With Spring still more than a month away I can say I am ready.

Have good weekend.

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Mediaeval Myths: "Tyrants" and "Slaves"

At the web blog Durandal Nicholas Wansbutter, esq. explores a pervasive myth about the relationship of "Tyrants" and "Slaves" .

...Firstly, we may say, from a broader perspective, the powers of the nobility were in most areas much restricted and limited as compared to governments in the western world today. There was no Child and Family Services that could abduct children from parents deemed "unfit" by bureaucrats, no traffic laws, no smoking bans, no strict regulations on how and where one may build his house, &c. Moreover, power was not vested absolutely in a federal government. It is true that power was held by a small group of military leaders, and that in theory, the King did reign supreme and his vassals were merely his delegates, but in practice, he had to rule more by persuasion than by fiat, as the power was rather evenly spread. No one lord had complete authority as he, by necessity, had to delegate authority to subordinates due to the inadequacies of medieval telecommunications...

Click here to read the enitre article.

Thanks to the fellows at Durandal!

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Counteroffensive: Spread the Word

Last Fall, an e-mail campaign was launched to raise donations for Planned Parenthood by asking that they be sent in Sarah Palin's name: The e-mail [read], "Make a donation to Planned Parenthood. In Sarah Palin's name. And here's the good part: when you make a donation to PP in her name, they'll send her a card telling her that the donation has been made in her honor."Palin has since received boxes of thank you notes from PP.

I now propose that we who seek to protect the lives of mothers and the unborn send a donation to the Anchorage, Alaska Crisis Pregnancy Center in honor of Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood.

Donations can be made here: http://cpcanchorage.com/donate.html .

Just be sure to paste the following in the box labeled "Note": Donation made in honor of Cecile Richards. Please send card to:

Cecile Richards
434 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001

If Palin received boxes of thank you notes, let Richards receive crateloads! Please spread the word to as many people as you can.

Posted from a letter from Christine,

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The Jesuit Church Of St. Casimir

Joseph reminded me of all the beautiful places of worship we Catholics have enjoyed over the centuries. The Churches lent an image of majesty and greatness the st. Gymnasiums cannot approach. When we allow a sacred place to turn into these theatres we reduce the priest and the Mass to simply a performer and a performance.
Founded by the Jesuits and dedicated to St. Casimir, construction of the church began in 1604. Povilas Bokša, the assistant provincial and Jan Prockowicz, a Jesuit architect oversaw the work. The church was finished and consecrated in 1635. It burned down in 1655, when the Russian army entered Vilnius. The church was twice more destroyed by fire in 1707 and 1749.

The famous architect and astronomer Tomas Žebrauskas, SJ, headed the reconstruction of the church in 1749-55. His work can be seen in the graded cupola and the main altar. From 1751 to 1753 Hans Kierner, a Prussian sculptor, decorated the interior. Frescos of St. Casimir's life were painted by the Czech artist Joseph Obst.
Thanks Joseph!
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Divine Revelation - Part One

By Father John Corapi

The Good News of salvation is that God our Father has revealed himself to the created universe in the person of his only son, the Lord Jesus Christ. The mysterious and transcendent God of past ages, the one who dwells in unapproachable light, made himself known to mankind's first parents in the garden. Then, through the covenant with Noah, the election of Abraham, the formation of his people Israel, the Mosaic law, and the prophets He became more and more immanent.

As the Letter to the Hebrews tells us, in times past, God spoke in fragmentary and varied ways to our fathers through the prophets; in this the final age, he has spoken to us through his son, whom he has made heir of all things and through whom he first created the universe. This son is the reflection of the Father's glory, the exact representation of the Father's being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word (Letter to the Hebrews 1:1-3).

Jesus Christ is the eternal Word through which this revelation has been transmitted to us by the heavenly Father in the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the mediator and fullness of all revelation (Vatican II, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation, #2). If we would take all of the words of Scripture, all of the words of the Catechism and other important church documents, these many words all compress, condense, synthesize and distill into one word--the eternal Word--Jesus Christ. The great Carmelite saint and doctor of the church, St. John of the Cross, said it beautifully: "In giving us his Son, his only Word (for he possesses no other), he spoke everything to us at once in this sole Word--and he has no more to say...because what he spoke before to the prophets in parts, he has now spoken all at once by giving us the All Who is His Son" (Catechism #65; cf. St. John of the Cross, The Ascent of Mt. Carmel, 2, 22, 3-5). Divine revelation, quite simply, is God revealing himself to us in the person of his son, Jesus Christ. There will be no further public revelation, as the Catechism tells us (#66).

Analogies are useful, even though they are imperfect. God is one. He is also three. The one God, who is Father, Son, and Holy Spirit has revealed himself to us. This one-only divine revelation (the Word) is transmitted to us in a written form (sacred Scripture) and an oral form (sacred Tradition), and has one-only authentic and authoritative interpreter--the magisterium of the church. more...

