The Gift Of The Sacred Heart Of Jesus

From Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit, Joseph has posted this...

In the Jesuit priest, Saint Claude La Colombière, Margaret Mary found a friend, one capable of standing with her at the Cross, of listening with her to the murmurings of the Holy Spirit, of gazing with her at the pierced Side of Jesus, and of entering with her to dwell in his Heart.

The words of the apostle Paul seem to be those of Saint Claude to Margaret Mary: "It is God who establishes us with you in Christ and has commissioned us; He has put his seal upon us and given us His Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee" (2 Cor 1:22)

Link (here) to Fr. Mark's post at Vultus Christi.

Thanks and a tip of the beret Joseph.

A link to Elena-Maria's article on the Sacred Heart is also very timely, find it here...

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

30000 hits

Thanks to all my readers I have attained 30,000 hits on this blog. I never imagined I would be writting to any one but me.

I humbly thank those who follow my thoughts, those who agree and those who do not.

de Brantigny



Prière à la très sainte Vierge/ Prayer to the Holy Virgin

MAGNIFICAT (français)

Mon âme exalte le Seigneur,
mon esprit exulte en Dieu mon Sauveur.

Il s'est penché sur son humble servante ;
désormais tous les âges me diront bienheureuse.

Le Puissant fit pour moi des merveilles ;
Saint est son nom !

Son amour s'étend d'âge en âge sur ceux qui le craignent.

Déployant la force de son bras,
il disperse les superbes.

Il renverse les puissants de leurs trônes,
il élève les humbles.

Il comble de bien les affamés,
renvoie les riches les mains vides.

Il relève Israël son serviteur,
il se souvient de son amour,

de la promesse faite à nos pères,
en faveur d'Abraham et de sa race à jamais.


My soul doth magnify the Lord.
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.
Because he that is mighty, hath done great things to me; and holy is his name.

And his mercy is from generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
He hath shewed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit of their heart.

He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted the humble.
He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy:
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.


Magnificat anima mea Dominum,
et exsultavit spiritus meus in Deo salvatore meo,
quia respexit humilitatem ancillae suae.

Ecce enim ex hoc beatam me dicent omnes generationes,
quia fecit mihi magna, qui potens est,
et sanctum nomen eius,
et misericordia eius in progenies et progenies
timentibus eum.

Fecit potentiam in brachio suo,
dispersit superbos mente cordis sui;
deposuit potentes de sede
et exaltavit humiles;
esurientes implevit bonis
et divites dimisit inanes.

Suscepit Israel puerum suum,
recordatus misericordiae,
sicut locutus est ad patres nostros,
Abraham et semini eius in saecula.

Pour mes amis français, et notamment le blog, Le Sacré Coeur de Jésus...Merci!

Le Bon Dieu et la Sainte Vierge,
de Brantigny


Here is something new, I have a guest essayist, Matthew Palardy, who has been kind enough to share his thoughts on Sacred Liturgy.

"The Catholic Church is the only thing which saves a man from the degrading slavery of being a child of his age." -G.K. Chesterton

Liturgy is a very dear subject to me, as, more so than formal didactic learning and teaching, liturgy creates an atmosphere, an ethos. Always unsaid, but understood as though by osmosis. What sort of ethos are so many contemporary priests trying to create? One no different from the banality we encounter in everyday life, apparently, one that gives no satisfaction to our innate sense of the sacred. If churches today do not relate to this sense, then what is the point? To understand the proper dogma? The proper morality? No! The sacred mysteries are our place of meeting with the Sacred, the Other, God Himself, incarnate as Jesus Christ, that we may comprehend that which is incomprehensible, that we may see that which is invisible, Whose great drama, ritually re-enacted upon the altar, making Him present to us, His mystical body, in body, blood, soul, and divinity, holds a mirror to our human drama—and thus, Christ shows us not only the Godhead, but also our authentic humanity, an authentic humanity He Himself shared.

This in mind, however, while I empathize strongly with the Tridentine Mass traditionalists, I actually find the Mass of Paul VI superior—if carried out properly, with appropriate music, in an architecturally appropriate building, with appropriate vessels and vestments, according to the Roman Missal, the General Instruction on the Roman Missal, and the traditions of the Roman liturgy. (A little Latin, a little chant, maybe, or perhaps polyphony?) The new lectionary is broader, and the readings and proper prayers in the vernacular can serve a profound catechetical purpose. Versus populum is really my only grand complaint. However, the new iconoclasts refuse to celebrate Mass appropriately; thus, the Extraordinary Form must persist until such time as the virtue of obedience is better understood among the rank and file of clergy and laity alike.

