April 17, 2012 by admin

On last night’s edition of “The Daily Show,” host Jon Stewart ripped the Fox News Network for giving air to the “war on women” issue. He then ridiculed the cable station’s “war on Christmas,” asking, “What can women do to generate the same sense of outrage from Fox as the removal of decorative slightly poisonous holiday plants? Perhaps they could play into the theme?”

At this point, they showed on TV a picture of a naked women with her legs spread apart with a nativity scene ornament in between. Stewart said, “Maybe women could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions with vagina mangers.”

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:

This unprecedented vulgar assault on Christians cannot stand. If Jon Stewart doesn’t apologize, we will mount a boycott of his show’s advertisers. And we will enlist our allies in the Protestant, Jewish, Mormon and Muslim communities.

Catholic League Web Site


Battles of Lexington and Concord

It was on tis date in 1775 that the first battles of the American rebellion began in Middlesex County, Province of Massachusetts Bay, within the towns of Lexington, Concord, Lincoln, Menotomy (present-day Arlington), and Cambridge, near Boston. The battles marked the outbreak of open armed conflict between the Kingdom of Great Britain and its thirteen colonies in the mainland of British North America.

About 700 British Army regulars, under Lieutenant Colonel Francis Smith, were given secret orders to capture and destroy military supplies that were reportedly stored by the Massachusetts militia at Concord. Through effective intelligence gathering, Patriot colonials had received word weeks before the expedition that their supplies might be at risk and had moved most of them to other locations. They also received details about British plans on the night before the battle and were able to rapidly notify the area militias of the enemy movement.

The first shots were fired just as the sun was rising at Lexington. The militia were outnumbered and fell back, and the regulars proceeded on to Concord, where they searched for the supplies. At the North Bridge in Concord, approximately 500 militiamen fought and defeated three companies of the King's troops. The outnumbered regulars fell back from the minutemen after a pitched battle in open territory.

More militiamen arrived soon thereafter and inflicted heavy damage on the regulars as they marched back towards Boston. Upon returning to Lexington, Smith's expedition was rescued by reinforcements under Brigadier General Hugh Percy. The combined force, now of about 1,700 men, marched back to Boston under heavy fire in a tactical withdrawal and eventually reached the safety of Charlestown. The accumulated militias then blockaded the narrow land accesses to Charlestown and Boston, starting the Siege of Boston.


Vatican announces reforms of US nuns' group

By Francis X. Rocca
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Citing "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life," the Vatican announced a major reform of an association of women's religious congregations in the U.S. to ensure their fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination and homosexuality.

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide "review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work" of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the Vatican announced April 18. The archbishop will be assisted by Bishop Leonard P. Blair of Toledo, Ohio, and Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., and draw on the advice of fellow bishops, women religious and other experts.

The LCWR, a Maryland-based umbrella group that claims about 1,500 leaders of U.S. women's communities as members, represents about 80 percent of the country's 57,000 women religious.

The announcement from the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith came in an eight-page "doctrinal assessment," based on an investigation that Bishop Blair began on behalf of the Vatican in April 2008. That investigation led the doctrinal congregation to conclude, in January 2011, that "the current doctrinal and pastoral situation of LCWR is grave and a matter of serious concern, also given the influence the LCWR exercises on religious congregation in other parts of the world."

Among the areas of concern were some of the most controversial issues of medical and sexual ethics in America today.

"While there has been a great deal of work on the part of LCWR promoting issues of social justice in harmony with the church's social doctrine, it is silent on the right to life from conception to natural death, a question that is part of the lively public debate about abortion and euthanasia in the United States," the doctrinal congregation said. "Further, issues of crucial importance in the life of the church and society, such as the church's biblical view of family life and human sexuality, are not part of the LCWR agenda in a way that promotes church teaching."

The Vatican also found that "public statements by the LCWR that disagree with or challenge positions taken by the bishops, who are the church's authentic teachers of faith and morals, are not compatible with its purpose."

According to the Vatican, such deviations from Catholic teaching have provoked a crisis "characterized by a diminution of the fundamental Christological center and focus of religious consecration."

