Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Please pray for Ireland!!!

Please, please pray with me that the outcome of the abortion referendum in Ireland will be NO.
Abortion is the greatest form of genocide because it is the genocide of complete innocents. This referendum is the enemy’s will, not God’s, and our prayers and fasting can and will, make the greatest difference in rising against it! Please pray this prayer daily with me! We can't sit back and do nothing for our God.

O Mother of Salvation, pray for your children in Ireland to prevent the wicked act of abortion from being inflicted upon them. Protect their holy nation from sinking deeper into despair from the darkness which covers their country. Rid them of the evil one who wants to destroy your children, yet to be born. Pray that those leaders will have the courage to listen to those who love your Son, so that they will follow the Teachings of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Bad Catholics Should Just Be Atheists! A Quote from St Peter Julian Eymard, SSS



Posted a year ago today on Facebook, by Steve Skojec of One Peter Five.
St. Peter Julian Eymard - People often say, "It is better to be a good Protestant than a bad Catholic." That is not true! That would mean that one could be saved without the true faith. No. A bad Catholic remains a child of the family, although a prodigal; and however great a sinner he may be, he still has a right to mercy. Through his faith, a bad Catholic is nearer to God than a Protestant, for he is a member of the household, whereas the heretic is not. And how hard it is to make him become one! (THE REAL PRESENCE, NY: Blessed Sacrament Fathers, 1938, p.245).

The Mathematical Innovations of Father Antonio Spadaro

On of Francis' 'close advisers' and obviously one of his favourite todies in promoting heresy. Note his tweet, 'In theology 2 + 2 can equal 5. Because it has to do with God and the real life of people…'. In other words, there is no objective Truth. Of course, Francis has made it clear that he agrees.

