Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu

Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu, consolatrice des affligés et secours des chrétiens, douce Vierge, mère de notre Sauveur Jésus et de tous les fidèles, ô vous qui êtes aussi la mère de toutes les pauvres âmes qui souffrent tant dans le purgatoire, j'implore avec confiance l'immense bonté de votre Coeur, et je vous prie d'intercéder auprès de votre divin Fils, afin que, par les mérites de son divin sacrifice, les âmes qui sont châtiées et purifiées par le feu de la souffrance, comme l'or dans la fournaise, obtiennent le soulagement et la délivrance auxquels elles aspirent.
Ainsi soit-il.

Saint Bonaventure

Holy Mary, Mother of God, comfort of the afflicted and help of Christians, Virgin soft, mother of our Savior Jesus and of all the faithful, Oh you that are also the mother of all the poor souls that suffer so in purgatory, I implore with confidence in the immense goodness of your Heart, and I enjoin you to intercede with your divine Son, so that, those deserving who are punished and purified by suffering in the fire, as the gold in the furnace, they may obtain relief and the delivery to that which they aspire. Amen. *

Saint Bonaventure

* My translation

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

Le Bon Dieu et la Sainte Vierge,
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du portrait au-dessus
La Bienheureuse Vierge Marie
Hubert and Jan van Eyck 1426-1429
Cathedral St Bravo, Ghent, Belgique

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Mary Tudor

We are reminded by Elena-Maria that...

November 17 was the anniversary of the death of Queen Mary Tudor. Mary I (1516-1558) was the only surviving child of Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon, his Queen. She was the heir to the throne and her mother was raising her to be a great ruler, like her grandmother Queen Isabella of Spain. However, as a teenager, her life was destroyed by her parents' separation. Anne Boleyn had stolen her father's affections and in his efforts to annul his marriage to Katherine so he could marry his favorite, he broke away from the Church. Mary lost her status, was kept from seeing her mother, and had to be lady-in-waiting to Anne's daughter Elizabeth. Mary had gone from being the cherished princess to being a servant.

Mary clung to the old Faith. I think that like many Catholics today, who often are the lone members of their families to practice their religion, Mary endured a great deal of isolation coupled with frustration. She was also a child of divorce, with all of the feelings of confusion and betrayal that people who come from a broken home often experience. She was not able to marry until her late thirties; motherhood was denied her. Nevertheless, she showed great love for her half-siblings Elizabeth and Edward, as well as for all of her stepmothers (except for Anne Boleyn.) She was instrumental in converting Anne of Cleves to the Catholic religion, according to Alison Weir in The Six Wives of Henry VIII.

In 1553, Mary ascended the throne. Her reign of five years, in which she tried to restore the Church in England, was marked by disappointment, failure, and tragedy. Mary Tudor is infamous because of the 277 people burned at the stake during her reign. Sadly, those horrible deaths, which occurred towards the end of her life, overshadow everything else. It was a tragic and bitter mistake; it did not lead people back to the Church. How could it have? According to New Advent:

In each time there is a noble heart that through God, providential circumstance has provided us with a life to emulate in the light of the Christian Faith.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Elena-Maria!

Dieu Le Roy!
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It is interesting to note that each of the children of Henry VIII became the
Sovereign in turn. Although the history channel attempts to portray Mary as a reactionary Catholic, and Edward as the weak Protestant King, Elizabeth is always seen as the benign, gracious, loving, virgin queen, all things to all subjects.

'Nuff Said

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Queen Sofia Unamused by a Book Quoting Her

Matthew Palardy, one of my contributors to this blog has sent me an interesting article today from, of all places, the NY Times. I find that Her Majesty's comments to be perfect and refreshing. In a country which has all but renounced Catholicism it is good to hear that a Monarch to speak so plainly. You see, she tells the truth. Unfortunately for the Government of Spain she came off the "reservation" by doing something a Monarch or a Head of State must never do, namely she offended minority group. In this case the homosexuals. In any event the king has demonstrated less moral fibre with this group than his wife.

The NY Times in their charecteristic reporting, present the Queen as a 70 year old dottering fool who speaks before she thinks. The monarchy is viewed as a relic of the evil Spanish past who cling to religion (and the Inquesition).

