Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Florida. Show all posts

Monday, November 19, 2012

The First Thanksgiving Was Catholic

Imperial Flag of Spain

Edit:  the first thanksgiving was in 1565 near St. Augustine Florida.  This gets brought up every year in some places, but not nearly enough, and it is with the Catholic significance of this event, which commemorated our victory over the aggressive and hostile Hugenot threat in the New World.

Rather than a Puritan feast.  We have a Catholic Feast, and a good reason to go to Mass and to be thankful for God's generosity and mercy.


This feast also embraces diversity, since it celebrates the glories of Hispanic civilization.  What better time to enjoy a Spanish dish after Mass, Vespers and Benediction?

Here's an excerpt from an article with some editing:

By Virginia Linn / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- Forget the turkey, the silly Pilgrim hats and the buckles. Forget Plymouth Rock and 1621.

The man resposible was Spanish Admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who came ashore on Sept. 8, 1565. This is where he, 500 soldiers, 200 sailors, 100 civilian families and artisans, and the Timucuan Indians who occupied the village of Seloy gathered at a makeshift altar and said the first Christian Mass. And afterward, this is where they held the first Thanksgiving feast.

The Timucuans brought oysters and giant clams. The Spaniards carried from their ships garbanzo beans, olive oil, bread, pork and wine.

It all happened in this bucolic 300-acre Catholic mission and shrine that offers a quiet respite amid the frenetic tourist activity of St. Augustine, the oldest European settlement in the United States. A replica of the Rustic Altar sits next to the shore in the general area where archaeologists believe the Mass took place.

Michael Gannon, former director of the mission and University of Florida distinguished service emeritus professor of history, presented the celebration in his meticulously researched book, "The Cross in the Sand," in 1965 and has argued that this feast should be recognized as the first Thanksgiving.

Each year the city's founding on Sept. 8 is celebrated with much pageantry, including cannon fire, a mayor's proclamation, speeches by historians and Mass at the Rustic Altar. A grass-roots group and city commission have been set up to plan festivities to celebrate the city's 450th anniversary in 2015.

After Juan Ponce de Leon discovered the peninsula, named it La Florida ("Land of Flowers") and claimed it for Spain in 1513, the Spanish Crown tried without success to permanently colonize the land. By 1564, the French had established a fort and colony on the nearby St. John's River. King Philip II named Menendez governor of Florida and commissioned him to establish a permanent settlement and gain control of the territory. After a failed attempt to cross the sea because of bad weather, Menendez landed at a harbor in Northern Florida on Sept. 4, 1565, that he named San Agustin (St. Augustine) in honor of the saint upon whose feast day, Aug. 28, he had first sighted land near Cape Canaveral.

The fleet's chaplain was a secular priest named Francisco Lopez de Mendoza Grajales, who not only was the fleet's spiritual leader, but also kept a log describing the historic passage and landing.

"On Saturday the 8th, the general landed with many banners spread, to the sounds of trumpets and salutes of artillery," according to a translation of what Father Lopez wrote. "As I had gone ashore the evening before, I took a cross and went to meet him, singing the hymn 'Te Deum Laudamus.' The general, followed by all who accompanied him, marched up to the cross, knelt and kissed it. A large number of Indians watched these proceedings and imitated all they saw done."

The Spanish named the landing spot Nombre de Dios, or "Name of God," and it became missionary headquarters in the new land. Father Lopez was named pastor of the new settlement.

"The Timucuans were gentle people in terms of manner and disposition," Mr. Johnson said. "They didn't have any reason to believe that the Spanish were enemies." Menendez wanted to find a way to co-exist with the native people in a peaceful way, he said. "He treated the chief as he himself wanted to be treated."
Admiral Mendez

Edit: While it is true that they lived in peace with the Indians, they wanted to drive the French out of Florida. There were already substantial settlements of Hugenots, which can be read about in more detail at Tradition in Action.

Link to Spanish Cuisine blog from which the photo was stolen.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Florida Womenpriests are Excommunicate

The Diocese of Venice, Florida has issued an official explanation on the need of the members of this organization for "repentence" here on, Fratres.

Those who take part within the ceremony in any manner, as an immediate and direct consequence of their own actions, separate themselves from the Catholic Church by automatic excommunication. Especially grave, and beyond the usual paths of public repentance, conversion and forgiveness, are those instances in which really bad and awkward liturgical dance is admitted causing further harm and division within the community and greater public scandal.

We can think of a few obvious examples related to this Diocesan statement and are cautiously optimistic.

Related Article:

Women priests will no longer be contained.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bishop Dewane Cancels Yoga Class and Fires Liberal "Educators"

“Dewane came to us from Rome,” McNally said. “This is wrong. We are getting these very conservative priests being ordained now.”

Indeed, the two biggest headline-producing episodes among Lee County Catholics came that way.

The first was his decision to ban a yoga class at Blessed Pope John XXIII parish in south Fort Myers because, he said, of insurance issues.

His involvement started, though, when people attending religious services could see the yoga class through a glass partition, found it distracting and complained to the bishop.

That was early in 2007, shortly after Dewane’s arrival in Florida. The incident marked Dewane as a by-the-book conservative. His critics saw him as a meddling throwback to times when laity had little say.

“We attempt to supplement what we offer with variety,” he said. “But first and foremost we are there for religious purposes.”

Link to original...

Monday, November 2, 2009

Florida Elected Official Takes Steps to Protect Public Health and is Heckled by Homosexuals

From today’s Florida Sun-Sentinel Newspaper:

Fort Lauderdale mayor issues apology, but not to gay community

FORT LAUDERDALE — Mayor Jim Naugle issued a public apology on the steps of City Hall Tuesday afternoon, but it wasn’t the apology the gay community was looking for.

Naugle apologized for underestimating the problem of men having sex with each other in public restrooms, and urged people to call police to complain when they come upon it. He also said Broward County leads the nation in the incidence of new AIDS cases involving men having sex with men, and questioned whether the county tourism office should be welcoming them here.

Naugle alerted the media that he was holding a news conference that would include “an apology.”

Gay activists and others have been calling for a public apology form the mayor, and for his resignation, since the South Florida Sun-Sentinel published Naugle’s comments earlier this month about gays. In article about a proposed self-cleaning, automatic toilet the city was going to buy for the beach, Naugle said an added benefit would be that it would deter men from using it for “homosexual activity,” which he said was a problem in public restrooms.

Press conference video...