Madame Adélaïde, Daughter of Louis XV

Allow me to redirect my readers to Catherine delors and her continuing history of the family of Louis XV, "le Bien-Aimé" "The Good Friend" which was something of a misnomer, but that is not for now... Catherine relates,

...No, I hadn't forgotten my series about the daughters of Louis XV. If you look at my sidebar, you will see that I added a heading to that effect there, just below Marie-Antoinette and the other Queens of France (the étiquette must be observed on this blog.)

So after the twins Madame Elisabeth and Madame Henriette, Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska had another daughter, Marie-Louise, and two sons, Louis-Ferdinand and Philippe. Marie-Louise and Philippe both died in childhood, an all too commonplace tragedy at the time. Louis-Ferdinand, the eagerly awaited Dauphin, would be the father of the future Louis XVI.

The next royal daughter to survive to adulthood was Marie-Adélaïde, born in 1732, five years after her elder twin sisters. She was Queen Marie Leszczynska's sixth child in five years... more...

Thanks Catherine,

Dieu Le Roy,
de Brantigny

Scandal and the Queen

Elena-Maria exposes the top 5 lies about Marie-Antoinette...

...The other day I ran across an article entitled "Top 5 Marie-Antoinette Scandals" which was filled with errors. What an incredibly misleading portrayal of the Queen! Marie-Antoinette, in spite of being from a generation known for its fast pace of living, did not live in a manner which gave public scandal. There is no evidence for an affair with Count Fersen. As for diamond necklace fiasco, she was the innocent victim, not the cause. more...

Thanks and a Tip of the Beret, to Elena-Maria Vidal.

Dieu le Roy,
de Brantigny

The émigré clergy

The Civil Constitution of the Clergy passed into on July 12, 1790 during the French Revolution, subordinated the Roman Catholic Church in France to the French government. Already monasteries had been banned, the monks and nuns in cloisters were given two options, leave the order or be gathered together into one monastery. The revolutionary government believed that a religious order which only prayed was useless. Soon even that one monastery would be closed. For many whose religious charisms were different and whose orders had different rules this was intolerable.

The government insistence that religious should become basically employees of the state was of course antithetical to the Catholic Church. Not juring, in other words swearing an oath to the nation meant the loss of income, poverty and destitution. Non-juring, meant taking the hard road, and required many sacrifices, not the least of which was martyrdom at the hands of the revolutionary government as being reactionary.

Many chose to emigrate. They chose this as an option to persecution. As many as 40,000 priests and religious met their fate at the hands of the revolutionaries. The number would have been very much greater had they not emigrated. Upon leaving France many were destitute, living solely on the help of the people.

Arriving at countries that they hoped would greet them with he arms of Christian generosity, they were quickly disillusioned. Catholic countries such as Austria, and Bavaria, (who had a Masonic government) flatly refused to allow them across their borders. Ancient and great abbeys closed their doors to the emigre priests.

Spain welcomed, as did the Swiss cantons the emigres which did much to alleviate their suffering. The Vatican opened it's doors to thousands of emigre priests to the point of overflowing.

However, to their everlasting credit one country stood out to help these religious. That country was generous in it's hospitality. That country was Protestant. That country was England.

Henri Daniel-Rops relates in the Church in an Age of Revolution...

"...But it was England that proved herself above all others the home on kindly hearts; she was publicly thanked by Pope Pius VI, who offered her as an example to the whole of Europe. Nearly ten Thousand priests and thirty-one Bishops made there home in England. Later Pitt spoke of them in these words, "Few will ever forget the piety, the irreproachable conduct, the long and dolorous patience of those men, cast suddenly into the midst of a foreign people, different in it's religion, it's language, it's manners and customs. They won the respect and goodwill of a;; by a life of unvarying godliness and decency..."

This charity shown to those uncountryed priests, was instrumental in destroying the hundred year prejudice against English Catholics, and obtained full equality for them. It pioneered the renaissance of Catholicism in England. It instituted an new respect between the French and English, so that after the fall of Napoleon there would be no more wars between France and England.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

Inspired by Michael Davies author of "For Altar and Throne, the Rising in the Vendee"

Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe, 12 diciembre 2008

"...No estoy aqui, yo, que soy tu madre?
“Am I not here, who am your Mother?
Are you not under my shadow and protection?
Am I not the fountain of your joy?...”

Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Our Lady of Guadalupe, mystical rose, intercede for the Church, protect the Holy Father, help all who invoke you in their necessities. Since you are the ever Virgin Mary and Mother of the true God, obtain for us from your most holy Son the Grace of a firm faith and sure hope amid the bitterness of life, as well as an ardent love and the precious gift of final perseverance. Amen.


O God of power and mercy, You blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through Your justice present in our hearts, may Your peace reign in the world.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. +Amen.

