the flesh (Genesis 3, 20). Eve's offspring will unfailingly die to fulfill the curse placed upon mankind in Genesis 3, 17-19, for having disobeyed God and eaten from the fruit of the forbidden tree.

In contrast, Mary's offspring "keep the commandments of God and bear testimony to Jesus" by eating the fruit of that other tree, the Cross (Acts 2, 42; John 6, 53-58; 66-67). This fruit—Jesus—is also the fruit of Mary's womb (Luke 1, 42).

The first son of Eve is Cain. His name in Hebrew is written K-N, meaning "a spear"; it is spelled the same way as "kina", meaning "envy." Cain offers a sacrifice to God. His sacrifice is rejected. He had offered fruits of the soil, the same soil that God had cursed (Genesis 3, 19). His younger brother Abel (Ab-el, in Hebrew, "of God") offers animal sacrifices instead. Abel's sacrifices are more pleasing to God. Overtaken by envy and hate for his brother, Cain then murders him.

In contrast, the firstborn of Mary is Jesus. He "lays down his life for his friends" (John 15, 13) and his sacrifice is perfect, pleasing to God (Hebrews 9, 11-14). He loves his brothers to the point of giving his own life for them, "taking the form of a servant [...] he humbled himself and became obedient unto death, even death on a cross" (Philippians 2, 5-8).

There are many other counterpoints that can be made, all of which are divine signs that signal to the new creation in Christ. The old creation, polluted by Adam's sin brings death through Eve. In contrast the new creation is redeemed by Christ's sacrifice. Mary, as the New Eve, brings eternal supernatural life to all her offspring: those who are born of the Holy Spirit and the waters of baptism (John 3, 1-8). Mary transmits to us the supernatural life in Christ in the same way that she became the mother of John.

Once this supernatural, mystical maternity of Mary is understood, we have to face our duties as sons and daughters. The first of those duties is detailed in the fourth commandment: "Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gives you" (Exodus 20,12; Deuteronomy 5,16).

Jesus set the perfect example for us when living on this earth as a man, he was subject to Mary and Joseph (Luke 2, 51). Thus if God Incarnate was subject to Mary, when she was a simple mother, how much more should we be subject to her and make her the object of our loving devotion!

The apostle Saint Paul offers this wise counsel: "Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. 'Honor your father and mother,' (This is the first commandment with a promise.) 'that it may be well with you and that you may live long on the earth'" (Ephesians 6, 1-3; see also Mark 7, 8-13).

In previous chapters we have established the uniqueness of Mary's role in the history of salvation. We know she is the Ark of the New Covenant [2]. The old Ark of the Covenant is a prefigurative type of Mary—it was considered by the Israelites as a very holy object, something so holy that no one could touch it! That old Ark of the Covenant had dedicated servants (1 Chronicles 16, 4) who reverently ministered that sacred object, calling it "The Glory of Israel" (see 1 Samuel 4, 22).

Mary is also the Queen of Israel, (1 Kings 2, 13-25) the eternal gebirah, the Great Lady [3] described in this prophetic Psalm:

Psalm 45, 6-17 — Your divine throne endures for ever and ever. Your royal scepter is a scepter of equity; you love righteousness and hate wickedness. Therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of gladness above your fellows; your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia. From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad; daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor; at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. Hear, O daughter, consider, and incline your ear; forget your people and your father's house; and the king will desire your beauty. Since he is your lord, bow to him; the people of Tyre will sue your favor with gifts, the richest of the people with all kinds of wealth. The princess is decked in her chamber with gold-woven robes; in many-colored robes she is led to the king, with her virgin companions, her escort, in her train. With joy and gladness they are led along as they enter the palace of the king. Instead of your fathers shall be your sons; you will make them princes in all the earth. I will cause your name to be celebrated in all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you for ever and ever.

Compare this Psalm with Mary's Magnificat:

Luke 1, 46-55 — And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever."

In Leviticus 19, 30 God orders: "You shall keep my sabbaths and reverence my sanctuary." God orders to treat holy objects such as the Ark, or the Sanctuary with reverence. How much more deserving of reverence must be the holy person those objects represent! Could God require us to treat Mary with less reverence than He required for His earthly sanctuary and His Ark of the Covenant? (Psalm 134, 2; 138, 2).

