Stabat Mater: Meditations for the Stations of the Cross

The Stabat Mater is recognized as the tenderest and most pathetic hymn of the Middle Ages. In the simplest, and at the same time in the most vivid manner, it represents the Blessed Mother of God plunged in grief and weeping beneath the Cross on which her beloved Son was suffering so unmerited and so painful a death.

The historical event (John 19, 25) is narrated in the first, second and fourth stanzas. The remaining stanzas are made up of reflections, affections, petitions, and resolutions arising from the contemplation of Our Lord's bitter sufferings and death.

The hymn "Stabat Mater" is ascribed to Jacopone da Todi, O.F.M. (d.1306). METER: Trochaic dimeter. The english translation of the Latin text is by Father Caswall and is perhaps the most extensively used. Composer: Claudio Casciolini (1697 - 1760).



L'action Immédiate!! pour la défense de Christ et son église!

Chers amis,

Cette fois-ci les dirigeants de notre pays vont trop loin.

Les profanations des cimetières chrétiens qu'ils passent sous silence, les groupes musicaux appelant ouvertement au meurtre des chrétiens (Hellfest) qu'ils autorisent, etc..

Bref la discrimination anti-chrétienne on connait.

Mais là, ils profanent le Christ lui même et ce d'une façon ignoble. Les limites du soutenable sont dépassées et moralement nous n'avons pas le droit de laisser de telles attaques publiques contre Dieu.

Tranquillement réunis pour cette ignominie, leurs logos sur le "Piss Christ" , une mairie UMP, un ministère du gouvernement Sarkozy, une région PS, et un groupe privée LVMH.

Avant d'agir vous pouvez vérifier l’authenticité de cette affaire:

1) Wikipedia piss christ : http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piss_Christ

2) Site officiel Collection Avignon : http://www.collectionlambert.com

3) Article sur le contexte de la photo : http://www.lesinrocks.com

Faites pression par téléphone :

Maire d’Avignon : 04 90 80 83 85

Club des actionnaires de LVMH : 01 44 13 22 22

Michel Vauzelle, Pt conseil régional PACA : 04 91 57 50 57

Lambert, propriétaire du Piss Christ : 01 42 71 09 33

Directeur de l'Hotel particulier d'Avignon où est exposé le Piss Christ : 04 90 16 56 20

Ensuite, faites ce qui est en votre pouvoir: téléphonez, écrivez aux députés UMP, à LVMH et ses marques Dior, Guerlain, Moët, Hennessy, (liste des société sur LVMH.com), aux journalistes que vous connaissez, aux évêques, trouvez d'autres e mail, allez voir les responsables publics et privés, faites jouer les réseaux, etc. Dans d'autres pays l'œuvre immonde a été bannie grâce à l'action de chrétiens et de nombreuses personnes scandalisées. Dieu regarde ce que la fille ainé de l'Eglise va faire. Alors levons nous, sans haine, mais avec une extrême fermeté. Cordialement à tous.

Alain Escada, secrétaire général de Civitas

Montjoie! Saint Denis!

Si vous plaisez, signez le manifeste, ici...

Reportage de i>télé, c'est ici :

In Avignon, an exhibit called "I believe in miracles" is being exposed and it includes a picture of a crucifix immersed in urine. Posters of this blasphemous image, called "Piss Christ", are exposed publicly in the streets of the city.

The Ministry of Culture of the Sarkozy government, the City Council and the Regional Council are currently supporting this exhibition with funds. The group LVMH (Dior, Guerlain, Moet, Hennessy, etc.), directed by Bernard Arnauld, is co-financing this "Piss Christ" and has put its logo on the poster, while this same group LVMH is defined on its website as "the Ambassador of the Western lifestyle in its most refined products"! (Note: We understand why the company Hermès recently battled not to be swallowed up in this group.) Finally, some secondary sponsors (not present on the posters) are involved in this blasphemy as SNCF [the national railway company] or the Cartier Foundation.

