Marie-Antoinette the Mother

In order to read the entire list of charges and specifications against Marie-Antoinette, a special permission must be received from the French government. Each nation has a past history which it would rather leave alone perhaps this is one of those incidents. In keeping with the previous article I add this from Tea at Trianon...

In October of 1793, when on trial for her life, Marie-Antoinette was accused by the revolutionary tribunal of sexually abusing her eight-year-old son. When the queen failed to answer, she was badgered for a response. She rose to her feet and faced the crowded courtroom, saying: Si je n'ai répondu, c'est que la nature se refuse à répondre à une pareille inculpation faite à une mère. J'en appelles à toutes celles qui peuvent se trouver ici. "If I do not respond, it is because nature refuses to answer such a charge made to a mother. I appeal to all the mothers who are here!" The spectators, especially the women, applauded the queen and hissed at the revolutionaries, who had overplayed their hand. (see Jean Chalon's Chère Marie-Antoinette) more...

Thanks Elena-Maria,


Change in the air

From Lauren at Marie-Antoinette's gossip guide comes, this short article about Marie-Antoinette's and how she felt about mothers...

19 Avril 1778

Marie Antoinette writes to her mother that things have changed. It was spring, and the air was still fresh and cool. Perfect time for change! From now on, she wrote, she will take care of herself much better- her health is of most importance. Admittedly she never cared to do so before, but that was the old Antoinette!

She also went to Louis about another matter of concern. She asked if he would distribute 4,000 francs to the poor of France. She also made a special note for him to offer 12,000 francs to debtors who were currently in prison.

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Lauren.


Episcopal Nuns and their Chaplain enter the Church

I found out about this yesterday and I thought I would just pass this on. One interesting aspect of this particular convent is they wear a traditional habit.

After seven years of prayer and discernment, a community of Episcopal nuns and their chaplain will be received into the Roman Catholic Church during a Sept. 3 Mass celebrated by Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien.

left: Mother Christina Christie (left), Sister Mary Joan Walker and Sister Emily Ann Lindsey depart the chapel of the All Saints Sisters’ of the Poor convent in Catonsville. The sisters are part an Episcopal order that will be joining the Roman Catholic Church Sept. 3. (CR Staff/Owen Sweeney III)

The archbishop will welcome 10 sisters from the Society of All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor when he administers the sacrament of confirmation and the sisters renew their vows of poverty, chastity and obedience in the chapel of their Catonsville convent.

Episcopal Father Warren Tanghe will also be received into the church and is discerning the possibility of becoming a Catholic priest.

Mother Christina Christie, superior of the religious community, said the sisters are “very excited” about joining the Catholic Church and have been closely studying the church’s teachings for years. Two Episcopal nuns who have decided not to become Catholic will continue to live and minister alongside their soon-to-be Catholic sisters. Members of the community range in age from 59 to 94.

“For us, this is a journey of confirmation,” Mother Christina said. “We felt God was leading us in this direction for a long time.”

Wearing full habits with black veils and white wimples that cover their heads, the sisters have been a visible beacon of hope in Catonsville for decades.

The American branch of a society founded in England, the All Saints’ Sisters of the Poor came to Baltimore in 1872 and have been at their current location since 1917.

In addition to devoting their lives to a rigorous daily prayer regimen, the sisters offer religious retreats, visit people in hospice care and maintain a Scriptorium where they design religious cards to inspire others in the faith.

Throughout their history, the sisters worked with the poor of Baltimore as part of their charism of hospitality. Some of that work has included reaching out to children with special needs and ministering to AIDS patients. Together with Mount Calvary Church, an Episcopal parish in Baltimore, the sisters co-founded a hospice called the Joseph Richey House in 1987.

Orthodoxy and unity were key reasons the sisters were attracted to the Catholic faith. Many of them were troubled by the Episcopal Church’s approval of women’s ordination, the ordination of a gay bishop and what they regarded as lax stances on moral issues.

“We kept thinking we could help by being a witness for orthodoxy,” said Sister Mary Joan Walker, the community’s archivist.

