Holy Christmas

God Bless Us Everyone!

Joyeux Noel!

AP sources: Al-Qaida link in failed plane attack

Heres how this lays out, this is a Muslim, trying to blow up an aircraft in Detroit. Janet Napolitano is checking into it, while a citizen, defends his life and that of his fellow passengers and wins. Thus a manmade disaster is diverted.

DETROIT – A Northwest Airlines passenger from Nigeria, who said he was acting on al-Qaida's instructions, set off an explosive device Friday in a failed terrorist attack on the plane as it was landing in Detroit, federal officials said.

Flight 253 with 278 passengers aboard was 20 minutes from the airport when it sounded like a firecracker had exploded, witnesses said. One passenger jumped over others and tried to subdue the man. Shortly afterward, the suspect was taken to a front row seat with his pants cut off and his legs burned.

The White House said it believed it was an attempted act of terrorism and stricter security measures were quickly imposed on airline travel, but were not specified.

Law enforcement officials identified the suspect as Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab. Others had slightly different spellings.

One law enforcement source said the man claimed to have been instructed by al-Qaida to detonate the plane over U.S. soil.

"It sounded like a firecracker in a pillowcase," said Peter Smith, a passenger from the Netherlands. "First there was a pop, and then (there) was smoke."

At least one passenger acted heroically.

Smith said the passenger, sitting opposite the man, climbed over passengers, went across the aisle and tried to restrain the man. The heroic passenger appeared to have been burned.

The incident was reminiscent of convicted shoe bomber Richard Reid, who tried to destroy a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001 with explosives hidden in his shoes, but was subdued by other passengers. Reid is serving a life sentence.

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., ranking GOP member of the House Homeland Security Committee, said the flight began in Nigeria and went through Amsterdam en route to Detroit.

A statement Delta, which acquired Northwest, said, "Upon approach to Detroit, a passenger caused a disturbance onboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253. The passenger was subdued immediately and the crew requested that law enforcement meet the flight upon arrival.

"The flight, operated by Northwest using an Airbus 330-300 aircraft with 278 passengers onboard, landed safely. The passenger was taken into custody and questioned by law enforcement authorities."

The FBI and the Homeland Security Department issued an intelligence note on Nov. 20 about the threat picture for the 2009 holiday season from Thanksgiving through Jan. 1. At the time, intelligence officials said they had no specific information about attack plans by al-Qaida or other terrorist groups. The intelligence note was obtained by The Associated Press.

President Barack Obama was notified of the incident and discussed it with security officials, the White House said. It said he is monitoring the situation and receiving regular updates from his vacation spot in Hawaii.

There was nothing out of the ordinary about Flight 253 on Friday until it was on final approach to Detroit, said Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory. That is when the pilot declared an emergency and landed without incident shortly thereafter, Cory said. The plane landed at 12:51 p.m. EST.

One U.S. intelligence official said the explosive device was a mix of powder and liquid. It failed when the passenger tried to detonate it.

The passenger was being questioned Friday evening. An intelligence source said the Nigerian passenger was being held and treated in an Ann Arbor, Mich., hospital.

All the sources spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was continuing.

The official said an official determination of a terrorist act would have to come from the attorney general. The official added that additional security measures were being taken without raising the airline threat level, but declined to describe them.

The White House was coordinating briefings for the president through the Homeland Security Department, the Transportation Security Administration and the FBI.

A law enforcement source said the explosives may have been strapped to the man's body but investigators weren't immediately certain, partly because of the struggle with other passengers.

One passenger from the flight was taken to the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, hospital spokeswoman Tracy Justice said. She didn't know the person's condition, or whether the person was a man or woman. She referred all inquiries to the FBI.

Passenger Syed Jafri, a U.S. citizen who had flown from the United Arab Emirates, said the incident occurred during the plane's descent. Jafri said he was seated three rows behind the passenger and said he saw a glow, and noticed a smoke smell. Then, he said, "a young man behind me jumped on him."

"Next thing you know, there was a lot of panic," he said.

Rich Griffith, a passenger from Pontiac, said he was seated too far in the back to see what had happened. But he said he didn't mind being detained on the plane for several hours. "It's frustrating if you don't want to keep your country safe," he said. "We can't have what's going on everywhere else happening here."

J.P. Karas, 55, of Wyandotte, Mich., said he was driving down a road near the airport and saw a Delta jet at the end of the runway, surrounded by police cars, an ambulance, a bus and some TV trucks.

"I don't ever recall seeing a plane on that runway ever before and I pass by there frequently," he said.

Karas said it was difficult to tell what was going on, but it looked like the front wheel was off the runway.

