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  1. JonPatrick says:

    From the “Catholicism pure and simple” blog:
    On 19 February 1984, Pope John Paul II beatified Fr. Guillaume Repin (guillotined at the age of 84) and 98 Companions, martyred in Angers in 1793 or 1794 during the French Revolution. This month, then, is the 30th anniversary of their beatification, which is being commemorated in the diocese of Angers in central western France as I write.

    The martyrs included 11 other priests, 3 religious women, 4 laymen and 80 laywomen. Among the laywomen (the vast majority of the martyrs, please note) were several who were mother and daughter, several who were sisters and one group a household of mother, three daughters and the servant!

    Blessed Odile Baumgarten (aged 43) and Blessed Marie-Anne Vaillot (aged 60) were two of the three religious sisters and were martyred on 1 February 1794, that is 220 years ago exactly today. [post was written in 2014] They were from the Hospital of St John in Angers and were Daughters of Charity, the congregation founded by St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac. This hospital had been established by Henry II of England in the 12th century, reportedly in reparation for the slaying of St Thomas Becket.

    And what follows below is a brief excerpt from a longer article written by Fr Thomas Davitt CM (of the Vincentians/Lazarists) on the events leading to the martyrdom of the two Daughters of Charity. Well worth reading! As is this other article by Vincentian Fr John Carven.

    The execution squad operated inside the enclosure of a former priory about two kilometers outside Angers, which is now known as the Martyrs’ Field. Executions had taken place there on the 12, 15, 18, 20, 21 and 22 January 1794. The condemned persons were tied in pairs to a central rope and were marched from the prisons to the place. Those who could not walk were taken in carts. Marie-Anne and Odile were scheduled for execution on 1 February. There were further executions on 10 February and 16 April, bringing the total number executed in Angers to more than two thousand. A contemporary account of the journey to the place of execution tells us that on the way Marie-Anne started the Litany of Our Lady, which was then taken up by all the prisoners as they went along.

    At the place of execution the victims were lined up in front of the firing squad. There was only one single discharge of muskets by the squad, and those who were not killed by it were finished off by either sword or bayonet. Odile was hit by several bullets and died immediately. Marie-Anne received only a broken arm from a bullet, and she held Odile in her arms. There is nothing on record to say exactly how she was killed, but it would have been by either a sword or a bayonet.

    At the ceremony in Rome on 19 February 1984 Pope John Paul II beatified ninety-nine persons who died for the faith in Angers. In his homily he had to speak in general terms because of this large number, but he did make mention of some of them by name. He said that Marie-Anne comforted Odile by saying:

    “We will have the happiness of seeing God and possessing Him for all eternity . . . and we will be possessed by Him without fear of being ever separated from Him.”

  2. Semper Gumby says:

    Two recent quotes from Death Party political religion collaborators.

    Kevin Carroll in an op-ed at the Washington Examiner last week (“Kevin Carroll served as senior counselor to the secretary of homeland security and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and as a CIA and Army officer in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Yemen”):

    “I woke up in my Manhattan apartment as a Wall Street law firm associate on Sept. 12, 2001, worrying how America could stop the next attack. I woke up as a combat veteran in my suburban Washington, D.C., house on Jan. 7, 2021, equally worried. But I also remember what helped America last time. We defeated al Qaeda and can do the same to the fascist thugs who attacked our democracy last month. But only if we take similar hard measures against the enemy within.”

    This weeping bully should get a grip on his emotions, and is reminded that “hard measures” can be met by “hard measures.” That will not end well.

    Sue Gordon (“the former principal deputy director of national intelligence”) last month on PBS:

    “You know, as an old intelligence hand, there are elements of this that remind me of the rise of Islamic extremism and what it looks like. And there are probably a fair number of lessons that we learned in the fight against foreign terrorism that can be applied here and some lessons that we probably don’t want to apply.”

    This silly, preening woman is reminded that once you go to war against your own citizens it’s difficult to stop “applying lessons.”

    God bless Pres. Trump and many in his Administration for bringing these malicious, fearful bullies out of the woodwork sooner rather than later.

    p.s. A buddy wrote recently, “John Brennan, an exemplar of Death Party rage, is the Alec Baldwin of the intelligence community.”

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