The YouTube poster responded to my comment. He said, “Merci le puy du fou pour avoir ramener cette medaile en france cest son pays.” Translated – “Thank you le puy du fou for bringing this medal back to France, it’s country.” Le Puy du Fou is a tourist attraction in France. Jacob (23) chose Joan of Arc (19), France’s greatest saint, as his Confirmation name. I recommend the film, The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962). The dialogue is the transcript of her trial in 1431. She outsmarted all the learned men.
Dr. Josef Ketzer inspired me to post this one on a bit of confusing history.
Joe is the consummate tutor.
There's a Rupert in there, a variant of Robert. So, therefore, I say that there are three endings:
476, 1453, 1806, but, wait a minute, the Roman Empire never ended.
Long Live Lingua Latina.
They marched 20 miles/day. Once, age 23, I walked a 20-mile hiking retreat. My body ached.
Commander - Father Joseph Fessio, SJ
On May 29, 1453, Sultan Mehmed II of the Ottoman Empire ended the Byzantine Empire. The Ottomans breached Constantinople’s ancient land wall after besieging the city for 55 days. The anthem, posted by Uncle Sam, begins at Pulchras.
Firmly I pledge Firme nunc me spondeo
my loyalty to thee Fidelis tibi maneo
Land of my Forefathers Bella priorum cara patria
forever brimming with glory Nunc et semper florens gloria
A land of beauty Pulchras terrae patriae
home of the courageous Fortes terrae pro homines
Our Eternal Rome Romae noster aeternae
the might of enemy ships Vis cavire domum navium
Threatens us in vain Frustra ipsa impetur
it is a hopeless quest Sunt sine spe
Turn away from deceit Domus dulces portula
and sweet delusions Fraudi ob sat
For the trumpets of War Tubae militares vox
will call our Legions soon Legionus procat mox
And across the fatherland Et in tota patria
a victory song will ring Cantus nicoliae resonat
And across the fatherland Et in tota patria
our song will resonate Cantus nostrae resonat
A time of joy and pride Tempus est in gaudium
for Eternal Rome. Superbia Roma aeterna.
First Vatican Council
Session 3: April 24, 1870
Dogmatic Constitution on the Catholic Faith
Chapter 2 on Revelation
Henry Essex Edgeworth (1745-1807), Edgeworthstown, County Longford, Ireland, son of Robert Edgeworth, Church of Ireland. His father converted and emigrated to Toulouse, France, where the boy was brought up by the Jesuits. After his father's death, he went to Paris for study and devoted himself to the Irish and English Catholics. On the scaffold, he said, “Sire, in this new outrage I see only the last trait of resemblance between your Majesty and the God who will be your reward.”
The Commonitorium or Commonitory is a 5th-century Catholic treatise written under the pseudonym “Peregrinus” and attributed to Vincent of Lérins. It is known for Vincent’s famous maxim: "Moreover, in the Catholic Church itself, all possible care must be taken, that we hold that faith which has been believed everywhere, always, by all.” Vincent wrote the Commonitory c. 434 and died c. 445. This is the best treatise I have ever read. https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/3506.htm
[I skipped some chapters because they contain accepted doctrine.]
2. A General Rule for distinguishing the Truth of the Catholic Faith from the Falsehood of Heretical Pravity.
3. What is to be done if one or more dissent from the rest.
4. The evil resulting from the bringing in of Novel Doctrine shown in the instances of the Donatists and Arians.
5. The Example set us by the Martyrs, whom no force could hinder from defending the Faith of their Predecessors.
6. The example of Pope Stephen in resisting the Iteration of Baptism.
7. How Heretics craftily cite obscure passages in ancient writers in support of their own novelties.
8. Exposition of St. Paul’s Words, Gal. i. 8.
9. His warning to the Galatians a warning to all.
10. Why Eminent Men are permitted by God to become Authors of Novelties in the Church.
20. The Notes of a true Catholic.
23. On Development in Religious Knowledge.
25. Heretics appeal to Scripture that they may more easily succeed in deceiving.
26. Heretics, in quoting Scripture, follow the example of the Devil.
27. What Rule is to be observed in the Interpretation of Scripture.
28. In what Way, on collating the consentient opinions of the Ancient Masters, the Novelties of Heretics may be detected and condemned.