From Crisis Magazine





Nearly fifty years go, my parish secretary, who was elderly even then, kept the parish accounts using an abacus. I gave her the latest kind of electric adding machine, which she used dutifully, but I noticed that she then checked the results with her abacus, an instrument that has been reliable since long before the invention of Hindu-Arabic written numerals. Until then, ten human fingers provided a decimal system.
If we don’t get numbers right, we will not get much else right. This is a point Lewis Carroll made in his Adventures of Alice in Wonderland. An apocryphal story claims that Queen Victoria, having enjoyed the Alice tales, requested a first edition of Carroll’s next book, and was perplexed when it arrived: An Elementary Treatise on Determinants. There is a convincing thesis that Carroll, as an Oxford mathematician, wrote Alice’s Wonderland adventures to satirize new non-Euclidean theories. For instance, when Alice expands to nine feet and shrinks to three inches, she tells the Caterpillar, “Being so many different sizes in a single day is very confusing.” The Caterpillar enjoys the confusion, which is Carroll’s way of saying that Euclidean and hyperbolic geometry, rooted as they are in different axioms, cannot both be true at the same time. The guests at the Mad Hatter’s tea party are very likely symbolic commentaries on the discovery of quaternions by the Irish mathematician William Rowans Hamilton, in 1843.
The abstract algebra, which Carroll thought ridiculous, was the background of Hamilton’s theory of “pure time,” which he seems to have inferred from Kant’s concept of a Platonic ideal of time distinct from chronological time. But this does not deny the existence of time as we know it; and Kant himself was almost neurotically compulsive about timing every action of his day by his clock.
One wonders what Carroll would have thought of Einstein’s Relativity, or Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle. But Einstein did not expect that his theory in physics should provide any moral structure, and Heisenberg would not apply a principle of quantum mechanics to theological systems. Since then, many have made such mistakes, the first being the early Modernists and now an increasing number of people even in the heart of Rome, who muddle sciences and hold certainty suspect.
Father Antonio Spadaro, a close associate of Pope Francis, raised eyebrows in July 2017 when he described religious life in the United States, with such confidence that can come only from a profound knowledge of a subject or a total lack of it. Father Spadaro advises the Holy Father, who had never visited the United States before becoming pope. In an essay in Civilta Cattolica called “Evangelical Fundamentalism and Catholic Integralism,” Father Spadaro spoke with disdain of a cabal formed by Evangelicals and Catholics motivated by a “triumphalist, arrogant, and vindictive ethnicism” which is creating an “apocalyptic geopolitics.” Religious fundamentalists behind this plot have included Nixon, Reagan, Bush, and Trump who is a Manichaean. The co-author of this imaginative literary exercise was a Protestant minister, Marcelo Figuero who is editor-in-chief of the new Argentinian edition of L’Osservatore Romano to which office he brings the rich systematic theology of Argentinian Presbyterianism. The two authors were rhetorically florid in denouncing Yankee racism, obscurantism, and fascism, so unlike the temperate history of Spadaro’s own peninsula and Figuero’s Argentinian utopia. If they want to condescend to the USA, they need a loftier platform.
Then in October 2017 Father Spadaro said in Boston, “It is no longer possible to judge people on the basis of a norm that stands above all.” The suggestion is that a mathematical principle of uncertainty also applies to theology where all is in flux and subjective.
Later, in a well publicized comment on “Twitter” which operates according to stable and constant principles of applied engineering, Father Spadaro typed: “In theology 2 + 2 can equal 5. Because it has to do with God and the real life of people…” To put a charitable gloss on that, he may have simply meant theology applied to pastoral situations where routine answers of manualists may be inadequate. But he has made his arithmetic a guide to dogma, as when he said in his Boston speech that couples living in “irregular” family situations “can be living in God’s grace, can love and also grow in a life of grace.” Yet, despite his concern for freedom of thought and expression, Father Spadaro has recently expressed sympathy for calls to censor Catholic television commentators who insist that 2+2 = 4.
There are two things to consider here. First, some clergy of Father Spadaro’s vintage grew up in a theological atmosphere of “Transcendental Thomism.” Aquinas begins the Summa Theologica asserting in the very first Question, four times, that theology has a greater certitude than any other science. While it gives rise to rhymes and song, it is solid science, indeed the Queen of Sciences. Transcendental Thomism was Karl Rahner’s attempt to wed Thomistic realism with Kantian idealism. Father Stanley Jaki, theologian and physicist, called this stillborn hybrid “Aquikantianism.” But if stillborn, its ghosts roam corridors of ecclesiastical influence. This really is not theology but theosophy, as romantic as Teilhard de Chardin, as esoteric as a Rosicrucian, and as soporific as the séances of Madame Blavatsky. The second point is that not all cultures have an instinct for pellucid expression. The Italian language is so beguiling that it can create an illusion that its rotundity is profundity, and that its neologisms are significant. When it is used to calling you a “Cattolico Integralista” or a “Restauratore” the cadences almost sound like a compliment. Even our Holy Father, who often finds relief from his unenviable burdens by using startling expressions, said on June 19, 2016: “We have a very creative vocabulary for insulting others.”
In saying that 2+2=5, Father Spadaro preserves a familiar if deluded intuition, and trailing behind him is a long line of children who in countless schoolrooms have been made to stand in corners for having made that mistake. A famous use of it was in George Orwell’s Ninety Eighty-Four speaking of its dystopia: “In the end the Party would announce that two and two, made five and you would have to believe it. It was inevitable that they should make that claim sooner or later; the logic of their position demanded it … the very existence of external reality, was tacitly denied by their philosophy.”
Malleable arithmetic has its consequences in the solid world. There is Stalin’s consoling wisdom for apparatchiks: “One death is a tragedy; a million is a statistic.” Unlike Orwell’s dystopia, the Third Reich was a fact, and in it, any science that was not ideological was bourgeois. In 1934, the senior German mathematician David Hilbert was asked by the Nazi minister of education, Bernhard Rust, “How is mathematics at Göttingen, now that it is free from the Jewish influence?” Hilbert answered, “There is no mathematics in Göttingen anymore.” Imagine mathematics free from Catholic influence. To name but a few devout Catholics who transformed mathematics while confident that 2+2 = 4 instead of 5, even in theology, Father Spadaro notwithstanding, there are: Fibonacci, Grosseteste, Albertus Magnus, Bacon, Lully Bradwardine, Oresme, Brunellescchi, Nicholas of Cusa, Regiomantanus, Widmann, Copernicus, Tartaglia, Cardano, Ferrari, Descartes, Pascal, Formati, Saccheri, Cauchy, and Bolzano. My favorites are Pope Sylvester II who revived the decimal numeral system a thousand years ago, and the pioneer woman in mathematics, Maria Agnesi (d. 1799) who refined differential and integral calculus.
The Incarnate Christ subjected himself to his own laws of nature, including solid arithmetic. He kept count. He insisted that the Twelve not be eleven or thirteen. If 2+2 were 5 for him, he might have said: “When 2 ½ or 3 ¾ are gathered together, I am in the midst of them.” When he multiplied the loaves, he might have fed 5000 instead of 4000 with 8 ¾ baskets leftover, and after 6250 were fed instead of 5000, there might have been 15 baskets left over. And we would have a longer workweek, because God rested on the 8.75th day.
The late Vietnamese cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan said that in a certain sense, Jesus actually was a bad mathematician: “A shepherd had 100 sheep; one of them strayed. Without thinking, the shepherd went in search of it, leaving the other 99 sheep. When he found the lost sheep he put it on his shoulders (Luke 15: 4-5). For Jesus, 1 equals 99, perhaps even more…” The cardinal could say that without distorting reality because he spent thirteen years in a Communist prison, nine of them in solitary confinement. Those are the real numbers of real years not spent in Wonderland.