"We encourage those with future travel plans to stay in touch with their airline and to visit for updates," Homeland Security Department said in a statement.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been briefed on the incident and is closely monitoring the situation.

The department encouraged travelers to be observant and aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious behavior to law enforcement officials.

Dieu le Roy!


Danse folklorique Normand

I have always loved the traditional dress of the various parts of France and their dances. I am saddened by the images as it seems that the young are not carrying on the traditions passed down. Will there come a time when one will no longer see these costumes and the dances will be forgotten. I pray that is not so.

If one looks closely at the coifs worn by these Normand women we see a reflection of Charlotte Cordays coif in scetches of her. A study in the past...


Other dances may be see on this playlist.

Matefaim avec Pommes

I love apples and I try to eat two a day, and this is a great way to abuse all the good that they do for me...

Pommes par Cezanne.

Matefaim avec pommes, originated in Savoie in southeastern France. The name matefaim avec pommes translates as "subdue hunger with apples." It resembles a large crêpe. In Savoie they are often made with shredded potatoes or leeks rather than pommes and served as or with the main course. In this case, the matefaim is a dessert.

À table!

le four 200-210º C - Oven 400º F


6 pommes, moyen - 6 medium apples
1/2 zeste d’orange - zest of 1/2 an orange
200 gr. farine - scant 1/2 cup flour (just over 7 ounces)
200 gr. sucre en poudre - scant 1/2 cup granulated sugar (just over 7 ounces)
2 ouefs - 2 eggs
2 verres de lait (25 cl) - 8.5 oz milk
80 gr. buerre - 3 oz. butter - soft room temperature


1. Peel and core the apples, cut them into chunks.
2. Coat the apple pieces with 2 oz. of the butter, dust the pieces with the powdered sugar.
3. Spread the coated apple pieces in a pan and heat until the sugar is caramelised.
4. In the bowl of an electric mixer, at low speed blend the flour with the remaining powdered sugar.
5. Add the remaining butter.
6. When the butter is incorporated, add the eggs and orange rind. Blend in the milk. The dough will be very soft. Press the dough into a greased 11" tarte ring.
7. Top the dough with the caramelized apples.
8. Cover the tarte with foil and bake for about 30 minutes.

Serve hot or cold.

It will help my cardiologist make his next lease payment on his BMW when I top the serving slices with créme Chantilly (whipped cream flavored with vanilla) or top with crème fraîche. You may with to sprinkle the finished matefaim with cannelle moulue, ground cinnamon.

Bon appétit!


*Louis le Vache had once posted this, he no longer posts so there is no link.

The First Commercial Christmas Card

From Jane Austens World...
"...At the time he commissioned the card, Henry Cole worked in the Public Records Office of London. A busy man, he had been a Captain in the Dragoon Guards, was involved in the introduction of the penny post, helped organise the Great Exhibition in 1851 and was a founder of the Victoria & Albert Museum. In 1843, his schedule was such that he had no time to write to every member of his family and all his friends at Christmas, and so he commissioned JC Horsley to design a card he could send out. Cole had over 1,000 of the cards printed by Joseph Cundell (see the lithographic proof below.) After Cole sent his cards to friends and family, he sold the rest via the post..." More...

Joyeux Noël!
Dieu le Roy!

New Marian Apparition in Cairo?

I do not know what to make of this. I picked this up at Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit. I will make no comments, other than to say this is not Roman Catholic, and therefore not likely to be investigated by the Church. The photos from the earlier alleged apparitions are somewhat vague, as are the latest video footage.


Videos on YouTube indicate that unusual lights are again appearing on a Coptic Orthodox church in the Cairo metropolitan area, this time in a neighborhood known as Warraq.

There are no details as yet as to when the phenomena began, but according to blog reports crowds began forming on December 9 -- a day after the Immaculate Conception feast -- and thousands are now gathering each night, chanting, singing Arabic-style Christian songs, and loudly exclaiming as forms or flashes of light materialize.

The forms of light are vague as taken with what appear to be cell phones and presented on Internet videos but like apparitions that occurred in the late 1960s and early 1970s at other Orthodox churches in Cairo seem to show a bright light in the form of Mary moving amid the domes or over an entrance near an illuminated Cross as a frenzied crowd and beeping taxi horns form an audio backdrop.

It is not clear if any event precipitated the alleged phenomena in this mainly Muslim land, a country to which Mary, Joseph, and the Christ Child fled soon after the Lord's birth.

"Warraq is a small island in greater Cairo's Nile river (Gizza governorate, part of Greater Cairo)," we are informed. "It's a poor district. More than 100,000 have so far witnessed the latest apparitions."