31. The Constancy of the Ephesine Fathers in driving away Novelty and maintaining Antiquity.
32. The zeal of Celestine and Sixtus, bishops of Rome, in opposing Novelty.
33. The Children of the Catholic Church ought to adhere to the Faith of their Fathers and die for it.
Source. Translated by C.A. Heurtley. From Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. 11. Edited by Philip Schaff and Henry Wace. (Buffalo, NY: Christian Literature Publishing Co., 1894.) Revised and edited for New Advent by Kevin Knight.
He also speaks of “cancelled” priests.
Chapter 4. [11.]
“... wives were violated, widows ravished, virgins profaned, monasteries demolished, clergymen ejected, the inferior clergy scourged, priests driven into exile, jails, prisons, mines, filled with saints, of whom the greater part, forbidden to enter into cities, thrust forth from their homes to wander in deserts and caves, among rocks and the haunts of wild beasts, exposed to nakedness, hunger, thirst, were worn out and consumed. Of all of which was there any other cause than that, while human superstitions are being brought in to supplant heavenly doctrine, while well-established antiquity is being subverted by wicked novelty, while the institutions of former ages are being set at naught, while the decrees of our fathers are being rescinded, while the determinations of our ancestors are being torn in pieces, the lust of profane and novel curiosity refuses to restrict itself within the most chaste limits of hallowed and uncorrupt antiquity?”
Chapter 5. [12.]
“But it may be, we invent these charges out of hatred to novelty and zeal for antiquity. Whoever is disposed to listen to such an insinuation, let him at least believe the blessed Ambrose, who, deploring the acerbity of the time, says, in the second book of his work addressed to the Emperor Gratian: Enough now, O God Almighty! Have we expiated with our own ruin, with our own blood, the slaughter of Confessors, the banishment of priests, and the wickedness of such extreme impiety. It is clear, beyond question, that they who have violated the faith cannot remain in safety.”
Vincent quoted Pope Stephen’s epistle sent to Africa: “Let there be no innovation — nothing but what has been handed down.”
This is a commentary on Jesuit F, F for failed pope.
The first time I ever saw Feinstein was 1971 when she was running for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. I was in the audience for her campaign speech. I noticed that she did not connect with the audience. There was a distant look on her face and in her eyes, and I said to myself, “This woman will never succeed.” How wrong I was. The first time I ever saw Gavin Newsom was 1997 when he was running for the same office, and I knew on site that he was an oily operator – his hair and his teeth. How right I was.
I am still surprised that many people have no powers of observation. I guess ideology blinds them, or they will profit by politicians who grease each other’s dirty palms. Whom do I recommend? Farmers and ranchers and men or women who don’t make politics a career. Think founding fathers and mothers and the people who were part of the westward expansion. The down-and-out who garner so much attention these days would not have survived on the plains.
By the way, the same palm-greasing goes on in the Catholic Church. If a Catholic does not see it, he or she is living in a hole. What do I recommend? Support men who embody tradition.
(could not strike the advertisement at the end)
Per Reuters, 14 FBI agents-whistleblowers have come forward to Jordan,
and six have come forward to Grassley.
Headline in the New York Post, August 11, 2022: Whole Foods CEO John Mackey ‘concerned’ that ‘socialists are taking over’
Rubio and DeSantis are decent fellows. I'm not looking for a savior. He's in Heaven.
Here is another painting by Lawrence Alma-Tadema I just had to post, it is so incredible, as are the story behind it and his biography. Because Alma-Tadema was painting this picture during the winter, he arranged to have roses sent weekly from the French Riviera for four months to ensure the accuracy of each petal.
The Roses of Heliogabalus (1888) Roman emperor from AD218 to 222
The painting is in the collection of Juan Antonio Pérez Simón of Mexico.
Helio must have said, "It's a warm day. Let's have a picnic."
Raymond Arroyo says that the IRS, to grow by 87,000 agents under the current creepy crawler, with a stockpile of 5 million rounds and 5,000 weapons, is the new Praetorian Guard. The Praetorian Guard was a unit of the Roman army serving as personal bodyguards and intelligence agents for the Roman emperors.
Proclaiming Claudius Emperor by Lawrence Alma-Tedama 1836-1912 (1867)
When the poster for the video titled, Nicaragua, alludes to Mexico, he is referring to the Cristero War, 1926-1929.
On May 21, 2000, Pope St. John Paul II canonized 25 saints and martyrs of the Cristero War. Most were Catholic priests. Above are pictures of five: (1) Margarito Flores Garcia, 28, (2) Tranquiliano Ubiarco Robles, 29, (3) Agustin Caloca Cortes, 29, (4) Roman Adame Rosales, 68, and (5) Cristobal Magallanes Jara, 57.