All Hell Breaks Loose - German Bishops Officially Open Up Holy Communion to Non-Catholics

This is just a note of Rorate Caeli's take on the article I posted yesterday.

From Rorate Caeli
The Francis Effect meeting the German Heresiarchy leads to an explosive decision of cataclysmic consequences.

Naturally, this Rome will not reject this aberration. This Vatican will welcome it. This pontificate will rejoice in it.

24 February, The Roman Martyrology

February 24th anno Domini 2018 The 9th Day of Moon were born into the better life: 

In Judea, the holy Apostle Matthias, who was chosen by the Apostles right after the Ascension of the Lord to take the place of the traitor Judas, and who suffered martyrdom for preaching the Gospel. 
At Rome, the holy martyr Primitiva. 
At Caesarea, in Cappadocia, [in the year 304,] the holy martyr Sergius, whose acts are held most famous. 
In Africa, [in the year 259,] the holy martyrs Montanus, Lucius, Julian, Victoricus, Flavian, and their Companions, who were disciples of holy Cyprian, and finished their testimony under the Emperor Valerian. 
At Rouen, [in the year 588,] the holy martyr Pretextatus, Bishop of that see. 
At Trier, [about the year 499] the holy Confessor Modestus, Bishop of that see. 
In England, [in the year 616,] holy Ethelbert, King of Kent, whom holy Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, converted to the faith of Christ, and whose feast we keep upon the 26th (27th) day of this present month of February. 
At Jerusalem is commemorated the first finding, [in the fourth century,] of the Head of the Lord's forerunner. 
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

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Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Battle of Covadonga

Monument in memory of Pelagius at Covadonga, 
site of his famous victory.

The Battle of Covadonga was the first victory by Christian military forces in Iberia since the Islamic conquest of Hispania began in 711–718. It was fought at Covadonga, most likely in the summer of 722. The battle followed the creation in 718 of an independent Christian principality in the mountains of the northwestern region of the Iberian peninsula that grew into the Kingdom of Asturias and became a bastion of Christian resistance to the expansion of Muslim rule. As a result, the Battle of Covadonga has been credited by historians with catalyzing the Reconquista or the "reconquest" of Christian rule to the entire peninsula.

Here is a picture of the, the Holy Cave of Covadonga, from whence King Pelagius of the Asturias, Don Pelayo, began the Reconquista.



Here is an artist's depiction of Don Pelayo in the Holy Cave before the battle


And here is his tomb, in the Pantéon Real de Covadonga, in the Holy Cave.



And, finally, here is a video about the battle. It took 770 years from Covadonga in AD 722 until the fall of the last Moorish Kingdom, Granada, under the the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile, in AD 1492. 


Let us never forget King Pelagius and his valiant men, who ultimately saved the Spains for Christendom!

We will remember them! Lest we forget!


A Slight Change

Since the Martyrology is read at Prime the day before the date of the Feasts mentioned, I have decided to post it on the day it would be read. I'll still be linking to In Lumine Fidei's posts if there is a Saint's biography or a selection from Dom Guéranger included, but if it is just the Martyrology, I shan't post it, since the Martyrology will have already been posted.

Sad, But True!


German Bishops Discuss Intercommunion of Lutheran, Catholic Spouses

I guess Francis' heresy doesn't go far enough for the German Bishops! Now, you won't even have to be Catholic to receive Holy Communion, just married to one. Let's remove a major reason for conversion, the desire to receive Communion with your spouse, shall we?