The usual spineless spokeman says that the Queen was quoted "inexactly". I don't know how that could have happened to a woman who is "Elegant, circumspect, and fluent in several languages". Was the reporter speaking Martian? No! it is because she offended the homosexual community.

She is right. I would only that she returns to the lecturn and say it was her spokesman who was quoted "inexactly". King Juan Carlos, this is your opportunity to say I am proud of my Queen and “Why don’t you shut up?” to the left.

Published: November 17, 2008

MADRID — When the English monarch in Alan Bennett’s novella, “The Uncommon Reader,” decides to write her memoirs, she takes the prudent step of abdicating first. Queen Sofía of Spain may be wondering whether she, too, should have waited for her husband, King Juan Carlos, to leave the throne before granting a Spanish journalist a series of uncharacteristically candid interviews. The resulting book, “The Queen Up Close” by Pilar Urbano, has given Spaniards an uncomfortably close look at their queen’s conservative views.

Her comments on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, euthanasia and religious education outraged liberal Spaniards and tarnished an image of discretion that she had carefully tended for decades.

In the book’s most notorious comment, the queen is quoted as saying that she respects people’s different sexual orientations but does not understand why “they should feel proud to be gay.”

“That they get up on floats and parade in the streets? If all of us who are not gay were to parade in the streets, we’d halt the traffic in every city,” she says.

She adds that while gay people had a right to unions with one another, they should not call them marriages.

The controversy is an unfortunate coda to a series of incidents that have revealed cracks in the cocoon of respect that envelops the Spanish royal family. The king and queen are routinely voted the most respected public figures in the country.

But recent efforts by the palace to bring the increasingly rambunctious media to heel have fallen short, and the family has been struggling to adjust to a new level of scrutiny.

“I don’t think many people would be surprised to learn these were the queen’s views,” said Juan Díez-Nicolás, a professor of sociology whose polling organization, ASEP, follows public attitudes toward the monarchy, among other issues. “What surprises them is that she would say such things for publication.”

Born Princess Sophia of Greece and Denmark in November 1938, the queen converted from Greek Orthodox to Catholic, and changed the spelling of her name to the Spanish version, when she married Juan Carlos, then the future king, in 1962.

Elegant, circumspect, and fluent in several languages, she became popular in part because of her role in helping steer Spain toward democracy after the death of the dictator Franco in 1975.

Long considered a paragon of royal reserve, the queen emerges from the book as the 70-year-old observant Catholic that she is, rather than the sweet, demure figure that the Spanish public apparently wants her to be, people who follow the monarchy said.

Her quoted comments on gay pride and marriage provoked indignation from many gay Spaniards, who won the right to marry in 2005, and prompted a swift apology from the royal household.

In a statement read to the press late last month, a spokesman for the royal family said the queen “deeply regrets that the inaccuracy of the comments attributed to her may have caused discomfort or offense.”

The statement said the queen had been quoted “inexactly” and suggested that Ms. Urbano had published comments intended to be private.

Ms. Urbano denied this and said galleys of the book had been reviewed by the queen’s office, which had approved them for publication.

Journalists who closely follow the royal family said that the king was incensed by the book and that those responsible for giving it the green light may yet be fired.

In a telephone interview, Ms. Urbano said that she had interviewed Queen Sofía several times, but that she had not used a tape recorder.

Antonio Poveda, president of the Spanish Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Transsexuals and Bisexuals, said his organization accepted the palace’s apology.

But he said that there was “definitely still some bad feeling among the gay community.”

In the book, the queen takes several plunges into other politically delicate areas, saying that she does not support euthanasia — an issue being hotly debated in Spain —and that she believes schools should include a divine creator in teaching the origins of mankind.

The book is also peppered with personal tidbits about world leaders and royal travels.

At one point, Queen Sofía congratulates herself on persuading Fidel Castro in 1992, when he was in Spain for the Olympic Games, to wear a suit and tie instead of his “drab” military garb.

The late King Hassan II of Morocco drove her “crazy” with his mania about food, she says, bringing a retinue of cooks and his own supplies when he visited Spain because “he didn’t trust us.”

Former President Jimmy Carter was a good enough sort but “behaved really badly toward the shah of Iran” when he refused him asylum, she says.