Mother Christina said that effort “was not as helpful as we had hoped it would be.”

“People who did not know us looked at us as if we were in agreement with what had been going on (in the Episcopal Church),” she said. “By staying put and not doing anything, we were sending a message which was not correct.”

Before deciding to enter the Catholic Church, the sisters had explored Episcopal splinter groups and other Christian denominations. Mother Christina noted that the sisters had independently contemplated joining the Catholic Church without the others knowing. When they found out that most of them were considering the same move, they took it as a sign from God and reached out to Archbishop O’Brien.

“This is very much the work of the Holy Spirit,” Mother Christina said.

The sisters acknowledged it hasn’t been easy leaving the Episcopal Church, for which they expressed great affection. Some of their friends have been hurt by their pending departure, they said.

“Some feel we are abandoning the fight to maintain orthodoxy,” said Sister Emily Ann Lindsey. “We’re not. We’re doing it in another realm right now.”

The sisters have spent much of the past year studying the documents of the Second Vatican Council. They said there were few theological stumbling blocks to entering the church, although some had initial difficulty with the concept of papal infallibility.

In addition to worshipping in the Latin rite, the sisters are expected to receive permission to attend Mass celebrated in the Anglican-use rite – a liturgy that adapts many of the prayers from the Episcopal tradition. Mother Christina said 10 archdiocesan priests, including Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden, have stepped forward to learn how to celebrate the Anglican-use Mass.

The sisters expressed deep affection for Pope Benedict XVI. The pope exercises an authority that Episcopal leaders do not, they said. The unity that Christ called for can be found in the Catholic Church under the leadership of the pope, they said.

“Unity is right in the midst of all this,” said Sister Catherine Grace Bowen. “That is the main thrust.”

The sisters noted with a laugh that their love for the pope is evident in the name they chose for their recently adopted cat, “Benedict XVII” – a feline friend they lovingly call “His Furyness.”

George P. Matysek Jr.



The taxicab army, and the rescue of Paris

September 1914 saw the German army moving upon Paris. For the second time in 44 years Paris, "The City of Light", was in danger of being in the path of a German army. As in the Franco- Prussian war barricades were being erected and trees felled on the boulevards of the capital. The city was galvanized into action, Germans marching through Paris was not going to happen again...

The battle of the Ourcq River, 5-9 September 1914

This battle was part of the wider First Battle of the Marne. The German 1st Army, under von Kluck, made up the right wing of the great German advance into France. By the start of September it was moving south, just to the east of Paris, as part of the German advance that threatened to envelope the French armies to the east. However, a gap was beginning to develop between the 1st and 2nd Armies. This gap would be the target of the great Allied counterattack on the Marne and the threat it posed to the German 2nd Army would play a major part in the German decision to retreat.

The extreme right flank of the German advance was protected by the German IV Reserve Corps under General von Gronau. The French command-in-chief, General Joffre, planned to concentrate against the 1st army. Part of that plan would involve an attack by the French 6th Army under General Maunoury, with support from General Gallieni, the military governor of Paris, against the exposed flank of von Kluck’s 1st army. (Above left, General Gallieni)

The battle of the Ourcq did not go entirely to plan. Von Gronau detected the French advance on 5 September, and launched a counterattack that delayed the French attack and allowed von Kluck to move his II Corps north west, from its position south of the Marne to one west of the Ourcq. Over the next three days the rest of the 1st Army would follow. The French were now attacked a major German formation and not the reserve corps they had expected to be facing. Maunoury’s Sixth Army found itself outnumbered and in danger of being enveloped. It was this battle that saw the famous incident in which reinforcements were rushed to the front from Paris in taxi cabs.

By the end of 8 September, von Kluck was ready to launch his own counterattack on his right flank. An initial attack by the IX Corps under General von Quast achieved some local success and even appeared to threaten Paris. However, the situation further along the German line was not so promising. As von Kluck had moved west onto the Ourcq, the gap between the 1st and 2nd armies was forty miles wide. Allied troops, amongst the BEF, were advancing into the gap.