From Catholic News Agency



.- Cardinal Reinhard Marx has announced that the German bishops' conference will publish a pastoral handout for married couples that allows Protestant spouses of Catholics "in individual cases" and "under certain conditions" to receive Holy Communion, provided they "affirm the Catholic faith in the Eucharist".
According to the press report of the Archbishop of Munich and Freising, the handout is primarily aimed at pastoral workers and is to be understood as a tool for pastoral situations, "to consider the concrete situation and come to a responsible decision about the possibility of the non-Catholic partner to receive Communion".
The announcement was made "after intensive debate" at the conclusion of the general assembly of the German bishops' conference, which was held Feb. 19 - 22 in the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt, and attended by 62 members of the bishops' conference under the leadership of conference chairman Cardinal Marx.
The press release declares that its premise is that "in individual cases, the spiritual hunger for receiving Communion together in interdenominational marriages can be so strong that it could jeopardise the marriage and the faith of the spouse". The statement goes on to say that this applies all the more to spouses who "already want to live out their marriage very consciously" as a Christian couple.
The central message of the handout is "that everyone in a marriage that binds denominations," after a "mature examination in a spiritual conversation with their priest or another person charged with pastoral care, that has come to a decision of conscience to affirm the Faith of the Catholic Church as well as thereby concluding a 'grave spiritual need' as well as fulfilling the desire to receive the Eucharist may approach the Lord's table and receive Communion."
Cardinal Marx' statement emphasises: "We are talking about decisions in individual cases that require a careful spiritual discernment."
The handout is expected to be published in a few weeks' time.
The Code of Canon Law states that in the danger of death or if “some other grave necessity urges it,” Catholic ministers licitly administer penance, Eucharist, and anointing of the sick to Protestants “who cannot approach a minister of their own community and who seek such on their own accord, provided that they manifest Catholic faith in respect to these sacraments and are properly disposed.”
The bishops' announcement follows a discussion of such a proposal at a previous general assembly held in the spring of 2017.
According to Archbishop Ludwig Schick of Bamberg in a report in the German diocesan newspaper "Tag des Herrn" from March 2017, Schick is quoted as saying that the bishops were seeking "a responsible decision" on the question of non-Catholic partners in interdenominational marriages in individual cases by pastoral means.

On Dec. 31 2016, the website of the Lutheran ecclesial community in Germany reported that Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrück was hoping for a recognition of what was already the case, namely, that in many places, Protestants went to Communion with their Catholic spouses. "We have to give a foundation to what often already is in place in practice", the website quotes Bode from an interview with the Lutheran press agency EPD.

Bode, who also attended the 2014-2015 Synods of Bishops on the family, was elected vice-chairman to the German bishops' conference Sept. 26, 2017.


Chevalier Charles Coulombe on 'Christian Democracy'

After making the point that the first 'democratic decision' was in Eden when Adam, Eve, and the Serpent 'outvoted' God, and a second was the condemnation of Our Lord, when the mob shouted, 'Give us Barabbas!' the Chevalier points out that, 'It was a nice idea, but it didn't work.'

He addresses the history of European 'Christian Democracy' and how the heresy has corrupted Catholic political thinking. All in all, an excellent video!


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Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Thinking of Changing Maximus Barker's Name

The Cuter and Shorter Half had a great idea this evening. Max is never given scraps from the table and he never eats 'people food' unless it truly, accidentally falls on the floor. Despite those rules, he continually hovers around as whilst we're at table, and tries to get to food thereon.

So, the C&SH suggested earlier that we change his name to 'Harm'. That way, when we protect our food and shoo him away from the table, we're putting things out of Harm's way!😊

Busting 7 Common Myths About the Great St. Francis of Assisi

Maybe Pope Francis should read this book! It seems that the Saint he took his Regnal Name from, and who he claims to want to emulate, wasn't quite the Muslim loving, SJW, radical liturgical reformer that Francis seems to think he was. Remember, when Our Lord spoke to St Francis from the Crucifix at San Damiano, He said 'Restore My Church', not 'Sow heresy, confusion, and anxiety amongst the Faithful of My Church!'