I used to hear Mass daily in a small Polish parish, Our Lady of Czestochowa, in Turner’s Falls, MA. The Kyrie was in Greek, the Sanctus, Pater Noster, and Agnus Dei, and Gloria on certain solemnities, were in Latin, the hymnals used were the Adoremus and a Polish hymnal. Even during the week, every Mass included a small choir, an organist, at least ten altar boys, and incense. The gilt reredos was still intact, communion was generally received kneeling on the tongue, and women wore mantillas. Before Mass, the faithful would recite the Rosary while Father would hear confessions. After Mass, Father would return to the sanctuary with his platoon of altar boys to pray the Angelus with the faithful, facing east, and an organ voluntary, then hymns played on the carillon, would see us out into the world. Deo gratias, indeed! At least 75 people would be there for daily Mass, more than one sometimes sees on Sunday Masses in some parishes. The pathos of Holy Week was truly cathartic—the choir singing a capella Mozart’s Dona Nobis Pacem on Holy Thursday, walking on one’s knees to venerate the Cross, kissing all five wounds, on Good Friday, the entire congregation remaining for nearly an hour in the darkened church to pray the Rosary once more. Likewise, an Easter with authentic joy, the bells flying back from Rome during the Latin Gloria on the Vigil, the statue of the Risen Christ being processed through the church on Easter morning, one altar boy walking backwards before the priest with the statue, censing it, two other altar boys flanking the priest, ringing altar bells in turns…

I am in total agreement.

de Brantigny

Food for the Journey, Marie-Antoinette receives Viaticum

In my last entries I find that I perhaps left it unclear that Marie-Antoinette did in fact receive Viaticum (1) before her death. I post a past article by Elena-Maria Vidal from 2007.

The Queen was bone tired. She was led across the courtyard of the Palais de Justice to the Conciergerie and her damp, moldy cell. Yet in that hopeless place she had received much spiritual consolation. Two of her guards were devout Catholics, and earlier in the fall had permitted the holy, non-juring priest Abbé Magnin to twice hear her confession, and even once say Mass in her cell. She had been able to receive Holy Communion for the first time in more than a year. "Now you will have the strength to endure your torments," the Abbé said to her. The guards assisted at Mass with her. Two nights before the trial began, another non-juring priest secretly brought her Holy Communion. She knew it was her Viaticum....~from Trianon by Elena Maria Vidal, Chapter Seven "The Sacrifice"

Posted by Elena-Maria Vidal April 25, 2007
on Tea at Trianon

(1) Viaticum means food for the journey

Thanks to Elena-Maria, and Catherine.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny

Instument of Death

Here is pictured the instument of death, the blade of the guilotine used to martyr Marie-Antoinette.

Dieu Le Roy,
de Brantigny

Death of Marie-Antoinette

Elena-Maria Vidal share her insights on the death of Marie-Antoinette today on her blog.

Here also on the 16th of October, 1793 fell a once beauteous head- now whitened by sorrow not by age- and venerable for the angelic purity and patience, the royal courage and Christian submission with which it had exchanged the most brilliant crown of the world for a crown of thorns, and that again for the crown of martyrdom. Here died the QUEEN- one of the noblest and the purest, and yet, if human judgments be alone weighed, the most unfortunate of women- tried in almost every possible agony of affliction- except a guilty conscience- and in that exception finding the consolation for all. She arrived at this scene of her last and greatest triumph, jolted in a common cart, and ascended the scaffold amidst the vociferations of a crowd of furies, whom we hesitate to acknowledge as of her own sex. Never in that gorgeous palace, on which she now cast a last calm look, did she appear more glorious- never was she so really admirable as she was at that supreme moment of her earthly release. ~from History of the guillotine. Revised from the 'Quarterly review.' By John Wilson Croker more...

Again in the portrait we see Marie-Antoinette, on her way to the guillotine, next to her is the juring priest. History does not tell us if her death had any impact on him, or if he ever renounced his error and returned to the faith. We can only pray that it did.

The Queen, her hair shorn in a white dress, modestly covers her modesty even now. She appears rather resigned, and does not scream for mercy from a merciless crowd who are much less modest than she. She would appear as though she were going to meet God as a bride, and is looking forward to joining her husband.