Dieu le Roy.
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Assassination of Duc de Berry

Today is the Anniversary of the assassination of the Duke de Berry at the Paris Opera while helping the pregnant Duchess du Berry(1) into a carriage. The assassin was probably mad.

Her child Henri, (Henri Charles Ferdinand Marie Dieudonné d'Artois de France) the "Miracle Child" was born 7 months after his father' s death. He was called the miracle child because when he was born the senior Bourbon line would have become extinct as there were no other male children. He was called Dieudonné or "God-given".

On 2 August 1830, in response to the July Revolution, Henri's grandfather Charles X abdicated, and twenty minutes later Charles' elder son the Dauphin also abdicated in favor of the young duc de Bordeaux. Henri was immediately proclaimed Henri V, King of France and Navarre. However, after a fictive reign of only seven days, the National Assembly decreed that the throne should pass to the Regent, his distant cousin, the duc d'Orléans, who became Louis-Philippe, King of the French on August 9. (2)

Elena-Maria has a blog article today which may be found here...

Vive le Roy! Vive Louis!

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(1)Caroline was one of those people in who reside in history without which history would be reduced to simply dates and figures. Being reserved is not something she enjoyed. She was witty, lively, and very much like Marie-Antoinette and totally in love with her husband. She invented the all time favorite of women all over the world window shopping. A favorite pastime was going to the beach to swim. (scandalous!) Elena-Maria Vidal reports that..."She had a wonderful singing voice and could sing and play any operatic song after hearing it only once"...
(2) Hence all the problems with the current Orleanist claimant, his ancestor betrayed his cousin, and another was elected to the crown by a national convention, after which to make matters worse he called himself the King of the French, vice King of France. The current Orleanist calls himself Henri, Count of Paris, Duke of France. He continues to spread titles around as if he were the legitimate claimant.

Bach - Sleepers wake

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140, also known as Sleepers, Wake, is a cantata written in 1731 by Johann Sebastian Bach. It is scored for horn, 2 oboes, taille (an instrument similar to the oboe da caccia, today often substituted with an English horn), violino piccolo, violin, viola, basso continuo, and choir with soprano, tenor, and bass soloists.

This is a Lutheran Hymn written for the 27th Sunday after Trinity
in the 1st year of the 3 year cycle of Lutheran Mass readings.

It is base on the parable of the 10 Virgins in Matthew 25:1–13. Hence the name "Sleepers, Wake".

Dieu le Roy.
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The Song of Bernadette - Leonard Cohen

Sung by Jennifer Warnes

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The case of the "Cottingley Fairies"

One of the most remarkable episodes of the early 20th century is that of the Cottingley Fairies.

The period just before the advent of the 20th century was marked by a distancing of many of those who considered themselves rational in spiritualistic and mystical things, seances, automatic writing, and Ouija boards, etc. Harry Houdi, showman and escape artist famously tried for years to contact his mother who had died.

Someone who should have known better and did not was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. This is an overview of an incident which happened during World War One which attracted news papers and the worlds attention for decades.

Elsie was the daughter of Arthur Wright, one of the earliest qualified electrical engineers. She borrowed her father's camera (a Butcher Midg No. 1 Magazine Type Falling Plate 1/4-plate camera) and took photos in the beck behind the family house. When Mr. Wright, upon developing the plates, saw fairies in the pictures, he considered them fake. After he saw the second picture, he banned Elsie from using the camera again. Her mother, Polly, however was convinced of their authenticity.

The first picture was taken by the girls at Cottingley Beck and shows Frances looking into the camera as a troop of fairies dances on the branches in the foreground. Some photographers of the day examined the photo and declared them to be genuine but the Kodak laboratories refused to authenticate them, stating that there were many ways to get such faked results.

The photo had been received in its original form in a letter to Edward L. Gardner along with the second photo in the series. However, as the images were relatively faded and ill defined, Gardner tasked Harold Snelling to produce some better reprints that were then made in enough numbers to satisfy the public as interest in the photographs accelerated.

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in his later years, became a proponent of spiritualism. This fascination lost him many friends, earned him much cruel criticism and was even accused of senility.

In 1920 Doyle was preparing a feature for the Strand magazine on fairies for the the Christmas issue. During his research he was contacted by a friend who was able to present him with a set of photos purportedly showing the two girls from Yorkshire in the company of fairies.

He contacted a friend Sir Oliver Lodge, a psychic researcher, to who Doyle showed the photos. Lodge dismissed the photos as fakes. A fairy expert even going so far as to indicate that the hairstyles were too Parisian. The photos were published and Doyle considered the photos as real. Below are the supposed fairy photos...

In 1981, in an interview by Joe Cooper for the magazine The Unexplained, the cousins stated that the photos were fake; they had held up cut-outs with hatpins. Frances Way (née Griffiths), however, continued to maintain until her death in July, 1986 (Elsie died in April, 1988) that they did see fairies and that the fifth photograph, which showed fairies in a sunbath, was genuine.