Busting 7 Common Myths About the Great St. Francis of Assisi:
St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most famous and beloved saints in the Catholic Church, but he’s also one of the most misunderstood.
Catholic scholar Samuel Gregg took to Twitter for the feast of St. Francis of Assisi this year to dispel some common myths about the saint, citing the well regarded 2012 book Francis of Assisi: A New Biography by Augustine Thompson, a history professor at the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.
Below are 7 of Gregg’s points about the real St. Francis that contradict common misconceptions:
1) “Peace Prayer of Saint Francis can’t be traced further back than a French magazine published in 1912”
The so-called “Prayer of Saint Francis” (“Make me an instrument of your peace…”) is a great prayer, it’s just not from St. Francis!
2) “Believed that his followers should engage in manual labor to procure necessities. Begging always a secondary alternative”
Not quite how we always remember St. Francis.
3) “Articulated no legal or social reform program”
It’s not that legal or social reforms can’t be helpful or important; it’s just that we mustn’t think that’s what St. Francis stood for.
4) “Believed one’s most direct contact with God was in the Mass not in serving in the poor or in natural world”
As the Second Vatican Council said, the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of the Christian life!
5) “Believed the Mass required careful preparation, use of the finest sacred vessels, and proper vestments”
Since the Mass is the “source and summit” of the Christian life, we better do it right.
6) “Very orthodox on faith and morals: friars guilty of liturgical abuses or heresy should be remanded to higher church authorities”
St. Francis was not an anti-authoritarian “hippie.” Part of his radicalism was his radical commitment to the Church.
7) “Told Sultan al-Kamil he was there to explicate the truth of the Christian faith and save the sultan’s soul. Not an interfaith dialoguer”
It’s not that interfaith dialogue can’t be helpful, but that St. Francis practiced direct evangelism, which is also necessary.
St. Francis of Assisi, please pray for us!

Liechtenstein

I''m sure that most of my readers have heard of Liechtenstein. Some may have even visited it. I have a special, personal interest in it, because for a time, I was the sworn subject of its Prince. In my post, Fulfilment of a Promise, in which I explained how that came about, I said, 'I realised that there is only one State in the world, still existing, that was a constituent part of the Holy Roman Empire, and that is still ruled by a monarch, i.e. Liechtenstein. The story of how Liechtenstein, as Liechtenstein, became a State of the Empire is fascinating in itself, and is the subject of a future post.' Well, this is that future post!


Staatswappen von Liechtenstein

Before I get into the meat of my post, I wonder how many people are aware of the fact that Liechtenstein is the only State in modern Europe that took its name from the ruling family? Britain is ruled by the House Of Windsor, which until 1917, had been the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. The House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha rules in Belgium, too, but in 1920, because of anti-German sentiment after the Great War, it was changed to 'of Belgium'. The House also ruled in Portugal and Bulgaria until those monarchies were overthrown by the Reds. The House of
Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg rules in Denmark and Norway, and did rule in Greece until overthrown. The House of Bernadotte rules in Sweden. So how did Liechtenstein end up with the House of Liechtenstein, with no change of name, as in Belgium?

First, some necessary background on the Imperial Diet (Parliament) of the Holy Roman Empire. The Diet was divided into three 'Colleges', the Electors who chose a new Emperor, the College of Princes, and the College of Imperial Cities. We can ignore the Colleges of Electors and Cities, because they have nothing 'immediate' (a pun, as you shall see!) to do with the subject at hand.


Membership in the College of Princes depended upon holding an 'immediate fief' (I warned you!). This meant that the fief was held directly from the Emperor, with no intermediate Lord. However, only the Princes had an individual vote. Lesser holders of immediate fiefs, such as Counts, were further grouped in Circles within the Colleges of Princes, and each Circle cast a vote in that College.


Now to Liechtenstein. By the late 17th century, the Liechtensteins were one of the wealthiest families in the Empire, with vast land holdings. They had originated in Lower Austria, where they held Castle Liechtenstein ('bright stone') in the 13th century, whence their name. Over the ensuing centuries, the House amassed broad estates mainly in Moravia, Silesia, Styria, and Lower Austria. However, all of their lands were held in fee from Lords other than the Emperor, often from Cadets of the Imperial House, to whom many of the Liechtensteins were close advisors. Karl I von Liechtenstein had been granted the title of Prince in 1608, but, since none of their great holdings was held immediately of the Emperor, they still did not qualify for an individual voice and vote in the Imperial Diet.


Finally, in 1699, the Head of the House, Hans-Adam I, purchased the Lordship of Schellenberg, and in 1712, the County of Vaduz. both of which were held immediately of the Emperor. However, despite the Head of the House holding the title of Prince, this still did not grant a seat in the Diet, since neither of these holdings was a Principality. Thus, their holding Schellenberg and Vaduz gave the House two additional votes in the Circle of Swabia, to influence that Circle's vote in the Diet, but not an individual vote in that body.


However, in 1719, HIM Charles VI united the Lordship and the County into one State, to be called Liechtenstein in honour of the Family, and elevated it to the dignity of a Principality, thus elevating the Prinz von Liechtenstein (a Prince who did not rule an immediate State) to Fürst von und zu Liechtenstein (a Prince ruling an immediate State, with voice and vote in the Diet).


