The Return of Madame Royale

Elena-Maria leaves us an excerpt from her book Madame Royale o the return to France after the first restoration in 1814.

The novel Madame Royale may be found here...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Elena-Maria (Antoinette) Vidal.

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Two good posts

Catherine Delors once again provides us with a visual dessert...

Here you see a portrait of Madame Sophie, daughter of Louis XV.

...Sophie Philippe Elisabeth Justine is by far the most elusive of the daughters of Louis XV and Marie Leszczynska,. Born in 1734, one year after Victoire, Sophie was shipped to the Abbey of Fontevraud with her and their two younger sisters, Thérése, two years old, and Louise, only eleven months old!..more...

And here you will find an article on wedding gowns of the 18th century, It provides yet another insight to life in that century.

These are good articles.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Catherine Delors...

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Something cool!

I found a web site Original art & design from Galeria Azul which has this poster for sale... France as it should be.

It may be purchased here. It will make a nice addition to my study's wall.

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This post should not be construded as an advertisment of sponsor ship of Galeria Azul.

Prophecies of Saint John Bosco

In 1862, John Bosco made the following prediction:

There will be an Ecumenical Council in the next century, after which there will be chaos in the Church. Tranquility will not return until the Pope succeeds in anchoring the boat of Peter between the twin pillars of Eucharistic Devotion and Devotion to Our Lady. This will come about one year before the end of the century.

...and there is more...

His second prophecy came in the form of a dream...

In the midst of this endless sea, two solid columns, a short distance apart, soar high into the sky. One is surmounted by a statue of the Immaculate Virgin, at whose feet a large inscription reads Auxilium Christianorum (Help of Christians). The other, far loftier and sturdier, supports a Host of proportionate size, and bears beneath is the inscription Salus credentium (Salvation of believers).

The flagship commander- the Roman Pontiff- standing at the helm, strains every muscle to steer his ship between the two columns, from whose summits hang many anchors and strong hooks linked to chains. The entire enemy fleet closes in to intercept and sink the flagship at all costs. The bombard it with everything they have: books and pamphlets, incendiary bombs, firearms, cannons. The battle rages ever more furious. Beaked prows ram the flagship again and again, but to no avail, as unscathed and undaunted, it keeps on its course. At times, a formidable ram splinters a gaping hole in its hull, but immediately, a breeze from the two columns instantly seals the gash.

Meanwhile, enemy cannons blow up; firearms and beaks fall to pieces; ships crack up and sink to the bottom. In blind fury, the enemy takes to hand-t0-hand combat, cursing and blaspheming. Suddenly the Pope falls, seriously wounded. He is instantly helped up, but struck a second time, dies. A shout of victory rises from the enemy, and wild rejoicing sweeps their ships. But no sooner is the Pope dead than another takes his place. The captains of the auxiliary ships elected him so quickly that the news of the Pope's death coincides with that of his successor's election. The enemy's self-assurance wanes.

Breaking through all resistance, the new Pope steers his ship safely between the two columns; first, to the one surmounted by the Host, and then the other, topped by the statue of the Virgin. At this point, something unexpected happens. The enemy ships panic and disperse, colliding with and scuttling each other.

Some auxiliary ships, which had gallantly fought alongside their flagship, are the first to tie up at the two columns. Many others, which had fearfully kept far away from the fight, stand still, cautiously waiting until the wrecked enemy ships vanish under the waves. Then they too head for the two columns, tie up at the swinging hooks and ride safe and tranquil beside their flagship. A great calm now covers the sea.

For an explanation of these prophecies go here...

Thanks to Jason...

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Collegiate Sex-Ed

My friend Carlos, member of my parish family, author, and fellow knight has posted this on his Blog Casorosendi.

Collegiate Sex-Ed
Ryan Anderson

Every fall, kids arrive on college campuses and learn that their basic moral intuitions on sexual matters don’t square with the reigning ideas. Thanks to debased campus culture and overreaching on the part of administrators and professors, students are beginning to respond systematically -- and they’re having an impact. Here's how.

