Saints of Lent: Saint Oliver Plunkett

Sunday, March 19, AD 2017

 

 

Lent is a grand time to confront evil, both that evil which stains our souls, and the evil external to us.  Throughout the history of the Church there have been saints who risked all to bravely confront the popular evils of their time.  This Lent on each Sunday we will be looking at some of those saints.  We began with Saint Athanasius.  Go here to read about him.  Next we looked at Saint John Fisher.  Go here to read about him.  Today we turn to Saint Oliver Plunkett.

Oliver Plunkett first saw the light of day on November 1, 1625 in Loughcrew, County Meath, Ireland, a scion of an Irish-Norman family.  Educated by his cousin Patrick Plunkett, Abbot of Saint Mary’s in Dublin and a future bishop, Oliver decided at a young age that he wished to become a priest, and in 1647 he went to study for the priesthood in Rome at the Irish College.  Ordained in 1654, he acted as the representative of the Irish bishops in Rome.

While performing duties as a Professor of Theology at the College of Propaganda Fide, he never ceased speaking out on behalf of the suffering Church in Ireland, enduring massacre and suppression under the brutal Cromwellian Conquest.  On November 30, 1669 he was consecrated Archbishop of Armagh.

In Ireland he went at his duties with a will, traveling up and down the country confirming Catholics, the sacrament often being administered in huge open air masses.  He joyously shared the sufferings of his persecuted flock, often living on a little oat bread as he brought Christ to his people.  He attacked drunkenness as being a prime curse of the priesthood in Ireland and championed education for the youth of the Emerald Isle.

A renewed period of persecution struck Ireland in 1673, with the churches being closed, and the schools disbanded.  The Jesuit college at Drogheda that Plunkett had established was leveled.  With a price on his head, he refused to go into exile and traveled in disguise.    The Archbishop carried on with his duties, undeterred that his episcopal palace was usually a simple peasant’s hut. 

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  • St. Oliver Plunkett, pray for us. “. . . they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. ‘For this reason, they are before the throne of God; and they serve Him day and night in His temple; and He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them. They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;’. . . ” Revelation 7:14 – 17. Not totally apropos , but it touches the heart.

  • Archbishop of County Armagh.

    Beautiful.

    Thanks for the post.
    A future cousin or nephew perhaps, Joseph Mary Plunkett, the poet?
    I wonder.

    The poem; I see His blood upon the rose, is a golden thread.

    I see His blood upon the rose, And in the stars the glory of His eyes.
    His body gleams amid eternal snows, His tears fall from the skies.
    I see his face in every flower. The thunder and the singing of the birds are but His voice – and craven by His power Rocks are His written words.
    All pathways by His feet are worn, His strong heart stirs the ever beating sea.
    His crown of thorns is twined with every thorn, His Cross is every tree.

    Loving and compassionate.
    The families from County Armagh.
    I miss you Mom. Joan Taylor Nachazel
    d. November 9th 2016. The feast of the Bishop of County Armagh, Saint Benignus. d.467 ( a disciple of St. Patrick.)

  • “He was the last person executed for the Faith in England.”

    That is true, but the next century witnessed a persecution of the Catholic clergy in Scotland, with a savagery unknown in Europe, since Clovis was sealed with the Cross.

    Of the priests who had accompanied the Prince in the Jacobite Rising of 1745, Rev Mr Colin Campbell of Morar was killed at Culloden; although unarmed, he was shot down in cold blood by Hessian mercenaries, whilst trying to rally the fugitives for one last charge. Rev Mr Allan MacDonald, rector of the seminary at Scalan, near Glenlivet was imprisoned for a year in a military garrison and then ordered to leave the country. Scalan itself was burned on the orders of the Duke of Cumberland, as a “nest of traitors.” Rev Mr Aeneas McGillis of Glengarry was put to the horn (outlawed) and fled the country.

    Of those who had stayed at home, but had “prayed for the Pretender,” Rev Mr Neil McFie of the Rough Bounds, Rev Mr Alexander Forrester of Uist and Rev Mr James Grant of Barra were bundled on board ship and deported to France, without the formality of a trial. Rev Mr William Harrison of the Rough Bounds was later captured carrying Jacobite dispatches and similarly deported.

    In 1756, Bishop Hugh MacDonald, the Apostolic Visitor for the Highlands was put on trial under the obsolete act “anent Jesuits, priests, or trafficking papists” His real offence, in the eyes of the London government was the simple act of blessing the Prince’s standard, when he raised it at the memorable gathering at Glenfinnan on 19 August 1745. Sentenced to be banished furth of the realm, with certification that if he ever returned, being still papist, he should be punished with death, he ignored the sentence and the local authorities in the Highlands winked at it.

  • Lying and personal destruction have been around in politics for a long time. We’re seeing it today in Congress.

  • It seems as if I have eccentric and eclectic interests. One of which is readings on Irish, English, Spanish “interactions” in the 16th and 7th centuries. One book, The Twilight Lords, I own reports on the November 1580 siege and massacre (after surrender) of 700 Italian soldiers at Fort del Oro, Smerwick, on the extreme west coast of Ireland.

    A namesake of Oliver Plunkett was present at the fort. He cruelly lost his life. His arms and legs were broken. HE was left to lie for three days without food or water. Then, he hanged, drawn, and quartered. It was meant as a warning. After the Saxons left, the local people buried the dead, raised a cross in their memory, and “resigned themselves to undying hatred,” according to the author, Richard Berleth.

    Another point of information from my readings is that 17th century Ireland was not untouched by the religion of peace. In 1631, Algerine/Muslim pirates raided the village of Baltimore, County Cork kidnapping 107 Irish men, women and children who were sold into slavery in North Africa. Twenty-first century American and Europeans elites have precious little concern for the interests or safety of the common man. In 1631, the local Anglo-Irish aristocrat, Richard Boyle, refused to ransom the 107 poor souls.