But the congregation's document also praised the "great contributions of women religious to the church in the United States as seen particularly in the many schools, hospitals, and institutions of support for the poor, which have been founded and staffed by religious over the years," and insisted that the Vatican "does not intend to offer judgment on the faith and life of women religious" in the LCWR's member congregations.

During his tenure as the Holy See's delegate, which is to last "up to five years, as deemed necessary," Archbishop Sartain's tasks will include overseeing revision of the LCWR's statutes, review of its liturgical practices, and the creation of formation programs for the conference's member congregations. The archbishop will also investigate the LCWR's links to two outside groups: Network, a Catholic social justice lobby; and the Resource Center for Religious Institutes, which offers legal and financial expertise to religious orders.

The doctrinal assessment grew out of the Vatican's "Apostolic Visitation of Religious Communities of Women in the United States," a study of the "quality of life" in some 400 congregations, which began in December 2008. The visitation's final report was submitted in December 2011 but has not yet been published.



Planned Parenthood Sets Up 40 Days of Prayer for Abortion

A local Planned Parenthood abortion business in California is copycatting the 40 Days for Life campaign, which recently resulted in saving the lives of more than 700 unborn children from abortion. The abortion business has set up its own 40 Days of Prayer for the local abortion center.

“We trust you to decide about your sexuality, having your children, and planning your family,” says a flier promoting the Humbolt County Clergy for Choice event. “We are religious leaders who value all human life. We accept that religions differ about when life begins. We are here to help.”

“We believe that human life is holy. That’s why we believe in your right to choose to be a parent or not,” the pro-abortion religious leaders continue. “It can be helpful to talk with friends you trust, with licensed counselors, and with whatever religious person you choose. Humboldt County Clergy are available to talk with you about the spiritual aspects of choice. Find out more by calling Six Rivers Planned Parenthood.”

“Humboldt County Clergy for Choice invite you to set aside time with your family and community to support women and reproductive justice for 40 days from March 18th through April 27th,” they say.

The flyer promotes specific prayers for abortion for each day:

* “Day 1: Today we pray for women for whom pregnancy is not good news, that they know they have choices.”

* “Day 34: Today we give thanks for abortion escorts who guide women safely through hostile gauntlets of protestors.”

*”Day 36 Today we pray for the families we’ve chosen, May they know the blessing of choice.”

* “Day 38: Today we pray for a cloud of gentleness to surround every abortion facility. May everyone feel calm and loving.”

* “Day 40: Today we give thanks and celebrate that abortion is still safe and legal.”

Some of the local “churches” participating in the pro-abortion prayer event include: Temple Beth El in Eureka, Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bayside, St. Francis in Fortuna(1), Old Town Gazebo in Eureka, and Arcata United Methodist.


St. Francis in Fortuna is not a Catholic Church.

Georgetown Invites Sandra Fluke to Talk to Undergrads About Contraception; Bans 'Outside Press'

“Women have different types of medical needs that require much more expensive forms,” Fluke told CNSNews.com. “One woman contacted me. She was very, very upset that that quote was being emphasized because she has a genetic condition that requires her to use contraception that costs $1,500.” more...

Huh? What genetic condition is that Mizzz Fluke, womanhood?

Georgetown a once proud Jesuit Universtity is become a den of vipers.


Choeur Montjois St Denis - Chant de fidelité

♥ Quand Le Lys ET Le Sacré-Coeur refleuriront † La France of renaîtront et La Sainte Espérance will reemerge ! ♥

Hommage aux Combattants Chrétiens et aux vieux Prêtres qui nous ont Transmis le Trésor de La Tradition.

Des hommes à l'âme vile, Chassant le sceptre et la croix, Ont imposé dans nos villes Le reniement de La Loi Mais pour que Toujours sur terre reste un point de ralliement D'âge en âge sont fidèles les hommes de notre Sang.

Fidèles aux voix de l'âme, des bois, du roc et du sang Fidèles à la vraie flamme, Fidèles à leurs enfants Lorsqu'a chanté la chouette, à l'ombre de nos halliers Ils sont partis pour la quête du Graal et du chevalier.

Les ennemis de la Messe ont bafoué la raison Semé le doute, la détresse au cœur de nos maisons Ils ont traqué les bons Pères, voulu souiller nos enfants, Mais le cœur des âmes fières, triomphera dans le vent.

