Joan of Arc's Longest Day

“Rise tomorrow very early, earlier even than today, and do the best that you are able. It will be necessary to keep always near me, for tomorrow I shall have much to do, and greater need of you than I have ever had. Tomorrow the blood will flow from my body, above the breast.” Jheanne la Pucelle

Ben Kennedy reminds us of La Pucelle's longest day at Orleans... More here, and here...

Thanks with a tip of the beret to Ben at Joan of Arc


Jerusalem - Rare Photos In Pre-War Poland

Jerusalem - Israeli website Bechadrei Charedim has posted a rare series of photographs, depicting Polish Jews before the outbreak of World War II.The web site claims the photos are a Lag B’Omer celebration by Chardei Jews going to pray at the tomb of the Rama, Reb Moshe Isserlis, in Crakow.

VIN News has not independently verified the authenticity of these historic photos, nor the event time of the photos, which are of surprisingly good quality and provide an extraordinary snapshot of Polish life some 70 years ago. They clearly capture the feel of Lag B’Omer long ago, showing the crowds that gathered in honor of the day, including various pictures of people davening at various gravesites and collecting tzedaka.

Some readers have told VIN that these photos have also been published in the past in some Jewish newspapers.
Find photos here...

Loking at these photos I am reminded that although they are 60+ years old, most of these if not all pictured he were victims of the Nazi.


Saint Michel Archange, Saint Michael the Archangel.

The Sacred Scriptures have revealed the proper names of only three Angels, all of whom belong to the Choir of the Archangels. The names are well known to all, namely: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael. Ancient apocryphal literature of the Old Testament contains several other names of Archangels in addition to the three just mentioned. Like the sources themselves, these other names are spurious. Names like Uriel, Raguel, Sariel, and Jeremiel are not found in the canonical books of Sacred Scripture, but in the apocryphal book of Enoch, fourth book of Esdras, and in rabbinical literature. The Church does not permit proper names of Angels that are not found in the canonical books of the Bible.

Today is the feast of Saint Michael the Archangel, and my oldest daughter, Michelle-Renee's patron. Here is his prayer, first in French, then Latin and finally in English.

In the liturgy of the Mass, Saint Michael is regarded as the Angel who leads the souls of the faithful departed to heaven: "Deliver them from the lion's mouth, that hell engulf them not, that they fall not into darkness; but let Michael, the holy standard-bearer, bring them into the holy light." (The Mass for the Dead, Offertory. )

Saint Michael is invoked in a particular manner in the prayers recited at the foot of the altar after Mass: "Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, etc." This particular prayer is a condensed form of the general exorcism against Satan and all the evil spirits, published by Pope Leo XIII.

Saint Michel Archange, défendez-nous dans le combat: soyez notre soutien contre la perfidie et les embûches du démon-
Que Dieu réprime son audace ! telle est notre humble prière.
Et vous, Prince de la milice céleste, par la vertu divine, refoulez en enfer Satan et les autres esprits mauvais, qui sont répandus dans le monde pour perdre les âmes.
Ainsi soit-il.

Sancte Michaël Archangele, defénde nos in praelio, contra nequitam et insidias diaboli esto praesidium.-
Imperet illi Deus, supplices deprecamur: tuque, Princeps militiae caelistis, Satanam aliosque spiritus malignos, qui ad perditionem animarum pervagantur in mundo, divina virtute, in inférnum detrude.

Saint Michael, Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And you, Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl the world for the ruin of souls.

About the above prayer to St Michael...
Composed over 100 years ago, and then suppressed due to its startling content, Pope Leo XIII’s original Prayer to St. Michael is one of the most interesting and controversial prayers relating to the present situation in which the true Catholic Church finds itself. On September 25, 1888, following his morning Mass, Pope Leo XIII became traumatized to the point that he collapsed. Those in attendance thought that he was dead. After coming to consciousness, the Pope described a frightful conversation that he had heard coming from near the tabernacle. The conversation consisted of two voices – voices which Pope Leo XIII clearly understood to be the voices of Jesus Christ and the devil. The devil boasted that he could destroy the Church, if he were granted 75 years to carry out his plan (or 100 years, according to some accounts). The devil also asked permission for “a greater influence over those who will give themselves to my service.” To the devil’s requests, Our Lord reportedly replied: “you will be given the time and the power.”

Shaken deeply by what he had heard, Pope Leo XIII composed the original Prayer to St. Michael (which is also a prophecy) and ordered it to be recited after all Low Masses as a protection for the Church against the attacks from Hell.


Note: The above photo of St Michael, from an Orthodox site, shows the Archangel, St. Michael holding a mirror. This is an interesting point, the Achangel humbly never looks upon the face of God directly but only at HIS reflection in the mirror.