  • Donald R McClarey

    You may find the sequel not without interest. Bishop Hugh had to rebuild the Church in the Highlands and Islands more or less from scratch. Himself the son of Alexander MacDonald of Morar and of Mary, daughter of Ranald MacDonald of Kinlochmoidart, he recruited his priests mostly among the Highland gentry; ordained ad titulum patrimonii sui and unpaid, they stayed with relatives, or with influential friends, and served their native place. Thus we have Alexander MacDonald of the Scotus family living in Knoydart; Austen MacDonald of Glenaladale in Moidart; Allan MacDonald of Morar’s family living in the Morar area; James MacDonald, son of John MacDonald of Guidall in the Rough Bounds, and so on. Bishop Hugh was succeeded by his nephew, John MacDonald.

  • MPS,
    Perhaps you can clarify… Clan Lamont, which was one Scottish clan that remained Catholic, faced severe persecution and was forced to sell their land and leave. Maybe you know more about it. My mother is a McLuckie, a relation of the Lamonts.

  • “Twenty-first century American and Europeans elites have precious little concern for the interests or safety for the common man.” -T. Shaw

    If common man describes Muslims I would disagree. The elites children will be subject to Sharia law and praising Allah, the false one, or face extreme consequences. This is islamophobia, they would say, but the history of Islamic conquest begs to differ.

    A political cartoon that was posted a week or so ago had made the poetic parallel of immigration into the U.S. and the extreme vetting of the entrance into Heaven. Walls? Yes sir. Gate? Pearly ones at that. Gate keeper? Absolutely.

    The point of course is privilege.
    The destruction and mayhem of certain EU city districts who have “mercifully,” opened the boarders is case in point.
    Demanding and arrogant to the point of rape and pillage.

    No thanks.

    President Trump hold fast!

  • Penguins Fan wrote, “Clan Lamont, which was one Scottish clan that remained Catholic…”
    Indeed it did. The current Chief of the Name and Arms of Lamont is Fr Peter Noel Lamont, a parish priest in Sydney. The family emigrated to Australia at the end of the 19th century.

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Martyr Priests of Dachau

Wednesday, September 28, AD 2016

 

(I posted this last June.  It seemed appropriate to post it again today.)

 

 

A very brave man has died:

The last surviving Catholic priest imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp has died at the age of 102, more than 70 years after surviving a Nazi death march.

 The Rev. Hermann Scheipers died on June 2 in Ochtrup, Germany, the Catholic website Aleteia said.

 He spent more than four years at Dachau after being arrested in 1940, reportedly for supporting Polish forced laborers. “Here, you are defenseless, without dignity or rights,” Scheipers recalled being told on arriving at the Nazi camp.

Go here to read the rest.

2,579 Catholic priests, seminarians and brothers were thrown by the Nazis during World War II into Dachau.  1,780 of these were from Poland.  Of these, some 868 priests perished, 300 in medical “experiments” or by torture in the showers of the camp.

The remaining priests, seminarians and brothers came from 38 nations.  Besides the Poles the largest groups were 447 German and Austrian priests, 156 French priests and 46 Belgian priests.

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  • This makes me wonder why God has stayed His hand with us, yet Sodom and Gomorrah were pulverized into ash. We had better be careful when we ask for God’s mercy because God just may decide to execute His mercy on us and it won’t be pretty.

  • I know this is not relevant to the post itself. I don’t know Bishop Carmody; I don’t know anything about Bishop Carmody; I have no reason to believe he is anything but a fine Bishop, a good priest, and a truly excellent man, and I absolutely have no wish to say anything bad about him or demean him…but , dang, that picture at the top of the post is the spitting image of Hannibal Lecter. He really needs to grow a beard.

  • I know Bishop Carmody. A very humble man, good priest,wonderful bishop,retired now here in Tyler Texas

  • Tyler? Perhaps I’ll get to meet him someday and tell him this story.

  • Like Jesus Christ, they died for us.

Martyrs

Friday, October 2, AD 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you mark how naturally – as if he’d been born for it – the earthborn vermin entered the new life? How all his doubts became, in the twinkling of an eye, ridiculous? I know what the creature was saying to itself! “Yes. Of course. It always was like this. All horrors have followed the same course, getting worse and worse and forcing you into a kind of bottle-neck till, at the very moment when you thought you must be crushed, behold! you were out of the narrows and all was suddenly well. The extraction hurt more and more and then the tooth was out. The dream became a nightmare and then you woke. You die and die and then you are beyond death. How could I ever have doubted it?

As he saw you, he also saw Them. I know how it was. You reeled back dizzy and blinded, more hurt by them than he had ever been by bombs. The degradation of it! – that this thing of earth and slime could stand upright and converse with spirits before whom you, a spirit, could only cower. Perhaps you had hoped that the awe and strangeness of it would dash his joy. But that is the cursed thing; the gods are strange to mortal eyes, and yet they are not strange. He had no faintest conception till that very hour of how they would look, and even doubted their existence. But when he saw them he knew that he had always known them and realised what part each one of them had played at many an hour in his life when he had supposed himself alone, so that now he could say to them, one by one, not “Who are you?” but “So it was you all the time”. All that they were and said at this meeting woke memories. The dim consciousness of friends about him which had haunted his solitudes from infancy was now at last explained; that central music in every pure experience which had always just evaded memory was now at last recovered. Recognition made him free of their company almost before the limbs of his corpse became quiet. Only you were left outside.

He saw not only Them; he saw Him. This animal, this thing begotten in a bed, could look on Him. What is blinding, suffocating fire to you, is now cool light to him, is clarity itself, and wears the form of a Man. You would like, if you could, to interpret the patient’s prostration in the Presence, his self-abhorrence and utter knowledge of his sins (yes, Wormwood, a clearer knowledge even than yours) on the analogy of your own choking and paralysing sensations when you encounter the deadly air that breathes from the heart of Heaven. But it’s all nonsense. Pains he may still have to encounter, but they embrace those pains. They would not barter them for any earthly pleasure.

CS Lewis, The Screwtape Letters

 

 

 

I won’t dignify the dead, murderous villain by using his name, but I would ask prayers for the souls of his victims:

A gunman singled out Christians, telling them they would see God in “one second,” during a rampage at an Oregon college Thursday that left at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded, survivors and authorities said.

“[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them,” Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., told CNN.

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  • My Prayers for those victims and their families. Such a troubled angry world.

    I wander how a father could be “shocked” by his sons actions? If you don’t know your own child, your own flesh and blood, then I think you’ve done something wrong along the way. You reap what you sow. Murderers are raised, not born.

