Every day of her old age, roughly from age 85 onward, she would wake at 6:45 a.m. and start her day with prayer. Then, she’d sit in her armchair and do gymnastics while wearing headphones, which included arm and leg exercises, and finger flexing. Then she’d shower, without help from her caretakers, and finish getting ready by dousing her body in olive oil.
Meet Madam Jeanne Louise Calment, who had the longest confirmed human lifespan: 122 years, 164 days. Apparently, fate strongly approved of the way she lived her life. She was born in Arles, France, on February 21, 1875. The Eiffel Tower was built when she was 14 years old. It was at this time she met Vincent van Gogh. “He was dirty, badly dressed, and disagreeable,” she recalled in an interview given in 1988.
When she was 85, she took up fencing, and still rode her bike when she reached 100. At the age of 114, she starred in a film about her life, at age 115 she had an operation on her hip, and at age 117 she gave up smoking, having started at the age of 21 in 1896. She didn’t give it up for health reasons; her reason was that she didn’t like having to ask someone to help her light a cigarette once she was nearly blind.
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In 1965, Jeanne was 90 years old and had no heirs. She signed a deal to sell her apartment to a 47-year-old lawyer called André-François Raffray. He agreed to pay her a monthly sum of 2,500 francs on the condition he would inherit her apartment after she died. However, Raffray not only ended up paying Jeanne for 30 years, but then died before she did at the age of 77. His widow was legally obliged to continue paying Madam Calment until the end of her days.
Jeanne retained sharp mental faculties. When she was asked on her 120th birthday what kind of future she expected to have. Her reply, “A very short one.”
Here are the Rules of Life from Jeanne Louise Calment:
“I’m in love with wine.”
“All babies are beautiful.”
“I think I will die of laughter.”
“I’ve been forgotten by our Good Lord.”
“I’ve got only one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it.”
“I never wear mascara; I laugh until I cry often.”
“If you can’t change something, don’t worry about it.”
“Always keep your smile. That’s how I explain my long life.”
“I see badly, I hear badly, and I feel bad, but everything’s fine.”
“I have a huge desire to live and a big appetite, especially for sweets.”
“I have legs of iron, but to tell you the truth, they’re starting to rust and buckle a bit.”
“I took pleasure when I could. I acted clearly and morally and without regret. I’m very lucky.”
“Being young is a state of mind, it doesn’t depend on one’s body. I’m actually still a young girl, it’s just that I haven’t looked so good for the past 70 years.”
At the end of one interview, the journalist said, “Madame, I hope we will meet again sometime next year.” To which Jeanne replied, “Why not? You’re not that old; you’ll still be here!”
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Someone once quipped:
“Is there life before death”?
But the question is loaded with wisdom and meaning.
As Catholics we were brought up believing that Eternal Life was the real life and that this life was the unpleasant trial that got you there.
We’re were also told that the BODY was bad and SOUL was good.
Our life on earth is one of the greatest, if not the greatest gift that God / Nature has bestowed on us.
And everything in life – relationships, food, drink, sex, travel etc is essentially good and only problematic when misused or abused by us human beings.
We should enjoy life and all its gifts to the full.
We should squeeze the last bits out of the toothpaste tube and the orange.
Of course, we are called to a certain moderation, to sharing and to an immense care for our brothers and sisters in the world.
We also know, logically and rationally, that things like smoking, alcohol abuse, drugs etc are bad for us, bad for our families and communities and and for the earth.
I have never smoked, thank God. And I enjoy a drink, good food, holidays, companionship and cars.
I also know I am called to share my money and possessions with others – and I try to do that. Not to do so is a sin.
But, for God’s sake let us not waste life or not enjoy it.
Madame Calment is an inspiration.
For me, the way to get to Eternal Heaven, is by making this life we have, as “heavenly” for ourselves and others as we can.
Jesus and the Christian Church has taught this.
Jesus said: “The Kingdom of God is already among you” Luke 17:21.
In the Christian faith we talk about the eschaton– the final time or event.
When I studied theology under Dr Tom Marsh he told us about realised eschaton and futuristic eschaton. He told is that the Kingdom is already among us – as well as waiting for us.