The publication of “The Queen Up Close” follows a rash of setbacks for members of the royal family and the Spanish aristocracy in dealing with news outlets, which no longer consider them untouchable.

A court ruled this month against the Duchess of Alba, who was seeking to have removed from newsstands copies of a satirical magazine whose cover portrayed her lying naked in a pile of money.

Also this month, Telma Ortiz Rocasolano, a sister of Queen Sofía’s daughter-in-law, Princess Letizia, lost a court battle to obtain restraining orders against dozens of media outlets, which she accuses of hounding her and her family. The court ruled that Ms. Ortiz was in the limelight by dint of her relationship with her sister and ordered her to pay around $57,000 in court costs.

King Juan Carlos made international headlines a year ago when he turned to Venezuela’s president, the outspoken Hugo Chávez, and said, “Why don’t you shut up?” Spanish commentators are now wondering whether the king might make a similar suggestion to his wife.

Matthew writes to me from time to time from the Berkshires...

Thanks and a tip of the beret!

Dieu Le Roy!
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New book on Padre Pio

Padre Pio’s own account of how he received the stigmata, or wounds of Christ, has been revealed for the first time in a new book just published in Italy.

The book contains the complete version of a report written by Bishop Raffaele Rossi who was sent by the Holy See in mid-June 1921 to secretly investigate what was happening. He received detailed replies to 142 questions he put to the then 34-year-old Capuchin friar.

The remarkable new information became available thanks to the recent opening, at the request of Benedict XVI, of the pre-1940 archives of the Holy Office.

Until now it was generally assumed that Padre Pio had never told anyone what had happened on the day he received the stigmata.

The only comments he was known to have made were in a letter to his spiritual director, Fra Benedetto da San Marco, in which he wrote about the appearance of “a mysterious person” to him.

But Bishop Rossi’s report reveals that this person was, in fact, the crucified Christ, and that the friar did not request to have the wounds.

Speaking under oath, he said: “On 20 September 1918 I was in the choir of the church after celebrating Mass, making my thanksgiving when I was suddenly overtaken by a powerful trembling and then there came calm and I saw Our Lord in his crucified form.

“He was lamenting the ingratitude of men, especially those consecrated to him and favoured by him. His suffering was apparent as was his desire to join souls to his Passion.

“He invited me to let his pains enter into me and to meditate on them and at the same time concern myself with the salvation of others. Following this, I felt full of compassion for the Lord’s pains and I asked him what I could do.

“I heard this voice: ‘I will unite you with my Passion.’ And after this the vision disappeared, I came back to myself, my reason returned and I saw these signs here from which blood flowed. Before this I did not have these.”

In his report to the Vatican, Bishop Rossi said there was no festering in the wounds, they did not close and did not heal. They remained inexplicably open and bloody, despite the fact that the friar had tried to stop the bleeding by treating them with iodine.

The new book, “Padre Pio Sotto Inchiesta” (Padre Pio Under Investigation: The ‘Secret Autobiography’) was edited by Fr Franceso Castelli, a leading Church historian in Italy.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Robert Banaugh from the Yahoo Group "Post Conciliar Catholicism".

DDieu Le Roy!
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Another new blog

I found this blog today and humbly asked if I might add this to my Blog roll.

Subimonk is the blog of the Reverend Gregory A. Pilcher, O.S.B. In his own words his blog is, ..."Where we proclaim the glory of the Blessed Trinity, One and Only God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."

Welcome Father Pilcher...

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His Armorial is shown on his blog, which contains amongst other symbols the Fleur de Lys, and the Cross of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Both symbols of SAR Louis XX.

St. Jean de Brebeuf S.J., His Legacy Continues

More history of New France...

The bustling activity within the 400-year-old fortress of the First Light celebrations at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons captures the festive mood of Christmas past.

Back in 1626, the arrival of Father Jean de Brebeuf and his band of missionaries was watched by the natives with suspicion.

The historic site will open during the early evening hours of Dec. 4 to 6, authentically costumed missionaries, soldiers and tradesmen reveal what life was like here in the 17th century. Decorated for the festive season, the buildings invite visitors to warm up while sampling the foods of long-gone days – fresh-baked biscuits and cookies – while listening to musicians and checking out the crafts of local artisans.