  • Watch the self appointed one, King of America, issue another edict. No More GUNS.
    After all, he knows better than the American public.

    Establishment clause, correct me if I’m wrong, states basically, that our children can not hear the Word of God or Public prayer, in our public schools. Peer pressure on minority kids that don’t believe in same religion was part of their reasoning.. (?)

    I wonder.
    If our latest hater of organized religion had grown up in a public school system that started each day in prayerful reflection, for example the Our Father, would he had more or less hate for organized religion?

    Cliche coming… No Jesus.. No peace!
    Know Jesus, know peace.

    Look forward to more Freedom from Religion thugs coming to a school near you.

  • “If our latest hater of organized religion had grown up in a public school system that started each day in prayerful reflection, for example the Our Father, would he had more or less hate for organized religion?”

    He doesn’t hate organised religion, he hates Christianity. I’m sure that if his day began with him sticking his bum in the air on a small piece of carpet, he would be a happy Chappy.

  • Ezabelle.
    Good point. Sensitivity booklets on Islam and related worksheets are in the classrooms.
    Islam has had bad press you know.
    Those hooded men are rightfully angry at a mean US. I mean, they are a peaceful people, right. Only trying to conquer the world for their God, even by death, well…that’s not a bad thing. Right?

    Maybe we should ask our national King to draft a new edict. Muslim prayer throughout the day in public schools. Join us in prayer or die could be the new school motto for all the public schools.

    I apologize. Sarcasm was in my first cup of coffee this morning.

  • Obama won’t ever address the fact that this insane person’s motivation was demonic hatred against Christians. It does not fit his paradigm.

  • “Join us in prayer or die could be the new school motto for all the public schools.”

    There’s probably some truth in that sarcasm. They’re going to end up with that slogan in schools across Europe soon. The rest of the world won’t be far behind.

    You are very correct though- when they take out any mention of our loving Father in Heaven in the public domain, then the youth fail to know what Love is. That they are loved. That through all the adversity they may experience in this world, there is a God that loves them, who they will be answerable to- it’s the only true direction we can give our children in this world.

    This boy would not have committed these murders if he was taught this.

  • I agree with you Ezabelle.

  • Establishment clause, correct me if I’m wrong, states basically, that our children can not hear the Word of God or Public prayer, in our public schools.

    You’re wrong. That’s not what the Establishment Clause states. That’s what the Supreme Court says the Establishment Clause means.

  • Our deceitful enemies perennially deny the War on Christians. The War has been flagrant for hundreds of years and now is waged by academia, Hell; Hollywood; the lying, liberal media (I repeat myself again); Mecca, Riyadh, and Tehran; and the Obama regime.

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    Go out and sell your mantle and buy a gun.

  • You know they can’t possibly deport 11,000,000 illegal invaders; but they can disarm 83,000,0000 American citizens.
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    “Though it be broken –
    Broken again- still it is there,
    The Moon on the water.”
    Chosun

  • My response to T Shaw: 1st Maccabees Chapter 2 – I am sure you would agree:
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    https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+maccabees+2&version=RSVCE
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    There was one and only one thing that the pagan Seleucid overlords understood and respected. God-haters are the same today as they were in 160 BC.

  • Ernst Schreiber.

    Got it!
    Thank you for the clarification.

  • As soon as I saw the story yesterday I knew that the shooter would be targeting Christians. Why? Because that’s happened in other mass shootings, and because this is Oregon. Anti-Christian hatred is alive and well. I’ve experienced it many, many times here. My youngest brother was recruited to that cause. Yet, my local newspaper made no mention of the shooter’s motivation, and that Christians were singled out. If the shooter had been singling out black people, it would have generated much interest and commentary. Christians? Not so much, because we sort of have it coming to us, don’t we? The stereotype is that we promote hatred. In fact, a former co-worker posted slander against pro-lifers on Facebook last night with just this sort of charge, prompting me to unfriend this person. They’ll go after the guns to disarm the Christians, and not go after the hatred that causes the shooting. The next step? Isn’t it obvious?

  • One thing Obama will not say, “If I had a son, he could look like the killer.”
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    Let’s politicize the war on Christians.
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    Every thing you read or see in the media is pure deceit.

  • Robert H. Bork’s “Slouching Toward Gomorrah” comes to mind, and something to the effect that the next enemy invasion will be that of godless children born and raised here. Obama’s default position on gun-control is just the irrelevant blather of the most unsatisfactory president in history. Our economy is a shipwreck, our foreign policy is a rudder-less derelict driven by the prevailing winds. We are nearly on the verge of a third world war as pre-conditions frighteningly similar to the late nineteen-thirties play out before eyes blinded by ideological distractions. Oremus!

  • Mr. Walsh: Truth.
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    If there were (there is not) an increase in so-called mass shooting cases, it would be microscopic. The only increases are in Obama’s and his imbecilic worshippers’ demagoguery, hype, and hype/hysteria.
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    HRH Hillary’s email scandal; Benghazi; and Obama’s innumerable, epic economic and Mideast catastrophes require them and their lickspittle curs in the media to wax hysterical about something, anything to distract the morons that support them. They can’t gull the rest of us.
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  • Oremus!!! Yes! Give us the grace Lord to pray, to repent and to get to work evangelizing our own. I am guessing the Kingdom does not come floating down from the Heights to us…

Ho Hum: While US Debates Torture Report, Four Christian Kids Beheaded by Isis

Sunday, December 14, AD 2014

 

While the US debates the issue of torture against captured terrorists a decade ago, four new young Christian martyrs were created:

 

 

Four young Christians were brutally beheaded by ISIS in Iraq for refusing to convert to Islam, according to a British reverend forced to flee the country.

Canon Andrew White, known as the Vicar of Baghdad, told the horrifying story how of the youths, all under 15, were murdered for standing up to the jihadists.

The vicar of the city’s St George’s Church, the only Anglican church in the whole of Iraq, has had to leave the country for Israel amid constant threats on his life by Islamic State.

In a harrowing interview with the Orthodox Christian Network, he said ISIS had killed ‘huge numbers’ of believers in Jesus.