Quand les autres trahiront, camarades soyons Fidèles Défendons la Tradition, Luttons pour la France Nouvelle Vrais héritiers des Nobles Francs, Fidèles à Dieu et au Roy La lutte de nos descendants emplit nos Esprits de Joie.
par Serge Marc Marie-Antoine Sauvaire

When Lily and the Sacred - Heart Flower again the France of the past and Holy Spirit will return.

Tribute to Christian Knights and the priests of the past who have bequeathed to us a Treasury of Tradition.


They say that...

...the blood of martyrs is the seed of saints. Today is the feast of Kateri Tekakwitha, also known as the Lily of the Mohawks.

Nine years after the Jesuits Isaac Jogues and John de Brébeuf were tortured to death by Huron and Iroquois Indians, a baby girl was born near the place of their martyrdom, Auriesville, New York. She was to be the first person born in North America to be beatified.

Her mother was a Christian Algonquin, taken captive by the Iroquois and given as wife to the chief of the Mohawk clan, the boldest and fiercest of the Five Nations. When she was four, Kateri lost her parents and little brother in a smallpox epidemic that left her disfigured and half blind. She was adopted by an uncle, who succeeded her father as chief. He hated the coming of the Blackrobes (missionaries), but could do nothing to them because a peace treaty with the French required their presence in villages with Christian captives. She was moved by the words of three Blackrobes who lodged with her uncle, but fear of him kept her from seeking instruction. She refused to marry a Mohawk brave and at 19 finally got the courage to take the step of converting. She was baptized with the name Kateri (Catherine) on Easter Sunday.

Now she would be treated as a slave. Because she would not work on Sunday, she received no food that day. Her life in grace grew rapidly. She told a missionary that she often meditated on the great dignity of being baptized. She was powerfully moved by God’s love for human beings and saw the dignity of each of her people.

She was always in danger, for her conversion and holy life created great opposition. On the advice of a priest, she stole away one night and began a 200-mile walking journey to a Christian Indian village at Sault St. Louis, near Montreal.

For three years she grew in holiness under the direction of a priest and an older Iroquois woman, giving herself totally to God in long hours of prayer, in charity and in strenuous penance. At 23 she took a vow of virginity, an unprecedented act for an Indian woman, whose future depended on being married. She found a place in the woods where she could pray an hour a day—and was accused of meeting a man there!

Her dedication to virginity was instinctive: She did not know about religious life for women until she visited Montreal. Inspired by this, she and two friends wanted to start a community, but the local priest dissuaded her. She humbly accepted an “ordinary” life. She practiced extremely severe fasting as penance for the conversion of her nation. She died the afternoon before Holy Thursday. Witnesses said that her emaciated face changed color and became like that of a healthy child. The lines of suffering, even the pockmarks, disappeared and the touch of a smile came upon her lips.

She was beatified in 1980.

Her Feast is celebrated on July 14.

A web site about this blessed is found here...

Truly this is a Saint for young people to take notice of, her steadfastness in the face of opposition is an example to be emulated.

A children's prayer for her canonization...

Kateri, loving child of God and Lily of the Mohawks, I thank God for the many graces He gave you. Help me to be more like you in my love for God and for people.

Give me a great love for the Holy Eucharist and the Mother of Jesus. Make me ready to make sacrifices for Jesus that I may save my soul and be happy with you in heaven.

Kateri, I love you. Always be my friend.

Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, pray for us.

Dieu le Roy! Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!


Titanic photo shows evidence of human remains

After all the hype about the 100th anniversity of the Titanic Disaster we are reminded about what the cost was. The Titanic, laying on the bottom of the ocean is still a grave.

A newly released photo from the North Atlantic site of the shipwrecked RMS Titanic shows evidence of human remains, federal officials are saying.

In observance of the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking, a 2004 image was reissued to the public in an uncropped version, which shows a coat and boots buried in the mud at the site two-and-a-half miles below the ocean's surface, where the legendary passenger liner now lies.

The pressures at the depth at which the Titanic lies is too great for a human body to remain recognizable and after 100 years has would have disappeared. The shoes mark the spot where the remains have lain but the century since the disaster has removed them. They remain now only as silent grave stones.


It was on this day in 1746...