No two undergraduate experiences are quite the same. But the undergraduate years are marked by certain commonalities: students are challenged intellectually, socially, and ethically. Long-held beliefs are forced to submit to rational scrutiny. No longer is "that's just the way we do it" or "that's just the way I feel about the issue" sufficient. In philosophy classrooms and biology labs, students are expected to slough off the opinions they held in their pre-critical-thinking days and adopt the conclusions of the best arguments. Everything is to be tested, and only the rationally defensible is to be retained.

Thanks Carlos!

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Waldteufel - Skater's Waltz

Driving to work today, I thought about this waltz. To start my day off I present Emile Waldteufel. Brrr...

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Letter of Grégoire IX (1227-1241) to Saint Louis

Lettre de Grégoire IX (1227-1241) à Saint Louis

Dieu choisit la France de préférence à toutes les nations de la terre pour la protection de la Foi Catholique; pour ce motif la France est le Royaume de Dieu même.Les ennemis de la France sont les ennemis du Christ... La tribu de Juda est la figure anticipée du Royaume de France... Le Rédempteur a choisi le béni Royaume de France comme l' exécuteur spécial de ses divines volontés.

Letter of Grégoire IX (1227-1241) to Saint Louis

...God chose the France in preference to all the nations of the earth for the protection of the Catholic Faith; for this reason France and (it) the Kingdom of God are the same. The enemies of France are the enemies of Christ... The Kingdom of France is the prefigured by the tribe of Juda... The Redemptor chose and blessed the Kingdom of France as the special enforcer of His divine will...

Dieu le Roy!


Today is the feast of St. Jéhanne of Valois

St. Joan of Valois, Queen of France, Widow, Abbess-Foundress of the Annonciades

Also known as Jeanne de Valois; Jéhanne de France; Queen Jane; Queen Joanna; Joan of France; Jane of Valois
Died 1505 at Bourges, France
Beatified 1738; Canonized 1950 by Pope Pius XII (her cause had been submitted in 1614)
Her feast is commemorated February 4

In art, she is shown as a crowned Annunciation abbess, usually with cross and rosary, or holding the hand of the Christ-child who is himself holding a basket; Annunciation abbess with basket of bread and cup of wine; with Blessed Gabriel Mary; having a ring placed on her finger by the Christ-child.

Daughter of one king and wife of another, there are perhaps few saints in the calendar who suffered greater or more bitter humiliations than did Madame Jéhanne de France, the heroic woman usually known in English as St. Jane of Valois. A daughter of Louis XI by his second wife, Charlotte of Savoy, she was hated from birth by her father, partly because of her sex and partly on account of her being sickly and deformed. Sent away to be brought up by guardians in a lonely country château, and deprived not only of every advantage due to her rank, but even of common comforts and almost of necessities, it was the intense solitude and abjectness of her life that first made Jeanne turn to God for consolation, and that gave her very early a tender and practical devotion to the Blessed Virgin. She is said to have had a supernatural promise that some day she would be allowed to found a religious family in honour of Our Lady. The mysteries of the Annunciation and Incarnation, as set forth in the Angelus, were her great delight.

For political purposes of his own, Louis XI compelled Jeanne to marry Louis, Duke of Orléans, his second cousin, and heir presumptive to the throne. After her marriage, the princess suffered even more than before, for the duke hated the wife imposed upon him, and even publicly insulted her in every possible way. She, imagining virtues in her husband that did not exist, loved him tenderly, and when he got into disgrace and was imprisoned exerted herself to mitigate his sufferings and to get him freed. No sooner, however, was the duke, on the death of Charles VIII, raised to the throne of France as Louis XII, than he got his marriage with Jeanne annulled at Rome, on the ground that it was invalid, from lack of consent, and from the fact that it had never been consummated; and the saint's humiliations reached their climax when she found herself, in the face of all France, an unjustly repudiated wife and queen.