In some cases the form seems to show Mary with a halo around her head -- similar to previous apparitions -- and in other her silhouette momentarily seems to flash a more defined profile. It is not known if natural factors such as lighting could be a causative factor.

From 1968 to 1973, highly similar forms were photographed at St. Mary's Coptic Orthodox Church in Zeitoun -- a Cairo suburb (above right; see too photos here and video here). Orthodox leaders officially approved the apparitions, which were seen by millions, including then-president Abdul Nasser and Church officials. The city checked for lights and could find no physical explanation. That was just before Egypt surrendered to Israel in the Six-Day War.

Later, she also was said to appear at St. Mark's Orthodox Church in the ancient city of Assiut, about 250 miles from Cairo (left; see video) nine years ago. There were no "messages" -- just the luminous phenomena, which also included strange clouds like incense and what appeared to be doves. Meanwhile, there were also phenomena in Assiut starting August 15, 2001, less than a month before the attacks of September 11, which involved terrorists with links to the country. However, there also have been eruptions of manifestations in between.

Notes a website dedicated to the phenomena: "Assiut is one of Egypt's Christian centers, with a 40 percent Coptic population, but also has hundreds of mosques. Hundreds, sometimes thousands of people pray, sing and dance around the church. It was initially thought that the phenomenon were some kind of trick with lasers or a special light show, so the local government ordered the electricity for the entire neighborhood to be switched off for one night, in order to uncover any deception. The light was not affected."

Dieu le Roy,


Hope for the youth!

I found this article floating around today and I had to read it twice. How refreshing to find two young women who have it right. What is more refreshing is that these girls are from a real Catholic College, not an "I'm Ok your Ok..." University like Notre Dame who refused to honour their Faith by asking an abortion monger to speak at commencement. No this is the down to life Dominican run, Providence University in Rhode Island. This is a good read and gives me hope in the youth of the Church.

From their newsletter the Cowl...

What In the World Happened to Romance?
Two Sophomore Girls Speak Out About The Dating Scene at PC

"...By giving into this culture that pushes instant gratification at all costs and downplays feelings and emotions, you're not rebelling, standing out, empowering yourself, or making a difference. Instead, you're doing the complete opposite: you're pushing yourself into a corner, reprogramming yourself to repel love (yes, love, that nearly foreign word that seems to have joined the dinosaurs in the land of extinction), attempting to hardwire your emotions to an on and off switch. In the future, when you're ready to experience a real relationship, it will be a lot harder to turn on. Why sacrifice who you are, what you feel, and what you want? By saying no, you're standing out, you're making a difference, and all eyes will be on you...no more blending into the crowd of micro-minis, stilettos, over-the-top intoxication, and submissive attitudes. Why is everyone so scared of being the good girl?..." more...

Dieu le Roy!

Les 12 Promesses du Sacré-Coeur

1. Je leur donnerai toutes les grâces nécessaires à leur état.
2. Je mettrai la paix dans leur famille.
3. Je les consolerai dans toutes leurs peines.
4. Je serai leur refuge assuré pendant la vie et surtout à la mort.
5. Je répandrai d'abondantes bénédictions sur toutes leurs entreprises.
6. Les pécheurs trouveront dans mon Cœur la source et l'océan infini de la miséricorde.
7. Les âmes tièdes deviendront ferventes.
8. Les âmes ferventes s'élèveront à une grande perfection.
9. Je bénirai moi-même les maisons où l'image de mon Sacré-Cœur sera exposée et honorée.
10. Je donnerai aux prêtres le talent de toucher les cœurs les plus endurcis.
11. Les personnes qui propageront cette dévotion auront leur nom écrit dans mon Cœur, où il ne sera jamais effacé.
12. Je te promets, dans l'excès de la miséricorde de mon Cœur, que son amour tout-puissant accordera à tous ceux qui communieront les premiers vendredis du mois, neuf fois de suite, la grâce de la pénitence finale, qu'ils ne mourront point dans ma disgrâce, ni sans recevoir leurs Sacrements, et que mon divin Cœur se rendra leur asile assuré à cette dernière heure.

Mon grande Seigneur,
quelquefois j'oublie.
Je suis désolé...

Dieu le Roy!

1. I will give them all the graces necessary for their state in life.
2. I will give peace in their families.
3. I will console them in all their troubles.
4. They shall find in My Heart an assured refuge during life and especially at the hour of death.
5. I will pour abundant blessings on all their undertakings.
6. Sinners shall find in My Heart the source and infinite ocean of mercy.
7. Tepid souls shall become fervent.
8. Fervent souls shall speedily rise to great perfection.
9. I will bless the homes in which the image of My Sacred Heart shall be exposed and honoured.
10. I will give to priests the power to touch the most hardened hearts.
11. Those who propagate this devotion shall have their name written in My Heart, and it shall never be effaced. 12. The all-powerful love of My Heart will grant to all those who shall receive Communion on the First Friday of nine consecutive months the grace of final repentance; they shall not die under My displeasure, nor without receiving their Sacraments; My Heart shall be their assured refuge at the last hour.