‘Islamic State turned up and said to the children, “you say the words that you will follow Mohammad”’, he said, his voice cracking with emotion.

‘The children, all under 15, four of them, said “no, we love Yesua; we have always loved Yesua; we have always followed Yesua; Yesua has always been with us”.

‘They [ISIS] said, “Say the words.” They [the children] said, “No, we can’t”.

‘They chopped all their heads off. How do you respond to that? You just cry.

‘They are my children. That is what we have been going through and that is what we are going through.’

Go here to read the rest.  Never fear, however, these young martyrs will be avenged:

An appeal was sent to the Pope from a three-day meeting attended by Nobel Peace Laureates in Rome, starting today. Mairead Corrigan Maguire spoke on behalf of Gorbachev, the Dalai Lama, Lech Walesa and Shrin Ebadi. Together with Betty Williams she received the prestigious award back in 1976, for the work she did to bring special and religious reconciliation in Northern Ireland. A devout Catholic, Maguire, could not help but mention the Holy See’s role on the international scene and the underlying doctrine that inspires its work.

 

“I would like to send out a special appeal to Pope Francis,” she said, asking “the Church to replace the theory of just war with a theology of peace and non-violence,” based on the commandment not to kill.” “Our Christian roots lie within Jesus’ non-violent approach,” Maguire recalled, referring to what American theologian John L. McKenzie said when he stated that anyone who reads the Scriptures knows that Christ did not have a streak of violence in him.

 

The Christian theology about just war, she argued, “tells people that they have the right to kill each other” “feeding them the myth of justified violence, militarism and war.” Hence, what “the world needs today is a clear and unequivocal message from Pope Francis and all spiritual leaders, to highlight that violence is never the way forward, it is never justified and always wrong.”  “There are all sorts of different ways of countering injustice peacefully,” Maguire said. Pope Francis said this himself in his appeal “for justice without revenge”.

 

The military solution pursued by the West proved to be a total failure, the Nobel laureates said in their shared appeal. “An alternative solution is needed and that is genuine, inclusive and unconditional dialogue” which must not exclude anyone, not even “Islamic State fighters, the Taliban and all other groups that use violence.” The Nobel laureates agreed with Francis when he stressed that there needed to be dialogue with these groups: “Never close the door. It is difficult, you could say almost impossible, but the door is always open.”

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  • If the heroic actions of the newly made martyrs teach us anything at all, it is death before blasphemy.
    In their faith lives hope for mankind.
    God is not with the violent.

  • Revelation 5
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    9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the Word of God, and for the testimony which they held. 10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying: How long, O Lord (holy and true) dost thou not judge and revenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 11 And white robes were given to every one of them one; and it was said to them, that they should rest for a little time, till their fellow servants, and their brethren, who are to be slain, even as they, should be filled up.
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    God’s mercy for His holy innocents will be God’s justice on Islamists, liberal clerics and cowardly politicians alike. It ain’t a’gonna be pretty but it will be very Old Testament.

  • What incredible courage.

    Francis said justice without revenge? What a duplicitous man. Such blindness is incredible.

    Violence is not all physical, Mr. Maguire. Ask Francis, his violence is so clear.

    Karl

  • ISIS Tortures Christians in Churches, Photos Show Men Being Whipped for Drinking Wine

    see http://www.aina.org/news/20141214184134.htm

  • Can we really be sure that the evangelisation of such people as ISIS is impossible?
    As St Augustine, the Doctor of Grace, reminds us, “Since, then, people are brought to faith in such different ways, and the same thing spoken in one way has power to move and has no such power when spoken in another way, or may move one man and not another, who would dare to affirm that God has no method of calling whereby even Esau might have applied his mind and yoked his will to the faith in which Jacob was justified?
    But if the obstinacy of the will can be such that the mind’s aversion from all modes of calling becomes hardened, the question is whether that very hardening does not come from some divine penalty, as if God abandons a man by not calling him in the way in which he might be moved to faith. Who would dare to affirm that the Omnipotent lacked a method of persuading even Esau to believe?”

  • Evangelizing them is not the issue MPS, although I would say that regions controlled by Islamic governments have proven quite resistant to evangelization historically. What I want the West to do is to make certain that they are driven from power and rendered unable to make any more Christian martyrs. I also want the leaders of both Church and State to recognize the immorality, and imbecility, of even considering diplomacy with such groups.

  • I am reminded of the fable of the scorpion and the frog: Islam is a fraud, a cobbled together teaching, designed to bring warring tribes together. Its explosive expansion was caused by little more than violence and avarice. The shock the West displays demonstrates a profound lack of understanding of history.

  • Donald R McClarey wrote, “regions controlled by Islamic governments have proven quite resistant to evangelization historically.”
    Efforts at evangelisation were very limited in those regions controlled by European governments.
    What missionary efforts were made in the Caucuses and Central Asia, long controlled by Russia, in British India, in the Dutch East Indies, in Egypt and the Sudan, when they were, effectively, British protectorates, in French Algeria, in the protectorates of Tunisia and Morocco or in the many, mainly British and French colonies in Sub-Saharan Africa with substantial Muslim populations?
    There was a time when 90% of the world’s Muslims were living under European rule.

  • Most Islamic regions, especially Arab regions, spent a brief time under European rule. Missionary efforts during that time period were usually met by riots, murder and insurrections.

  • Before we get to the Nobel Peace, we must take up armed force to vindicate the innocent, especially the minor children who have had their lives taken from them; we must take up armed force to defend ourselves and our posterity against murder; we must take up armed force against injustice; we must take up armed force against evil.
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    Someone once told me that if I was raped I ought to lay there and take it, as it is God’s will. Those who violate God’s will and break the Fifth Commandment must be brought to Justice for the salvation of their soul. Jesus, on the cross, did not countenance the bad thief, nor did Jesus countenance the evil high priests who sued for His crucifixion , nor did Jesus countenance His betrayer, Judas Iscariot. Jesus sent Judas on his way: “Go, do what you are about doing, and quickly.”
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    Maguire does not have the authentic power to lay down other peoples’ lives, especially the children’s lives. The children’s lives are not hers. If Maguire chooses to countenance evil without armed force, she is more than welcome.
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    To remove the just war theory from the Fifth Commandment will also remove the Constitution of the United States of American, wherein the purpose inscribed into the Preamble, is to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity. Being slaughtered is not a “Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our posterity”, nor is death God’s will for His children. Being slaughtered scandalizes the innocent souls of the victims and Isis deserves a great millstone about their necks for doing so.