In the USA and in Australia, this 1987 blasphemous photo was banned.

The Sarkozy government, the UMP City Council, the PS General Council and LVMH, are quietly promoting it in Avignon, this former city of the popes. The work is installed in one of the finest mansions in the city, transforming it into a sort of temple of blasphemy.

In front of these unacceptable facts, we demand of the authorities and officers involved the following immediate steps:

1 - To remove the blasphemous picture from the exhibit and ban any public display in France, because of its provocative and discriminatory character against Christians.

2 - To remove and destroy all communication media using this photo (posters, commemorative markers, brochures etc...).

3 - To stop all public and private funding for this exhibit (which will be one million Euros in the next ten years, a large part subsidized by the taxpayer).

We expect the realization of these three measures without any possible negotiations before Easter.

Please sign the petition here...

Watch the video, and you will see the disgrace.


Triangle Shirt Waist Fire of 1911

A disaster whose story rivals that of 9/11.

Near closing time on Saturday afternoon, March 25, 1911, a fire broke out on the top floors of the Asch Building in the Triangle Waist Company. Within minutes, the quiet spring afternoon erupted into madness, a terrifying moment in time, disrupting forever the lives of young workers. By the time the fire was over, 146 of the 500 employees had died. The survivors were left to live and relive those agonizing moments. The victims and their families, the people passing by who witnessed the desperate leaps from ninth floor windows, and the City of New York would never be the same. Survivors recounted the horrors they had to endure, and passers-by and reporters also told stories of pain and terror they had witnessed. The images of death were seared deeply in their mind's eye.

Many of the Triangle factory workers were women, some as young as 14 years old. They were, for the most part, recent Italian and European Jewish immigrants who had come to the United States with their families to seek a better life. Instead, they faced lives of grinding poverty and horrifying working conditions. As recent immigrants struggling with a new language and culture, the working poor were ready victims for the factory owners. For these workers, speaking out could end with the loss of desperately needed jobs, a prospect that forced them to endure personal indignities and severe exploitation. Some turned to labor unions to speak for them; many more struggled alone. The Triangle Factory was a non-union shop, although some of its workers had joined the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union.

Rose Cohen was a sweatshop worker and a survivor of the Triangle Factory Fire. She wrote this testamony.