...that the battle of Culloden was fought, the Scots were defeated and Bonnie Prince Charlie's hopes of returning to rule were foiled...


Flora MacDonald, Bonnie Prince Charlie, and North Carolina

One of the most colourful characters in North Carolina is Miss Flora MacDonald. She was a Jacobite heroine and an royalist whose husband fought in what may be considered the first actual pitched battle of the American Revolution in North Carolina, though it is rarely if ever mentioned in American history books.

To say that Flora had an exciting life would be an understatement. She had a remarkably adventurous life, which sounds like a swashbuckling novel. Her acquaintances were the stars of the 18th century, and include Prince Charles Edward Stuart, also known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, The Duke of Cumberland, son of King George II and Dr Samuel Johnson. Two of these were the protagonists in the Highland Rising of "45" commonly called simply the "45". She was imprisoned in the Tower of London, released, married and moved to North Carolina and lived in Cross Creek, now called Fayetteville. Fayetteville is named for the Marquis de La Fayette, the home of Fort Bragg, and is located in Cumberland County (named for the Duke of Cumberland). Now how is that for irony?

Flora MacDonald (in Gaelic: Fionnghal NicDhòmhnaill) was born in 1722 to Ranald Macdonald and his wife Marion, on the island of S. Uist in the Outer Hebrides. (The outer Hebrides are the dark shaded blue on the map of Scotland, right) The Hebrides are a cold inhospitable place, with the wind from the north sea blowing down the Irish sea. The people there are kind, hardy, determined and some of the most loyal people in the world. This is a hallmark of the Scots people and found doubly in the personality of Flora.

When she was a young child her father died and her mother was abducted by Hugh Macdonald of Skye. Flora was educated with the help of her clan, the McDonalds of Clanranald, in Edinburgh. Evidently her clan saw something in this woman more than just a woman to marry off and bear children. They would not be disappointed.

She was living on the island of Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides when Bonnie Prince Charlie took refuge there after the Battle of Culloden. Culloden was a sanguine battle, the last of the "45" and highland risings, and an English victory. Culloden marked the end of the military phase of the Jacobite Rebellion of 1745. The battle was followed by a lengthy period of suppression in the Highlands marked by massacre and despoiling and the burning of crofts. Children and the aged were not spared. Of the officers and chiefs who escaped the battle, those who could fled to Europe and served in foreign armies mainly the French, Royal Eccosais.**

Some were in due course permitted to return. Many of the Jacobite rank and file fled to the American colonies, including New york, North Carolina, South Carolina and the West Indies. The prisoners were tried at Berwick, York and London and around 80 were executed, the last in 1754.

Hesitating at first, Flora promised to help the Prince to escape the island of Skye. An elaborate ruse was designed. The head of the local militia was her uncle, he prepared for her a pass to go to mainland Scotland in the company of her maidservant and Irish spinning woman and six oarsmen. The spinning woman called Betty Burke was in fact Prince Charles in disguise. They landed after several trys on the Isle of Skye, from there he escaped first to Ramasay and hence to France. Unfortunately the oarsmen, who could not keep the escape to themselves, were arrested and divulged the entire story. Flora was then arrested and imprisoned in London in the Tower.

As she was a woman she eventually was allowed to live outside of the Tower, under the guard of a jailer. She was released in 1747 under the Act of Indemnity. In 1750 she married at the age of 28, (old for those times) Captain Alan Macdonald of Kingburgh. It was during her stay at Kingsburgh that she met Dr Samuel Johnson, who found her, "a woman of soft features, gentle manners and elegant presence."** in 1773 the couple emigrated to North Carolina and setted in a predominantly Scots area of central North Carolina called the Sandhills region around Cross Creek.

In April 1775 the British troops attempting to remove the gunpowder from Lexington and Concord Massachusetts were attacked by rebels and fought a running battle back to Boston. The sentiment in North Carolina was reaching a boiling point and a force of patriots loyal to the Crown were assembled to march onBrunswick town. The patriots were to rendezvous with the British troops in Brunswick town, south of Wilmington on the lower Cape fear river. Gov. Martin would supply weapons to the patriots and lead them in subduing North Carolina and returning it to British rule.