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour: “Can we really be sure that the evangelisation of such people as ISIS is impossible?
    As St Augustine, the Doctor of Grace, reminds us, “Since, then, people are brought to faith in such different ways, and the same thing spoken in one way has power to move and has no such power when spoken in another way, or may move one man and not another, who would dare to affirm that God has no method of calling whereby even Esau might have applied his mind and yoked his will to the faith in which Jacob was justified?
    But if the obstinacy of the will can be such that the mind’s aversion from all modes of calling becomes hardened, the question is whether that very hardening does not come from some divine penalty, as if God abandons a man by not calling him in the way in which he might be moved to faith. Who would dare to affirm that the Omnipotent lacked a method of persuading even Esau to believe?””
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    While this passage bears a close resemblance to predestination, it truthfully expresses God’s determination to respect the free will in man and to await man’s “fiat” to do His will. God let Esau to his own free will which Esau had abused, and Esau had to live with his own abuse.

  • While there have been SOME converts from Islam to Christianity, it is evident that ISIS is satanically inspired and directed. This force of evil can be battled “justly” if only we have the leadership willing to do so. “Making nice” w/ ISIS is tantamount to negotiating w/ the devil.

  • . The new pacifism of the Papacy is subconsciously an effort to remake the Church’s image as the non-inquisition…the uncola….for world media which now actually affects minor doctrine like e.g. the death penalty.
    I don’t see these Popes as fully responsible for trampling Rom.13:4 on the death penalty under their feet. Fr. Raymond Brown, our then demythologizer in residence, served on the Pontifical Biblical Commission under both of the previous two Popes ( Benedict as CDF head ). He disbelieved verse after verse in the gospels….the flight to Egypt never happened; the killing of the innocents never happened; Mary saying the Magnificat never happened ( Birth of the Messiah ).
    It is a short walk from him to Benedict not believing that God ordered the massacres scripture says He ordered ( Verbum Domini 42).
    It is a short walk from Benedict to Francis saying of Islamic State they ” must be stopped…I do not say bombed”.
    Lol….I ignore the chaos of their ballet dance around criminals and terrorist questions.
    I do admire the Kurd women in Kobani as having more Biblical masculinity than our leaders in Rome…like Judith whom the Bible says had the courage of a man. I almost killed a man two years ago after trailing him from my house which he broke into. He came close to the particular judgement under my hands. God later reproved me partly….”death for goods…really?”. Later I showed God I could be different. A contractor after a dispute with me put two nails in my tire after getting my license plate number from a friend of his in city hall.
    I knew where his trucks were. But I was different. The Lord had corrected me. I let it go and he didn’t do it a second time. It felt good to let him slap both cheeks. Now if that contracter or that thug break in at night…I’ll shotgun them into the particular judgement…slug or buckshot. This is the NY harbor. It can be biblical.

  • “especially Arab regions”

    And most of the regions I mentioned contain few or no Arabs.

  • What Mary De Voe wrote about taking up armed force to vindicate the innocent is significant. Democrats in the United States advocate the murder of innocent unborn babies just as Islamists murder already born babies. Neither Democrats nor Islamists will give up their murdering ways without being forced to do so. They are both demonically inspired. Now that said, this is NOT something I advocate or want. But Satan is attacking us on two fronts: internally with his spawn the Democrats and externally with his spawn the Islamists. Yet one more word of caution is in order: not all Democrats nor all Islamists may be evil, but finding those who are not is becoming increasingly difficult. PS, don’t anyone take the law into his own hands. Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay.

  • bill bannon: “The new pacifism of the Papacy is subconsciously an effort to remake the Church’s image as the non-inquisition…the uncola….for world media which now actually affects minor doctrine like e.g. the death penalty.”
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    The death penalty was removed from the CCC because of St. John Paul II’s prudential judgement. John Paul II forgave his assassin who was released from prison.
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    Both John Paul II and Pope Francis must respect the state, separate the church from the state and let the state be the state for even with prudential judgments they are out of their realm. The ordained priesthood, of course, does not carry a gun. Those persons baptized into the priesthood of the laity as priest, prophet and king must, however, see that Justice is done and the criminal brought to Justice. It is our duty.

  • Paul W. Primavera: “Yet one more word of caution is in order: not all Democrats nor all Islamists may be evil, but finding those who are not is becoming increasingly difficult. PS, don’t anyone take the law into his own hands. Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord, I will repay.”
    .
    This is true. “only for his own sins may a man be punished” If the abortionists and the Isis only punished each man for his own sin, there would be peace. Islam sees the Christian as a blasphemer and punishes the blasphemer with death. Let God punish those who offend Him. (Thomas More, maybe)

  • Mary De Voe,
    John Paul II in 1991 objected to the coalition that removed Hussein from invaded Kuwait. Had anyone listened to him, Kuwait would have remained as Iraq. I would call a series of his judgements post 1990 not prudential but bizarre….the death penalty bizarre judgement arrived in the mid 90’s. You can call it prudential.
    To me it was bizarre also and will get hundreds killed per year where it is influential as in the Phillipines whose murder rate is 8 per 100,000 …24 times worse that pantheistic death penalty Japan.

  • Mairead Corrigan Maguire, “a devout Catholic” wrote,”‘I would like to send out a special appeal to Pope Francis’ asking ‘the Church to replace the theory of just war with a theology of peace and non-violence’ based on the commandment not to kill. Our Christian roots lie within Jesus’ non-violent approach,’ Maguire recalled, referring to what American theologian John L. McKenzie said when he stated that anyone who reads the Scriptures knows that Christ did not have a streak of violence in him.”

    According to Dennis Prager, a religious Jew, talk radio host, author and an authority on Judaism, says the 5th commandment is “Thou shall not murder, not Kill.” Why does the Catholic Church use the word “kill?” There is a huge difference between the two, and that leaves people like Maguire to try to take us down the wrong road.