The commander of the 2nd army, General von Bülow, felt that his position was dangerously exposed. On 8 September Moltke dispatched a staff officer, Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Hentsch, to investigate the real situation at the front. He had agreed with von Bülow’s views, and recommended a withdrawal back behind the Marne. On 9 September, von Bülow learnt that four enemy columns were marching through the gap toward the Marne and decided to order a retreat. Once the 2nd army was on the move, von Kluck had no choice but to follow. Over the next five days the Germans pulled back from the Marne to the Aisne. (Above left General Von Bulow)

The fighting on the Ourcq had failed to achieve its initial objective, to outflank the German 1st Army, but by drawing von Kluck north west when he should have been moving south it helped to create the fatal gap in the German line that helped create the miracle of the Marne.


Rickard, J (11 August 2007), Battle of the Ourcq River, 5-9 September 1914 , http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/battles_ourcq.html

Vatican Warns 41 Dissident Italian Priests Who Approved of Eluana Englaro Killing

By Hilary White

ROME, September 8, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - 41 Catholic priests have been issued a formal warning by the Vatican for signing an open letter approving the removal of food and hydration of helpless patients like Eluana Englaro.

Five months ago, in a letter composed by Fr. Paolo Farinella of Genoa, the group complained that a living wills law being prepared by Prime Minister Berlusconi's government excluded the possibility that food and hydration could be withdrawn from patients by doctors to bring about their deaths. Farinella, the author of the article "The right to live a duty to die," is a well-known supporter of euthanasia.

Published by Micromega, a magazine known for its strong secular and anticlerical views, the letter said, "The law on living wills for which the government and the majority [in Parliament] are preparing to vote imprisons freedom of all actors involved at the supreme moment of death."

It has now been revealed, however, that in August, the Vatican's doctrinal office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, (CDF) sent a letter to diocesan bishops and provincial superiors of religious orders asking the bishops to "summon the priests" who signed the letter and "to call them to order and possibly punish them" for their public support for euthanasia.

The letter continued, "Death is a natural event to which all are called, which for believers is the apex of the life lived, the threshold that brings eternity. The decision to end a semblance of existence is the exclusive domain of the person concerned who has the right to expose it in advance in a will or to family in consultation with the doctor acting on this knowledge."

The letter, titled "For Freedom at the End of Life," follows a national outcry in February this year against the dehydration killing of Eluana Englaro, a young woman who spent 17 years in a state of diminished consciousness following a car accident. Eluana's father, Beppino Englaro, successfully petitioned the court to have the food and hydration tube removed from his daughter, while Berlusconi attempted a last-minute, but ultimately failed parliamentary intervention to save her life.

The death of Eluana (often referred to in the press as Italy's Terri Schiavo) after three days of dehydration, emboldened pro-euthanasia and assisted suicide campaigners to lobby to have the Living Wills bill enacted with a provision that would allow doctors to remove hydration for patients unable to communicate.

Currently in Italian law, while patients have the right to refuse medical treatment, food and hydration are regarded as ordinary care. In many western countries, the formal definition of the provision food and water as medical treatment has created a crisis in which many doctors fear that patients are at risk of being dehydrated to death against their or their families' wishes. In Britain, rules regarding removal of fluids could see doctors facing prison sentences for refusing to dehydrate patients to death.

Berlusconi told media this week that the law will demonstrate his government's close ties with the Vatican, which have recently been under strain due to a newspaper scandal involving the PM. Speaking on a television interview, Berlusconi said his government's stance on living wills would strengthen ties with the Church, which he said were already "excellent."

"The defence my government has mounted in favour of several cornerstones of civilized society that also form the basis of Catholic doctrine - such as protecting human life and the family - demonstrate the excellent state of relations we have with the Church."

But it is precisely these "excellent" ties between the Berlusconi government and the Church to which the letter's signatories and defenders object.

Paolo Flores D'Arcais, publisher of the magazine that produced the letter, told Adista news service, "This yet another intimidation against conscience" and "part of a shameless simony exchange between the Church and Berlusconi."