When Jesus was challenged about why his ciscoples were not fasting He replied:
“Jesus replied, “Do wedding guests fast while celebrating with the groom? Of course not. They can’t fast while the groom is with them”.
Mark 2 : 19
As Christians, who already have tge Kingdom among us, and still have the Ridegroom with us, we can still celebrate.
Madame Calment knew that. Her first act everyday for 121 years plus was prayer.
Why is it that so many Christians look as if they are at a wake and not at the celebration with the Bridegroom?
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The trick was a few beers , a couple of cigarettes a bit of sex and she was laughing bless her. Love it ☺️
I like the way prayer is presumably what kept her alive. Power of a positive mind ..
She smoked everyday, drank everyday ate everyday , but prayer gets the credit lol
@ 10.52: I wonder how many will have any understanding of the fatuous nature of the concept you refer to, namely that prayer, in any way is effective.
The essential assertion of prayer is that it influences some all powerful being to favour the supplicant’s request.
This is surely ridiculous, especially in relation to prayers for the deceased whose destiny, according to orthodox religious beliefs is already determined: or the two warring nations whose religious leaders each “pray” for victory!
Prayer is an oleaginous salve.
And it just shows that those crediting her long life to prayer are happy to ignore the plain fact that your genes are the single biggest determinant of your life.
This is why doctors ask what diseases other members of your family have had.
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Oct 16, 2022 at 2:05 am
Will ya whished for God’s sake, who is goin to grease the priest’s hand if you keep spouting on about orthodoxy, which very few Roman Catholic understand anyway. Sure it’s a great little industry signing indulgences, Oops! I meant Mass cards .
In all seriousness if prayer is the oil that turns the wheels, for some, and it give comfort, and it’s the persons choice, why should we burst their bubble, irrespective of who we are, in time of trouble and strife we will have our own way of relieving it, be it, the sup, or a prayer.
Prayer is powerful. Not everyone can see that. It is important to be understanding of them and to make allowance for their doubting.
Catholicism in Ireland did seem to focus more on the suffering of Good Friday than the celebration of Easter Sunday. Poland and Austria have a wonderful celebration of Easter.
Why is it that so many Irish Catholics looked as if they are at a wake and not at the celebration with the Bridegroom?
Well said QueenieP. Your bubble analogy is apt. Shure some people need to keep the lid on the boiling pot of their insecurities by hiding in the bubble.
Sometimes it’s a difficult trick though trying (diplomatically, sympathetically,???), to avoid ridicule when inviegled into some praying scenarios such as funerals, or standing in the wind and rain on cemetery Sunday while some cleric in a frock sprinkles “Holy Water” on graves to the chorus of holy water hens competitively displaying their “rosary fervour.” And when it’s all over, ….the scramble out and away!
Good for her, pass me another ciggie, Ah! lovely!😂😂😂
Tom Marsh that you mentioned lived like this right up to his untimely end..
Princess Margaret had it sussed.
Oct 15, 2022 at 10:57 pm
Until she had a stroke………She did appear to enjoy life to that.
Media today reporting that accuser of Lord Mountbatten’’s ‘understands his case will be deeply unpopular’. His solicitor says his client knows that he will face backlash but continues to explain that Arthur Smyth the first person to put his name and face to allegations against Lord Mountbatten has taken his case for many reasons including to expose perpetrators and the institutions and other agencies which helped suppress the truth. Arthur’s decision to reveal his identity is borne out of anger at systemic state cover up of abuse at these institutions including Kincora Boys Home in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Those who villify, slander and abuse victims like Arthur Smyth in acts of punishment to protect big powerful systems are beneath contempt.
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Just mentioning Kincora puts the social workers on the blog into a rage.
That oul melt has been dead for well over 40 years, I think Arthur is a bit late with his allegations. However if it brings new evidence about the Kincora scandal and the disgraceful social workers involved it might bring some justice to the victims. But I doubt it.
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Your reminder at 2:51 that Roman Catholics think child abuse is a matter for joking.
Your kids are not safe in a RC church to this day, and neither are you.
See the furious reaction from the social “worker” bots.
