A veritable Account of the Martyrdom and Blessed death of Father Jean de Brebœuf

via University of Oregon

This is what these Savages told us of the taking of the Village of St. Ignace, and about Fathers Jean de Brebceuf and Gabriel L'Allemant:

"The Iroquois came, to the number of twelve hundred men; took our village, and seized Father Breboauf and his companion; and set fire to all the huts. They proceeded to vent their rage on those two Fathers; for they took them both and stripped them entirely naked, and fastened each to a post. They tied both of their hands together. They tore the nails from their fingers. They beat them with a shower of blows from cudgels, on the shoulders, the loins, the belly, the legs, and the face,—there being no part of their body which did not endure this torment. " The savages told us further, that, although Father de Brebceuf was overwhelmed under the weight of these blows, he did not cease continually to speak of God, and to encourage all the new Christians who were captives like himself to suffer well, that they might die well, in order to go in company with him to Paradise. While the good Father was us encouraging these good people, a wretched Iron renegade,—who had remained a captive with he Iroquois, and whom Father de Brebœuf had formerly instructed and baptized,—hearing him speak Paradise and Holy Baptism, was irritated, and said [page 27] to him, " Echon," that is Father de Brebœuf's name in Huron, " thou sayest that Baptism and the sufferings of this life lead straight to Paradise; thou wilt go soon, for I am going to baptize thee, and to make thee suffer well, in order to go the sooner to thy Paradise." The barbarian, having said that, took a kettle full of boiling water, which he poured over his body three different times, in derision of Holy baptism. And, each time that he baptized him in this manner, the barbarian said to him, with bitter sarcasm, " Go to Heaven, for thou art well baptized." After that, they made him suffer several other torments. The 1st was to make hatchets red-hot, and to apply them to the loins and under the armpits. They made a collar of these red-hot hatchets, and put it on the neck of this good Father. This is the fashion in which I have seen the collar made for other prisoners: They make six hatchets red-hot, take a large withe of green wood, pass the 6 hatchets over the large end of the withe, take the two ends together, and then put it over the neck of the sufferer. I slave seen no torment which more moved me to compassion than that. For you see a man, bound naked to a post, who, having this collar on his neck, cannot tell what posture to take. For, if he lean forward, those above his shoulders weigh the more on him; if he lean back, those on his stomach make him suffer the same torment; if he keep erect, without leaning to one side or other, the burning ratchets, applied equally on both sides, give him a trouble torture.

100 Years

O Século - 15 oct 1917


I was hoping to find the bishop's interview with the seers.  Many years ago I had read that account and the simple and honest nature of the seers in answering the questions had a profound effect on me.    Some day I will find it.

Except from The Miracle of the Sun at Fatima by Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J.
Why Are Miracles Important?

Miracles are not only important; they are indispensable for the credibility of our faith. They are God’s way of enabling us to believe that someone, who claims to be speaking for God, is really telling the truth.

Area events for the Oct 13 anniversary of The Miracle of the Sun

Rochester MN: This Friday (October 13th) is the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima Portugal, Msgr. Cook will be offering a Low Mass at 12:00 PM(Noon) at St. Francis, details HERE

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St. Bernard Church in Watertown reopens after restoration

Watertown Catholics celebrated the grand reopening of St. Bernard Church on September 17.

Boasting an iconic 193-foot steeple since 1873, and celebrated as the tallest structure in Watertown, St. Bernard has been one of the city’s most identifiable treasures.

Much-needed restoration

The much needed restoration, repainting, and repair of the church sanctuary, nave, main entrance, balcony, and stairways began in May 2017. Repairs to plaster, cleaning of historical artwork and stained glass, painting of religious statues, and the restoration of doors original to the 1873 church near the altar were some of the focus projects.

The cost of the project was funded by the $560,000 Aspire Campaign that was completed in 2011, and comprised of fundraising efforts and donations by the parish and community.
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It looks like they replaced the resurrect-ifix.


It looks like they may have wanted to take the after pictures in some better lighting, and not at night.... besides the crucifix the top seems to actually look better. 

Chicago Shrine of Christ the King Launches "Shelter the Shrine" Restoration Campaign

Details at: shrinelandmark.org/donate/

via Orbis

Packers Jordy Nelson adds to family Friday before taking on the Cowboys

The Friday before the Green Bay Packers took on the Dallas Cowboys in Texas, Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson was doing more than practicing with his team; he was expanding his family.