    As for theologian McKenzie and the bible, if “Christ did not have a streak of violence in him,” then what was that little display inside the temple where he was turning over tables causing people to flee for their lives?

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  • This all is so 2007!
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    Lauren Fox: “The (Lame-Duck Dumokrat) Senate Is Done Investigating Torture. Will Drone Killings Be Next? ‘Obviously, we don’t interrogate prisoners anymore,” says one Republican. “Now all we do is kill them.’”

  • “And most of the regions I mentioned contain few or no Arabs.”

    Same difference. Except for the Dutch East Indies and India, the other areas you named came under European sway only in the nineteenth century.

  • stilbelieve: “According to Dennis Prager, a religious Jew, talk radio host, author and an authority on Judaism, says the 5th commandment is “Thou shall not murder, not Kill.” Why does the Catholic Church use the word “kill?” There is a huge difference between the two, and that leaves people like Maguire to try to take us down the wrong road.”
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    When a person is in mortal sin, he loses sanctifying grace and has forfeited his sovereignty. His personhood is suspended. A murderer falls beneath the animals. Animals are innocent. We do not murder murderers. We bring them to Justice by imposing the death penalty, thereby, killing them, for they have forfeited their sovereignty and their citizenship by taking the life of another sovereign person. A sovereign person may be murdered. A vicious killer, or murderer is killed, put to death. “Thou shalt not kill” means that no one is allowed to kill another, a neighbor, even if he is not in sanctifying grace unless that one is a murderer.
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    The separation of church and state needs to be reinforced. Conscientious objection needs to be respected and reality needs to be faced.

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    Maguire is talking to the wrong side and since she has not attempted to talk with the murderers of Islam, she has little or no validity.

  • The executioner acts through power of attorney of the condemned. The murderer is brought to Justice, the same Justice he refused to honor. As a priest, acting “in persona Christi” John Paul II had the power to forgive the sin of the murderer. It was Christ who forgives the sin, but the murder must expire with grief over the commission of his crime in perfect contrition. The murderer must promise not to enjoy his crime, make restitution and live a life of penance.
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    The death penalty, capital punishment is the temporal punishment due to capital one homicide. A murderer is not murdered. A murderer is put to death.

  • “As for theologian McKenzie and the bible, if “Christ did not have a streak of violence in him,” then what was that little display inside the temple where he was turning over tables causing people to flee for their lives? ”
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    Holy Anger.

  • Mary de Voe wrote, “Maguire is talking to the wrong side and since she has not attempted to talk with the murderers of Islam, she has little or no validity.”
    Whether there is that much to choose between the Islamists and the Provos one may well doubt. Surely, the world will never forget the Hyde Park bombing in 1982, in which seven of the Blues & Royals’ horses were killed and Sefton so dreadfully injured (ironically, all Irish Draughts). Four troopers also died.
    Sefton’s rider, Sgt Michael Pedersen never recovered from PTSD and, in 2012 committed suicide, after killing his two children, Ben, aged seven and Freya, aged six.

  • Yes, I agree with you Michael Paterson-Seymour. However, Maguire, calling for the end to the death penalty and the reformation of church doctrine on the just war theory is way over the top since these doctrines (The Ten Commandments) cut both ways and are eternal truths. Eternal truths are eternal and must be observed, especially when the truths come directly from God as has the Fifth Commandment.
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    The devil is behind the slaughter of innocents. The devil must be repelled. Maguire is playing into the hands of those who accept nothing about the human person and the person’s God-given rights.

  • MP-S:

    That last (3:17AM) blast was not necessary or helpful.
    .

    So, coming right back at’cha: Surely the World will never forget 30 January 1972, Bloody Sunday, a.ka. the “Bogside Massacre.” British regulars (we Yanks had plenty experience with them in 1776 – 1781 and 1812 to 1814) shot down 26 civil rights protesters.

    .

    Do you blokes mainatin info on Osama bin Laden and George Washington in the same file folder?

  • . 126 mostly children and teens were killed in Pakistan by the Taliban in today’s news. The four beheadings still resonate in their unique absurdity. According to the Pope…their killers should be imprisoned but not for life because life is a hidden execution. According to my Beijing born wife, the killers should be shot….an earlier form of lethal injection. She wanted the priest abusers shot. I’m an ameliorative influence relatively though I agree to the ” shot” part. Who is closer to Rom.13:4? The Pope or my wife? Probably most Beijing born women are closer to Rom.13:4 than Francis ever will be on this earth. Raymond Brown books may have taught him to delete verses that offend his inner tuition about God. His intuition is a hidden Bible like life sentences are a hidden execution.

  • The Pope has mercy on everyone except the victims.

  • ‘ I wish people at the helm of Church and State had a hundredth of the fortitude of those murdered kids. ‘
    So do I. What a waste of words, covering over the chaos of atrocious behaviors and suffering peoples, can do to accomplish nothing helpful and good.

  • NYTimes raised the figure to 145… here’s French tv

    http://youtu.be/jufHhUBPKng

  • Bill Bannon

    There is really nothing particularly novel about Raymond Brown. Exegetes have been saying much the same sort of thing, from Schleiermacher and Strauss to Bultmann

  • in the old Testament we see over and over again what happens when we co-operate, or try to negotiate, or in Any Way accept evil in our midst.
    We must fight against evil.
    .
    St. Michael is depicted with a sword. It is true that the Word (evangelization) is a sword, yes, and the hosts of heaven must respond with strength to help those who cannot protect themselves from the diabolic. The war is spiritual but it is also fought on this Earth.
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    It is an honor a badge of honor that we reacted to the holocaust with vigor— it is terrible that we allowed the suffering of Russian people and those satellite nations without vigorous intervention. It is a shame to stand by and allow a murderous bloodthirsty person or gang of persons to work their evil will.
    The story of those four young Christians reminds me of the Maccabean mother and her sons. Which also reminds us of the holy efforts of Mattathias and his son Juda (Maccabee).
    The abomination(s), wanton killing, the rape, the unholy war requires us to respond or to admit we do not love.

  • Michael PS,
    Save it for the choir.

  • T Shaw

    Here is a curious autobiographical fact. On three occasions, I have been in the near vicinity of a terrorist bomb explosion.