The rebels under the command of Alexander Lillington and Richard Caswell (first Governor of North Carolina after the rebellion)assembled to prevent this and planned on a defensive action at the Widow Moores creek in what is now Currie, North Carolina. Patriot troops under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Donald McLeod, an 80-year-old experienced British officer, led a combined force of about 700 Scot Highland emigrants and 800 other loyalists.

At dawn on February 27, 1776, the Highland Scots, under the command of Lt. Colonel McLeod and Captain John Campbell, arrived at the bridge over the creek to find it blocked by the rebels who during the night had removed the board leaving only the two supports remaining. The supports were greased making them slippery. In the style of the highland the Scots shed their breacan an fhéilidh (great kilt), pulled their bonnets down with a shrug, drew their broadswords and charged the bridge with crys of "King George and broadswords!" they were met by with heavy rebel musket and cannon fire at point-blank range. With the whole attacking party cut down in just 3 minutes, the rebels rushed across the bridge in a counter-attack, forcing the remaining Highlanders and Loyalists to flee. The rebels victorious, lost only one man killed and another wounded, while inflicting about 30 casualties, including both McLeod and Campbell who were killed, thus preventing the planned rendezvous with the British regulars at Bruswick.

Flora Macdonald husband was numbered with the captured and was sent to Halifax, Virginia as a prisoner. In 1779 on the advice of her husband Flora left the colonies and returned to Scotland. On the way her ship was attacked by a French privateer. refusing to go below she remained on deck and fought off the attackers with the crew. Her arm was broken.

She resided at Milton, and upon the return of her husband she returned to Kingburgh were she died in 1790. She was wrapped in a sheet upon which both the Prince and Dr Johnson had slept and she was buried in the church yard at Kilmuir. She was 68 years old.

Flora Macdonald from the NC Dept. of Archives and History.

Left... Flora Macdonald from the digital library NYPL

Note*:There is to my mind some small mysteries concerning the Royale Eccosais. The Regt itself had been in existance before the "45". At Culloden the British captured a number of what were called the Irish piquets, that is about 100 soldiers from the 4 Irish Regiments then in service to France, being Ruth, Lilly, Berwick, and Dillion who wore red with 4 different facings and some troops from the Royal Eccosais who wore a blue uniform with red facings. Some histories say that those soldiers, when captured fared better than the un-uniformed Scots. It may be that these soldiers were repatriated back to France because of their service. Some of the fresh drafts into the Royale Eccosais that had fought at Culloden wore a bonnet with a white cockade. A series of prints sent to the Spanish King during the reign of Louis XV which purports to show the Royale Eccosais with just such a bonnet.

Note**:The Dictionary of National Biography By Sidney Lee page 478

NOTE: Patriots were loyal to the crown.
Rebels were in opposition to the crown.

St Bernardette

I have received the following Email about 10 times. I am posting this reply.

"Bernadette's Body after 122 years! These are pictures of St. Bernadette who died 122 years ago in Lourdes , France and was buried; her body was only discovered 30 years ago. After church officials decided to examine it they discovered Her body is still fresh until today and if you ever go to Lourdes , France you can see in the church in Lourdes. Her body isn't decomposing because during her lifetime, the mother of Jesus would always appear to her and give messages and advice to all mankind on the right way to live on this earth.Many miracles have taken place in this place of Lourdes and still do until today. These pictures show her body after 122 years! Pass this message to every one in your address book... "...and a wish will come true.

This is indeed the body of Saint Bernardette Soubirous. However the story is wrong. St Bernardette died in 1879. As with all those who are to taken through the Canonization process the body of the venerable must be examined.

...After thirty years undisturbed in the tomb, Sister Marie Bernard's body was exhumed for examination. The cause for sainthood had begun. When the stone was lifted from the vault, the coffin was immediately seen. It was carried to the room prepared for it and placed on two trestles covered with a cloth. On one side was a table covered with a white cloth. The remains of Bernadette were to be placed on this table. The wooden coffin was unscrewed and the lead coffin cut open to reveal the body in a state of perfect preservation. There was not the slightest trace of an unpleasant smell. The Sisters who had buried her thirty years earlier noted only that her hands had fallen slightly to the left. The words of the surgeon and the doctor, who were under oath, speak for themselves:

"The coffin was opened in the presence of the Bishop of Nevers, the mayor of the town, his principal deputy, several canons and ourselves. We noticed no smell. The body was clothed in the habit of Bernadette's order. The habit was damp. Only the face, hands and forearms were uncovered."