Thus a tragedy is recorded this date, 1793...

de Brantigny


16 October and the Martyrdom of Marie-Antoinette

When writing or reading history the primary sources are the most valuable, because it is through the eyes of eye witnesses that the most complete image of the scene is produced. 16 October is the anniversary of the martyrdom of the Marie-Antoinette. I think after reading these memoires that she would liked to have been remembered first as a mother, then as a Queen. All the charges against her were contrived, they had to be because it was necessary that she should be murdered if the "Revolution" were to continue. Her accuser/prosecutor Fouquier-Tinville a scoundrel laid the most vile of accusations on her and not being able to convice the tribunal ended the trial (as if in reality it was one) by claiming she was guilty and there was no point therefore of continuing.

It was on the 14th of October that Marie Antoinette appeared before her judges. Dragged before the sanguinary tribunal by inexorable revolutionary vengeance, she appeared there without any chance of acquittal, for it was not to obtain her acquittal that the Jacobins had brought her before it. It was necessary, however, to make some charges. Fouquier therefore collected the rumours current among the populace ever since the arrival of the Princess in France, and, in the act of accusation, he charged her with having plundered the exchequer, first for her pleasures, and afterwards in order to transmit money to her brother, the Emperor. He insisted on the scenes of the 5th and 6th of October, and on the dinners of the Life Guards, alleging that she had at that period framed a plot, which obliged the people to go to Versailles to frustrate it. He afterwards accused her of having governed her husband, interfered in the choice of ministers, conducted the intrigues with the deputies gained by the Court, prepared the journey to Varennes, provoked the war, and transmitted to the enemy's generals all our plans of campaign. He further accused her of having prepared a new conspiracy on the 10th of August, of having on that day caused the people to be fired upon, having induced her husband to defend himself by taxing him with cowardice; lastly, of having never ceased to plot and correspond with foreigners since her captivity in the Temple, and of having there treated her young son as King. We here observe how, on the terrible day of long-deferred vengeance, when subjects at length break forth and strike such of their princes as have not deserved the blow, everything is distorted and converted into crime. We see how the profusion and fondness for pleasure, so natural to a young princess, how her attachment to her native country, her influence over her husband, her regrets, always more indiscreet in a woman than a man, nay, even her bolder courage, appeared to their inflamed or malignant imaginations.

It was necessary to produce witnesses. Lecointre, deputy of Versailles, who had seen what had passed on the 5th and 6th of October, Hebert, who had frequently visited the Temple, various clerks in the ministerial offices, and several domestic servants of the old Court were summoned.. Admiral d'Estaing, formerly commandant of the guard of Versailles; Manuel, the ex-procureur of the Commune; Latour-du-Pin, minister of war in 1789; the venerable Bailly, who, it was said, had been, with La Fayette, an accomplice in the journey to Varennes; lastly, Valaze one of the Girondists destined to the scaffold, were taken from their prisons and compelled to give evidence.

No precise fact was elicited. Some had seen the Queen in high spirits when the Life Guards testified their attachment; others had seen her vexed and dejected while being conducted to Paris, or brought back from Varennes; these had been present at splendid festivities which must have cost enormous sums; those had heard it said in the ministerial offices that the Queen was adverse to the sanction of the decrees. An ancient waiting-woman of the Queen had heard the Duc de Coigny say, in 1788, that the Emperor had already received two hundred millions from France to make war upon the Turks.

The cynical Hebert, being brought before the unfortunate Queen, dared at length to prefer the charges wrung from the young Prince. He said that Charles Capet had given Simon an account of the journey to Varennes, and mentioned La Fayette and Bailly as having cooperated in it. He then added that this boy was addicted to odious and very premature vices for his age; that he had been surprised by Simon, who, on questioning him, learned that he derived from his mother the vices in which he indulged. Hebert said that it was no doubt the intention of Marie Antoinette, by weakening thus, early the physical constitution of her son, to secure to herself the means of ruling him in case he should ever ascend the throne. The rumours which had been whispered for twenty years by a malicious Court had given the people a most unfavourable opinion of the morals of the Queen. That audience, however, though wholly Jacobin, was disgusted at the accusations of Hebert.
Note: These vices which Mdme Campan glosses over were of the most odious type, so odious that even today one must receive special permission to read the transcripts. dB

He nevertheless persisted in supporting them.[Hebert did not long survive her in whose sufferings he had taken such an infamous part. He was executed on 26th March, 1794.]

The unhappy mother made no reply. Urged a new to explain herself, she said, with extraordinary emotion, "I thought that human nature would excuse me from answering such an imputation, but I appeal from it to the heart of every mother here present." This noble and simple reply affected all who heard it.