A Jesuit priest leads you to the old chapel where another priest kneels in prayer on the dirt floor in front of a wooden cross, barely illuminated by a lone flickering candle. Here is the final resting place of Father Brebeuf.
Outside, soldiers fire a volley, then reload their muskets by the light of a bonfire. In the longhouse, open fires, dried herbs, smoky deer hides and the aroma of freshly baked bannock.

Thanks to Joseph at Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit

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St. Isabel of France

Louis IX King and Saint, is among the greatest of all Saints in my opinion. he was a statesman, parent, Crusader, and King. Much is written about this Saint, yet not many statesmen follow his example. He was the epitome of a Catholic King. never before since Solomon had the world ever seen such a wise and just King, and would not see one again until Blessed Carl Ludwig Habsburg-Lothringen. We have unfortunately seen none since.

Saint Louis had a sister. Her name was Isabel. At the same knee where Saint Louis learned of the faith she also learned of the faith. Their mother the Dower Queen Blanche was a very pious and learned woman who taught her children the true faith. Mothers have always been the motive force behind teaching the faith. Blanche told Louis IX, "I would rather see you dead than commit a mortal sin." Did she say something similar to her daughter?

Isabel was a daughter of Louis VIII and of his wife, Blanche of Castille, born in March, 1225. When still a child at court, Isabel, or Elizabeth, showed an extraordinary devotion to exercises of piety, modesty, and other virtues. By Bull of 26 May, 1254, Innocent IV allowed her to retain some Franciscan fathers as her special confessors. She was even more devoted to the Franciscan Order than her royal brother. She not only broke off her engagement with a count, but moreover refused the hand of Conrad, son of the German Emperor Frederick II, although pressed to accept him by everyone, even by Pope Innocent IV, who however did not hesitate subsequently to praise her fixed determination to remain a virgin. As Isabel wished to found a convent of the Order of St. Clare, her brother King Louis IX began in 1255to acquire the necessary land in the Forest of Rouvray, not far from the Seine and in the neighbourhood of Paris.

On 10 June, 1256, the first stone of the convent church was laid. The building appears to have been completed about the beginning of 1259, because Alexander IV gave his sanction on 2 February, 1259, to the new rule which Isabel had had compiled by the Franciscan Mansuetus on the basis of the Rule of the Order of St. Clare. These rules were drawn up solely for this convent, which was named the Monastery of the Humility of the Blessed Virgin.(1) The sisters were called in the rule the "Sorores Ordinis humilium ancillarum Beatissimf Marif Virginis". The fast was not so strict as in the Rule of St. Clare; the community was allowed to hold property, and the sisters were subject to the Minorites. The first sisters came from the convent of the Poor Clares at Reims.

Isabel herself never entered the cloister, but from about 1260 she followed the rules in her own home near by. Isabel was not altogether satisfied with the first rule drawn up, and therefore submitted through the agency of her brother King Louis IX, who had also secured the confirmation of the first rule, a revised rule to Urban IV. Urban approved this new constitution on 27 July, 1263.

The difference between the two rules consisted for the most part in outward observances and minor alterations. This new rule was also adopted by other French and Italian convents of the Order of St. Clare, but one can by no means say that a distinct congregation was formed on the basis Isabella's rule. In the new rule Urban IV gives the nuns of Longchamp the official title of "Sorores Minores inclusæ, which was doubtlessly intended to emphasize closer union with the Order of Friars Minor.

After a life of mortification and virtue, Isabella died in her house at Longchamp on 23 February, 1270, and was buried in the convent church. After nine days her body was exhumed, when it showed no signs of decay, and many miracles were wrought at her grave. In 1521 Leo X allowed the Abbey of Longchamp to celebrate her feast with a special Office. On 4 June, 1637, a second exhumation took place.(2)

On 25 January, 1688, the nuns obtained permission to celebrate her feast with an octave, and in 1696 the celebration of the feast on 31 August was permitted to the whole Franciscan Order. They now keep it on 1 September.

The history of the Abbey of Longchamp had many vicissitudes. The Revolution closed it, and in 1794 the empty and dilapidated building was offered for sale, but as no one wished to purchase it, it was destroyed. In 1857 the walls were pulled down except one tower (3), and the grounds were added to the Bois de Boulogne.