My Great Lord, sometimes I forget, I am sorry...

Ste. Marguerite d'Youville, 23 Dec.

Marguerite d'Youville (1701-1771)
Fondatrice de la Congrégation des Soeurs de la Charité

Première fleur de sainteté aux racines canadiennes, MARGUERITE d'YOUVILLE naît à Varennes (Québec), le 15 octobre 1701. Enfant de Christophe Dufrost de Lajemmerais et de Marie-Renée Gaultier de Varennes, ella sera suivie de deux soeurs et trois frères. À sept ans, elle est orpheline de père. Sa famille connaît dès lors une grande pauvreté. Grâce à l'influence de Pierre Boucher, son arrière-grand-père, Marguerite bénéficie de deux années d'études chez les Ursulines de Québec. Ses éducatrices décèlent chez elle un caractère bien trempé et une grande maturité.

De retour au foyer, l'adolescente seconde sa mère dans la tenue de la maison et l'éducation de ses frères et soeurs. Plus tard, elle suit à Montréal sa mère remariée et fait la connaissance de François d'Youville qu'elle épouse en 1722. Très tôt, elle réalise qu'il devient indifférent à son foyer. Elle souffre de ses fréquentes absences et de son commerce de l'alcool avec les Indiens. Des six enfants qu'elle met au monde, quatre décèdent en bas âge. À ces épreuves s'ajoute celle de la cohabitation avec une belle-mère exigeante. Lorsqu'une maladie soudaine et mortelle atteint son mari, Marguerite veille sur lui avec tendresse jusqu'à ce qu'il meure, en 1730, la laissant enceinte du sixième enfant qui ne survivra pas.

La jeune veuve saisit progressivement l'amour de sollicitude de Dieu pour tous les humains et se sent pressée de manifester cette compassion autour d'elle. Avec une immense confiance en la Providence de ce Dieu qu'elle aime comme un Père, elle entreprend de multiples ceuvres en réponse à des besoins non comblés. Tout en veillant à l'éducation de ses deux fils qui deviendront prêtres, elle accueille chez elle une aveugle, le 21 novembre 1737. Puis, avec trois compagnes qui partagent ses visées, elle se consacre à Dieu, le 31 décembre 1737, pour le servir dans la personne des plus démunis. Marguerite devient alors, à son insu, fondatrice de l'Institut connu plus tard sous le nom de Soeurs de la Charité de Montréal, "Soeurs Grises".

En se rangeant du côté des pauvres, Marguerite fait éclater les cadres sociaux de son époque. Aussi cette femme audacieuse est-elle la cible des railleries et des calomnies des siens et de son milieu. Elle persévère dans son projet malgré une santé ébranlée et la mort d'une associée.

L'incendie qui détruit son logis l'amène à radicaliser son engagement au service des pauvres. Avec ses deux compagnes de première heure, elle s'engage, le 2 février 1745, à tout mettre en commun pour aider un plus grand nombre de personnes dans le besoin. Deux ans plus tard, la "mère des pauvres", comme on l'appelle déjà, prend la direction de l'Hôpital des Frères Charon qui tombe en ruine. Elle en fait un refuge pour toutes les misères humaines que son oeil perspicace sait découvrir. Avec ses soeurs et les collaborateurs et collaboratrices dont elle s'entoure, Marguerite met sur pied des services en faveur des pauvres aux mille visages.

En 1765, un incendie ravage l'hôpital, mais non la foi et le courage de la fondatrice. Elle invite alors ses soeurs et les pauvres à reconnaître le passage de Dieu dans cette épreuve et à le louer. Et comme si elle voyait l'avenir, elle entreprend, à 64 ans, la reconstruction de ce refuge des gens mal pris. Épuisée, Marguerite décède le 23 décembre 1771, laissant le souvenir d'une mère qui a servi avec compassion Jésus Christ dans les démunis.

Le petit grain jeté en terre canadienne en 1737 par cette fille de l'Église, devient un arbre qui étend ses racines sur presque tous les continents. Les Soeurs de la Charité de Montréal, "Soeurs Grises", avec leurs communautés-soeurs: les Soeurs de la Charité de St-Hyacinthe, les Soeurs de la Charité d'Ottawa, les Soeurs de la Charité de Québec, les Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heurt (Philadelphia) et les Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (Pembroke) poursuivent la même mission avec audace et espérance.