In the depositions of the witnesses, however, all was not so bitter for Marie Antoinette. The brave D'Estaing, whose enemy she had been, would not say anything to inculpate her, and spoke only of the courage which she had shown on the 5th and 6th of October, and of the noble resolution which she had expressed, to die beside her husband rather than fly. Manuel, in spite of his enmity to the Court during the time of the Legislative Assembly, declared that he could not say anything against the accused. When the venerable Bailly was brought forward, who formerly so often predicted to the Court the calamities which its imprudence must produce, he appeared painfully affected; and when he was asked if he knew the wife of Capet, "Yes," said he, bowing respectfully, "I have known Madame." He declared that he knew nothing, and maintained that the declarations extorted from the young Prince relative to the journey to Varennes were false. In recompense for his deposition he was assailed with outrageous reproaches, from which he might judge what fate would soon be awarded to himself.

In all the evidence there appeared but two serious facts, attested by Latour-du-Pin and Valaze, who deposed to them because they could not help it. Latour-du-Pin declared that Marie Antoinette had applied to him for an accurate statement of the armies while he was minister of war. Valaze, always cold, but respectful towards misfortune, would not say anything to criminate the accused; yet he could not help declaring that, as a member of the commission of twenty-four, being charged with his colleagues to examine the papers found at the house of Septeuil, treasurer of the civil list, he had seen bonds for various sums signed Antoinette, which was very natural; but he added that he had also seen a letter in which the minister requested the King to transmit to the Queen the copy of the plan of campaign which he had in his hands. The most unfavourable construction was immediately put upon these two facts, the application for a statement of the armies, and the communication of the plan of campaign; and it was concluded that they could not be wanted for any other purpose than to be sent to the enemy, for it was not supposed that a young princess should turn her attention, merely for her own satisfaction, to matters of administration and military, plans. After these depositions, several others were received respecting the expenses of the Court, the influence of the Queen in public affairs, the scene of the 10th of August, and what had passed in the Temple; and the most vague rumours and most trivial circumstances were eagerly caught at as proofs.

Marie Antoinette frequently repeated, with presence of mind and firmness, that there was no precise fact against her; that, besides, though the wife of Louis XVI., she was not answerable for any of the acts of his reign. [At first the Queen, consulting only her own sense of dignity, had resolved on her trial to make no other reply to the questions of her judges than "Assassinate me as you have already assassinated my husband!" Afterwards, however, she determined to follow the example of the King, exert herself in her defence, and leave her judges without any excuse or pretest for putting her to death.—WEBER'S "Memoirs of Marie Antoinette."]

Fouquier(-Tinville) nevertheless declared her to be sufficiently convicted; Chaveau-Lagarde made unavailing efforts to defend her; and the unfortunate Queen was condemned to suffer the same fate as her husband.

Conveyed back to the Conciergerie, she there passed in tolerable composure the night preceding her execution, and, on the morning of the following day, the 16th of October, she was conducted, amidst a great concourse of the populace, to the fatal spot where, ten months before, Louis XVI. had perished.

[The Queen, after having written and prayed, slept soundly for some hours. On her waking, Bault's daughter dressed her and adjusted her hair with more neatness than on other days. Marie Antoinette wore a white gown, a white handkerchief covered her shoulders, a white cap her hair; a black ribbon bound this cap round her temples .... The cries, the looks, the laughter, the jests of the people overwhelmed her with humiliation; her colour, changing continually from purple to paleness, betrayed her agitation .... On reaching the scaffold she inadvertently trod on the executioner's foot. "Pardon me," she said, courteously. She knelt for an instant and uttered a half-audible prayer; then rising and glancing towards the towers of the Temple, "Adieu, once again, my children," she said; "I go to rejoin your father."—LAMARTINE.]

She listened with calmness to the exhortations of the ecclesiastic who accompanied her, and cast an indifferent look at the people who had so often applauded her beauty and her grace, and who now as warmly applauded her execution. On reaching the foot of the scaffold she perceived the Tuileries, and appeared to be moved; but she hastened to ascend the fatal ladder, and gave herself up with courage to the executioner.

[Sorrow had blanched the Queen's once beautiful hair; but her features and air still commanded the admiration of all who beheld her; her cheeks, pale and emaciated, were occasionally tinged with a vivid colour at the mention of those she had lost. When led out to execution, she was dressed in white; she had cut off her hair with her own hands. Placed in a tumbrel, with her arms tied behind her, she was taken by a circuitous route to the Place de la Revolution, and she ascended the scaffold with a firm and dignified step, as if she had been about to take her place on a throne by the side of her husband.—LACRETELLE.]

The infamous wretch exhibited her head to the people, as he was accustomed to do when he had sacrificed an illustrious victim.

from the memoires of Mdme Campan

Marie-Antoinette, martyred Queen Pray for us...