1)(Monasterium Humilitatis B. Mariæ Virginis)
2)The condition of the Body at the second exhumation is not known.
3)Bois de Boulogne is the last surviving vestige of the immense Rouvray Forest where Isabelle de France, Saint Louis' sister, retired to found the Longchamp Abbey. A mill of the same name is all that remains of the abbey. XIVth century pilgrims returning from Boulogne-sur-Mer received permission to build a church in what was to become the Bois de Boulogne - thus accounting for the name Louis XI gave to the site. During the XVIth century François I erected the Château de Madrid - now no longer standing. In the XVIIth century Longchamp came to be considered a stylish place for a walk, and in the XVIIIth century impressive mansions sprang up there, notably the Château de la Muette and the Château de Neuilly, as well as the Saint-James Folly and the Bagatelle. During the Revolution the wooded park was almost entirely destroyed. The number 7 marks the spot at which the sole surviving tower existed.

The Madonna and Child from the former abbey.

Saint Louis and Saint Isabel, pray for us.

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Excerpts from the Catholic Encyclopedia of 1917


Stojan Adasevic

On November 14 Christine published this...

From Catholic News Agency:

Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.

In describing his conversion, Adasevic “dreamed about a beautiful field full of children and young people who were playing and laughing, from 4 to 24 years of age, but who ran away from him in fear. A man dressed in a black and white habit stared at him in silence. The dream was repeated each night and he would wake up in a cold sweat. One night he asked the man in black and white who he was. ‘My name is Thomas Aquinas,’ the man in his dream responded. Adasevic, educated in communist schools, had never heard of the Dominican genius saint. He didn’t recognize the name”

“Why don’t you ask me who these children are?” St. Thomas asked Adasevic in his dream.

“They are the ones you killed with your abortions,’ St. Thomas told him.

“Adasevic awoke in amazement and decided not to perform any more abortions,” the article stated.

48000 Abortions! Thank God for his conversion.

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Backpay Is Owed to the House of Bourbon

This is the second of two articles from Christine at Laudem Gloriae... I do like my whiskey and now I have a another good reason to toast the King!

Christine writes...
...This from a pious devotional I've been reading, which explains the royal origins of that eponymously-named drink:

The French government of Louis XVI, still smarting from the British conquest of Canada and India, was eager to help the American colonists rebel against George III. Attempting to avenge his grandfather's defeat, good King Louis sent his best generals (including Lafayette), much of his fleet, and the better part of his shrinking treasury to the aid of General Washington.

With all due credit to Washington's prudence and statesmanship, the French pretty much won the war for us--as most Americans at the time admitted. In gratitude, the Congress hung a portrait of King Louis in the Capitol, and legislatures across the 13 states gave French names to regions and cities--including Bourbon County, which constituted much of Kentucky, as Charles K. Cowder noted in The Bourbon County Reader (July 1, 1996). Even when the vast county was broken up, the whiskey from the region kept the name.
Sadly, the rise of bourbon contributed to the fall of the Bourbons. Louis XVI's aid to American rebels caused the royal bankruptcy which finally broke the monarchy, and brought to power the craziest atheist intellectuals in France--where they have governed ever since. Therefore, every Bastille Day (July 14), we raise a glass of bourbon in honor of good King Louis XVI, who wrecked his own country to help found ours.

Thanks and a tip of the glass to Christine.

Vive Le Roy!
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Evocation des Guerres de Vendée (Jean-Pax Méfret)

Jean-Pax Méfret nous conte une page oubliée de l'histoire: les Guerres de Vendée où tant de figures de l'histoire de France sont tombées sous les drapeaux du Roi: Jacques Cathelineau, François-Athanase Charette de la Contrie, Henri De La Rochejaquelein et tout les généraux de l'Armée Catholique et Royal mais aussi de simples paysans.

John Pax Méfret tells us of a forgotten page of history: the Wars of Vendée where so many of France died fighting under the flag of the King: Jacques Cathelineau, François-Athanase Charette de la Contrie, Henri De La Rochejaquelein and all the generals of the Catholic and Royal Army but also of simple peasants.

Nous nous rappelons!
Vive la Vendée, Vive Le Roi!
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