A government takeover of the Internet

By Todd Shields

May 6 (Bloomberg) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski claimed power to regulate companies that provide Internet access, opening a fight with cable and telephone companies and sparking opposition from Republicans.

Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable Inc. and Cablevision Systems Corp., cable operators that sell Web connections, fell more than 5 percent in New York trading.

Genachowski’s proposal lays a foundation for net neutrality rules to bar Internet service providers from interfering with users’ traffic. The plan provides “only the modest authority” needed after a U.S. court stripped its power over the Web, Genachowski, a Democrat, said today in a statement.

The plan is “a government takeover of the Internet,” said House Republican Leader John Boehner of Ohio. “Under this job- killing big government scheme, the Obama administration is seeking to expand the power of the federal government.”

This is worrisome. On the road to socialism the government must silence all opposition, either by destroying the reputations, or by remving there ability to speak out.



Finnish Pulla

I always one to post a receipe in hopes that one of the women in my family will bake or cook something for me. I post this from Sword and Sea with much thanks to Matterhorn.

Finnish Pulla

Here is a recipe for making three loaves of pulla, Finland's delicious, sweet cardamom bread. I encourage everyone to try it!


~2 cups milk
~1/2 cup warm water (110 F)
~1 (1/4) package active dry yeast
~1 cup white sugar
~1 tsp. salt
~1 tsp. ground cardamom
~4 eggs, beaten
~9 cups all-purpose white flour
~1/2 cup butter, melted
~1 egg, beaten
~2 tbsp. white sugar


1.Warm milk until it bubbles, then remove from heat and let cool down.
2.Dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in lukewarm milk, sugar, salt, cardamom, eggs, 2cups flour. Beat until dough is smooth and elastic. Add 3 more cups of flour, keep beating. Add melted butter, stir batter well. Beat again. Stir in remaining flour until dough is stiff.
3.Turn dough out of bowl onto floured surface, cover with inverted mixing bowl. Let rest for 15 min. Knead dough. Place it in lightly greased mixing bowl. Turn the dough to grease the top. Cover with a dishtowel. Let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk (1 hr). Punch down, let rise again.
4.Turn out again onto floured surface. Divide into 3 parts. Divide each third into 3 pieces. Roll each piece into a 12-16 in. strip. Braid 3 strips into a loaf. Make 3 large braided loaves. Put braids on greased baking sheets. Let rise for 20 min.
5.Brush each loaf with egg wash, sprinkle with sugar.
6.Bake at 400 F for 25-30 min.

Some versions of the recipe include currants or raisins to taste.

I can feel my stomach growling.


In Flanders Fields, John McCrea, May 1915

While not many veterans have not heard this poem, at least in my generation, the veteran of the Great War knew it. As I read this poem, I am struck by it's pathos and I feel exactly the same way.

Gunnery Sergeant USMC, (ret)
USMC AD, June 27, 1973-Aug 31, 1995

May 10, 1940

On may 10th 1940 for the 3rd time in 70 years the German nation invaded France. In addition to France the Nazis also invaded Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Neville Chamberlain who had appeased Hitler in September 1938 thus opening up the Czechoslovakia for that country's betrayal and absorbtion in the the "Greater German Reich". He was replaced by Winston Churchill who would remain the prime minister for the duration of the war. He would prove to be the right man in the right place at the right time. Here below I have posted some interesting newsreels from May of 1940.

A French Newsreel from later in may 1940 and an appeal for weapons, especially tanks.

Propaganda from the SCA, Service Cinematique Armee, about the refugees escaping from Belguim and the French hurrying north to stem the German advance.

It is always the refugees which pierce my heart. For little Belgium, a neutral at the beginning of the last war as well, the scenes of 1914 are repeated with a vengeance.

Below a German newsreel from May 1940.

Thus the lesson is then as it is now; Appeasement never works, "If you want peace, prepare for war."



Marie notre Mère



The Ogre lands in Elba

It was on this day in 1814 that the self proclaimed Emperor of the French, after losing the Battle of the Nations and surrendering France, landed in Elba, an island in the Mediterranian Sea.

On 20 April 1814 he said a fond farewell to his Guard at Fontainebleau.
...And the Grognards cried...

He would be back for 100 days...

Dieu Sauve le Roy! Vive le Roy!

Jhesu + Marie,


For the King

It is with pleasure that I place on my blog this short advertisment via film for my friend Catherine Delors. I was very impressed he last book Mistress of the Revolution, so I know this will be a best seller.
For the King will be released on July 8, 2010.


Provincia Nostra

Springtime again and time for my 100th viewing of a "A Year in Provence", which leads me to think of lavender, which led me to this short video, in which there are bees which leads me to think of some more honey for my tea.
The mind is a terrible thing to waste...