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The Edgar Allan Poe Cottage in the Bronx By Tom McDonald, NYC Transit retiree
Of all the places around the City that I have visited, the Edgar Allan Poe Cottage on East Kingsbridge Road and Grand Concourse and the adjacent Poe Park are easily among my favorites. Maybe it’s because the cottage was the final home of one of the greatest American writers.
Built in 1812, Poe moved into the cottage in 1846 with his wife, Virginia, and her mother, Mrs. Maria Clemm. At the time, the area known as Fordham was countryside, and Poe moved there for the fresh air that he thought would help his wife’s tuberculosis. Unfortunately, Virginia died in 1847, but Poe and his mother-in-law continued to live there until Poe died in Baltimore during a speaking tour in 1849. Mrs. Clemm moved out upon Poe’s death and the cottage was rented out for decades, until the City of New York bought the property, moved it a block to avoid possible demolition, and made it into a museum in 1913.
Inside the cottage museum, the over 200-year old structure is amazingly fit, though the sloping ceilings in some rooms require that you duck to go inside. The Bronx Historical Society offers informative guides throughout the day, from Thursday through Sunday.
Most of the furniture is comprised of period pieces, but a rocking chair and the bed that Virginia Poe died in are from the original structure. A small lodging, the Poe Cottage is very intriguing, with a bust and a few portraits of the writer adding to the atmosphere. The master bedroom on the second floor is now used for screening a 17-minute film on the history of the cottage and Poe himself.
A visitors’ center adjacent to the cottage is located within the appropriately named Poe Park, which features a kids’ play area and an old gazebo waiting for some instruments to arrive. The Poe Cottage welcomes groups and there are regular events in Poe Park and the visitors’ center. Poe Cottage, where one of the greatest American writers created some of his impressive catalog, including one of his most famous poems, “Annabel Lee,” is a New York City and State landmark and is on the Register of Historic Places.
The D train to Kingsbridge Rd leaves you right across the street from the Poe Cottage. The Kingsbridge Road stop on the 4 train is about 5 blocks away. The Bx1, Bx2, Bx28, and BxM4 buses all have stops close by.
At the same time, Pope Pius XII established an additional Feast of “St. Joseph the Worker”, to be celebrated on 1 May, in order to coincide with the celebration of International Workers’ Day (May Day) in many countries. Until this time, 1 May had been the Feast of the Apostles Saint Philip and James, but that Feast was then moved to the next free day, 11 May (and again to 3 May, in 1969, having become free in the meantime). In the new calendar published in 1969, (the New Rite ) the Feast of Saint Joseph The Worker, which at one time occupied the highest possible rank in the Church calendar, was reduced to an optional Memorial, the lowest rank for a saint’s day.
Calendarium Romanum (Libreria Editrice Vaticana 1969), p. 92
The Catholic Worker Movement (1933-1980): A Critical Analysis by Dr. Carol Byrne
The book referenced also explores the CWM’s commitment to ecumenism, religious liberty, liberation theology, worker priests and liturgical experimentation that it had been promoting for decades before Vatican II. It shows how these phenomena contributed to the long process of moral dissolution culminating in the 1960s that helped to normalize anarchy and dissent within the Church and promiscuity, homosexuality and radical feminism among the American public.
On the Rule of Law – and What Likely Happens when It Is Not Present –
Maike Hickson insightfully makes the connection between ‘the new religion of the rights of the state, the coming plight of China and the Communist
State that is increasingly imposed by our own Church’
‘Cardinal Joseph Zen is calling for help while the Vatican prepares an
agreement with Communist China that would favor those Catholics in the
country who have made their compromise with the Communists, thus leaving the
loyal Catholics out in the cold.’
On the history of Communism in the beginning of its collaboration at Vatican II , the suppression of all condemnations of Communism , and agreements with Catholic conciliar hierarchy’s agreement with Russia – Professor Roberto de Mattei has some interesting historical chronological insights here in excerpts from his History of Vatican II The Untold Story (2010)
In a snaphsot from same
Archbishop Ngo Dinh-Thuc of Vietnam representing eastern block communist infiltrated countries testifies his complaint against what the hierarchy is doing and the the blatant omissions in the working groups and Commissions and the deals with Russia over the Central Preparatory Commissions work on the onset of the 1st session of the 2nd Vatican Council
He makes the clear connection between Communism and Islam which are essentially directly analogous on multiple planes of cultural perspectives and history
Archbishop Ngo Dinh-Thuc of Vietnam
“Our Central Preparatory Commission has until now examined many problems, but communism seems to me to be the problem of problems; indeed, it concerns the very existence of Christianity, which communism has put in the utmost danger. To discuss other problems from Communism would be to follow the example of the theologians of Constantinople who were bitterly debating about the sex of the angels while the Mohammedan army threatened the very walls of the city. The sorrowful condition of the Church in China is perhaps the result of a lack of preparation. However with regard to the countries that are presently in the hands of the communists, for example Laos and Vietnam it seems to me that the Catholics, and above all the of the Catholic world, must not limit their concern to saying a few prayers, but can offer very powerful help by arousing public opinion among their fellow countrymen on behalf of oppressed nations.