No Prince of Liechtenstein sat foot in the new country for many decades, continuing to live in Vienna near the Imperial Court. In the early 19th century, they built a hunting lodge in the Principality, and visited it regularly during shooting season. Then, in the aftermath of the Great War, Liechtenstein chose to break its customs union with the defeated Austria and entered into such a union with Switzerland. At about the same time, there was some unrest in the country because of their 'non-resident' Prince. They essentially told the Reigning Prince that unless he came to live among them, they would overthrow him and establish a republic. They had no particular dislike of either the Prince or of the monarchy, but they were tired of being ruled by a Prince who lived over 500 kilometres away. As a result, the Reigning Prince moved to Vaduz, whilst the rest of the extended Family remained in Vienna. In fact, Franz Josef II, the Prince to whom I swore allegiance, was the first Ruling Prince to live full time in the country, beginning in 1938.


Liechtenstein's last military engagement was in 1866, when Prince Johann II sent his 80 man army to support Austria and the Emperor. With no fatalities, 81 men returned, an Austrian officer having joined them! The army was abolished two years later, and during both the Great War and the 1939-1945 War the country was neutral.


Here are three videos, one discussing the abolition of Liechtenstein's army, and one each discussing its neutrality in both the 1914-1918  War and the 1939-1945 War.





This video is from one of my favourite
YouTube channels. Indy discusses some
other topics, as well, but he begins with
Liechtenstein.





At any rate, that is a bit of the history of the fascinating country whose Prince was once my Liege Lord.



Franz Josef II., Fürst von und zu Liechtenstein,
to whom I owed allegiance. May he rest in peace.










How Absolutely True!


Chevalier Charles Coulombe on King Alfred the Great's Cause for Canonisation

I had not realised that King Alfred had a developed cultus, or that his Cause had been introduced at Rome before the Protestant Deformation. Well, you learn something new every day, and I look forward to doing so!


Paul Comtois of Québec, Farmer, Politician, Hero, Saint

How low has 'Catholic' Quebec fallen! This was in its glory days, when Catholicism reigned supreme, and before Pierre Trudeau and his communist henchmen began la révolution tranquille, which has totally destroyed the influence of the Church in what was once one of the most vibrant Catholic regions of North America.

From the article,
“When he finally was given this permission (to keep the Most Blessed Sacrament in his personal vice-regal Chapel), it was on condition that he be personally responsible for its safe and proper keeping. And my father was a man who lived up to his obligations at all costs.”
May the Martyr of the Blessed Sacrament, Paul Comtois, pray for us and, especially, for his people of Quebec!

From Andrew Cusack (link in sidebar)


From time to time there are men in history whose heroism runs so counter to the spirit of the age that the arbiters of passing fashion must simply ignore him rather than run the risk of acknowledging his embarrassing greatness and goodness. God has graced the New World with many of his saints, some of whom — Rose of Lima, Martin de Porres, Mother Seton — have already been raised to the altar, others — Fulton Sheen, Fr. Solanus Casey — are certainly on their way, but yet more remain unsung and almost forgotten. Paul Comtois (1895–1966), Lieutenant-Governor of Québec until his heroic death, is just one of these such saints.


Jean-Paul-François Comtois was born in Saint-Thomas-de-Pierreville, in Québec’s Yamaska County on August 22, 1895. His father, Urbain Comtois, was a merchant of old Québécois farming stock while his mother, Elizabeth (née McCaffrey) was of Irish descent. After completing the cours classique at the Collège de Nicolet, Paul Comtois was admitted to the Université de Montréal. He studied agronomy at the Institut agricole d’Oka, an agricultural institute run by monks at a Trappist monastery, and received his degree in 1918.
His studies completed, Comtois returned to Pierreville to run the family farm, Ferme des Ormes, whose land had first been cleared by his grandfather in 1835. In 1921, he married Irène-Anne-Rachel Gill, who provided Comtois with three sons and two daughters.
Paul Comtois continued to farm for two decades, earning the médaille de bronze du Mérite agricole in 1926, but became an increasingly active participant in the civic affairs of his community. He was made the head of the local school board in 1928, and ran as the Conservative candidate for the the Nicolet-Yamaska constituency in the 1930 federal parliamentary election, losing by just one vote! Comtois was chief evaluator for the Agricultural Commission from 1935 to 1936, when he became the general manager of the provincial Office du crédit agricole, a post he held until 1957. In the mean time, he served for a year on the Housing Committee in 1948, co-founded the agricultural cooperative in his native Pierreville, and was made president (from 1945 to 1961) of the Caisse populaire de Pierreville, one of the cooperative credit unions founded by the Church to provide for the financial well-being of rural Québec.