A list of the victims and their ages of the fire. Adler, Lizzie, 24 Altman, Anna, 16 Ardito, Annina, 25 Bassino, Rose, 31 Benanti, Vincenza, 22 Berger, Yetta, 18 Bernstein, Essie, 19 Bernstein, Jacob, 38 Bernstein, Morris, 19 Bierman, Gussie, 22 Billota, Vincenza, 16 Binowitz, Abraham, 30 Brenman, Rosie, 23 Brenman, Sarah, 17 Brodsky, Ida, 15 Brodsky, Sarah, 21 Brooks, Ada, 18 Brunetti, Laura, 17 Cammarata, Josephine, 17 Caputo, Francesca, 17 Carlisi, Josephine, 31 Caruso, Albina, 20 Ciminello, Annie, 36 Cirrito, Rosina, 18 Cohen, Anna, 25 Colletti, Annie, 30 Cooper, Sarah, 16 Cordiano , Michelina, 25 Dashefsky, Bessie, 25 Del Castillo, Josie, 21 Dockman, Clara, 19 Donick, Kalman, 24 Eisenberg, Celia, 17 Evans, Dora, 18 Feibisch, Rebecca, 20 Fichtenholtz, Yetta, 18 Fitze, Daisy Lopez, 26 Floresta, Mary, 26 Florin, Max, 23 Franco, Jenne, 16 Friedman, Rose, 18 Gerjuoy, Diana, 18 Gerstein, Molly, 17 Giannattasio, Catherine, 22 Gitlin, Celia, 17 Goldstein, Esther, 20 Goldstein, Lena, 22 Goldstein, Mary, 18 Goldstein, Yetta, 20 Grasso, Rosie, 16 Greb, Bertha, 25 Grossman, Rachel, 18 Herman, Mary, 40 Hochfeld, Esther, 21 Hollander, Fannie, 18 Horowitz, Pauline, 19 Jukofsky, Ida, 19 Kanowitz, Ida, 18 Kaplan, Tessie, 18 Kessler, Beckie, 19 Klein, Jacob, 23 Koppelman, Beckie, 16 Kula, Bertha, 19 Kupferschmidt, Tillie, 16 Kurtz, Benjamin, 19 L'Abbate, Annie, 16 Lansner, Fannie, 21 Lauletti, Maria Giuseppa, 33 Lederman, Jennie, 21 Lehrer, Max, 18 Lehrer, Sam, 19 Leone, Kate, 14 Leventhal, Mary, 22 Levin, Jennie, 19 Levine, Pauline, 19 Liebowitz, Nettie, 23 Liermark, Rose, 19 Maiale, Bettina, 18 Maiale, Frances, 21 Maltese, Catherine, 39 Maltese, Lucia, 20 Maltese, Rosaria, 14 Manaria, Maria, 27 Mankofsky, Rose, 22 Mehl, Rose, 15 Meyers, Yetta, 19 Midolo, Gaetana, 16 Miller, Annie, 16 Neubauer, Beckie, 19 Nicholas, Annie, 18 Nicolosi, Michelina, 21 Nussbaum, Sadie, 18 Oberstein, Julia, 19 Oringer, Rose, 19 Ostrovsky , Beckie, 20 Pack, Annie, 18 Panno, Provindenza, 43 Pasqualicchio, Antonietta, 16 Pearl, Ida, 20 Pildescu, Jennie, 18 Pinelli, Vincenza, 30 Prato, Emilia, 21 Prestifilippo, Concetta, 22 Reines, Beckie, 18 Rosen (Loeb), Louis, 33 Rosen, Fannie, 21 Rosen, Israel, 17 Rosen, Julia, 35 Rosenbaum, Yetta, 22 Rosenberg, Jennie, 21 Rosenfeld, Gussie, 22 Rosenthal, Nettie, 21 Rothstein, Emma, 22 Rotner, Theodore, 22 Sabasowitz, Sarah, 17 Salemi, Santina, 24 Saracino, Sarafina, 25 Saracino, Teresina, 20 Schiffman, Gussie, 18 Schmidt, Theresa, 32 Schneider, Ethel, 20 Schochet, Violet, 21 Schpunt, Golda, 19 Schwartz, Margaret, 24 Seltzer, Jacob, 33 Shapiro, Rosie, 17 Sklover, Ben, 25 Sorkin, Rose, 18 Starr, Annie, 30 Stein, Jennie, 18 Stellino, Jennie, 16 Stiglitz, Jennie, 22 Taback, Sam, 20 Terranova, Clotilde, 22 Tortorelli, Isabella, 17 Utal, Meyer, 23 Uzzo, Catherine, 22 Velakofsky, Frieda, 20 Viviano, Bessie, 15 Weiner, Rosie, 20 Weintraub, Sarah, 17 Weisner, Tessie, 21 Welfowitz, Dora, 21 Wendorff, Bertha, 18 Wilson, Joseph, 22 Wisotsky, Sonia, 17

The fire at Triangle Waist Company on March 25, 1911 is widely considered a pivotal moment in history, leading to the transformation of the labor code of New York State and to the adoption of fire safety measures that served as a model for the whole country.

More on the legacy of the fire.

This information was made available by the gracious written permission of Cornell University.


Captions for photos, top to bottom.