2.51. Never miss a trick do you?
No doubt you’re well informed : did your cause celebre Sharon Shoesmith ever work at Kincora? She was from Norn Iron I believe.
See the reaction from the cathbot bots who will look at anyone except themselves.
ANOTHER 72 priests have just been added to the archdiocese of Chicago’s list of abusers.
Wonderful lady. May she rest in peace.
Those who no longer believe in religion
For it is perhaps
Your own coldness
That has chilled the faith, Fr.
The first line of Merton’s quote is all important.
Do not be too quick to condemn the man who no longer believes in God: Then follows; For it is perhaps your own coldness and avarice ect . ect
We have a 104 year old professed brother in our province in Ireland. He joined the juniorate in 1930 and has been with the congregation ever since. Talk about loyalty eh.
There is a certain commendable sense of loyalty when you think about it, but on the other hand I’ve often thought it a bit of a waste of a long life. He spent his entire life working in our industrial schools – and interestingly enough he is the only one from the entire congregation (who worked in the schools) without any reports or complaints on his name. In fact in the enquiry reports he is remembered fondly by a number of former students. All of the others are long dead. Maybe that tells us something about the secret to a long life Pat? More so than sex and travel and gluttony?
So why didn’t he go to the police?
Omerta not loyalty.
Could it be that you got him as a child and he became institutionalised?
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There is no doubt about that Pat. But with that said I think he is still an intrinsically good man, and maybe that has contributed to his long life.
Oct 16, 2022 at 9:05 am
I find it peculiar that you minimise the WORK your professed Brother did in the Industrial Schools, even knowing the accolades from some of his former students, surely if he helped and, supported those boys he couldn’t have improved on that, if he had lived in civvy street, apart from one very important point, he might have been freer to report those in his “religious” community who did sexually abuse.
How do you account for Madam Calment longevity? She lived a polar opposite life to your friend. Luck and genetics, whatever genetics means, neither her one child, nor he grandson lived into old age, she outlive both.
RYAN MC ALEER
+ Pat, I would be very cautious about this story. As a man of integrity, I know you want to do good and it would be a shame for your blog to be called into question by posting unverified stories.
The identity of the complainant is well known in the Dungannon/ Carland area. I have it on very solid authority that he has never gone to the police himself with this allegation.
I suspect this won’t make it to being posted on your blog. I hope it does as that would leave me wondering if there is a darker agenda and only one side is being posted.
I have no doubt this man needs help as he does have issues. But i fear this blog is allowing him the opportunity to publicise allegations that he is not willing to formalise and stand by legally. That is wrong.
I have spoken to one victim. He has assured me that he spoke to Eamon Martin, Aidan Gordon and the PSNI and that the PSNI has spoken to Ryan McAleer
He also told me that during the incident he suffered an injury.
Would you tell me the name of the man you refer by way of email@example.com
I will investigate.
Except it’s not wrong.
If you publicise allegations the person you’re making them against is perfectly at liberty to sue you.
This is just a variant of the cathbot ‘I only believe in abuse after a conviction ‘ stupidity.
10.24 So why hasn’t Fr Ryan McAleer sued the complainant then and why is he being supported by the Roman Catholic Church to study for a PhD at a Catholic University in Belgium when Irish parishes are desperately short of priests?
10.24 Note the usual church modus operandi against complainants that kicks into play with deadly vigour – such as casting doubt on the victims integrity, physical and mental health, working closely with clergy & volunteers to protect the alleged abusive cleric who enjoys an expensive and self indulgent lifestyle on the Continent paid for by parishioner donations whilst the victim is vilified and defamed.
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For the same reason anyone else in his position doesn’t sue.
You don’t know what that is, do you? 🤣
I am beginning to think you are right.
Does Fr McAleer even know this allegation has even been made? If he does, does he know who this person is? It doesn’t seem like victim like behaviour to have the courage to publish allegations on a blog of this nature but not take legal action.
The thought that these allegations could potentially be entirely made up and channeled through this blog and not made in formal channels is mind blowing.
The complaints were formally made to church and police authorities.
Ryan is 100% aware of them.
Unfortunately this does happen all too often which is very sad and unfair. This case seems a little strange though, don’t you agree?