L’hon. Paul Comtois, Lieutenant-gouverneur du Québec
From 1948 to 1961, Paul Comtois was mayor of the parish of Saint-Thomas-de-Pierreville, and he was made Prefect of Yamaska County in 1956. One year later, he avenged his 1930 electoral defeat by being elected to the House of Commons for Nicolet-Yamaska in the 1957 election. That August, Comtois was appointed to the Privy Council and was made Minister of Mines in the cabinet of the legendary Canadian Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker. After four years in the Canadian cabinet, the Governor-General, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appointed Paul Comtois Lieutenant-Governor of Québec, the personal representative of the Queen in  the province.
Comtois took to the viceregal office with great assiduity. A popular socialite, he was a member of the Garrison Club and the Quebec Winter Club. A devoted Catholic, he was active in the Knights of Columbus and the League of the Sacred Heart. As is custom for Canadian viceregal representatives, Comtois was made a knight of the Venerable Order of St. John. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sherbrooke in 1962, and another from McGill University a year later, and was made Commander of the Ordre du mérite agronomique.


Lieutenant-Governor Paul Comtois opens the annual session of the Parliament of Québec.
Yet while the Lieutenant-Governor and his wife attended balls at the province’s best hotels and were invited to dinner parties in its most prominent homes, the entire family said the Rosary together every day, often outdoors despite the harsh winter cold. The family lived in the official viceregal residence, Bois-de-Coulonge, in the Quebec City suburb of Sillery (a city named after the holy Frenchman Noël Brûlart de Sillery). Comtois sought permission from the Cardinal Archbishop of Québec, Primate of Canada, to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in the private chapel at Bois-de-Coulonge. The Cardinal was hesitant but eventually agreed to Comtois’s pious request.


“My father once told me that he had difficulty in being granted the special permission from the Cardinal to permanently keep the Blessed Sacrament in the private chapel,” Comtois’s daughter Mireille recalled later. “When he finally was given this permission, it was on condition that he be personally responsible for its safe and proper keeping. And my father was a man who lived up to his obligations at all costs.”

After midnight on the evening of February 21, 1966 — a bitterly cold night of -24° Fahrenheit, -31° Celsius — the Lieutenant-Governor, his family, and some guests returned to Bois-de-Coulonge from a social event. A half-hour after the assembled had said their good-nights and retired to bed, a ferocious fire erupted in the basement of the 105-year-old manor.
“The fire started as though it were in a matchbox,” Lt. Col. J.P. Martin, the The The Lieutenant-Governor’s aide-de-camp, reported. “It was incredible to see with what speed the flames spread through the building.”
As soon as the fire was noticed, the governor immediately took charge, guiding his wife and children out of the house into the cold winter’s night outside. His daughter Mireille, however, noticed her father would not yet leave the tinderbox house.
“As I was racing through the building to escape from the fire, I came upon my father in the chapel. As I was going to run to him, he firmly ordered me to jump from a nearby window and I did, wondering why he did not do likewise. The last I saw of him, he was standing under the sanctuary lamp in his pajamas and wearing around his neck the souvenir Rosary from his father which he said every night and wore to sleep.”
Having been assured that all his family and guests had escaped the inferno, the seventy-year-old Paul Comtois returned to the private chapel in which he visited the Lord every evening before bed to save the Blessed Sacrament from the desecrating fire. He reached the chapel, already engulfed in flames, but managed to make it to the tabernacle and remove the pyx containing the Body of Christ. Leaving the chapel, he descended the staircase which collapsed about him, and the Lieutenant-Governor was burned alive in the inferno. The fire in which Paul Comtois died was so hot that the first firemen on the scene could not approach within a hundred feet of the building.