Ave María Dios te salve, María. Llena eres de gracia: El Señor es contigo.Bendita tú eres entre todas las mujeres. Y bendito es el fruto de tu vientre: Jesús.Santa María, Madre de Dios, ruega por nosotros pecadores,ahora y en la hora de nuestra muerte. Amén.

¡Viva la Virgen de Guadalupe!

Virgin of Virgins Pray for Us!
de Braqntigny

Excerpts taken from, “Women for Faith & Family, specifically here.


Luxembourg Bishops on Euthanasia

Last week I published an article on the last truly Catholic reigning male monarch in all of Europe, Grand Duke Henri of Luxembourg. Today I found this article of Fr Tim Finigan, at The Hermeneutic of Continuity

The Catholic Bishops in Luxembourg have issued a statement (in German) on Euthanasia (see Nehmt den Menschen die Hoffnung nicht! - rtf)

They point out that life is always a precious gift and not in our hands to dispose of, and call for improvement in palliative care. They quote Pope Benedict in Spe Salvi (38):

...The true measure of humanity is essentially determined in relationship to suffering and to the sufferer. This holds true both for the individual and for society. A society unable to accept its suffering members and incapable of helping to share their suffering and to bear it inwardly through “com-passion” is a cruel and inhuman society...

The Luxembourg Bishops point out that those who permit killing on demand cross an important line, weakening the essential foundations of the human community.

Dieu Le Roy,
de Brantigny

Wedding of Marie-Christine of Austria

The Belgian town of Mechelen witnessed an unusual royal gathering last Saturday as Archduchess Marie-Christine of Austria married Count Rodolphe de Limburg Stirum in an elaborate ceremony at the Flemish city’s Town Hall and Saint Rombouts Cathedral.

Marie-Christine Anne Astrid Zita Charlotte, 25, is the eldest daughter of Archduke Carl-Christian of Austria and Archduchess Marie-Astrid, Princess of Luxembourg, Princess of Bourbon-Parma. Her great-grandfather was Austria’s last Emperor, Karl, and through her mother she is related to the Belgian, Swedish and Danish royal families - among others. Her grandfather Jean was reigning grand-duke of Luxembourg, her uncle Henri is the current grand-duke.


Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

Madame du Barry, by Louise-Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

Elena at Tea at Trianon has a post about Madame du Barry, née Jeanne Bécu, the last mistress of Louis XV. A former courtesan, she was guillotined on December 8, 1793. I found this redirect at Versailles and More.

Here she is, painted by Madame Vigée-Lebrun, who also recorded her impressions of the model in her Memoirs:

It was in 1786 that I went for the first time to Louveciennes, where I had promised to paint Madame du Barry. She might then have been about forty-five years old. She was tall without being too much so; she had a certain roundness, her throat being rather pronounced but very beautiful; her face was still attractive, her features were regular and graceful; her hair was ash blonde, and curly like a child's. But her complexion was beginning to fade. She received me with much courtesy, and seemed to me very well behaved, but I found her more spontaneous in mind than in manner: her glance was that of a coquette, for her long eyes were never quite open, and her pronunciation had something childish which no longer suited her age. more...

Elizabeth Vigee-Lebrun has a certain recognizable style in her portraits. her portraits my be found here. Her use of colours, poses, and accessories lend acertain air of realism which today can only be seen in photos.

Thanks to both Catherine and Elena-Maria for this article.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny

Every Christmas it is bound to happen

*...We atheists and agnostics love this time of year. The food, the family, the fun, the fellowship. It's a natural season that belongs to all of us, not just to Christians. Christians came along and basically stole this time of year. Pretending that the Evergreen... Pagans celebrations long before Christians had the Evergreen and the gifts and the love in the family. So, December does not belong just to Christians. We...millions of good Americans, who don't believe in a God...we don't believe in a God, yet we do believe in human values and we see the nativity scene as a direct attack on good human values and we'd like our place at the table as well...

Every year at this time some crazy left wing group attacks Christians by going after a sacred holiday. The eternal excuse is, "we don't believe in God therefore niether should you" so to prove that they find some idiot politician who is too weak in his or her convictions to stand up and be counted. In this case it is one of those nominal "catholics" inspired by "cafeterianism" who choose leftest agendas over tradional Judeo-Christian values. Governor Chris Gregoire is one of those. Doing her best to be politically correct she has allowed an atheist group to place a display in the Capitol in Washington State even thought this display is hate filled speach against Christianity. The sign reads, “At this season of the Winter Solstice, may reason prevail. There are no gods, no devils, no angels, no heaven or hell. There is only our natural world. Religion is but myth and superstition that hardens hearts and enslaves minds.”

*...The Christians basically stole this season from us human beings by using the hate speech of the nativity scene, which damns all of us to hell if we don't bow down before that little baby, who became the dictator...