Mary is the glory of Israel in a sense much more real than those holy religious objects of the past. She is the most perfect creature of God, created to be the New Eve, the mother of all those who believe in Christ. Like the Ark, she is the witness of God's good will for mankind. Mary has been given the extraordinary privilege to be the eternal mother of all those redeemed by the precious blood of her Son.

All Christian believers are Mary's sons and daughters. Mary—Our Blessed Mother—is certainly deserving of our gratefulness, admiration, honor, and devotion.

[1] English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name Yochanan meaning "YAHWEH is gracious". The first to bear this name in the New Testament is John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. The second is the apostle John, who is also the author of the Gospel of John and the Revelation, or Apocalypse.[2] Please see "Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant".[3] Please see "Mary is our Powerful Intercessor".div>

Thanks once again to Carlos, at The Bible Path

de Brantigny


Nicholas le Floch!

There are days when I wish I received French programming on my TV. I love a good detective story, beginning with Sherlock Holmes and Peroit. Coming to France 2 is the Nicholas le Floch series. Taken from the series of books by the French author Jean-Francois Parot, this series appears interesting. Ten minutes of the first episode may be found here... The series concerns one Nicholas le Floch is a young Breton, who goes to Paris on the advise of a relative and is made a detective in the 1761. It is the period of the Seven Years War, and Madame Pompadour.
The first book in the series can be purchased here...

I can only hope it is played on Masterpiece Theatre.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

La prière à Coeur Sacré de Jésus

Je Prie,

Coeur Sacré de Jésus que votre règne arrive !

Coeur Sacré de Jésus je crois à votre amour pour moi !

Coeur Sacré de Jésus j'ai confiance en Vous !
(3 fois)

I pray,

Sacred heart of Jesus that your reign arrives!

Sacred heart of Jesus I believe your love for me!

Sacred heart of Jesus I have confidence in You!
(3 times)

Merci! Sacré Coeur de Jésus blog, cliquez ici...

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Russian Federal Supreme Court Rehabilitates the Imperial Family

Vara at Voices from Russia writes in her blog about the Passionbearers...

Moscow, 1 October 2008 (Interfax):

A ruling of the Presidium of the RF Supreme Court rehabilitated the last tsar, Nikolai II, and the members of his family. “The Presidium of the Supreme Court ruled to recognise that Nikolai Aleksandrovich Romanov [Nikolai II], Aleksandra Fyodorovna Romanova, Olga Nikolaevna Romanova, Tatiana Nikolaevna Romanova, Maria Nikolaevna Romanova, Anastasia Nikolaevna Romanova, and Aleksei Nikolaevich Romanov were groundlessly repressed and rehabilitated them”, a Supreme Court judge said on Wednesday in delivering the court’s verdict. In doing so, the court granted an appeal by lawyers for the Romanov royal family against an earlier court decision denying their rehabilitation. The decision of the Presidium invalidated an earlier determination by a Supreme Court panel, which found that Nikolai II and the members of his family were not eligible for rehabilitation. more...

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Update on Eucharistic desecration

As I write this I have tears welling in my eyes.

"If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion." - St. Maximilian Kolbe

Minnesota professor endorses YouTube videos of Eucharistic desecrations

Posted: 01 Oct 2008 08:50 AM CDT

St. Paul, Oct 1, 2008 / 12:49 am (CNA).- Paul Zachary Myers, a science blogger and biology professor at the University of Minnesota at Morris who posted on his blog what he claimed was a desecrated Eucharistic Host, has now promoted the YouTube videos of a person also purporting to show other such desecrations.

In July Myers wrote on his blog Pharyngula that he pierced a Host with a rusty nail and then threw it in the trash alongside coffee grounds, banana peels, and pages torn respectively from the Koran and a book by the atheist polemicist Richard Dawkins. He posted photos apparently corroborating his claims.

He said he did such acts in response to the case of a Florida university student who publicly removed a Host from a Catholic Mass held on campus and did not return it for a week.

In a September 29 post on Pharyngula, Myers promoted the videos of a YouTube poster called “FSMDude.”

“FSMDude” has posted several videos purporting to show various acts of Eucharistic desecration. In one video, a Host is flushed down the toilet. In other videos, Hosts are fed to ducks or other animals, put in a blender, or shot with a nail gun.