The Nelson's adopted baby Adda Jo at the Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, Texas on Friday October 6.

"This is a wonderful couple and a beautiful family. Congratulations to the Nelsons! They personify service and exemplify love," said Judge David A. Canales of the 73rd District Court in a Facebook post. Judge Canales presided over the adoption.

Adda Jo is the Nelsons' second adopted child.

"After we had Royal, our biological child, we were unable to get pregnant again,” Nelson said in a 2016 video posted to Youtube by Jockey Being Family.
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STrib: Archbishop Bernard Hebda has embraced Minnesota — and his flock

Archbishop Bernard Hebda never expected to land in the Twin Cities, but he embraced Minnesota life.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda did not see it coming. The day the Vatican announced he would become the Twin Cities’ new archbishop, he stood before a hastily prepared news conference inside the Cathedral of St. Paul and quipped that if he’d been warned, “I would have brought a better suit and made sure I had a haircut.”

His sartorial selection was the least of his worries on that day last year. The gregarious Hebda, sent to Minnesota months earlier for what was to be a temporary assignment, was suddenly in charge of an archdiocese reeling from a priest sex abuse scandal, bankruptcy, criminal charges filed by Ramsey County, and distrust in the pews. The previous archbishop, John Nienstedt, had resigned under controversy.

More than a year later, the ship has reached calmer waters. The Pittsburgh-born prelate has gained a reputation for spiritual and intellectual depth, thanks in part to degrees from Harvard University and Columbia Law School as well as working 13 years at the Vatican. Although he was being groomed to be archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, when he landed here, Hebda is now planted firmly in his 800,000-member Twin Cities archdiocese. He has embraced Minnesota living, including the Minnesota State Fair, Basilica Block Party, Red Bull Crashed Ice race and countless parish festivals. This interview has been condensed from a longer discussion with the archbishop.
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Sean Duffy on EWTNs The World Over Thursday

Musica Oramus EF Mass Series Begins this Friday!

As was mentioned previously here at Badger Catholic, the venerable Musica Oramus group who are hosted at St. Mary's Visitation Parish in Elm Grove will begin their Novena of Extra Ordinary Form Masses in honor of the 100th Anniversary of Fatima this Friday. 
Confessions will begin at 5:30pm and the Mass, offered by Canon Jayr from St. Stanislaus, will begin at 6:30pm.  The Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet will also be offered before Mass.

Also, for those who are in the Milwaukee area, St. Mary's Visitation is offering a series on the Reformation through their Visitation Institute Adult Formation Program throughout the Thursdays of October.  It began last week but there are three more sessions.  They are $5 per talk, and go from 6:30-8pm in the Parish Atrium.

Seraphic Father, ora pro nobis!

Stigmate di san Francesco (Jan van Eyck)
From a letter written to all the faithful by Saint Francis of Assisi
(Opuscula, edit. Quaracchi 1949, 87-94)

We must be simple, humble and pure

It was through his archangel, Saint Gabriel, that the Father above made known to the holy and glorious Virgin Mary that the worthy, holy and glorious Word of the Father would come from heaven and take from her womb the real flesh of our human frailty. Though he was wealthy beyond reckoning, he still willingly chose to be poor with his blessed mother. And shortly before his passion he celebrated the Passover with his disciples. Then he prayed to his Father saying: Father, if it be possible, let this cup be taken from me.

Nevertheless, he reposed his will in the will of his Father. The Father willed that his blessed and glorious Son, whom he gave to us and who was born for us, should through his own blood offer himself as a sacrificial victim on the altar of the cross. This was to be done not for himself through whom all things were made, but for our sins. It was intended to leave us an example of how to follow in his footsteps. And he desires all of us to be saved through him, and to receive him with pure heart and chaste body.

O how happy and blessed are those who love the Lord and do as the Lord himself said in the gospel: You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart and your whole soul; and your neighbor as yourself. Therefore, let us love God and adore him with pure heart and mind. This is his particular desire when he says: True worshipers adore the Father in spirit and truth. For all who adore him must do so in the spirit of truth. Let us also direct to him our praises and prayers saying: Our Father, who art in heaven, since we must always pray and never grow slack.

