The Ascencion of the Lord

" While He blessed them, He parted from them and was carried up into Heaven..." Luke 24:51

O Christ, you ascended in glory on the Mount of Olives
in the presence of your apostles. O Lord you who penetrate all things with your divinity, you were enthroned at the right hand of your Father and sent down upon your disciples the Holy Spirit who enlightens, strengthens, and saves our Souls. Amen.

Dieu le Roi!

...on the 400th anniversary of the death of Henri IV.

It was on this day in 1610 that Good King Henri was assassinated.

Henry IV (13 December 1553 – 14 May 1610) was King of France from 1589 to 1610 and (as Henry III) King of Navarre from 1572 to 1610. He was the first monarch of the Bourbon branch of the Capetian dynasty in France. His parents were Queen Jeanne III and King Antoine of Navarre.

As a Huguenot, Henry was involved in the Wars of Religion before ascending the throne in 1589. Before his coronation as king of France at Chartres, he changed his faith from Calvinism to Catholicism and, in 1598, he enacted the Edict of Nantes, which guaranteed religious liberties to the Protestants and thereby effectively ended the civil war. One of the most popular French kings, both during and after his reign, Henry showed great care for the welfare of his subjects and displayed an unusual religious tolerance for the time. He was assassinated by a fanatical Catholic, François Ravaillac.

Henry was nicknamed Henry the Great (Henri le Grand), and in France is also called le bon roi Henri ("the good king Henry") or le Vert galant ("the Green gallant"), a reference to both his dashing character and his attractiveness to women. In English he is most often referred to as Henry of Navarre. He also gave his name to the Henry IV style of architecture, which he patronised. He is the eponymous subject of the royal anthem of France,"Marche Henri IV".

The regicide, François Ravaillac claimed to have experienced a vision in 1609 sending him to convince King Henry IV to convert the Protestant Huguenots to Catholicism. From the period of Pentecost 1609 and May 1610 he made three trips to the capital with the intent of Unveiling his vision to the king. he was never able to meet the king and he interpreted the decision to invade the Spanish Netherlands (Belgium) as the beginning phase of a war against the papacy.

He became increasingly determined to kill King Henry. On 14 May 1610, he waited in ambush on the Rue de la Ferronnerie in Paris, and when the king passed, his carriage was halted was stopped by a comotion in the street. Ravaillac jumped into the carriage and stabbed King Henry to death. He was immediately captured and taken to the Conciergerie.

Ravaillac met a fearsome death, he was scalded with burning sulphur, molten lead, boiling oil and resin, his flesh then being torn by pincers. he was then ripped apart by for horses.

Henri was well loved by his subjects. He ended the costly wars with the nobility by buying them off instead going to war. He truly cared for the welfare of his subjects, and is reputedly quoted as saying, "...If God spares me, I will ensure that there is no working man in my kingdom who does not have the means to have a chicken in the pot every Sunday!.."*

His children include Louis XIII, 1601-1643. Elizabeth Queen of Spain, 1602-1644. Christine Marie, Duchess of Savoy, 1606-1663. Nicolas Henri de France, duc d'Orléans, 1607-1611. Gaston, Duke of Orléans, 1608-1660. ...And Henrietta Maria, Queen of England, (wife of Charles I who was also murdered by regicides) 1609-1669

Louis XX is his direct descendant through Louis XIII.

A celebration of his life may be found here. A really good site, albiet in French.

For a short post which reads as though she was there(?) go here...

Dieu Sauvez le Roy!



From the pagan to the Divine

There are times when something small makes more sense than a book of explanation.

Rockefeller Center is a complex of 19 commercial buildings covering 22 acres between 48th and 51st Streets in New York City. Built by the Rockefeller family, it is located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, spanning between Fifth Avenue and Seventh Avenue. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. It is the largest privately held complex of its kind in the world, and an international symbol of capitalism. In the very front of Rockefeller center is a statue. It is a statue of the Titan called Atlas. Indeed one cannot think of New York's Rockefeller center and not think of the statue of Atlas.

Atlas was the son of the Titan, Iapetus and Clymene, and brother of Prometheus. He is half man and half pagan god, a demi-god. Atlas' body strains under the weight of a globe, a model of the earth, because, according to Greek mythos he was condemned by the pagan god Zeus to bear the weight of the universe upon his shoulders for all eternity.

Directly in front of the Rockefeller Center and in the eyes of Atlas, is St Patrick's Cathedral. Whether the Cathedral was constructed through Providence at that location or Rockefeller Center was constructed as a direct outward confrontation to the faith of Jesus Christ is beyond the scope of this article.

What is most striking is that inside the Cathedral is a shrine, a small one, (in a city where bigger is better, and really bigger is really better,) but it is significant none the less in that the Christ child Jesus is worshiped there. In accordance with Catholic iconography the Christ child is portrayed by a statue holding the earth in his hand. He holds the earth in the palm of His hand and it is seemly weightless in His grasp.

The comparison is this, Jesus the God made Flesh carries the weight of the world and our sins in His one hand. The man made god struggles to carry his mythological burden.