“I was told,” Mireille continues, “that when they found him, his body was badly burned and his arms were no longer intact; but my father was a big stocky man and under the upper part of his body they found the pyx used to carry the Holy Eucharist. His body had saved it from the flames. … I can still picture him standing there in the light of the sanctuary lamp.”
Maurice Cardinal Roy, the Archbishop of Québec & Primate of Canada, said that “Mr. Comtois, as a Christian, gave an example of wisdom and goodness, humility, and radiant faith.”
“I jumped to safety from a second-storey balcony, injuring my back in doing so and was hospitalized for some time after,” said Mac Stearns, one of the family’s guests that evening. “My wife and I were good friends of the Comtois family. We were in the habit of visiting one another. I grew to be a close friend and admirer of Paul Comtois. He was a very sincere person, deeply concerned with the problems of humanity.”
“His tremendous religious faith impressed me greatly and was no doubt instrumental in my embracing the Catholic faith some time after his death. Knowing his great fervor for the Blessed Sacrament, I have no doubt whatsoever that Paul would do all in his power to rescue the Holy Eucharist from the fire.”
Paul Comtois’s heroism stands in direct contrast to the cowardice of the changing establishment of the time in reporting his death. “The left-wing press: Le DevoirLa Presse of Montreal, Le Soleil of Quebec City, played down the wonderful deed,” wrote Fr. J. M. Laplante, O.M.I. in The Wanderer (10 March 1966). “In other times, that news would have covered the world with headlines. But nowadays? I doubt if La Croix and Les Informations Catholiques Internationales of Paris, or the liberal Catholic weeklies, will give much coverage or comment to that sublime act of faith.”
“But what an act of reparation,” Fr. Laplante wrote, for the errant priests who do not believe in the Holy Eucharist and desecrate the Blessed Sacrament themselves. “The fact that, in 1966, a politician, a statesman, the Anglican Queen’s immediate representative in Québec, imitated the gesture of St. Tarcisius should be shouted from the rooftops. … Yes, His Excellency Paul Comtois, host of Christ in Bois-de-Coulonge Manor, gave up his life for the sake of Christ the Host!”
Sister Maureen Peckham, R.S.C.J., wrote in 1988 of the Lieutenant-Governor’s heroic death in her introduction to John Cotter’s The Affirmation of Paul Comtois:
“Over twenty years have passed since, in an act of gallant generosity, a supernaturally splendid ‘beau geste’, Paul Comtois, Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Québec, laid down his life for his Friend in the Blessed Sacrament. His story, far from making the headlines, was considered, by the secular press, not newsworthy, and, by the Catholic press, an embarrassment. The Church of the second half of the twentieth century is, to its shame, not noted for its faith in the Blessed Sacrament, and, one can only deduce that it was fear of being considered foolish and old-womanish — or, worse still, old hat — by an unbelieving world that caused the leaders of the Church in Québec to pass over, in blushing silence, Mr. Comtois’s noble deed.”
“Yet, Paul Comtois was a man of the world, a well-known socialite, one who had reached the heights of worldly glory; he was one whom the world could recognize as its own. Furthermore, his chivalrous and brave death should, even on the human and wordly level, have merited the title of hero. That he, who had been honored by the world during his lifetime, should have been ignored by the world at the moment of his death, can only be explained by the fact that he died for One Whom the world does not recognize and has ever refused to acknowledge.”
“The glorious martyrdom of Paul Comtois, passed over as it was by an unbelieving world, and by an all too unbelieving Church, has, nonetheless, remained in the faithful memory of God’s true friends. That one of these should today be putting into print Mr. Comtois’s shining witness of charity, in its radical and essential loveliness, is indeed a welcome and joyous event. May this inspiring story enflame the hearts of all who read it with an undying love for the Lord of the Tabernacle.

And, an article, in French, from Vers Demain, Paul Comtois donna sa vie pour sauver la Sainte Eucharistie.

21 February - Feria

On this day according to the ROMAN MARTYROLOGY:

February 21st anno Domini 2018 The 6th Day of Moon were born into the better life: 

In Sicily, under the Emperor Diocletian, [fourth century,] seventy-nine holy martyrs, who through diverse torments won the crown of their confession. 
At Adrumetum, [Susa] in Africa, [in fourth century,] the holy martyrs Verulus, Secundinus, Syricius, Felix, Servulus, Saturninus, Fortunatus, and sixteen others, who were crowned with martyrdom for their confession of the Catholic faith in the persecution under the Vandals. 
At Bethsan, [about 452,] the holy martyr Severian, Bishop of that see. 
At Damascus, [in the year 743,] holy Peter Mavimeno. Some Arabs came to see him while he was ill, and to them he said, "Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian religion will be damned, as your false prophet Mohammed is," whereupon they killed him. 
At Ravenna, [in the year 556,] the holy Confessor Maximian. 
At Metz, [about the year 500,] holy Felix, Bishop of that see. 
At Brescia, [in the seventh century,] holy Paterius, [twenty-third] Bishop of that see. 
V. And elsewhere many other holy martyrs, confessors, and holy virgins.
R. Thanks be to God.

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