    The first time, on Monday 22nd January 1962, aged 16, I was on the embankment of the Seine, in front of the French Foreign Office at Quai d’Orsay, when the OAS plastiqueurs set off a bomb there. Three 5 kg (11 lb) charges of C-4 were used, packed into the mouldings of the facade. Hundreds of windows were blown in. One woman was killed and thirteen people injured.

    The second was on Thursday 8th March 1973, when the IRA set off a bomb outside the Central Criminal Court in Old Bailey (which is a street) in the City of London. The bomb, about 14 kg or 30 lb of Semtex, was in a car across the street from a public house called the Magpie & Stump. One bar faces the street and the other is behind it, reached from an alleyway called Bishop’s Court. I was in the back bar, when the front of the building was blown in. In the street, one person died and one hundred and forty were injured

    The third was on Saturday 17th December 1983, when the IRA planted another car bomb, similar to the Old Bailey bomb, in Hans Crescent, at the back of Harrods’s, the London department store. I was going there to do some Xmas shopping and had stopped to chat to a friend in Sloan Street. I would have used the Hans Crescent entrance. Six people were killed, including three police officers who had just arrived and were still in their car. One of the dead was an American visitor. Ninety people were injured.

  • “There is really nothing particularly novel about Raymond Brown.” Disagree Michael. His unique bad effect is that more people read and accepted him– perhaps because of his time and place, perhaps because of his disarming smile and soft spoken ways, stepping over the lines and then always carefully double-speaking or denying and stepping back from the damage he surely was smart enough to know that he was doing. We are so impressed with scholarship- should be more impressed with love and humility.
    .
    I hope he and Murray and others are happy where they are. I am not familiar enough with doctrines about purgatory- can they make restitution from there?

  • Raymond Brown was on the Pontifical Biblical Commission….the others were not sitting in the Vatican so to speak. How are all these things the same? Now…..which of these is different. Raymond Brown is different.

  • Quick! Someone ask Hillary Clinton and Mark Shea how we can better empathize with such filthy animals.

    St. Bernard de Clairvaux wrote in his endorsement of the Knights Templars, among other unknown concepts to today’s emasculated hierarchy, about “malicide”, the killing of evil-doers with the object of ending their horrors. That is not homicide. The concept fits perfectly with the “Thou shalt not kill” Commandment.

    Genesis 9:6: He who spills man’s blood, by man shall his blood be spilt. For man is made in the image of God.

    Kumbaya! Peace and justice crowd. There is a horrid point where evil-doers radically self-contradict all the good in a person made in God’s image and thereby surrender whatever respect that was due to human dignity.

  • T. Shaw,
    Read Evangelium Vitae which partly dealt with the death penalty. John Paul II cited only the last tip of your quote several times and not once showed the reader that it was the REASON that you executed the murderer…because the victim is made in the image of God.
    Here’s a sample…watch as he uses the verse prior to the execution mandate and the verse after but the execution mandate is never shown:
    Evangelium Vitae
    “From man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting” (Gen 9:5): reverence and love for every human life

    39. Man’s life comes from God; it is his gift, his image and imprint, a sharing in his breath of life. God therefore is the sole Lord of this life: man cannot do with it as he wills. God himself makes this clear to Noah after the Flood: “For your own lifeblood, too, I will demand an accounting … and from man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life” (Gen 9:5). The biblical text is concerned to emphasize how the sacredness of life has its foundation in God and in his creative activity: “For God made man in his own image” (Gen 9:6).

  • Something that today’s modern clerics would do well to grasp:
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    “…I was not making fun of you personally; I was heaping scorn on an inexcusably silly idea — a practice I shall always follow. Anyone who clings to the historically untrue and thoroughly immoral doctrine that violence never settles anything I would advise to conjure up the ghosts of Napoleon Bonaparte and the Duke of Wellington and let them debate it. The ghost of Hitler could referee and the jury might well be the Dodo, the Great Auk, and the Passenger Pigeon. Violence, naked force, has settled more issues in history that has any other factor, and the contrary opinion is wishful thinking at its worst. Breeds that forget this basic truth have always paid for it with their lives and their freedoms.” Lt. Col. Jean V. Dubois , Starship Troopers, Robert Anson Heinlein
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    Sadly, I fear that outside of Dhimmitude there is only one way to settle our differences with Islam. Moses and Joshua and Gideon and Samson and Deborah and Judith and David and all the rest would understand the fictional Lt. Col. Dubois, but the hierarchs of the Church cannot and will not.

  • “According to my Beijing born wife, the killers should be shot….an earlier form of lethal injection.”
    .
    True

  • Michael Paterson-Seymour: “There is really nothing particularly novel about Raymond Brown. Exegetes have been saying much the same sort of thing, from Schleiermacher and Strauss to Bultmann.”
    .
    Raymond Brown had no idea about which he spoke, especially the Gospel of Saint Luke. Ignoring the Gospel of Saint Luke and being on the “Biblical Commission” strikes me as an oxymoron.

  • In the original language, there are two distinct words for “kill” and “murder”, as there are in English.

    The commandment does not forbid “killing”, but “murder”.

    It is NOT a command of pacifism.

  • Michael, I agree. So, why does the Catholic Church translate the 5th Commandment using the word “kill?”

Advent Light in Darkest Night

Sunday, December 18, AD 2011

 It is time to awaken from sleep. It is time for a waking up to begin somewhere. It is time to put things back where God the Lord put them.

Father Alfred Delp, SJ

During Advent 1944 Father Alfred Delp, a Jesuit, wrote a reflection on Advent.  Go here to read it.  It is a fine Advent meditation.  The circumstances of its writing demonstrate that the light of Christ, which I have always felt most strongly during Advent, can permeate any darkness.  Father Delp wrote it while he was a prisoner of the Gestapo in Nazi Germany.

Alfred Delp first saw the light of this world on September 15, 1907 in Mannheim Germany.  The son of a Catholic mother and a Protestant father, he was raised as a Protestant although he was baptized as a Catholic.  He was confirmed in the Lutheran church in 1921.  Following a bitter argument with his Lutheran pastor, he embraced Catholicism, made his first communion and was confirmed.  His Catholic pastor, seeing rare intelligence in the boy, arranged for him to continue his studies.