Le 3 mai 1959 le pape Jean XXIII proclamait bienheureuse cette Mère à la charité universelle, cette femme au coeur sans frontière. Depuis ce jour, la dévotion du peuple à cette grande servante des pauvres n'a cessé de croître et de nombreuses faveurs sont obtenues par son intercession. L'une d'elles, la guérison d'une jeune femme atteinte de leucémie myéloblastique en 1978, a servi de miracle requis pour sa canonisation.

Aujourd'hui encore, Marguerite d'Youville sait comprendre, pour les avoir vécues, les situations pénibles qui marquent tant d'enfants orphelins, d'adolescents inquiets de l'avenir, de jeunes filles aux espoirs déçus, d'épouses brimées dans leur amour, de familles monoparentales, de personnes engagées dans les oeuvres caritatives et de celles dont la vie est consacrée à Dieu au service de leurs frères et soeurs.

Le 3 mai 1959 le pape Jean XXIII proclamait bienheureuse cette Mère à la charité universelle, cette femme au coeur sans frontière. Depuis ce jour, la dévotion du peuple à cette grande servante des pauvres n'a cessé de croître et de nombreuses faveurs sont obtenues par son intercession. L'une d'elles, la guérison d'une jeune femme atteinte de leucémie myéloblastique en 1978, a servi de miracle requis pour sa canonisation.

Aujourd'hui encore, Marguerite d'Youville sait comprendre, pour les avoir vécues, les situations pénibles qui marquent tant d'enfants orphelins, d'adolescents inquiets de l'avenir, de jeunes filles aux espoirs déçus, d'épouses brimées dans leur amour, de familles monoparentales, de personnes engagées dans les oeuvres caritatives et de celles dont la vie est consacrée à Dieu au service de leurs frères et soeurs.

Héritage Spirituel de la fondatrice

Marguerite d’Youville laisse à ses contemporains et aux générations à venir un héritage spirituel marqué par une compassion sans bornes pour les pauvres et par une foi inébranlable en Dieu-Père et en sa Providence.

Très tôt dans sa vie, elle acquiert la certitude que tous les êtres humains sont frères et soeurs devant Dieu. Elle n’hésite d’ailleurs pas à défendre des principes tels que la dignité et l’égalité pour tous. Son exemple demeure à jamais une source d’inspiration pour ceux qui travaillent à l’avènement d’une civilisation d’amour et de justice.

La Mission...

Les Soeurs Grises marchent sur les pas de leur fondatrice, Marguerite d’Youville. Elles aspirent à refléter, dans leur vécu quotidien, l’amour de Dieu pour tous et plus spécialement pour les personnes laissées-pour-compte, marginales et pauvres.

Plusieurs valeurs sous-tendent la mission apostolique de la congrégation :

Solidarité avec les pauvres;
Prise de risques pour la promotion de la justice;
Attitude contemplative et découverte de la présence constante de Dieu dans leur vie;
Ouverture, soutien mutuel et coresponsabilité dans la congrégation et dans l’Église;
Protection du caractère sacré de la vie (respect des droits humains et sauvegarde de l’environnement).

MARGUERITE d'YOUVILLE, the first native Canadienne to be elevated to sainthood, was born October 15, 1701 at Varennes, Quebec. She was the eldest of six children born to Christophe Dufrost de Lajemmerais and Marie-Renée Gaultier. Her father died when she was seven years old leaving this family of six in great poverty. It was only through the influence of her great grandfather, Pierre Boucher, that she was enabled to study for two years at the Ursulines in Quebec. Upon her return home, she became an invaluable support to her mother and undertook the education of her brothers and sisters.

She married François d'Youville in 1722 and the young couple made their home with his mother who made life miserable for her daughter-in-law. She soon came to realize that her husband had no interest in making a home life. His frequent absences and illegal liquor trading with the Indians caused her great suffering. She was pregnant with her sixth child when François became seriously ill. She faithfully cared for him until his death in 1730. By age 29, she had experienced desperate poverty and suffered the loss of her father and husband. Four of her six children had died in infancy.

In all these suffering Marguerite grew in her belief of God's presence in her life and of his tender love for every human person. She, in turn, wanted to make known his compassionate love to all. She undertook many charitable works with complete trust in God, who she loved as a Father.

She provided for the education of her two sons, who later became priests, and she welcomed a blind woman into her home. Marguerite was soon joined by three young women who shared her love and concern for the poor. On December 31, 1737, they consecrated themselves to God and promised to serve him in the person of the poor. Marguerite, without even realizing it, had become the foundress of the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, "Grey Nuns".

