Class with a capital K

This is the second time I have placed an article on the class of the elite of this country. While never slow to point out any failing of anyone on the right they are given a pass or simply ignored when they make an ass out of themselves. Here is the latest, Maria Carey, in a drunken acceptance speech at the palm Spring Film festival. There is no nobility here, just crassness...

I am not against drinking, God knows it is cultural for my family, but this is sophomoric. There is nothing more immature than to drink irresponsibly and draw attention to oneself. Her half hearted attempt to deflect critism just reinforces my charecterization of her.

Unfortunately for us the world has come to not only expect this behaviour but to accept this behaviour. We watch with delight for the next "wardrobe malfunction", or next salacious "coming out". I tire of it.

The BBC America Channel had a feature during primetime about two women who wanted to start a brothel in London. They not only did so but were aided by Her Majesty's Government by police who ignored it's existance but also by the Exchequer even though it was listed as a brothel. Worse yet, the women were in their 60's. I may be a prude but what great wonder is it when no one goes to Church in England.

We have created a modern day Sodom and Gomorrah.

God save Us.


On the death of Catherine

From the Anne Boleyn files we have a rememberance of the death of Catherine of Aragon...

...On this day in 1536, Catherine of Aragon died at her home, Kimbolton Hall, after being taken ill at the end of December. When Henry VIII was informed of his former wife’s illness, he allowed the Imperial ambassador, Eustace Chapuys, to visit her and he arrived at Catherine’s bedside on the 2nd January...

...Catherine knew that she was dying and she told Chapuys of how she wanted to leave her daughter Mary the gold cross that she had brought over with her from Spain in 1501 and her furs. She also dictated a letter to the man she still loved, Henry VIII:-

“My most dear lord, king and husband, the hour of my dear now drawing on, the tender love I owe you forceth me, my case being such, to commend myself to you, and to put you in remembrance with a few words of the health and safeguard of your soul which you ought to prefer before all worldly matters, and before the care and pampering of your body, for the which you have cast me into many calamities and yourself into many troubles. For my part I pardon you everything and I wish to devoutly pray to God that He will pardon you also. For the rest, I commend unto you our daughter Mary, beseeching you to be a good father unto her, as I have heretofore desired. I entreat you also, on behalf of my maids, to give them marriage portions, which is not much, they being but three. For all my other servants, I solicit the wages due to them, and a year or more, lest they be unprovided for. Lastly, I make this vow, that mine eyes desire you above all things.”more...

Thanks and a tip of the beret...



St Louis IX, demonstrating Wisdom

Jean de Joinville relates,

"...I will tell you about his wisdom. On various occasions he showed himself to be the wisest man in his Council; as for instance when, apart from his Council and on the spur of the moment, he replied to a petition from all the prelates of the kingdom of France. It was as follows:

Bishop Guy of Auxerre addressed him for them all: " Sir " said he " these archbishops and bishops here present, have charged me to tell you that Christendom is falling to pieces and melting away in your hands, and will fall away still further, unless you study to remedy It; inasmuch as no one, nowadays, has any dread of excommunication. Wherefor we desire you, Sir, to order your serjeants and bailiffs to use compulsion on such as have been excommunicated a year and a day, that they may give satisfaction to the Church." And the King, without taking counsel at all, made answer, that he would willingly order his bailiffs and serjeants to use compulsion on those that were excommunicated as they demanded; but that he must be allowed to have cognisance whether the sentence were legal or no.

They consulted together and replied to the King; that they would not give him cognisance of what pertained to religion; and the King in his turn replied; that he would never give them cognisance of what pertained to him; nor would he ever order his serjeants to force those who were excommunicated to procure absolution whether right or wrong. "For if I did so, I should be flying in the face of God and of justice; and I will give you this as an instance: The bishops of Brittany kept the Count of Brittany no less than seven years under sentence of excommunication, and in the end the Court of Rome absolved him. Now, if I had put compulsion on him after the first year, I should have done so wrongly..."