But the two special virtues in which Jeanne had resolved to imitate the Blessed Virgin were silence and humility; hence, though she bravely contested the matter while it was of any use, she accepted the verdict, when it came, without a complaint, merely thanking God that it left her free to serve His Mother as she had always hoped to do, by founding an order for her service. She was made Duchess of Berry, and given that province to govern. Going to live at Bourges, its capital, she fulfilled all her duties as ruler with strict conscientiousness and tender care for her subjects' welfare. In 1500, in conjunction with her Franciscan director, Gilbert Nicolas, Jeanne founded the Order of the Annonciades, an order for prayer and penance, whose chief rule was to imitate the virtues of Mary, as shown in the Gospels. The rejected queen found happiness at last in devoting herself to this work; and towards the end of her life, she took the vows herself, gave up her wedding ring, which she had hitherto worn, and wore the habit under her clothes. In spite of bad health and constant suffering, she had done much bodily penance all her life, besides giving many hours to prayer. Up to her death she prayed incessantly for her heartless husband, and left as a legacy to her order the duty of constant prayer for his soul as well as her father's and brother's.

Jeanne died as she had lived, and was lamented by her spiritual daughters and all her people. Many miracles, especially of healing, followed her death. In 1514, Leo X allowed the Annonciades to honour her by a special office. Benedict XIV pronounced her Blessed, and extended her cult throughout France; but, though the process of canonization had been introduced in 1614, owing to various delays and hindrances, she was canonized in 1950, though universally known as a saint for centuries.

How many Saints have come from the line of St Louis IX?

After searching for over an hour I found out that the Order of Annonciades exists still and may be found here... In addition I see that they still wear a habit. I was surprised to see that their Scapular is red, the traditional colour of martyrdom, it is reminiscent of the colour of Jéhanne's

Tradition action has a short story about her, which may be found here...

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This is why orthodox (right thinking) Catholics have trouble with the Catholic Church in America.

From http://goodjesuitbadjesuit.blogspot.com/2009/02/zazen-zooy-roshi-phooy.html...

Holy Cross Presents Zen Meditation and Social Justice Forum

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture at the College of the Holy Cross will present a Zen meditation and forum on social justice activism with Rev. Robert Kennedy, S.J., chair of the theology department at Saint Peter’s College in N.J. and Anna J. Brown, assistant professor of political science at Saint Peter’s College, on Saturday, Feb. 14 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. in Rehm Library. Todd Lewis, professor of religious studies at Holy Cross will moderate the forum. The program is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be available. more...

I am shaking my head...

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VATICAN CITY, 4 FEB 2009 (VIS) - Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J. made the following declaration yesterday afternoon:

"With reference to the latest requests for clarification concerning the position of the Pope and the Catholic Church on the subject of the Holocaust, it should be borne in mind that the Pope's ideas on this matter were very clearly expressed at the synagogue of Cologne, Germany, on 19 August 2005, at the concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau on 28 May 2006, in the general audience of 31 May 2006 and, more recently, at the end of his general audience of 28 January this year, with unambiguous words of which we highlight the following: 'As I once again affectionately express my full and indisputable solidarity with our Brothers and Sisters who received the First Covenant, I trust that the memory of the Shoah will induce humankind to reflect upon the unpredictable power of evil when it conquers the heart of man. May the Shoah be for everyone an admonition against oblivion, negation and reductionism...

"The condemnation of Holocaust denial could not have been clearer, and from the context it is obvious that this also referred to the views of Msgr. Williamson and to all similar views. On the same occasion the Pope also clearly explained the purpose of the remission of the excommunication, which has nothing to do with legitimising Holocaust denial - something that, as we have explained, he clearly condemns".

See the comments.

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Socialism, Step One

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his need" Karl Marx

If president achieves his goal of telling companies the government is "bailing out" how high the pay of the top officials can be, it will not be long before the government will tell everyone what they can get paid. I have told people that and I am abused. "That won't happen, the American people won't allow that". If that were true we wouldn't have abortion. When I was small the "pill" was presented which ended or stopped pregnancy. That was the foot in the door. Now, true to the prophecy of Pope Paul VI, we not only have the pill but abortion, as well.

So we will watch and wait. The "Messiah' has his plans, and they won't be detered by the American people.

One more troubling aspect of capping is this, any government which can cap pay, can cap cost. If we get a nationalized health care program, the government will have the ability to say how much they will pay for you medical care.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday imposed $500,000 caps on senior executive pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money, saying Americans are upset with "executives being rewarded for failure."