Fire fighters struggle to extinguish the burning Asch Building. Fire-quenching sprinkler systems, though proven effective, were considered too costly by many factory owners and were not installed in the Asch Building. Still the fire was quickly controlled and was essentially put out in little over half an hour. Photographer: unknown, March 25, 1911 Kheel Center image identifier: 5780-087pb1f5c

A police officer and others with the broken bodies of Triangle fire victims at their feet, look up in shock at workers poised to jump from the upper floors of the burning Asch Building. The anguish and gruesome deaths of workers was witnessed firsthand by many people living or walking near the corner of Greene Street and Washington Place. Others read about it in the many newspaper reports circulated during the following days and weeks, bringing the conditions of garment worker into public scrutiny as it had been during the shirtwaist strike of 1909. Photographer: Brown Brothers, March 25, 1911, Kheel Center image identifier: 5780-087pb1f5ap

Unrecognizable bodies lay on the sidewalk along Greene Street, together with hoses, fire rescue nets, and part of a wagon. All were drenched by the tons of water used to contain and extinguish the fire. Photographer: Brown Brothers, March 25, 1911, Kheel Center image identifier: 5780-087pb1f5k

The 50th Anniversay of the first man in space Yuri Gargarin

It was on this date that the Russians were the first to launch a man in to space. Thus began a space race which finally ended with a man on the moon.

A photo essay is here.

Science and Faith are not mutually exclusive. True science only complements Faith.

Jhesu+Maria, Brantigny

Explosion in Minsk subway station.

This film is graphic.

Toll in Belarus subway blast: 12 dead, 200 injured

By YURAS KARMANAU, Associated Press

MINSK, Belarus – The toll in the Belarus subway bombing rose to 12 dead and more than 200 wounded Tuesday and authorities said several people have been detained in what they are calling a terrorist attack.

The opposition, meanwhile, voiced fears that authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko would use the attack to launch an increased crackdown on dissent.

Belarus' domestic security agency, which still goes under its Soviet-era name KGB, said it had identified the likely perpetrator of Monday's explosion at a busy downtown subway station and was searching for him. It didn't elaborate.

Interior Minister Anatoly Kuleshov said the bomb apparently was radio-controlled and police had created composite pictures of two male suspects using testimony from witnesses. His office said the bomb, which had placed under a bench at the Oktyabrskaya station, exploded as people were coming off trains during Monday's evening rush hour.

Deputy prosecutor-general Andrei Shved said several people have been detained in the investigation of the blast, but gave no details. It was not clear if those people were regarded as suspects.

The Oktyabrskaya station is within 100 meters (yards) of the presidential administration building and the Palace of the Republic, a concert hall often used for government ceremonies.

There was no claim of responsibility for the blast and police did not identify any possible perpetrators. Lukashenko told officials that "foreign forces" could be behind the explosion, but didn't elaborate. More:

The rest of this article has nothing to do with the terrorist explosion.

Let us pray for the victims.



Little Maria

The daughter of humble sharecroppers, Maria and her family moved to the little town of Ferriere, Italy in 1899 in search of work .Desperately seeking to support his family, Luigi Goretti struck up a bargain with Signor Serenelli, who had a son named Alessandro. The two families lived together in a building (photo below) owned by Count Mazzolini. Maria quickly matured in grace and holiness in the eyes of friends and other acquaintances. After losing her father to malaria, she developed great strength and maturity. Her charming modesty, cheerful obedience and the serious, but free acceptance of a hundred thankless home chores distinguished her from the other children who would play in the dusty streets of Ferriere. Perhaps the highlight of her life was her First Holy Communion, which she dutifully prepared for and awaited with great anticipation. She truly seemed to be advancing "in wisdom, and age and grace before God and men."

Lured by the passions of his day and nurturing the dark side of his soul with impious reading and thoughts, Alessandro Serenelli had been a thorn in lovely Maria's side. He propositioned her on several occasions and harassed her with impure suggestions. On July 5, 1902, he would be denied no longer. As she once again rebuffed his sexual advance, shouting, "No! It is a sin! God does not want it!", Alexander lunged to the deed, stabbing Maria 14 times. Doctors in Nettuno tried to save Maria's life to no avail. After 20 painful hours of suffering during which she forgave and prayed for Alessandro, Maria entered Heaven fortified with the Last Sacraments. Her last earthly gaze rested upon a picture of the Blessed Mother. It was July 6, 1902. Maria's mother, left, with Alessandro Serenelli, right.