Furthermore, let us produce worthy fruits of penance. Let us also love our neighbors as ourselves. Let us have charity and humility. Let us give alms because these cleanse our souls from the stains of sin. Men lose all the material things they leave behind them in this world, but they carry with them the reward of their charity and the alms they give. For these they will receive from the Lord the reward and recompense they deserve. We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh. Rather we must be simple, humble and pure. We should never desire to be over others. Instead, we ought to be servants who are submissive to every human being for God’s sake. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on all who live in this way and persevere in it to the end. He will permanently dwell in them. They will be the Father’s children who do his work. They are the spouses, brothers and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Office of Readings via iBreviary 


You shared from Francis of Assisi: A New Biography by Augustine Thompson
Francis returned often to the theme of the Eucharist in his writing, far more consistently than to that of poverty, which has attracted so much medieval and modern attention.


Although the text is Latin, not Italian, it may be Francis’s oldest extant composition: “Most high glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart and give me true Faith, certain Hope, and perfect Charity; give me perception and knowledge, Lord, that I might carry out your holy and true command.”

Holy Guardian Angels, orate pro nobis!

A repost.  And a reminder; with today's tragic news how important the intercession of guardian angels is in this fallen world.  

I'm a fan of guardian angels.  Mine has physically(and spiritually) saved my life many times, and I mean that quite literally.  I try to remember to thank him. 

These first three are from Deacon Lawrence Klimecki.  I think they may actually be the three archangels but they could be guardian angels.

NLM: Bishop Morlino on Beauty in the Liturgy in hometown of Scranton PA

On September 6th, His Excellency Robert Morlino, Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin, while visiting his hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, celebrated a votive Mass of Saint Joseph according to the Divine Worship Missal (“Anglican Use”) at the local Ordinariate parish, Saint Thomas More. Afterwards, he delivered a talk “Liturgy as an Aid in Evangelization”, focusing on the beauty of the liturgy as a necessary tool for evangelization in our modern world. A recording of the talk has just been posted via the parish website.


In his address, Bishop Morlino enlarged on his vision of the liturgically beautiful: beauty does not lie in the eye of the beholder; it is not a matter of majority opinion; that which is beautiful must also be true.
continue at New Liturgical Movement 

Fanatic Friday: Oktoberfest edition

Although generally commemorated here with a theological exegesis on the Beatific Vision, we today will look into our ancestors dance customs.

HT City of La Crosse Police Department

Mark Wahlberg, Blase Cupich To Encourage Young Catholics To Attend Mass

CHICAGO — Cardinal Blase Cupich is hoping a blast of Hollywood star power will encourage young Catholics to renew their faith and attend Mass regularly.

Mark Wahlberg, an Oscar-nominated actor and devout Catholic also known for his days as '90s rapper Marky Mark who led the Funky Bunch, will speak at the Archdiocese of Chicago's (re)Encounter young adult faith night, set for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 20 at the UIC Pavilion, 525 S. Racine Ave.

Tickets are $15 for the event designed to help young Catholics "discover how you can live your dream and have an active faith life," according to the archdiocese's website.
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JS: The end for Milwaukee's 'little pink church' — in 1967

Parishioners carry a statue of St. Joseph in a parade as part of the annual celebration by members of Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Catholic Church honoring the saint. on June 22, 1952. This photo was pubished in the June 23, 1952, Milwaukee Journal.  
For more than 60 years, the "little pink church" was the spiritual heart of Milwaukee's Italian community.

But the church — Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Catholic Church, 419 N. Jackson St. — was also in the path of "progress," a dangerous place to be in Milwaukee in the 1960s.

Built in 1904, the church was the center of Italian Catholic life in the Third Ward for decades. But by the 1960s, urban renewal and freeway construction had left the church — known for the pink bricks it was built from and the marble statue of an angel that stood watch atop its steeple — isolated in a sea of weeds and parking lots.

On Oct. 11, 1966, the county Expressway Commission voted to offer $95,450 for the church property, so that it could be razed for the new Lake Freeway.
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Very interesting article.  HT Cream City Catholic

Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Catholic Church, 419 N. Jackson St., was the spiritual heart of Milwaukee's Italian community for half a century. In this photo, war mothers gathered in the church to pray on Aug. 14, 1945, V-J Day. Ivan J. Mashek/Milwaukee Journal