Obama announced the dramatic new government intervention into corporate America at the White House, with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at his side. The president said the executive-pay limits are a first step, to be followed by the unveiling next week of a sweeping new framework for spending what remains of the $700 billion financial industry bailout that Congress created last year.

This is hubris in it's most sublime sense.

Dieu le Roy.
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Socialism, Step One

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama on Wednesday imposed $500,000 caps on senior executive pay for the most distressed financial institutions receiving federal bailout money, saying Americans are upset with "executives being rewarded for failure."

Obama announced the dramatic new government intervention into corporate America at the White House, with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner at his side. The president said the executive-pay limits are a first step, to be followed by the unveiling next week of a sweeping new framework for spending what remains of the $700 billion financial industry bailout that Congress created last year.

Nostalgie Radio

While I am at work I sometimes listen to Radio Nostalgie from Paris. I only plays romantic music it may be found here...

As I started this Edith Piaf was playing.

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Asteria : Deuil Angoisseux

Deuil Angoisseux is a medieval french love song sung by Asteria.

It was filmed at the Chateau of Germolles, built for Marguerite de Flandre by Philippe le Hardi in 1380.

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Louis XVI, Marie-Antoinete and Freemasonry

No lover of freemasonry am I. Today as I was going over older posts from Tea at Trianon, I rediscovered this gem from 28 July 2007. I will direct the reader to that very informative article now...

...In 1738, Pope Clement XII prohibited Catholics from becoming Freemasons, on the grounds that the order required secret oaths, involved paganistic rituals, and encouraged religious indifferentism. But like papal decrees before and after, many Catholics blithely decided to ignore the prohibition and joined the masons, anyway. They thought that those who took such bans seriously were being stuffy and getting in the way of progress. Lawyers, doctors, merchants, artists, writers, ladies, aristocrats, kings and emperors, who were otherwise practicing Catholics, were initiated into various lodges, lodges which often rivaled each other with different goals and endeavors.... more
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Another Leap Toward Unity

From Laudem Glorae...

The Pope is going to offer a personal prelature to the Traditional Anglican Communion. A personal prelature is semi-autonomous, akin to a worldwide diocese without borders, with its own clergy and laity.

"History may be in the making", reports The Record. "It appears Rome is on the brink of welcoming close to half a million members of the Traditional Anglican Communion into membership of the Roman Catholic Church. Such a move would be the most historic development in Anglican-Catholic relations in the last 500 years. But it may also be a prelude to a much greater influx of Anglicans waiting on the sidelines, pushed too far by the controversy surrounding the consecration of practising homosexual bishops, women clergy and a host of other issues."

Thanks to Christine!

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Tom Daschle steps away

Moments ago, former Senate Majority leader Tome Daschle steped away from his nomination as Secretary of Health and Human Services.

I began to look like Daschle only paid his taxes after learning he would be nominated. That had struck me as a form of the "Blago" pay for play scheme.

Is it time for the Fair Tax?

I noticed that my article of yesterday was viewed by somebody in the Washington DC area...


Read about the "Rangel Rule" which would give taxpayers a free pass on tax penalties.

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see: this article


From my friends at The Traditional Third Order of St. Francis blog I have borrowed this letter posted there yesterday.

A Letter To All The Faithful By Our Holy Father St. Francis of Assisi

To all Christians, religious, clerics, and laics, men and women, to all who dwell in the whole world, Brother Francis, their servant and subject, presents reverent homage, wishing true peace from heaven and sincere charity in the Lord.

Being the servant of all, I am bound to serve all and to administer the balm-bearing words of my Lord. 1 Wherefore, considering in my mind that, because of the infirmity and weakness of my body, I cannot visit each one personally, I propose by this present letter and message 2 to offer you the words of our Lord Jesus Christ who is the Word of the Father and the words of the Holy Ghost which are "spirit and life." 3

This Word of the Father, so worthy, so holy and glorious, whose coming the most High Father announced from heaven by His holy archangel Gabriel to the holy and glorious Virgin Mary 4 in whose womb He received the true flesh of our humanity and frailty, He, being rich 5 above all, willed, nevertheless, with His most Blessed Mother, to choose poverty.