Almost fifty years later on June 24, 1950, Pope Pius XII stood on the steps of St. Peter's in Rome and pronounced Maria Goretti a Saint and Martyr of the Universal Church to half a million people. He proposed her as the Patroness of Modern Youth and set July 6th as her feast Day. Her mother, and her murderer, attended the canonization ceremony together. This was the triumph of the little girl who loved God and hated sin. Maria Goretti had led a very ordinary life. But in spite of her simplicity, her great faith and love for God made her truly extraordinary.

Many recorded miracles, both spiritual and physical, have been worked through St. Maria Goretti's intercession. Worldwide, there are many places of devotion to St. Maria Goretti, such as the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Graces and St. Maria Goretti in Nettuno, Italy, pictured here.


More, here: Photos here: and more information is here...

Testimony of Alessandro Serenelli (May 5, 1961)

Today is the Feast of Saint Maria Goretti. She is a martyr of purity. She was killed by Alessandro Serenelli in 1902. Alessandro was eventually converted through the intercession of St. Maria. Below is the testimony of Alessandro.

"I'm nearly 80 years old. I'm about to depart.

"Looking back at my past, I can see that in my early youth, I chose a bad path which led me to ruin myself.

"My behavior was influenced by print, mass-media and bad examples which are followed by the majority of young people without even thinking. And I did the same. I was not worried.

"There were a lot of generous and devoted people who surrounded me, but I paid no attention to them because a violent force blinded me and pushed me toward a wrong way of life.

"When I was 20 years-old, I committed a crime of passion. Now, that memory represents something horrible for me. Maria Goretti, now a Saint, was my good Angel, sent to me through Providence to guide and save me. I still have impressed upon my heart her words of rebuke and of pardon. She prayed for me, she interceded for her murderer. Thirty years of prison followed.

"If I had been of age, I would have spent all my life in prison. I accepted to be condemned because it was my own fault.

"Little Maria was really my light, my protectress; with her help, I behaved well during the 27 years of prison and tried to live honestly when I was again accepted among the members of society. The Brothers of St. Francis, Capuchins from Marche, welcomed me with angelic charity into their monastery as a brother, not as a servant. I've been living with their community for 24 years, and now I am serenely waiting to witness the vision of God, to hug my loved ones again, and to be next to my Guardian Angel and her dear mother, Assunta.

"I hope this letter that I wrote can teach others the happy lesson of avoiding evil and of always following the right path, like little children. I feel that religion with its precepts is not something we can live without, but rather it is the real comfort, the real strength in life and the only safe way in every circumstance, even the most painful ones of life."

Signature, Alessandro Serenelli

150 US Catholic schools have links to Planned Parenthood

Satan is corrupting. Everything he touches are corrupted by his lies. He has done his best to enter into the minds of the young and is busy convincing them that right is wrong and bad is good. We poor humans who are sensual and not spiritual succumb to his entreaties all to often.

...At least 150 Catholic colleges and universities in the US have provided some support for Planned Parenthood, the Cardinal Newman Society has disclosed.

In a detailed new report, the Cardinal Newman Society shows how Catholic schools have given Planned Parenthood opportunities to provide counseling and referrals, to recruit interns and offer fellows, to participate in campus events, and to make presentations to student audiences.

The Cardinal Newman Society shows connections between Planned Parenthood and such prominent Catholic institutions as Notre Dame, Georgetown, Boston College, Marquette, and many others...

When will we see we are naked?


A special report to the Nueman Society in pdf format is here

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Of course Bill Maher had something to say on his TV show when this came out. Bill you'll never read tis but just so you know that is a form of persecution. The Church is most fruitful when it is being persecuted.