...and these are priests...

Satan has entered the church because he has been invited.

Diue le Roy,

The first word a Catholic used to learn was Obediance. Obediance to God...


The red balloon

I bought this film for my grandchildren to watch. I first saw this film on the CBS Childrens Film Festival, with Kukla, Fran, and Ollie which aired some time in the early 60s. Of all the films I watched this is the one which has always stuck in my mind.

The Red Balloon is the story of a lonely boy (Pascal Lamorisse, son of the director Albert Lamorisse) who finds a large red balloon on the way to school. The balloon has a mind of its own, following him to school, causing no small amount of trouble with the teacher and the principle. Later the balloon waits patiently for him outside his bedroom window when his mother will not allow it in the house. The balloon is an imaginative and playful friend. When it is attacked by bullies, it seems that Pascal's friend is lost. But an unforgettably joyous ending reminds Pascal of the power of friendship.*

I wanted my daughters and grandchildren to experience this film. Why is it not possible to make programs for children anymore like this. The usual Pyxar animation would fail to convey the drama, apthos and simple joy of this film. Instead we are subjected to the likes of a politically correct Sesame street, including it's muppet with aids, the tele-tubbies, and Family guy.


Sequels have been made which are not as good as the first.

*This film is an allegory, ...The little boy is like many of us in the world -- searching for meaning, friends, love. Into his life comes something very beautiful, something that brings him great delight and joy. The adults around him have no use or time for this intruder. The children are fascinated by it. When they can not posesse the balloon for themselves, they destroy it. The balloon resurrects itself and gathers in all the other balloons of Paris. They lift the boy and carry him off into a world not subject to hate and destruction and uncaring. In a way, the balloon is a Christ like figure that is rejected by mankind -- finally murdered -- and then resurrects...

Modesty in Dress

Elena-Maria has posted a link under the title Living The Virtue of Modesty.

I have begun to dress my granddaughters for Mass (above) when my daughter Michelle-Renee has to work. I may be my Marine Corps training, or the fact that I believe that someone should set the example, but more likely probably just good taste has compelled me to place them in a uniform for Mass.

I was presented with a few questions about why they are all dressed similar. I suppose that I could have purchased some moderate and modest dresses, to be worn to Mass, but the point is sometimes when one is setting the example sometimes one has to go to the extreme. I am tired of seeing the fashion terrorists coming to Mass, masquerading as the faithful, wearing AC/DC shirts, piercings in every place the needle would go and revealing clothes on teens and preteens.

I stopped an altar server yesterday (I am in charge of that ministry) and asked him if he could find a long pair of trousers and shoes to wear to serve in? I got a very strange look as though I were speaking in a foreign language!

My argument for dressing properly at Mass is this, if one were invited to see the Pope in a private audience, one would presumably dress appropriately. As we have heard "who is the greater the Master or the servant? It is the master of course! Why then do we feel compelled to visit the master in less than our finest? I have given this no little thought, and my only conclusion is that we the "faithful" have no Faith that Christ is truly present. If that is what we believe then it is better to stay at home and harm no one by your example.

Thanks for getting me started today Elena-Maria!

Elena-Maria has done a series of articles on modestly and attractive apparel for woman, you can find them at her site here...


Their Aunt Geneviève says they look Breton! Wait until I get them coifs! Just kidding. Left to right, Savannah, Kenedie, and Brittany (who has been confirmed and is now known as Marie-Marguerite.)

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

V: The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary

R: And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.

V: Hail Mary, full of grace: The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

R: Holy Mary, Mother of God: Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

V: Behold, the handmaid of the Lord.

R: Be it done unto me according to thy word.

V: Hail Mary ...

R: Holy Mary ...

V: And the Word was made flesh

R: And dwelt among us.

V: Hail Mary ...

R: Holy Mary ...

V: Pray for us, O holy Mother of God,

R: That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

V: Let us pray.

All: Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace unto our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ, our Lord, Amen.
Happy Birthday Mother of the True God.