The article from Aleteia describes how the government murdered them. Aleteia is an online Catholic news and information website that I have used many times. “On October 5, 1928, he was captured while saying a nuptial Mass for a young couple. Father Tranquiliano was taken outside to the front of the house and hanged from a mango tree. The soldiers made the bride, the groom, and the several guests who were there watch the young priest die.”
Graham Greene, an Englishman, wrote a novel about the war, The Power and the Glory, 1940, in my top ten.
“There is a lot of religiosity and little commitment,” said priest and historian Father Manuel Olimón. Social commitment is often lacking in modern Mexican Catholicism, he said: corrupt politicians, tight-fisted businessmen, and cartel kingpins all consider themselves proper Catholics.
“Politicians seem anxious to appear with the pope, too, suggesting that the political class needs the church to bolster its popular appeal amid a string of scandals and desperately low popularity ratings.” [in advance of F’s visit to Mexico in 2016]
“The government will try to legitimize itself with [the pope’s] visit,” said Bernardo Barranco, a columnist and church observer.
Doesn’t it make you think of fake Catholic politicians in the US or the weak bishops?
feast day today
“The Vianney's, who were devout Catholics, went to distant farms to hear Mass, celebrated clandestinely by loyal priests who risked their lives to bring the sacraments to their flocks. Jean-Marie’s instruction for his First Communion had to be carried out in secret by two laicized nuns. The ceremony itself took place in 1799 in a private house at Ecully. While Mass was being celebrated, the windows of the drawing room were shuttered so that the light of the candles could not be seen.
“He slept only two hours each night, rising shortly after midnight, going to the church where he remained kneeling without support until it was time for him to say Mass.
“His sleep was frequently interrupted by the devil who assaulted him with deafening noises, insults, and physical attacks, and once even setting his bed on fire. But Satan himself admitted that the Blessed Virgin Mary protected the holy priest, and he was powerless over her.
“Many witnessed these diabolical visitations, but the Curé of Ars accepted them as a matter of course and often joked about them.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a catechism promulgated by Pope St. John Paul II in 1992. Its aim is to summarize, in book form, the main beliefs of the Catholic Church.
According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, “The Catechism consists of 2,865 paragraphs, each of which is numbered. There is an internal cross-referencing system among the paragraphs which makes it simple to find all the passages in the Catechism which treat a particular subject. In addition, the Catechism provides several indices for ease in locating particular passages. Indices are organized according to themes, Scriptural citations, symbols of the faith, documents of ecumenical councils, documents of other councils and synods, pontifical documents, ecclesiastical documents, canon law, liturgical texts, and ecclesiastical authors.”
It is at the level of doctrine, and all people are obliged to accept.
Page length, my editions
Catechism (AD 1992) 928
Douay-Rheims Bible (AD 1582, 1609, 1610 - first English Bible) 1,408
Roman Missal (AD 1962 - this Missal uses the Douay-Rheims) 1,852
Note: Sometimes, I lift quotes from a Catholic Bible other than the Douay-Rheims, which has the imprimatur of the Church.
My aunt, Lt. Ann Dunn, was a Nurse Anesthetist in General Patton’s Third Army, WWII, theater of action North Africa, Italy, and Germany. Patton had crossed through southern Germany and into Czechoslovakia, only to encounter an order not to take the capital, Prague, as it had been reserved for the Soviets. Patton was livid. Ann then worked at San Francisco General until age 55.
I try not to be too political on my website, but I guess my timing is pretty good. I am posting Contrast 1 when this arrives - they broke into his safe. People who support this kind of action are triumphant in their own minds but guilty of a mortal sin, vengeful anger. That will send a person to Hell. I say a rosary every day for the FSSP, but today the USA is added. This event will make us stronger.
The desire of vengeance. Its ethical rating depends upon the quality of the vengeance and the quantity of the passion. When these are in conformity with the prescriptions of balanced reason, anger is not a sin. It is rather a praiseworthy thing and justifiable with a proper zeal. It becomes sinful when it is sought to wreak vengeance upon one who has not deserved it, or to a greater extent than it has been deserved, or in conflict with the dispositions of law, or from an improper motive. The sin is then in a general sense mortal as being opposed to justice and charity. It may, however, be venial because the punishment aimed at is but a trifling one or because of lack of full deliberation. Likewise, anger is sinful when there is an undue vehemence in the passion itself, whether inwardly or outwardly. Ordinarily, it is then accounted a venial sin unless the excess be so great as to go counter seriously to the love of God or of one’s neighbor.