In a 1985 TV interview on Arthur C. Clarke's World of Strange Powers Elsie Wright stated that they were too embarrassed to admit the truth after fooling the author of Sherlock Holmes.

"Two village kids and a brilliant man like Conan Doyle, well, we could only keep quiet."

In the same interview they also stated:

"I never even thought of it as being a fraud — it was just Elsie and I having a bit of fun and I can't understand to this day why they were taken in — they wanted to be taken in."

In this interview, neither woman said any photograph was genuine, however Frances maintained that there had been fairies in the garden.

The fifth photo.

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A slow blogging day

I am taking a bit of a hiatus today, just too busy to blog much.

Dieu le Roy,
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Behind the "Miracle on the Hudson"

Christine has posted this on her Blog on the 7th of February.

Fred Berretta recounts his experiences crash landing onto the Hudson River:

...By Christmas, the self-described "half-hearted Catholic" knew in his heart the only security in the world is the security found in God, which led to his New Year's resolution; which led to him praying the chaplet(of Divine Mercy) in a hotel room;more...

Luke:15,10 ...So I say to you, there shall be joy before the angels of God upon one sinner doing penance...

Dieu le Roy!
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St. Michael of the Saints (1591-1625)

Patron Saint of Cancer Patients

Michael Argemir was born in Vich, Spain, on September 29, 1591. He became a Trinitarian in 1607, and took the name of Michael of the Saints. His brief life of thirty-three years was one of great love for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. His generous service to the poor, the unfortunate, and the sick made him a compassionate priest and a faithful friend.

His ministry didn't end with his death. After eleven days of prayer, Frances Sanz was cured through his intercession. The cancerous tumors on her lip and tongue disappeared. No scars were left. Hers was one of many such cures and was presented as one of many miracles when Pius IX canonized Michael on June 8, 1862.

The feast of St. Michael of the Saints is celebrated on June 8.

St. Michael please intercede for my father.

Dieu le Roy!
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When I received my first communion in 1962, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur gave me a Trinitarian Scapular. I still have it and I hope to be buried in it. I believe that this sacramental has provided a defence against evil being done to me, including at least one aircraft accident (where an engine exploded above my head), a gasoline explosion, surviving war, a tornado and other possible disasters. Thanks be to God.

Marie-Antoinette's Chemise

I have found on the net a photo of the last remaining garment of the Martyred Queen. The photo shows a chemise, or rather the chemise. This chemise was the last one worn by Marie-Antoinette in the conciergerie and at the scaffold.

Chemise were probably the easiest garment to make, (chemise was used to describe the same item for men and women). Basically it was a piece of linen (or cotton) about 50 inches or more, folded in half. A portion was cut off the bottom with which to make arms, and a piece to be added sides to make the bell shape (for women). on the photo one cand make out the piece attached on the right side of the chemise.

On European women (including Canada and the colonies) it was worn under all the other clothes.

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Notes: It takes about an acre of flax to make a hankerchief, so any linen clothing article was expensive. It is a long and labour intensive process. Making a chemise is a quick job, even hand stitching the piece.

I do not think the stain is blood. This is for three reasons: firstly, blood was needed in identifying the heart of Louis XVII, the lost King and this was not used. Secondly the stain is too square, too neat, and ...Thirdly, I have examined battleflags from the War between the States upon which the blood of the person who carriedit left stains, the iron in the blood has a tendancy to destroy the fabric in the shape of the stain, due to the iron in the blood.

Cut the red wire, the red wire

I used to tell my students (er, learners) how to pass a test I would be giving them. I would often tell them, read the entire test first, not to overthink the question, work for speed and if they could't figure something out skip it and come back. I told them then that the first answer they came up with would usually be correct. High School, jet engine mechanics, whew...

Todays news says I was right. It is good to be right 20 something years later...

Study Suggests Why Gut Instincts Work

LiveScience Staff

Sometimes when you think you're guessing, your brain may actually know better.

After conducting some unique memory and recognition tests, while also recording subjects' brain waves, scientists conclude that some gut feelings are not just guesswork after all. Rather, we access memories we aren't even aware we have.

"We may actually know more than we think we know in everyday situations, too," said Ken Paller, professor of psychology at Northwestern University and co-researcher on the study.

"Unconscious memory may come into play, for example, in recognizing the face of a perpetrator of a crime or the correct answer on a test. Or the choice from a horde of consumer products may be driven by memories that are quite alive on an unconscious level."

The findings were published online Sunday in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

The research, done with only a couple dozen participants, adds to a growing body of conflicting evidence about decision-making. In one study done in 2007, researchers found that quick decisions were better than those given lots of thought. But a study last year suggested neither snap judgments nor "sleeping on it" trump good old-fashioned conscious thought. more...

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