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny


on Death and Purgatory

As the reader will note I lost my father-in-law on last Tuesday. It was not a great shock, he had been in and out of hispital for a long time. There comes a time I thing when God says you have lived the alloted time I gave you, so now you must leave.

This article is not about my father-in-law directly, but his death gave me a topic for for my Confirmation class to ponder. Currently, much of the CCD classes are instructed by books recommended from the diocese. In my parish I teach the final two classroom years of CCD to the Confirmation students, one year I have a prepared curriculim and the second I take completely from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as was done to me in school by Sisters and Priests.

Sunday, the day after I attended the funeral service I returned to my class. What I said I hope enlightened them but what was said to me opened my eyes as well to the mind set which pervades todays MTV youth. That is what is OK for me is OK for me and what is OK for you is OK for you. In other words, truth is what is say it is. What a pernicious view of life.

I explained that my father-in-law was not a Catholic. No one in the family was Catholic. In fact it came as a shock when his only daughter married a Catholic and then converted to Catholicism. He never questioned it, and he never questioned me about my Faith. So it should come as no suprise when I say we doubly mourn, one for his death and two for his soul. When a person dies who is not in the faith we can not ben sure of their final destination. We can only pray that God will in His mercy, show mercy.

I spoke to my class and doing so, I realized that the concept (which is common even by adults who should know better)is when you die you go to Heaven if you have been good. Oh, yes there is that purgatory thing, but, well we all go to Heaven. Unfortunately God is the judge, and just being good may not be just being good to God.

One girl, whose father (and a very good and loving father)is a Baptist asked what if the person doesn't believe in purgatory? I realized where the question came from. I had to respond truthfully that just because a person doesnt believe in purgatory doesn't mean they won't go. Purgatory exists. It has been a teaching since the beginning of the church. The pity is that there are so many non-Catholics who may be in purgatory because those on earth don't believe so therefore aren't praying for their souls.

There are many in our Faith who also don't believe in Purgatory and therefore don't pray for their loved ones. How often do we as the Church militant forget those who have gone before us and don't offer up Masses for their soul? How many times do we go to a Mass for the dead and the Priest is in White? Why is that? Out of sight is out of mind. We must always keep in mind those who are of our faith and those who are not in our faith. We must never give up in our attempts to show that person our Love of Christ which should fill our soul to the point of bursting. We must never retreat from trying to bring that person to the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. We must never give up our prayer life, or our prayers for those in Purgatory.

Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

O Lord, who art ever merciful and bounteous with Thy gifts, look down upon the suffering souls in purgatory. Remember not their offenses and negligences, but be mindful of Thy loving mercy, which is from all eternity. Cleanse them of their sins and fulfill their ardent desires that they may be made worthy to behold Thee face to face in Thy glory. May they soon be united with Thee and hear those blessed words which will call them to their heavenly home: "Come, blessed of My Father, take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." Amen.

Sacred Heart of Jesus pray for us.
de Brantigny

On Pro-Abortion Candidates

From Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit...

"Christians, in particular, must think of what Christ will say to them at the Last Judgement if they support "pro-choice" candidates"

By Fr. Lawrence Abello, S.J.

An excerpt.

What is the stand of the Presidential candidates? Barak Obama went to the extent of voting against the Bill prohibiting 'partial birth abortion'. As President he would reverse the present 'Mexico City Policy' prohibiting U.S. tax money from being diverted to promote abortion abroad. Reversing this policy would promote 'female feticide' by the hundreds of thousands in many Asian countries- an 'extremist feminists' Frankenstein' for those who want to uphold women's "rights" by supporting "legalized" abortion!

Obama is the typical, "pro-choice" relativistic atheist constructing his own truth. When Pastor Warren asked the two presidential candidates at what stage protection of human life must begin, John McCain answered 'at conception', whereas, Obama tried to confuse the issue by claiming that the question has both theological and scientific dimensions. He concluded that the answer is above his pay grade.

Later on, he admitted that he had given a flippant answer. For Obama the truth is not determined by reality but can be twisted and turned to suit his purposes in different situations. If Obama cannot answer from what stage human life must be protected, how can he be so adamant in pursuing policies that afford no protection to the preborn child!

Link (here) to the full article by Fr. Lawrence Abello, S.J

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Joseph Fromm.

de Brantigny


I have been away from my computer for about a week due to the death of my father-in-law, Robert A Norwood on 7 October. He attained the age of 88 years 11 months and a bit. He died inches away from the spot where he was born in 1919. He was buried with full military honours in the family plot next to his son Phillip. We mourn his loss.

I shall write more on the last four things, soon...

Vivate Christus Rex.
de Brantigny