The Frankie Foreign Friction Show

Here is a musical take on the recurring aviation fiascos so regularly embraced by Pope Francis.

Happy Feast of St Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, may he intercede for 
Catholic writers, journalists and bloggers across the world.

May we proclaim our Lord Jesus Christ in season and out of season and oppose any and all attempts to subvert His Teachings inside the Church.


john haggerty said…
I am glad you remember the Feast Day of St Francis de Sales, gifted preacher and Catholic bishop of Geneva as well as co-founder of a great order - the Congregation of the Visitation of Holy Mary.
The order's other founder was St. Jane Frances de Chantal (1572-1641) a lady of immense charm and profound piety who was born in the beautiful town of Dijon.
Madame de Chantal was called to the spiritual life after the death of her husband.
The Selected Letters of St. Francis de Sales were published by Faber and edited by the Cambridge University scholar Elizabeth Stopp, who also wrote a biography of St. Jane Frances.
Francis de Sales met St. Vincent de Paul in Paris in 1618 or 1619, and Vincent became spiritual director of the Order of Visitation after Francis's death.
Elizabeth Stopp also edited 'A Man To Heal Differences - Essays and Talks on Francis de Sales' published by Faber.
One episode in the life of Francis is noteworthy.
He was asked by the pope to make contact in Geneva with the Protestant preacher Theodore Beza, Calvin having recently died.
On their first meeting Francis thought Beza dour and taciturn.
But on their second meeting Beza was friendlier.
Beza conceded that the Protestant doctrine of salvation by faith alone made for an easier path to heaven.
Faith and works (reaffirmed by the Council of Trent) made for a more demanding life, admitted Beza.
Reformed Protestants today will often attack Catholicism as 'a church of works'; they will say that 'there is no salvation BY works, but there is no salvation WITHOUT works'.
In that sense, Protestants are Catholic to some degree.
Beza's granite effigy stands today in Geneva alongside Calvin, John Knox and Guillaume Farel.
But Geneva also honours Francis de Sales, its great bishop.
Francis wrote an introduction to the spiritual life for lay people; he is a saint for the laity as well as those in the priesthood and religious vocations.
The American writer M.F.K. Fisher, who was much admired by W.H. Auden, wrote a charming memoir of St Jane Frances's birthplace, 'Long Ago in Dijon'.

john haggerty said…
The memoir by M.F.K. Fisher is titled 'Long Ago in France: The Dijon Years'.
Off topic, but Miss Fisher wrote delightfully about food and wine as did Elizabeth David and the witty American novelist Laurie Colwin who died in her late 40s.
Hilaire Belloc who wrote a book on the Reformation called 'Heretics' (republished like many of his works by TAN Books) famously versified:

Whenever the Catholic sun doth shine,
There's always laughter and good red wine.
At least I've always found it so.
Benedicamus Domino!
Anonymous said…
How apropos Time Warp for post about covered up sodomite rape of children(pelvic thrust that really drives you insane - It's so dreamy, oh fantasy free me So you can't see me, no, not at all In another dimension, with voyeuristic intention Well secluded, I see all) may be interested in this guy's analysis:

Also Luciferian dimension of the aero plane (geometry)

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