Marguerite always fought for the rights of the poor and broke with the social conventions of her day. It was a daring move that made her the object of ridicule and taunts by her own relatives and neighbors. She persevered in caring for the poor despite many obstacles. She was in weakened health and mourning the death of one of her companions when a fire destroyed their home. This only served to deepen her commitment to the poor. On February 2, 1745, she and her two early companions pledged themselves to put everything in common in order to help a greater number of persons in need. Two years later, this "mother of the poor" as she was called, was asked to become director of the Charon Brothers Hospital in Montreal which was falling into ruin. She and her sisters rebuilt the hospital and cared for those in most desperate human misery. With the help of her sisters and their lay collaborators, Marguerite laid the foundation for service to the poor of a thousand faces.

In 1765 a fire destroyed the hospital but nothing could destroy Marguerite's faith and courage. She asked her sisters and the poor who lived at the hospital, to recognize the hand of God in this disaster and to offer him praise. At the age of 64 she undertook the reconstruction of this shelter for those in need. Totally exhausted from a lifetime of self-giving, Marguerite died on December 23, 1771 and will always be remembered as a loving mother who served Jesus Christ in the poor.

Marguerite was one woman, but this daughter of the Church had a vision of caring for the poor that has spread far and wide. Her sisters have served on almost every continent. Today, her mission is courageously carried on in a spirit of hope by the Sisters of Charity of Montreal, "Grey Nuns" and their sister communities: the Sisters of Charity of St. Hyacinthe, the Sisters of Charity at Ottawa, the Sisters of Charity of Quebec, the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart (Philadelphia) and the Grey Sisters of the Immaculate Conception (Pembroke).

Pope John XXIII beatified Marguerite on May 3, 1959 and called her "Mother of Universal Charity" - a well-merited title for one who continues to this day to reach out to all with love and compassion. Marguerite d'Youville can sympathize with the unfortunate and painful situation of so many orphans, with adolescents worried about the future, with disillusioned girls who live without hope, with married woman suffering from unrequited love and with single parents. But most especially, Marguerite is a kindred spirit with all who have given their lives to helping others. The power of Marguerite's intercession before God was clearly evidenced when a young woman stricken with acute myelobastic leukemia in 1978 was miraculously cured. This great favor opened for Marguerite the door to the official proclamation of sainthood.

Prayer to Saint Marguerite

St. Marguerite d'Youville

During your lifetime, you opened your heart and home to every type of human misery. Listen now to our prayer of petition

We count on you to plead with the God of love to grant the favor we seek with confidence and trust. Gift us as you were gifted; With ever deepening faith, with firm hope and trust. Let our life be for all a service of love.

Mother of Universal Charity, your love for the poor made the impossible possible. Please make haste to help us. Amen.

Dieu le Roy!

See these...
Vocations begin with the parents

There was Blessed Jeanne Jugan

Monterai-je jusqu'à l'Autel/Will he one day go to the altar?


Publications: Click here

Contact, in the United States, click here... Canada cliquez ici...


Ô nuit de lumière et de joie!

Merveille que les anges
Dans la nuit ont annoncé !
Le cœur en fête, partons voir l'enfant
Qui nous est né.
Le ciel aux alentours rayonne de clarté.
Ô nuit de lumière et de joie, Jésus est né !
Ô nuit de lumière et de joie !

Allons par les collines, une étable est son abri.
Dans la mangeoire, nous verrons l'enfant
Que Dieu bénit.
C'est lui notre Sauveur, les anges nous l'ont dit.
Ô nuit de lumière et de joie, Jésus est né !
Ô nuit de lumière et de joie !

Pour lui, sans le savoir,
Depuis longtemps nos cœurs veillaient.
En grande joie, nous saluerons Jésus, l'enfantelet.
Voici qu'il nous attend le prince de la paix !
Ô nuit de lumière et de joie, Jésus est né !
Ô nuit de lumière et de joie !

Joyeux Noël!

Marguerite de Provence

Today marks the death of Queen Marguerite de Provence wife Saint Louis IX and Sister in law to another, Isabel de France.

Marguerite de Provence was born in Forcalquier, in the first part of 1221 was the eldest daughter of Ramon Berenguer IV, Count of Provence and Beatrice of Savoy. She was noted for her beauty, she was said to be "pretty with dark hair and fine eyes". At the age of thirteen she became the wife of a twenty year old Louis IX and was crowned Queen the next day. In an age when childbearing was considered as proper and in keeping with the highest devotion of a wife, she bore the king eleven children, five sons and six daughters. Marguerite was devoted to her husband and it is related that on cold nights Margaret would place a robe around Louis' shoulders, when her deeply pious husband arose to pray.