Thank You Fratello Pio-Francis and Brother Anthony, T.O.S.F.

May God preserve your Order.

The Traditional Third Order of St. Francis is located in Toronto Canada.They may be contacted here...

The print of Saint Francis is (remarkably) from Historical Documents in US History

Saint Blaise

On Sunday at my Parish, St Catherine of Siena the good father blessed our throats in honour of Saint Blaise. Usually this should be done today after Candlemas but as this is a mission parish we had the blessing after Mass (It is not part of the liturgy for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary time).

Saint Blaise, a Bishop of Se Baste, Armenia, was martyred because he spread Christian teachings in this territory. He fled prosecution into the mountains of Sicily and lived in a cave. He would come down to the town of Militello in the Province of Messina and preach his Gospel. Along the way, he would cure people with throat troubles and also heal sick animals.

After his return to Armenia, he was killed and beheaded. The people of Militello declared him their Patron Saint. Every February 3rd, the townspeople celebrate Mass in his honor and have their throats blessed. They formed a society devoted to Saint Blaise and named it Society San Biagio di Militello Rosmarino. The people of the town had a large statue of Saint Blaise made and placed it in their local church. Every February 3rd, they would march in procession around the town and finish with a Mass in his honor followed by seven days of festivities.

This tradition is still carried on today.

For more on Saint Blaise and the history of the society of Saint Blaise go here...

I must say that this feast has fallen into disuse. I had trouble finding sites wherein this saint was remebered. Is it because we are so used to a doctor "curing" our ills that we forget? I assure any reader that The doctor is not as helpful as the One God who created him.

Happy Saint Blaise Day.

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Feast of Saint Agatha of Sicily

I was reminded, probably by St Agatha herself, to mention her feast day, which is on February 5th. I lived in Sicily from 1974 to 1976.

The cities of Palermo and Catana, in Sicily, dispute the honour of her birth; but they do much better who, by copying her virtues, and claiming her patronage, strive to become her fellow-citizens in heaven. It is agreed that she received the crown of martyrdom at Catana, in the persecution of Decius, in the third consulship of that prince, in the year of our Lord 251. She was of a rich and illustrious family, and having been consecrated to God from her tender years, triumphed over many assaults upon her chastity. Quintianus, a man of consular dignity, bent on gratifying both his lust and avarice, imagined he should easily compass his wicked designs on Agatha's person and estate by means of the emperor's edict against the Christians. He therefore caused her to be apprehended and brought before him at Catana. Seeing herself in the hands of the persecutors, she made this prayer: "Jesus Christ, Lord of all things, you see my heart, you know my desire-possess alone all that I am. I am your sheep, make me worthy to overcome the devil." She wept, and prayed for courage and strength all the way she went.

On her appearance, Quintianus gave orders for her being put into the hands of Aphrodisia, a most wicked woman, who, with six daughters, all prostitutes, kept a common stew. The saint suffered in this infamous place assaults and stratagems against her virtue infinitely more terrible to her than any tortures or death itself. But placing her confidence in God, she never ceased with sighs and most earnest tears to implore his protection, and by it was an overmatch for all their hellish attempts the whole month she was there.

Quintianus, being informed of her constancy after thirty days, ordered her to be brought before him. The virgin, in her first interrogatory, told him that to be a servant of Jesus Christ was the most illustrious nobility and true liberty. The judge, offended at her resolute answers, commanded her to be buffeted and led to prison. She entered it with great joy, recommending her future conflict to God.

The next day she was arraigned a second time at the tribunal, and answered with equal constancy that Jesus Christ was her life and her salvation. Quintianus then ordered her to be stretched on the rack, which torment was usually accompanied with stripes, the tearing of the sides with iron hooks, and burning them with torches or matches. The governor, enraged to see her suffer all this with cheerfulness, commanded her breast to be tortured, and afterwards to be cut off. At which she made him this reproach: "Cruel tyrant, do you not blush to torture this part of my body, you that sucked the breasts of a woman yourself? "

He remanded her to prison, with a severe order that neither salves nor food should be allowed her. But God would be himself her physician, and the apostle St. Peter in a vision comforted her, healed all her wounds,. and filled her dungeon with a heavenly light.

