|The execution of Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, on October 16, 1793|
The tricolor! Tricolor indeed! They fill their mouths with these words, the rascals. What does that ugly geometric sign, that aping of the French mean, compared to our white banner with its golden lily in the middle? What hope can those clashing colors bring them? ~ Giuseppe Di Lampedusa, The Leopard As revelers gear up for the upcoming Bastille Day celebration in “Little France,” a micro neighborhood in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, I’m reminded of the Solemn High Latin Mass offered at beautiful St. Agnes Church (433 Sackett Street) not too long ago for the Feast of Saint Joan of Arc. Sponsored by our friends at the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny, it was the first Tridentine Mass celebrated at the historic church since the disastrous Second Vatican Council. Though a magnificent effort “to repair this neglect and rekindle devotion to this remarkable saint,”  the sixty-some-odd congregants were a mere drop in the bucket in comparison to the estimated tens of thousands who will partake in the secular soirée this Sunday on nearby Smith Street.
|Yours truly back in the day sporting a do-rag and playing pétanque|
 Giuseppe Di Lampedusa, The Leopard, Pantheon Books, 2007, p.29
 Mass for the Feast of St. Joan of Arc by the Society of St. Hugh of Cluny, May 31, 2018
 French for “Liberty, equality, fraternity.”
 Joseph de Maistre (April 1, 1753 — February 26, 1821) was a Savoyard Counter-Enlightenment philosopher, lawyer and diplomat.