Brother Andre

Catholic Fire presented this article on Brother Andre...
...Andre had a special ministry to the sick. He would rub the sick person with oil from a lamp in the college chapel, and many were healed. Word of his power spread, and when an epidemic broke out at a nearby college, Andre volunteered to help; no one died. The trickle of sick people to his door became a flood. His superiors were uneasy; diocesan authorities were suspicious; doctors called him a quack. "I do not cure," he always said. "Saint Joseph cures." By his death, he was receiving 80,000 letters each year from the sick who sought his prayers and healing...more...

Thanks and a tip of the beret to Jean Heinmann.

On the birthday of Jehanne la Pucelle,


Birthday of Jehanne La Pucelle

From Maid of Heaven by the author Ben D. Kennedy

"...Joan of Arc's birth was not officially recorded in the small town where she was born however the people of her town remembered that she was born on Epiphany, or Twelfth-night, which is January 6. The Epiphany celebrates the revelation of God in human form in the person of Jesus Christ and part of the celebration commemorates the arrival of the three "Wise Men" who were led to the baby Jesus by a star in the sky above Bethlehem. It is very significant that Saint Joan was born on Epiphany because she not only led her people to freedom in this world but she ultimately led them, and generations since, to the true freedom that is only found through Jesus Christ.
Saint Joan of Arc is truly a "brilliantly shining light" of the Kingdom of Heaven and will forever point the way to God.

Jehanne d'Arc
Born January 6, 1412
Died May 30, 1431

"It was during the night of the Epiphany that she first saw the light in this mortal life, and, wonderful to relate, the poor inhabitants of the place were seized with an inconceivable joy. Still uninformed of the birth of the Maid, they ran one to the other, enquiring what new thing had happened. For some, it was a cause of fresh rejoicing. What can one add? The cocks, as heralds of the happy news, crowed in a way that had never been heard before, beating their bodies with their wings; continuing for two hours to prophesy this new event."
--Lord Perceval de Boulanivilliers, writing to the Duke of Milan about Joan's birth.

Saint Joan was born in Domremy, a little village in a part of Eastern France known as Lorraine. At her trial of rehabilitation several of the people from Domremy remembered her birth and childhood in the following ways:

"From my childhood I knew Joan the Maid who was born at Domremy to Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle, husband and wife, honest and decent farmers and true Catholics of good repute. I know this because I was often in company with Joan, and being her friend I went to her father's house... Joan was a good, simple and sweet-natured girl, she went often and of her own will to church and the sacred places and often she was ashamed because of people remarking how she went so devoutly to church. I have heard the priest who was there in her time say that she often came to confession. Joan busied herself like any other girl; she did the housework and spun and sometimes, I have seen her, she kept her father's flocks." Hauviette - childhood friend of Joan

"Jeannette, whom this concerns, was born at Domremy and baptized at the Church of St. Remy, a parish of that place. Her father was called Jacques d'Arc and her mother Isabelle, farmers, during their lifetime, at Domremy. From what I saw and knew they were faithful Catholics and hard workers, of good repute and decent conversation, according to their condition; for several times I spoke with them. I was myself one of Jeanne's godfathers... Jeannette in earliest youth, was well and properly brought up in the faith and good conduct and so much so that nearly all the inhabitants of Domremy loved her..." Jean Morea - farmer who knew Joan as a child

"Joan was of my wife Jeanne's kinsfolk. I knew Jacques d'Arc and Isabelle well, the parents of Joan the Maid, good and true Catholics, and of good repute, and I believe that Joan was born in the town of Domremy and that she was baptized at the font of St. Remy in that town. Joan was of good behavior, devout, patient, going readily to church, willingly to confession, and gave alms to the poor when she could, as I witnessed, both in the town of Domremy and at Burey, at my house, where Joan resided during a period of six weeks. Willingly did she work, spinning, ploughing, keeping the cattle, and did other work suitable for women." Durand Laxart - Joan's uncle

"Joan the Maid, in the time of her youth until she left her father's house, was a good, chaste and simple girl, modest in manner, taking not the name of God nor of His saints in vain, fearing God. She went frequently to church and frequently confessed. The cause of my knowing this is that I was, in those days, churchwarden at the church of Domremy and often did I see Joan come to church, to Mass and to Compline. And when I did not ring the bells for Compline, Joan would catch me and scold me, saying that I had not done well; and she even promised to give me some wool if I would be punctual in ringing for Compline..." Perrin Drappier - churchwarden of Domremy in Joan's childhood