Quintianus, four days after, not the least moved at the miraculous cure of her wounds, caused her to be rolled naked over live coals mixed with broken potsherds. Being carried back to prison, she made this prayer: "Lord, my Creator, you have ever protected me from the cradle; you have taken me from the love of the world, and given me patience to suffer: receive now my soul." After which words she sweetly gave up the ghost. Her name is inserted in the canon of the mass in the calendar of Carthage, as ancient as the year 530, and in all martyrologies of the Latins and Greeks. Pope Symmachus built a church in Rome on the Aurelian Way under her name, about the year 500, which is fallen to decay. St. Gregory the Great enriched a church which he purged from the Arian impiety with her relics, which it still possesses. This church had been rebuilt in her honour by Ricimer, general of the Western Empire, in 460. Gregory II built another famous church at Rome, under her invocation, in 726, which Clement VIII gave to the congregation of the Christian doctrine. St. Gregory the Great ordered some of her relics to be placed in the church of the monastery of St. Stephen, in the Isle of Capreae (now Capri.) The chief part, which remained at Catania, was carried to Constantinople by the Greek general, who drove the Saracens out of Sicily about the year 1040; these were brought back to Catania in 1127, a relation of which translation, written by Mauritius, who was then bishop, is recorded by Rocci Pyrrho and Bollandus. The same authors relate in what manner the torrent of burning sulphur and stones which issue from mount Aetna, in great eruptions, was several times averted from the walls of Catana by the veil of St. Agatha, (taken out of her tomb,) which was carried in procession. Also that through her intercession, Malta (where she is honored as patroness of the island) was preserved from the Turks who invaded it in 1551. Small portions of relics cf. St. Agatha are said to be distributed in many places.

Diocese of Catania is dedicated to her, stautes and Holy Cards of her may be seen in every shop and resturant. St Agatha continues to be revered in Catania.

Saint Agatha, you suffered sexual assault and indignity because of your faith. Help heal all those who are survivors of sexual assault and protect those women who are in danger. Amen

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From EWTN Library

Reason #51 on why I am a monarchist.

Let us carry this out to it's conclusion...

One of the reasons we have been taught in school is that the American Revolution was fought because the colonies were forced to pay taxes with out representation...

Joeseph Biden the Vice President has said that to be patriotic we need to pay Taxes.

Sen. Tom Daschle, mentioned in the Congressional Record, May 7, 1998, p. S4507. “Make no mistake, tax cheaters cheat us all, and the IRS should enforce our laws to the letter. ”

...and yet the President Barack Obama has nominated 2 tax avoiders to cabinet positions...

Treasury Secretary nominee Timothy Geithner forgot and failed to pay more than $34,000 in U.S. taxes for income from his stint from 2001 to 2003 as a senior official at the International Monetary Fund, including a small IMF payment in 2004. Although He was told he needed to pay the money from the IMF during that period. He "only" became aware of the taxes when he was nominated. He paid the back taxes and the IRS waived penalties for Geithner in 2006, according to an account provided by the transition office and the Senate committee. A three-year statute of limitations had precluded the agency from auditing the 2001 and 2002 tax returns.

If this had been me, I would need to have to hire a tax professional to help me, but as this is a nominee of BO, he not only gets away with tax evasion with out penalty, he is now in charge of chasing down tax evaders. Nice work if you can get it.

The aforementioned former Senator Tom Daschle, didn't know he had to pay taxes on over 100K in income on the car and driver a wealthy friend let him use from 2005 through 2007. This is not the only tax issue the former Senate Majority Leader has been dealing with since his December nomination prompted a more thorough examination of his income tax returns. Mr. Daschle also didn't report $83,333 in consulting income in 2007.

Are these the best that BO can come up with to lead this country?

"WE won!" Barack H Obama

Do you feel represented?

God save us.

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Claude Monet

Here is a short post on a work of Claude Monet.

Ever since my Bohemian youth spent in the splendor of the Chicago Art Institute, (a natural wonder in my opinion) I have been fascinated by the art of Claude Monet. With out comment I present this copy of the Manneport.