We are all stupefied by the silence of the Catholic world with regard to the agony of the most unfortunate Laotian people and the passion the Vietnamese people are going through, while in the meantime one hears everywhere the voice of the communists and their accomplices who live in the democratic nations of which some are Catholic, who prefer to howl and the wolves , the voice I say, of those who condemn the victims and glorify their executioners ”
*** Faithful Catholics Grimace But The Truth Is That Islam Shows Its True Colors And Origins Over And Over Again In Its Analogous Relationship To Communism And Its Ideological Infiltration Into The Catholic Hierarchy***
Islam – Ancient Qur’an manuscript discovered to have been written over erased Bible manuscript – On Robert Spencer’s Site
The Church and Islam: Dangerous Illusions – On Crisis Magazine
By contrast, Church leaders and Pope Francis in particular, have become, in effect, enablers of Islam. Pope Francis has denied that Islam sanctions violence, has drawn a moral equivalence between Islam and Catholicism (“If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence”), and has campaigned for the admittance of millions of Muslim migrants into Europe. Moreover, he has criticized those who oppose his open borders policy as hard-hearted xenophobes. In return for his efforts, he has been publicly thanked by several Muslim leaders for his “defense of Islam.”
Valor is found not only in physical battle. Valor is what we are called to every day. When we fail and fall, we are called to persevere. Sometimes it is the strength to refuse to compromise. Sometimes it is the prudence to hold the line while the enemy advances. It is not to retreat in the hopes that things will get better without you.
Culture is the battlefield of Western nations today. We may not ever be called to take up arms in defense of the Church, but we are here to fight in other ways. The world needs the Church, and we need the courage to support her. The greatest courage is to know that we will lose and to fight anyway. All victories in this world are temporary until the Lord returns in glory.
Remember the Lionheart in your battles in this world. Take up your cross daily, and help others who are down. Take the offensive, and guard your flanks.
One of the nuns, Sister St. Anthony, placed a small replica of Our Lady of Prompt Succor in her window that faced the approaching fire, while Mother St. Michel prayed aloud, asking Our Lady for help. Immediately the wind changed direction of the flames.
From the treatise Against Heresies by Saint Irenaeus, bishop Knowledge of the Father consists in the self-revelation of the Son
No one can know the Father apart from God’s Word, that is, unless the Son reveals him, and no one can know the Son unless the Father so wills. Now the Son fulfils the Father’s good pleasure: the Father sends, the Son is sent, and he comes. The Father is beyond our sight and comprehension; but he is known by his Word, who tells us of him who surpasses all telling. In turn, the Father alone has knowledge of his Word. And the Lord has revealed both truths. Therefore, the Son reveals the knowledge of the Father by his revelation of himself. Knowledge of the Father consists in the self-revelation of the Son, for all is revealed through the Word.
The Father’s purpose in revealing the Son was to make himself known to us all and so to welcome into eternal rest those who believe in him, establishing them in justice, preserving them from death. To believe in him means to do his will.
Through creation itself the Word reveals God the Creator. Through the world he reveals the Lord who made the world. Through all that is fashioned he reveals the craftsman who fashioned it all. Through the Son the Word reveals the Father who begot him as Son. All speak of these things in the same language, but they do not believe them in the same way. Through the law and the prophets the Word revealed himself and his Father in the same way, and though all the people equally heard the message not all equally believed it. Through the Word, made visible and palpable, the Father was revealed, though not all equally believed in him. But all saw the Father in the Son, for the Father of the Son cannot be seen, but the Son of the Father can be seen.
The Son performs everything as a ministry to the Father, from beginning to end, and without the Son no one can know God. The way to know the Father is the Son. Knowledge of the Son is in the Father, and is revealed through the Son. For this reason the Lord said: No one knows the Son except the Father; and no one knows the Father except the Son, and those to whom the Son has revealed him. The word “revealed” refers not only to the future — as though the Word began to reveal the Father only when he was born of Mary; it refers equally to all time. From the beginning the Son is present to creation, reveals the Father to all, to those the Father chooses, when the Father chooses, and as the Father chooses. So, there is in all and through all one God the Father, one Word and Son, and one Spirit, and one salvation for all who believe in him.