"I was brought up with Joan the Maid next door to her father's house. I know that she was good, simple, pious, fearing God and his saints; she went often and of her own will to church and to sacred places, caring for the sick and giving alms to the poor; this I saw myself, for when I was a child I myself was sick and Joan came to comfort me..." Simonin Musnier - farmer and childhood friend of Joan

More on la Pucelle may be found here, here, here, here,and here... or by typing in the word Jehanne in my search area.

Catherine Delors has a view of Jehanne which is from a french stand point, here... it will direct you to another blog as well in true blogger style, Tea at Trianon....here.

A special tip of the beret to Ben Kennedy.


Jhesu maria was placed on her banner specifically to Praise Jesus and Mary and so I use it here.


A Noble Charity

I was redirected to this appeal by Elena-Maria,


My dear devoted friends,

I am making a special appeal to you today.

Last night we took my 6-year-old son, Thomas, to the emergency room because of symptoms he was displaying that indicated he may have developed diabetes. The hospital doctors confirmed that he had.

Our current financial and insurance situation leaves little if any room to cover the projected on-going costs of managing this illness.

What we are asking of you is this:

In addition to your prayers, please forward this email (Modify as necessary. There is a link at the bottom of this email.) to as many people, bookstores, libraries, youth groups, schools, and book clubs you can, asking them to consider buying Regina Doman's Fairy Tale Novels.

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More details to follow later.

So please forward this email to whoever you think could help us by buying my books.

THANK YOU! Thank you for your prayers for our family and especially for Thomas.

Peace and good, and blessings on your New Year.

Regina Doman



From, "What do the prayers really say"?

WDTPRS - Epiphany - COLLECT (2002MR)

by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf

...Epiphany is from the Greek word for a divine “manifestation” or “revelation”. The Church’s liturgy for the feast, especially in its antiphons for Vespers, reflect the tradition that Epiphany was thought to be the day not only when the Magi came to adore Christ, but also the same day years later when Jesus changed water into wine at Cana, and also when He was baptized by St. John at the Jordan.

Images of these three mysteries has been maintained in the 2002 edition of the Missale Romanum in the artwork on the facing page for the texts, artwork as I have said in the past that is every bit as good as that which Mommy might proudly display on the refrigerator fixed on with magnets of plastic fruit...

Thanks Father...


Tours Undone, Hundreds of cars torched in France at New Year

Tolerance is a weakness in the eyes of the Muslim. Do we look forward to this idiocy in this country?

When my daughter Genevieve studied at UGO in 2006, she witnessed the burnings first hands. For me it was an insult to me that the host country should allow Islamic terror to invade her studies. Be it not forgotten this is terrorism pure and simple. When the actions of mohamadeans cause the people of France to change one thing in their life it is terrorism. As usual the American press calls the perpetraitors disinfrachised youth, a code word for Muslims.

...now a regular form of expression for disenfranchised suburban youths wanting to make sure the rest of the country doesn't forget they exist. And their fiery presence is never felt so strongly as it is each New Year's Eve — the day of France's unofficial festival of car-burning. ..


Fri Jan 1, 2010 2:00pm EST

PARIS (Reuters) - Youths burned 1,137 cars across France overnight as New Year's Eve celebrations once again turned violent, the French Interior Ministry said on Friday.

Car burnings are regular occurrences in poor suburbs that ring France's big cities, but the arson is especially prevalent during New Year's Eve revelry.

The number of vehicles torched was only 10 short of the record 1,147 burned this time last year, even though the Interior Ministry mobilized 45,000 police during the night -- 10,000 more than 12 months ago.

It said police detained 549 people overnight, compared with 288 in 2009 New Year celebrations. However, unlike in previous years, there were no direct clashes between police and youths. "The few disturbances that did take place were brought swiftly under control," the ministry said in a statement.

Under control after 1,147 burned autos doesn't sound like swiftly to me.