During the 6th crusade (7th by some reckoning) when Louis IX was in captivity his Crusading army was commanded by Queen Marguerite, the first and only time in the history of the crusades that a crusade was lead by a woman.

Upon the death, on 25 August 1270, of King Louis IX, Marguerite returned to France and died 25 years later on 21 December 1295 in Paris.
This remarkable and oft forgotten queen died at the age of 74.

Dieu Le Roy!

See the Memoirs of Jean de Joinville

See also the Mad Monarchist's article on Marguerite

'Heroic' decree for wartime pope sparks anger among Jews


RELATIONS BETWEEN the Catholic Church and Jews struck a familiar raw nerve at the weekend when Pope Benedict XVI approved a decree of “heroic virtue” for the wartime pope, Pius XII.

The controversial Pius was one of 17 people approved by Benedict last Saturday in a list that also included Pope John Paul II and Father Jerzy Popieluszko, a Polish priest killed by Polish secret services in 1984.

The decree of heroic virtue is an important step on the path to sainthood, representing an official finding that the candidate lived a saintly life. The candidate may now be referred to as “venerable” and, if two miracles are documented and accepted by the Vatican’s Congregation for the Cause of Saints, the candidate will be beatified and later sanctified.

While there are unlikely to be many problems relative to John Paul II’s claims to sainthood, the same clearly cannot be said of Pius. For most of the last 60 years, many Jewish groups have argued that Pius, who was pope from 1939 to 1958, was guilty not only of not publicly condemning Hitler’s Nazi-Fascist regime but also of doing little or nothing to prevent the death of an estimated six million Jews in the Holocaust.

The inclusion of Pius in Saturday’s list took Vatican observers by surprise. Most Vatican commentators had expected John Paul II to be on the list, but not Pius XII, thus generating the suspicion that the Holy See had tried to “slip in” one highly controversial pontiff, Pius, for the price of one widely admired one, John Paul II.
Pope Benedict’s announcement prompted immediate criticism from the worldwide Jewish community. In Italy, the president of the Association of Italian Rabbis, Giuseppe Laras, said: “ is a sad one because I cannot help but think of what happened during the Shoah [Holocaust]. The figure of this pope is a controversial one because he did not shout out loud his outrage and his opposition to the Shoah and against the extermination of people whose only crime was that of being Jewish.”

In a joint note, three other senior figures in the Italian Jewish community, Riccardo Di Segni, Renzo Gattegna and Riccardo Pacifici argued the decision might be premature, since a joint Vatican-Jewish Commission of historians was still considering Pope Pius’s record, adding: “The joint commission . . . still has to get full access to the archives. Let us not forget the deportation of Jews from Italy, in particular train 1021 on October 16th, 1943, which took Italian Jews to Auschwitz from Rome, in face of the silence of Pius XII.”

Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League in the US said: “We are saddened . . . that the pontiff would feel compelled to fast-track pope Pius at a point where the issue of the record – the history and the coming to a judgment – is still wide open.”

Stiring up the pity party. As with my previous post notice how just being on the planet during the holocust makes one guilty of complicity.

Convert to the true faith and learn forgiveness...

Dieu le Roy!

Army General legislates Morality regarding Pregnant Troops

Pregnancy in Iraq could mean court-martial

By Anne Flaherty - The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — An Army general in northern Iraq has added pregnancy to the list of reasons a soldier under his command could be court-martialed.

The new policy, outlined last month by Maj. Gen. Anthony Cucolo and released Friday by the Army, would apply to both female soldiers who become pregnant on the battlefield and the male soldiers who impregnate them.

Civilians reporting to Cucolo also could face criminal prosecution under the new guidelines.

Army spokesman George Wright said the service typically sends home from the battlefield soldiers who become pregnant. But it is not an Army-wide policy to punish them under the military’s legal code, he said.

However, division commanders like Cucolo have the authority to impose these type of restrictions to personnel operating under their command, Wright said.

Cucolo oversees forces in northern Iraq, an area that includes the cities of Kirkuk, Tikrit and Mosul. His Nov. 4 order was first reported by the military newspaper Stars and Stripes.

Cucolo’s order outlines some 20 barred activities. Most of them are aimed at keeping order and preventing criminal activity, such as selling a weapon or taking drugs.

But other restrictions seemed aimed at preventing soldiers from leaving their unit short-handed, including becoming pregnant or undergoing elective surgery that would prevent their deployment.

Under Cucolo’s order, troops also are prohibited from “sexual contact of any kind” with Iraqi nationals. And, they cannot spend the night with a member of the opposite sex, unless married or expressly permitted to do so.