Myers’ post references a commentary on the Catholic site HeadlineBistro.com discussing the YouTube videos.

Noting that the Catholic site does not provide links fearing to boost the popularity of the activity, Myers said: “Here you go,” directing his readers to “FSMDude’s” YouTube page.

According to the blog ranking site Technorati.com, Pharyngula is ranked 94th in overall popularity as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Gosh, maybe more people will be publicly committing heresy now!” Myers sneered, confusing heresy with sacrilege.

“Get over it,” Myers told outraged Catholics. “As long as people aren't disrupting your services or pilfering chalices, there has been no interference with your religious freedom, and no harm done.”

Responding to reports that FSMDude cited Myers’ original act as inspiration, Myers said: “This is great! Everyone should join in! It makes me so pleased to see growing, vocal opposition to the fundamental absurdity of religion, do keep it up.”

Thomas Serafin, president of the International Crusade for Holy Relics, called for YouTube to pull the videos.

“YouTube has to be held accountable and stopped,” Serafin told HeadlineBistro.com. “If Catholics don’t take a stand right now, they can expect such outrages to continue.”

“The internet is, in many ways, a new world, and it is our duty to evangelize this world, but we have to speak up and be heard to do that.”"

..."As long as people aren't disrupting your services or pilfering chalices, there has been no interference with your religious freedom, and no harm done.”... I have to ask, "How is you came by the Host?" I am alarmed that other than Catholics no one seems to know about this (or care). If this professor stated he was going to flush a Qu'ran down the toilet, his life would be in danger and it would have made it to every news program and paper for weeks. Christians and Protestants alike would haw decried such an act. Has Christ not suffered enough for the likes of us, we unfaithful sinners?

Act of Praise and Reparation for Blasphemy

May the most holy, most sacred, most adorable,
most incomprehensible and ineffable Name of God
be forever praised, blessed, loved, adored
and glorified in Heaven, on earth,
and under the earth,
by all the creatures of God,
and by the Sacred Heart of Our Lord Jesus Christ,
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
- Sr. Marie of St Peter, 1844

The Eucharist is the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ.

My earlier article may be seen here and here...
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Action Urged Against UK Abortion Amendments

Bishops Say There Is 'Real Danger' of Worse Laws

LONDON, SEPT. 29, 2008 (Zenit.org).- If Catholics don't act now, there is a 'real danger' that abortion on demand could become a reality in the United Kingdom, warn the bishops there.

This was the message of a two-page leaflet that Archbishop Peter Smith, chair of the Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the bishops' conference of England and Wales, sent to priests on Thursday.

He asked them to circulate the information in their parishes ahead of the forthcoming third reading of the Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill. The leaflet was distributed as a publication of the bishops' conference of England and Wales.

The Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill allows for the creation of human-animal hybrids, the creation of 'savior siblings,' legislates that fathers are not a necessary prerequisite for seeking invitro fertilization, and sets the upper limit for abortions at 24 weeks of gestation.

The bill has passed in the House of Lords; the House of Commons voted in favor of the key issues in the bill last May, and is currently debating the remaining provisions and considering amendments.

Proposed amendments, to be debated in the third reading of the bill this fall, would effectively establish abortion on demand by permitting abortion with the approval of only one doctor, allowing nurses and midwives to perform abortions, and removing the right of doctors to conscientiously object to arranging or performing an abortion.

'There is a real possibility the law will be changed to make access to abortion easier,' the bishops stated.

1st victim

'The Church teaches clearly that every human life must be respected and protected from conception. The first victim of abortion is the unborn child,' the text continued. 'The woman is also a victim for she loses her child but is unable to grieve effectively.

'It is important to find practical ways to support women so they are not rushed into making harmful choices but are helped to make life-affirming choices.'

The bishops explained that the Abortion Act 1967, as amended in 1990, allows for abortion up to 24 weeks, with the condition that two doctors must approve the procedure.

There are 23 amendments to the current bill, however, that could amend the Abortion Act again, making it even more available in the United Kingdom.

The leaflet reports that in 2007 there were over 200,000 abortions in England and Wales, and that over 80% of the nation's citizens 'think that we should be seeking ways to make abortion less common, not finding ways to make abortion more widespread.'