All too often the world calls to us and says, "We are like unto god. We are the master of our own salvation. We can sustain our burden and it will makes us stronger. That there is nothing which we cannot overcome if we have faith in our self".

Jesus Christ tells us in the Gospel reading the opposite. He tells us to lay down our burden and follow Him. "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.” Mt 11:25-30

We must, in the words of St. Claude de la Colombiere, we must trustfully surrender to Divine Providence, because it is only then that we can find true rest from our burden.



Nancy Pelosi, Doctor of the Church?

Once again we see Nancy Pelosi with all her theological training, lecturing the Episcopacy, (remember her on target statements about Saint Augustine and abortion?). Here she is again telling us that Bishops and Cardinals seek her advise on immigration. I can see it now, "One minute Father Bob, I have to call Washington and see what our pal Nancy has to offer us on that issue, before I make my decision." I guess she sees herself as another St. Catherine of Siena or Anna Maria Tiagi. Nancy Pelosi, Doctor of the Church.

I pray for her conversion.


La Raza?

Yes, Communism has done wonders in all the countries is has been tryed. Just ask the millions who have been murdered for the good of the state.

...We are revolutionary Mexican organization here. We understand that this is not just about Mexico. Its about a global struggle against imperialism and capitalism At the forefront of this revolutionary movement is La Raza. We will no longer fall for these lies called borders. We see America as a northern front of a revolutionary movement Our enemy is capitalism and imperialism...

This is the mob. This is the left. It is not the Tea Bag Movement, which the left wing media reports as hateful, aggressive and anti-American. This is a left wing, self proclaimed Communist movement which is hateful aggressive and anti-American.
This is the product of 50 years of liberalism, ignoring the problem, and feeding the beast.

Californians are you wasting you tax dollars?

History lesson to the history teacher... California was sold to the US. Not "stolen" by the US.



Abbe Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes

Good Jesuit, Bad Jesuit tells the story of a juring priest and regicide Emmanuel-Joseph Sieyes. Given the opportunity to become a martyr, he betrayed his faith for the Cult of Reason.

...Maximilian Robespierre and Louis Legendre—the French butcher smiling at the work of destruction, and giving directions to the executioner; on the left pannel will be represented a Jacobin club with red nightcaps (here) on, or, as the French Democrats enrages termed them, bonnets rouge de la liberte: this assembly will be sitting in judgment, and passing sentence on their fellow-citizens, whom they mean to send by wholesale to the Guillotine... more...

Thanks Joseph. A US Navy Commander I once knew had occasion to say, "Anyone can be used as an example, some good, some bad." This is a bad example.

Vive le Roy!


Avi Lipkin on Islam the Religion of Peace and conquering the world.

...On the one hand, there is this deception around the world that Islam is a religion of peace, but Islam calls itself the Religion of the Sword or in Arabic "Din e-seif". No Arabic speaking Moslem will deny this. Allah al-Ilahi is the moon god, the sword god and the war god. The god Allah is "greater" than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who is considered a weak, sissy love and peace God. Their god, Allah, is the macho sword and war god. This is the true meaning of the Moslem call to prayer "Allahu Akbar" or Allah is greater, greater than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

According to Christian theology, it was the Lucifer, Satan, the angel fallen from grace who said he was "greater" than God. Allah therefore can be considered a form of Satan. It is interesting that as a Jew, I cannot preach this theology in synagogues, but I do in churches of all denominations, and this concept of God vs. Satan/Allah is accepted as theologically sound and in conformance with Christian theology...



If my posts of late have been a bit sparse I apologize regretfully. I have entered into a period of discernment, with regards to entering the Deaconate. This process is long and arduous for me and I ask that anyone who reads this will remember me with just one Hail Mary.

Two weeks ago I attended my physician, who asked me to set up an appointment to have some test taken. That was on a Tuesday April 27, 2010. I set up an appointment for the following Tuesday May 4, 2010, but as I was leaving The woman told me that she had made a mistake and that Tuesday was all filled up. On the day of the killing I was called at the last minute not to come in, but it wasn't until the next day that I found out why. The actual story is here...

On the previous Thursday while at dinner with my parish Priest, I was asked by Him to consider the Deaconate. I had long contemplated it but I have never been able to come to a decision.

I believe that God has sent his angels to protect this worthless sinner on several occasions. God doesn't always work in great wondrous ways. It just takes some contemplation to see those wondrous things he does. I have long asked God, why I have survived, a war and an insurrection, aircraft accidents, fires, explosions, and missles, and cancer. He has sent me dreams. Just tell me, Lord.

He has always dragged me kicking and screaming down the isle to the altar. As I write this I see what an idiot I really am. I have been chased by the Hound of Heaven.

My wife will have to agree with the decision if I find God is calling me. She is a miracle too. We never dated, I met her and God told me this is the one. She has been a faithful, long suffering and forgiving woman. She has watched me go on numerous campaigns and each time met me when I returned home.

Mary Immaculate, Pray for me.