The intellectual and spiritual bulwark of American power is, in fact, Catholicism.
Doctor of the Church is a title given by the Catholic Church to saints recognized as having made a significant contribution to theology or doctrine through their research, study, or writing. There are 37 Doctors, 28 from the West and nine from the East. Among them are four women (three nuns, one consecrated virgin), popes, bishops, and priests, 27 from Europe, three from Africa, seven from Asia. The red drop next to the year represents martyr. Why so many virgins? Ask the men who murdered them. Among the paintings, I like Camillus de Lellis 1614, and there are kings, queens, and soldiers.
Well, it happened again. Today, I was schooled by Alexander, who is eight. He told me that Aristotle (384BC-322) tutored Alexander the Great (356BC-322) when Alexander was 13. Aristotle taught Alexander and his friends about medicine, philosophy, morals, religion, logic, and art. Under his tutelage, Alexander developed a passion for the works of Homer. Aristotle gave him an annotated copy of Homer, which Alexander later carried on his military campaigns. Aristotle sounds like the perfect tutor, and my Alexander is the perfect student.
It was shortly after Plato died that Aristotle left Athens at the request of Philip II of Macedonia to tutor his son in 343BC. He succeeded his father to the throne in 336BC at age 20. By age 30 he had created one of the largest empires in history, from Greece to India. He was undefeated in battle and is widely considered to be one of history’s greatest and most successful military commanders. Strange that Aristotle taught Alexander religion, but in modern America we should have to exclude religion from the curriculum of any school.
Together for one and a half years, we did Lesson 67 today.
Be quiet! Loyalty is speaking...
That's my boy.
S&P Dow Jones Indices removed Tesla from its Indices because, as stated, Tesla’s score on environmental, social, and governance standards (ESG) has remained “fairly stable” over the past year, but it has slipped down the ranks against improving global peers. Can you believe it? Said Musk on May 18, 2022, “ESG is a scam. It has been weaponized by phony social justice warriors.”
According to Parler, to reach a younger audience, Democrat members of congress are posting on the Chinese social media platform, TikTok. While some acknowledged privacy concerns, most felt the need to use the increasingly popular site. None of my current students use the communist platform, which steals and indoctrinates.
According to Parler, Stuart Reges alleges that he faced retaliation after including in his syllabus a land acknowledgement that did not recognize American Indian tribes as the rightful owners of the University of Washington land. All but two of my ancestors hail from Celtic lands, but the connection is very, very distant in time. We are Americans. I speak for myself now in saying that American Indians are not the only natives.
The word “invention” derives from the Latin inventiō, first person singular of invenīre, a combination of the preposition in and the verb venire, meaning “to come in” or “to come upon”.
Today we celebrate St. Stephen the First Martyr, the saint for whom my parish church is named. The Roman Missal, p 1139: quia ejus Inventiónem celebrámus, “for we celebrate the finding of him”. This is part of living tradition.
Now, how his bones were invented...
1) Gamaliel the Elder, Hebrew רַבַּן גַּמְלִיאֵל הַזָּקֵן, leading authority in the Sanhedrin, advises against killing the apostles, which is accepted, educated guess is he dies in AD52, saint
2) Nicodemus, Greek Νικόδημος, Pharisee, member of the Sanhedrin, appears after the Crucifixion to provide the embalming spices, assists Joseph of Arimathea in preparing the body, saint
3) Abibas, son of Gamaliel and brother of Nicodemus, saint
Sources say G, N, and A are baptized at the same time.
4) Lucian, Catholic priest
Pope St. Agatho, r. 678-681, spoke out against making changes to the sacramental rites of the Church: “Nothing of the things appointed ought to be diminished; nothing changed; nothing added; but they must be preserved both as regards expression and meaning.” Epistle to the Emperor, apud Labb., ed. Mansi, vol. 2., p 235.
The Council of Trent declared infallible what Agatho said.
On August 28, 1795, Pope Pius VI, r. 1775-1799, issued a papal bull, Auctorem fidei, a condemnation of the Synod of Pistoia (1786), which he deemed heretical. In this way, he condemned the New Mass 175 years before it came to be. He lived through the French Revolution.
For backup, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PaKKKXG4Je4.