'If conscientious people do not act,' the bishops warn, 'there is a very real danger that the law on abortion will become even worse than it is now.'"

The danger is also the same in this country, as one of the candidates supports abortion on demand; this coupled with a friendly congress may severely curtail efforts by the anti-abortion organizations form even protesting. Satan walks in this country in the guise of masonic jacobinry.

Mary pray for us.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny


Oaths and Vows

As a notary, I am often called to preside at oaths. The discussion came one day as to whether or not an oath was the same as a vow. They are not the same. Neither an oath or a vow should be entered into lightly, in fact many faith groups refuse to take an oath.

Through the years, some Christians have taught that the third commandment in particular and Scripture in general forbid all oaths. To bolster this contention, they marshal forth passages such as Matt. 5:33-37 and James 5:12 wherein we find the oft-quoted command, "swear not at all." And at first blush, these passages appear to forbid all oaths.

By carefully interpreting these passages, however, we will see that Christ was merely correcting Pharisaical and scribal abuses and misinterpretations of God's standards when it come to oaths. When interpreted in light of the general context of Scripture as a whole and in light of the particular context, we will see that far from forbidding all oaths, Christ (and James) forbade only unlawful (unbiblical) oaths.

An oath may be of various lengths of time, while some are binding forever (ie. an oath of enlistment). A vow is made forever, and is usually only ended by death (ie. marriage vow).

Briefly an oath is a statement which is sworn to as true and God is called upon to act as a witness to the statement. Violation of an oath is therefore a grave sin because God was asked to verify that something was true. Since God is all good, a violation is a sin against the third commandment, "Thou shall not use God's name in vain".

A vow on the other hand while similar to an Oath is a promise made to God to render a service, or a gift to God. most often when we as Catholics think of vows marriage vows and religious vows come to mind. "Breaking" a vow is breaking a promise made to God.

In this state (North Carolina) is is possible to swear an oath on any book and it will be legal. I occasionally have Muslims swear an oath over the Qu'ran, and Protestants on a King James version of the Bible, (I keep a copy of both in my office for the purpose). Theoretically if someone worshiped "Archie" he could swear an oath on a comic book. I have thankfully not had to do that yet. As a Notary in this state I do not have to administer my services if I think something is amiss. I am pretty sure that the comic book would fit into that category.

In the end God is still the King.

de Brantigny

(1)Center for Reformed Theology and Ethics. This is not a Catholic site.


Hundreds of thousands of Argentineans honor the Virgin Mary of the Rosary of San Nicolás

Last week I wrote an article about real courage in Argentina. Today I present this feature from the Catholic News Agency...

Buenos Aires, Sep 28, 2008 / 10:45 pm (CNA).- Some 200,000 people participated in the Eucharistic celebration near the Sanctuary of Mary of the Rosary of San Nicolás, for the 25th Anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady in Argentina.

The Eucharistic celebration was presided over by the Bishop of San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Héctor Cardelli who in his homily stressed that "when Mary calls us together, the family is reinforced, because the Mother is bringing her children together."

"How much she told us and how little we recall! How opportune was the intervention of Mary, who reminds us to listen to Christ the Teacher…an encounter with Him ensures the presence of the Kingdom here, among us," he continued. The bishop went on to emphasize that it has already been 25 years since “her maternal accompaniment has come to us and spoken of her love and fidelity to follow Christ, who is our Way, Truth and Life. Christ is the point of reunion, because from Him, our steps have a course, our motivations have direction and our lives make sense."

"Considering this brief history, if only 25 years, we see nothing more than grace after grace, where our faith has grown based on acts and the Word being translated into reconciliation, peace, prayer and mission," he concluded.

Salve Regina
Salut, Ô Reine, Mère de miséricorde, notre vie, notre consolation, notre espoir, salut!Enfants d'Eve, de cette terre d'exil nous crions vers vous; vers vous nous soupirons, gémissant et pleurant dans cette vallée de larmes. O vous, notre Avocate, tournez vers nous vos regards compatissants. Et après cet exil, obtenez-nous de contempler Jésus, le fruit de vos entrailles, Ô clémente, Ô miséricordieuse, Ô douce Vierge Marie

Dieu Le Roy,
de Brantigny