The Christmas season may well have coinicided with a pagan holiday, but those pagans weren't atheist. They had false gods, believed in that trees were gods and practiced human sacrifice. It that what you want to see? The Christmas season celebrates the birth of the Christ. Christ does not dictate, If you don't wish to believe fine, but don't intrude yourself into our holiday with your misappropriation of our Holiday. It is not Christians who damn anyone to hell, you will condemn yourself.

Governor Gregoire, I do not know from where you received your Catechism, but it has failed you as it has many politicians. Stop caling yourself Catholic. You are not.

*excerpt are from Dan Barker, Freedom from Religion Foundation via Fox News and Right Wing News.

Dieu le Roy!
de Brantigny


9 December 1531

It was on this day that the Virgin first appeared to Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on the hill of Tepeyac near Mexico City, which was to culminate in the miracle on 12 December 1531.

Hail Mary,Full of Grace,The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of death. Amen.

de Brantigny

The Immaculate Conception of the Holy Theotokos

The Holy Mother of God, by virtue of the saving grace of Christ's Sacred Death and Glorious Resurrection, received from the moment of HER conception (in the womb of her mother, St. Anne) the justification that we receive in Holy Baptism. While not being the actual words of the dogma, this is what it teaches. The grace of Holy Baptism is incapable of being purchased or earned. It is given to us freely by God in response to faith. more...

Many of our evangelical brothers have trouble with this doctrine. Quoting Scripture, passed down froom herectical ancestors they say "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God". This is not true, because to say this is to say that Jesus himself was born in sin. Where God exists sin must be absent.

By way of an analogy I present this, "There is a path in the forest that we have trodden over many times. One dark night unbeknown to us a hole has been dug in the middle of the path which we fall into. It is to deep and to dark for us to escape by ourselves. A hand reaches down and pulls us up out of the hole. We are saved not by our merits but by the grace of God.

Mary walks down the same path yet as She is about to fall into the hole she is pulled back from the abyss by the ame hand as we were. She never falls into the hole.
We are redeemed alike, we after being in the hole called sin and Mary before being in sin.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Fr Gregory A. Pilcher, O.S.B.

de Brantigny

Marie Antoinette and her Christmas Charitis...

While surfing the internet, it is all too common to see Marie-Antoinette characterized as someone who ignored the plight of the poor. Far more may be found here...

Elena-Maria relates the how Martyred Queen sought to aleviate the suffering of the poor. It is a far different picture than that which we have been taught to believe.

de Brantigny

Credo sung in Latin

Je crois en Dieu, le Père tout puissant, Créateur du ciel et de la terre, et en Jésus-Christ son fils unique, Notre-Seigneur, qui a été conçu du Saint Esprit, est né de la Vierge Marie, a souffert sous Ponce Pilate, a été crucifié, est mort, a été enseveli; est descendu aux enfers; le troisième jour, est ressucité des morts, est monté aux cieux, est assis à la droite de Dieu le Père tout-puissant, d'où il viendra juger les vivants et les morts. Je crois au Saint Esprit, à la Sainte Eglise Catholique, à la communion des Saints, à la rémission des péchés, à la résurection de la chair, à la vie éternelle. Ainsi soit-il

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, God's only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy Catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Merci Sacré Coeur de Jésus.

Dieu Le Roy,
de Brantigny

Sacré Coeur de Jésus is a French Blog in written in French. I try to look at it each day because it never fails to bring a bit of inpispiration to my day. I give them my most humble thanks...

Marie Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles

Catherine Delors has nothing but praise for this new book....

When you think of gifts this holiday season, think of books. They fit all tastes, ages and budgets, and are perfect for the someone on your list who "already has everything." No one ever has enough books.

On the pricey (over $40) side, I recommend Marie-Antoinette and the Last Garden at Versailles by Christain Duvernois, with photographs by François Halard. I own, thanks to a gift certificate that was burning a hole in my pocket, a copy of the French version, more soberly titled Trianon: le domaine privé de Marie-Antoinette ("Trianon, the private domain of Marie-Antoinette.) I guess "last garden" sounded more melodramatic and likely to sell copy. More...

Catherine is the author of Mistress of the Revolution Mistress of the Revolution has been selected as a Premier Pick by Ingram Book Group, the world's largest book distributor. A great book for that special someone.

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny


Congratulations to Representative Joseph Cao

A bright spot in my day today is this post from Christine...

Joseph Cao defeated nine-term congressman William Jefferson in the Second Congressional District in Louisiana. Not only is he the first Vietnamese-American federal congressman, he is a devout Catholic (when was the last time you saw a fleur-de-lys gracing a congressman's banner?). Born in Saigon, he fled with his mother and siblings to the United States after the city's collapse, his father remaining behind. His family settled in Houston, and he received a degree in physics. more...

So now we have a real Catholic Governor and at least one real Catholic Representative from the State named for a French King. God still watches over us.

An additional article may be found here...

Dieu Le Roy!
de Brantigny