The poor quality of a computer can not possibly provide an accurate vision of this piece. I have seen this piece recently when the North Carolina Museum of Art, had it's Monet exhibition. My daughter Genevieve saw this while in Normandie...

The North Carolina Museum of Art

The Art Institute of Chicago

The Metropolitan Art Museum

The Louvre

Art on Mobile Blog

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Here is (my late) entry from Theodore's, Royal World Blog.

Charles I

Three hundred and sixty years ago today the English Puritans dared to murder their anointed King.
Kings had of course been killed before, but never so openly and never with the claim of "legality".

The American Society of King Charles the Martyr will hold its annual mass and meeting tomorrow at S. Stephen's Church in Providence, Rhode Island. The British SKCM of course commemorates the anniversary annually as well.

In this excerpt from Cromwell, Alec Guinness movingly portrays the King's final moments.

On the 131st anniversary (1780), as Americans were engaged in another rebellion against another King, the heroic loyalist Rev. Charles Inglis, rector of Trinity Wall Street, preached this sermon on "The Duty of Honouring the King." Other materials related to King Charles the Martyr can be found here.

God Save the King!
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Jesuit Missions in Paraguay

One of my favorite film has to The Mission, starring Robert de Niro, Liam Neeson and Jeremy Irons. Joesph Fromm at Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit send us to another site which gives a little insight to the period called the Jesuit Reduction.

There were 30 Jesuit compounds back in the day, in the Missions Districts of Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil. The one we saw was one of the largest, it held 5000 people once upon a time. The compounds were built to protect the natives from the Portuguese slave traders who would come in and kidnap the natives and take them to Europe as slaves. Or perhaps they were built to evangelize the natives. Or perhaps the Jesuit priests enslaved the natives (an unlikely theory since there were only 2 priests and 4998 natives). These are the theories.

The ruins are beautiful, but not as well taken care of as one would hope. The times I have been there, the guides have been knowledgeable and friendly. We payed Gs 5000 a person to get in (approximately $1.00) and gave the guide a tip of less than $10.00 for over an hour of tour.

Link to Brenda's blog of Paraguay (here)

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Candlemas, Feast Of the Presentation,

According to Mosaic law, only the mother needed to be purified, but, as a firstborn son, Jesus needed to be redeemed (Exodus 13:11ff). Thus the feast of the Presentation is logically celebrated 40 days after Christmas.

The earliest information regarding the celebration of this feast comes from Egeria, a woman who described her pilgrimage to the Holy Land around the year 390. Although she makes no mention of the use of candles, she relates the sermon as being inspired by Simeon's phrase regarding Christ as "Light of the nations."

In this context it is easy to see how the use of torches and candles came to be used, and there is already clear evidence of their use some years later in Egypt (around 440) and in Rome between the years 450 and 457.

The history of the feast of the Baptism of the Lord is most complex.

The feast of the Epiphany, which means manifestation, was initiated among Eastern Christians. It celebrates three manifestations of Christ's divinity in one: his manifestation to the Magi, his baptism in the Jordan, and the wedding feast at Cana in which he performed his first miracle.

Even though the Roman-rite celebration of the Epiphany gives pride of place to Christ's manifestation to the three wise men, the prayers of the Mass and the divine office still have vestiges of the earlier, triple memorial.

In Rome, probably due to Byzantine influences, Our Lord's baptism, while not quite a feast, was commemorated in a special way on the octave of the Epiphany from the eighth century on. The principal offices used the same psalms as on Jan. 6, but the antiphons referred to the theme of Christ's baptism.

The octave of the Epiphany, along with many others, was suppressed by Pope John XXIII in 1960. But the same Holy Father decided that the pre-existing memorial of Christ's baptism should be given greater emphasis by transforming it into a special commemoration of the Lord celebrated on Jan. 13, the former octave of the Epiphany.

The post-Vatican II reform decided to locate this feast on the Sunday after the Epiphany, thus officially concluding Christmastide and inaugurating ordinary time.

Before John XXIII's reform, Christmastide ended on the Presentation. This feast remains as a kind of appendix to Christmas as is testified by some popular traditions such as not removing the Nativity scene until after Feb. 2 as is the practice in St. Peter's Square.

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