"The head was tilted to the left. The face was dull white. The skin clung to the muscles and the muscles adhered to the bones. The eye sockets were covered by the eyelids. The brows were flat on the skin and stuck to the arches above the eyes. The lashes of the right eyelid were stuck* to the skin. The nose was dilated and shrunken. The mouth was open slightly and it could be seen that the teeth were still in place. The hands, which were crossed on her breast, were perfectly preserved, as were the nails. The hands still held a rusting rosary. The veins on the forearms stood out."

"Like the hands, the feet were wizened and the toenails were still intact (one of them was torn off when the corpse was washed). When the habits had been removed and the veil lifted from the head, the whole of the shriveled body could be seen, rigid and taut in every limb. It was found that the hair, which had been cut short, was stuck to the head and still attached to the skull, that the ears were in a state of perfect preservation, that the left side of the body was slightly higher than the right from the hip up. The stomach had caved in and was taut like the rest of the body. It sounded like cardboard when struck. The left knee was not as large as the right. The ribs protruded as did the muscles in the limbs."

"So rigid was the body that it could be rolled over and back for washing. The lower parts of the body had turned slightly black. This seems to have been the result of the carbon of which quite large quantities were found in the coffin."

In witness of which we have duly drawn up this present statement in which all is truthfully recorded. Nevers, September 22, 1909, Drs. Ch. David, A. Jourdan....

The nuns washed the body, and placed it in a new coffin that was lined with zinc and padded with white silk. In the few hours in which it had been exposed to the air, the body had started turning black. The double coffin was closed, soldered, screwed down and sealed with seven seals. The workmen again returned Bernadette's body to the vault. It was 5.30 p.m. by the time the examination had been completed.

The fact that Bernadette's body was perfectly preserved is not necessarily miraculous. It is well known that corpses decompose to varying degrees in certain kinds of soil and may gradually mummify. However, in the case of Bernadette this mummification is quite astounding. Her illnesses and the state of her body at the time of death, and the humidity in the vault in the chapel of Saint-Joseph (the habit was damp, the rosary rusty and the crucifix had turned green), would all seem to be conducive to the decay of the flesh.

Ten years later, on April 3, 1919, another identification of the body of the venerable Bernadette was mandated. Doctor Talon and Doctor Comte conducted the examination in the presence of the Bishop of Nevers, the police commissioner, and representatives of the municipalities and church tribunal. Everything was just the same as at the first exhumation. Oaths were sworn, the vault was opened, the body transferred to a new coffin and reburied, all in accordance with canon and civil law. After the doctors had examined the body, they retired alone to separate rooms to write their personal reports without being able to consult each other.

The two reports coincided perfectly with each other and also with Doctors Jourdan and David's report of 1909. There was one new element concerning the state of the body. This was the existence of "patches of mildew and a layer of salt which seems to be calcium salt," and which were probably the result of the body having been washed during the first exhumation.

"When the coffin was opened the body appeared to be absolutely intact and odorless." (Dr. Talon was more specific: "There was no smell of putrefaction and none of those present experienced any discomfort.") The body is practically mummified, covered with patches of mildew and quite a notable layer of salts, which appear to be calcium salts. The skeleton is complete, and it was possible to carry the body to a table without any trouble. The skin has disappeared in some places, but it is still present on most parts of the body. Some of the veins are still visible."

At 5 p.m. that evening the body was reburied in the chapel of Saint-Joseph in the presence of the Bishop, Mother Forestier and the police commissioner. Here are some passages from Doctor Comte's report :

"At the request of the Bishop of Nevers I detached and removed the rear section of the fifth and sixth right ribs as relics; I noted that there was a resistant, hard mass in the thorax, which was the liver covered by the diaphragm. I also took a piece of the diaphragm and the liver beneath it as relics, and can affirm that this organ was in a remarkable state of preservation. I also removed the two patella bones to which the skin clung and which were covered with more clinging calcium matter. Finally, I removed the muscle fragments right and left from the outsides of the thighs. These muscles were also in a very good state of preservation and did not seem to have putrefied at all."