While in the Marine Corps I was thankfully devoid of Woman Marines except while in garrison.

By the attempt to legislate morality upon the troops under his command general Coculo has usurpted a province of God. My problem is in the last paragraph, "...And, they cannot spend the night with a member of the opposite sex, unless married or expressly permitted (What?!) to do so..." I take this to mean that a married Catholic military couple, must now choose to face the wrath of a general or God, by avoiding pregancy by use of contraceptives. Hubris is the definition of these people.

Dieu le Roy!

Cucolo is a graduate of the Military Academy at West Point and holds a master's degree in organizational management from the University of San Francisco. (Suprise!)

President Medvedev Signed a Law Restricting the Advertising of Abortion

"...21 December 2009, President Dmitri Medvedev approved amendments to the federal law on advertising that aim at establishing additional restrictions on the advertising of medical services for abortion, the presidential press service said. The RF Gosduma passed the bill on 11 December and the Federation Council approved it on 16 December. The new law, in particular, prohibits the advertising of abortion to minors in printed publications, audio and video recording, on television and radio broadcasts, in films and video services of all types, on any public transport vehicle or public transport facilities. They cannot be posted in children’s services, schools, health resorts, health organisations, fitness and sports facilities, or at a distance closer than 100metres from them, as well as several other stipulated cases..." Inter-fax

Why would a US President never do this in this country? It is because this is not a Christian country, just a country with Christians.

Dieu le Roy.

Voices form Russia

Is this vengance or is this justice?

Yahoo news picked up this story and posted it. At 89 years old this man, has stated that he was a guard, but had no direct involvement in the murders. “...The prosecution argues that, even with no living witnesses who can implicate Demjanjuk in specific acts of brutality, just being a guard at a death camp means he was involved in murder. The 27,900 counts of accessory to murder come from the number of people transported to Sobibor and killed during the time Demjanjuk allegedly worked there...”(1) Sobidor is the only concentration camp where a successful escape was made in 1943. So what is the point? It can only be vengeance, pure and unadulterated. Why do the Jews hate Slavs?

This is incredible. The German bund, and Munich court, in an effort to be as repentant as they possibly appear, have found a new precedent, that is, being on the planet when when atrocities were being committed. When will this end with these people? I have not heard of the Vendeans hunting down the desendants of the Repulicans who committed genocide in the Vendée, nor the Armenians against the Turk for that Genocide. Only Muslim Bosnians have I heard, seeking vengance for the supposed crimes of the Serbs, ...But that is still fresh in the minds of both sides, not 65 years on.

I think it is fortunate that the Jews who voted for the death of the Savior are no longer considered accomplices to the Romans, but then again vengeance is the Lords prerogative.

Demjanjuk unmoved as Holocaust survivors testify

MUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – John Demjanjuk sat impassively while Holocaust survivors on Monday recalled the horrors of Nazi Germany at his trial on charges of helping to force 27,900 Jews into gas chambers in 1943.

German state prosecutors accuse Demjanjuk, who was top of the Simon Wiesenthal Center's list of most-wanted war criminals, of assisting in killings at the Sobibor death camp in Poland, where prosecutors say at least 250,000 Jews were killed.

The 89-year-old sat in his wheelchair and showed no emotion as eight plaintiffs, some of them with tears in their eyes and their voices breaking, described how they had survived the Holocaust while their relatives perished.

Demjanjuk denies he was involved in the Holocaust and his family insists he is too frail to be standing trial.

One of the plaintiffs, Robert Cohen, 83, whose brother and parents were killed at Sobibor, described his experiences at Nazi death camps including Auschwitz.

"We didn't know what was going on," the Amsterdam-born pensioner told the court during the morning session. "We thought we had to work."

Due to Demjanjuk's frailty, hearings are limited to two 90-minute sessions a day. His case is likely to be Germany's last major Nazi-era war crimes trial.

Demjanjuk was born in Ukraine and fought in the Soviet army before being captured by the Nazis and recruited as a camp guard. He emigrated to the United States in 1951.

In May, he was extradited from the United States where he had lived in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

Demjanjuk has acknowledged being at other camps but not at Sobibor, which prosecutors say was run by between 20 and 30 members of the Nazi SS and up to 150 Soviet former prisoners of war.

In the Sobibor gas chambers, Jews died within 20 to 30 minutes after inhaling a toxic mixture of carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide, prosecutors said. Groups of about 80 were forced into gas chambers measuring about 4 by 4 meters (13 ft by 13 ft).

(Reporting by Christian Kraemer; writing by Paul Carrel; editing by Robin Pomeroy)

Dieu le Roy!
(1) Borrowed from Voices of Russia.