In 1926 he joined the Jesuits.  In 1937 he was ordained as a priest.  His further philosophical studies curtailed at  the University of Munich due to his anti-Nazi beliefs, Father Delp worked on a Jesuit publication until it was suppressed by the Nazis in April 1941.  He was then assigned as rector of Saint Georg church in Munich.  All the while he was helping Jews escape into Switzerland.  Father Delp’s Jesuit provincial Augustin Rosch was active in the anti-Nazi underground.  He introduced Father Delp to the Kreisau Circle of anti-Nazi activists.  Father Delp taught Catholic social teaching to the Circle and arranged contacts between them and  Catholic leaders.

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Good King Wenceslas

Sunday, December 26, AD 2010

 

Something for the weekend and the feast of Saint Stephen, the first of the glorious line of martyrs for Christ.  Good King Wenceslas has always been one of my favorite Christmas Hymns.  We see in this hymn how the love of Christ in the breast of the King translates into immediate and personal action on his behalf to aid the poor man.  The winter storm are the adversities of life that deter so many of us from good works.  Following boldly in the footsteps of the saints can allow us to conquer all obstacles in our path to carrying out  that prime command of Christ:  “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 

The first video is by Bing Crosby and is the finest rendition of the hymn I have heard.

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  • Thank you!

    Amen!

    St. Wenceslas exemplifies Charity toward neighbor: the Corporal Works of Mercy.

    I always find inspiration in St. Stephen’s witness of Faith, Hope and Love, and his heroic, saintly example for the Spiritual Works. He tries to convert the people; admonishes the sinner; instructs the ignorant; bears wrongs patiently; forgives all injuries; and prays for his murderers/persecuters.

    See Acts of the Apostles 7, 51 to 53 are the summation of St. Stephen’s speech to the sanhedrin. The rest is pure Faith, Hope (Job: “I know my Redeemer lives.”) and Love (forgiving his murderers). Especially, “I see . . . . the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” And, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

    51 “You stiff-necked people, with uncircumcised hearts and ears! You are just like your fathers: You always resist the Holy Spirit! 52 Was there ever a prophet your fathers did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and murdered him– 53 you who have received the law that was put into effect through angels but have not obeyed it.”

    The Stoning of Stephen

    54 “When they heard this, they were furious and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, looked up to heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God. 56 “Look,” he said, “I see heaven open and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.”

    57 “At this they covered their ears and, yelling at the top of their voices, they all rushed at him, 58 dragged him out of the city and began to stone him. Meanwhile, the witnesses laid their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul. [Webmasters Note: Saul of Tarsus, who was a witness to the stoning of St. Stephen, and later was converted on the Road to Damascus and reborn as St. Paul the Apostle. See Acts 9:3] ”

    59 “While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep.”

    What am I prepared to do?

  • My favorite renditions of that hymn come from the Irish Rovers:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11GlNvi7hPY&feature=player_embedded

    and Lorenna McKennitt:

  • Still a wonderful song about a canonized ruler. His remains are still venerated in Saint Vitus’ Cathedral, Prague, Czech Republic.

    Not to be confused with another, Wenceslaus, who caused the martyrdom of Saint John of Nepomuk (for not violating the seal of the confessional).

Good King Wenceslas

Saturday, December 26, AD 2009

Something for the weekend and the feast of Saint Stephen, the first of the glorious line of martyrs for Christ.  Good King Wenceslas has always been one of my favorite Christmas Hymns.  We see in this hymn how the love of Christ in the breast of the King translates into immediate and personal action on his behalf to aid the poor man.  The winter storm are the adversities of life that deter so many of us from good works.  Following boldly in the footsteps of the saints can allow us to conquer all obstacles in our path to carrying out  that prime command of Christ:  “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

The video above is my favorite of the three I have posted, replete with images of Saint King Wenceslas.  However, the Irish Rovers add their own Celtic lilt.

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The New Jesuit Review

Sunday, December 6, AD 2009

[From the website]: The New Jesuit Review has as its goals the recovery of Jesuit spirituality from its authentic sources and reflection by contemporary Jesuits on its significance for their lives. The writings of St. Ignatius and the First Companions, the lives of Jesuit saints and martyrs, and classics of Jesuit spirituality are examined in the spirit of Perfectae Caritatis, the Decree on the Adaptation and Renewal of Religious Life of the Second Vatican Council:

It redounds to the good of the Church that institutes have their own particular characteristics and work. Therefore let their founders’ spirit and special aims they set before them as well as their sound traditions — all of which make up the patrimony of each institute — be faithfully held in honor. (Perfectae Caritatis, 2)

A promising venture (HT: Fr. John Zuhlsdorf).

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  • Sounds like a great start!

    Here in Texas we here good things coming from the Jesuit seminary of the Southern Province in Louisiana.

    Though the society is still infested with heretics and dissidents, we can trust in God that all will be well in the end.

Age of Martyrs

Tuesday, June 2, AD 2009

 

Hattip to Southern Appeal.  The executions of Saint John Cardinal Fisher and Saint Thomas More as portrayed in The Tudors.   It was largely because of the courage that these men showed, and the courage  hundreds of other men and women demonstrated who were martyred under the Crowned Monster Henry VIII, his son, and Bloody Elizabeth, that a remnant of the Catholic faith survived for centuries in England, Wales and Scotland, in the face of bitter persecution, until Catholic Emancipation in 1829.

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  • I posted a similar comment over at Feddie’s, but it is unfortunate that they got More’s line wrong: it is “… the King’s good servant AND God’s first.”

    It is important to remember that the obligations are not mutually exclusive. More believed he was serving the best interests of King and country by remaining faithful to God and the Church. In the same way, we best fulfill our patriotic obligations when we remain faithful to what God asks of us.

  • Much prefer the portrayal of Thomas Moore’s martyrdom in A Man For All Seasons.

  • I loved that movie, “A Man for All Seasons”. Thank you for reminding me of it, Anthony.

  • I loved that movie, “A Man for All Seasons”. Thank you for reminding me of it, Anthony.
    Sorry… forgot to say great post – can’t wait to read your next one!