"From this examination I conclude that the body of the Venerable Bernadette is intact, the skeleton is complete, the muscles have atrophied, but are well preserved; only the skin, which has shriveled, seems to have suffered from the effects of the damp in the coffin. It has taken on a grayish tinge and is covered with patches of mildew and quite a large number of crystals and calcium salts, but the body does not seem to have putrefied, nor has any decomposition of the cadaver set in, although this would be expected and normal after such a long period in a vault hollowed out of the earth." Nevers, April 3, 1919, Dr. Comte

In 1925, the third and final exhumation of the body was conducted. This was the occasion during which relics of the sacred body of Bernadette would be taken. Doctor Comte was again asked to conduct the procedure. Once the surgical part was over, he had the body swathed in bandages leaving only the face and hands free. Bernadette's body was then put back into the coffin, but left uncovered. At this point, a precise imprint of the face was molded so that the firm of Pierre Imans in Paris could make a light wax mask based on the imprints and on some genuine photos. This was common practice for relics in France, as it was feared that although the body was mummified, the blackish tinge to the face and the sunken eyes and nose would make an unpleasant impression on the public. Imprints of the hands were also taken for the presentation of the body. Three years later in 1928, Doctor Comte published a report on the exhumation of the Blessed Bernadette in the second issue of the Bulletin de I'Association medicale de Notre-Dame de Lourdes.

"I would have liked to open the left side of the thorax to take the ribs as relics and then remove the heart which I am certain must have survived. However, as the trunk was slightly supported on the left arm, it would have been rather difficult to try and get at the heart without doing too much noticeable damage. As the Mother Superior had expressed a desire for the Saint's heart to be kept together with the whole body, and as Monsignor the Bishop did not insist, I gave up the idea of opening the left-hand side of the thorax and contented myself with removing the two right ribs which were more accessible."

"What struck me during this examination, of course, was the state of perfect preservation of the skeleton, the fibrous tissues of the muscles (still supple and firm), of the ligaments, and of the skin, and above all the totally unexpected state of the liver after 46 years. One would have thought that this organ, which is basically soft and inclined to crumble, would have decomposed very rapidly or would have hardened to a chalky consistency. Yet, when it was cut it was soft and almost normal in consistency. I pointed this out to those present, remarking that this did not seem to be a natural phenomenon."

Bernardette is not the only person to be thus perserved, Through their Holiness God has chosen to preserve the bodies of many Saints, canonized and not even known. Why He does this is a mystery. It may be perhaps because these few in all their Holiness have for a time been perserved from the corruption of the grave, as a sign of that Holiness and the state (or odor) of sanctity that they achieved in life.

The earliest known incorruptable as far as I know is St Cecilia who was martyred in 177 and discovered incorrupt in 1599. So it is not as if the Church was digging up bodies just to see if they have decayed or not.

The Catholic Church makes little formal fanfare of such events (though the faithful will turn out in the hundreds of thousands in celebration), and simply takes it as a sign, granted by God, of the holiness of the saint and the coming resurrection of the body. I for one take it also as a sign of the effects of infused sacramental grace, a sign of the real grace of God that enters us through the sacraments, if we receive them worthily, and transforms us not only spiritually, but also physically. The effect of sin is death (cf. Rom 6:23), and when we receive the sacrament of confession, the Holy Spirit washes away the sin and regenerates us interiorly. The effect of the Eucharist, Christ’s body and blood, is life (cf. JN 6:53-54). When we receive the Eucharist, we are receiving the resurrected flesh of Christ, being incorporated into him, and the greater our faith and striving for holiness and real conformity to him, dying ever more to ourselves, the more deeply he can enter into us and transform us - and give us life, which leads to eternal life with God and immortality of the body. That is our Christian belief. Wherever God is, sin is absent.

Today some Incouptable have decayed through the handling of less sactified persons, or have been placed in coffins. It was the practice of the Catholic Church to place a relic in each altar of each church dedicated to the name of the patron of the individual parishes. That is no longer the practice in the US, however in countries such as Italy and France the body of the saints may sometimes be viewed as a part of the altar, though always below the Tabernacle wherrein the Body of Christ resides.

Note: *As opposed to falling off due to decay.


Catechist, Diocese of Richmond Va.

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