Is it right for a person to anonymously make allegations online and everyone to assume the allegations are true and portion a guilty verdict.
The victim needs supported to make them feel empowered to make a formal complaint. This can’t be the support we offer victims. An anonymous forum.
Equally the person the allegations are being made against has rights too. Present evidence on here and not rumour and nasty comments! Evidence appears to be lacking as does clarity around the role of the police authorities.
Thus young man did not make anonymous allegations.
He made them to Eamon Martin, Aidan Gordan and the PSNI.
The PSNI to date say one word against another.
He approached me a while after Amy etc did nothing
‘It doesn’t seem like victim like behaviour’
Amazing, it took until 11:33 today for a commenter on here to show their total absence of understanding of sexual violence.
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+Pat. I will be in touch. I am certain that you have been told lies if that is what you have been told. Myself and a number of parishioners have been following this story closely with unease. Knowing who the complainant is filled us with immense unease. With the latest blog we felt we had to comment- we mulled it over for a few days.
I need to consider if I am going to forward the name. But I will give it good thought. It’s the complainants parents I feel for- they are unaware as far as I know- so I need to take my time to consider what is right to do.
I’m not a gambling man but I bet this guy won’t contact you.
It will be interesting to see if there is a reply. This person should come forward with the name. If as is implied by their posts these are false allegations that haven’t been reported by the victim to psni we should stop with the witch hunt immediately.
On a side note. It has added an interesting dimension to the story if the police have not been informed. I took for granted there was a big police investigation into this. I suppose that explains why this story isn’t common knowledge. It’s unfortunate that a man’s name has been soiled for years with people being led to believe there was police involvement if there hasn’t been!!!
You might be right? A lot of people who write like this don’t follow up.
The man I spoke to has told his parents everything and it was his parents who urged him to contact me.
I am not impressed that you write anonymously.
The man who got in touch spoke to me directly ????
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10.36 Fr Ryan McAleer is extremely well connected in various parts of Ireland.
Bishop Pat this is alarming if the Safeguarding and Archbishop Martin has done nothing.
he should have been suspended and placed on long term garden leave and hopefully he would move on.
Can I ask that you email the facts to the Nunciture (first Secretary still overseeing things) at firstname.lastname@example.org also ask for it to also be forwarded to His Excellency, the Most Rev. Lazzaro You Heung sik the Dicastery for Clergy email@example.com
Waste of time
It is all to easy to disbelief any victim sexually abused. Not all those sexually abused are angelic little alter boys. Vulnerable persons irrespective of of their background are ripe for picking by sexual abusers, they can easily be groomed with attention, gifts, money.
Those who know a priest or other upstanding person (in their opinion) in a respectable position, frequently have difficulty in believing those same
persons could even be bothered having any relationship with a such person, let alone a sexual one, it has been proven over and, over again, that is not the case.
Parishioners may not want to believe their priest, the lovely person they put their trust and, faith in, could possibly be the aggressor in sexually abusive case. Again proof has shown this is not the case.
What does it say to the the parishioners about their own ability to judge a good character? It says you were fooled, taken in, made a laughing stock of by the sexual abuser, it will also have an impact on future judgement and your ability characterize anyone.
I am sure there must is an odd accusation which is untrue.
Rape and sexual assault are common. So why don’t we believe victims?
By Emily Crockett@firstname.lastname@example.org Updated Oct 17, 2016, 5:23pm EDT
That’s a lie – Chief Victims Advisorhttps://chiefvictimsadvisor.justice.govt.nz › assets
Book; Beyond belief, By Colm O’Gorman
OMG! Patsy you know who is back still advising you to write to the Nuncio. Silly cow! I hope you don’t waste your time🙄.
Hey, sounds like the life and way most clergy live, except they do it to excess and so die much earlier ! Arrgghhh, the stink of the whiskey and cigarette priests that were about when I was growing up. Now, they smell of Givenchy and are all manicured and coiffed with their gay boy quiffs. How times change. But underneath it all they still have that sense of entitlement that comes with belonging to the clerical caste.
Better to be in i am a celebrity.
Pat I think you should apply to the new series of Big Brother – you would be great on it
12.28 I agree, Bishop Pat would be fantastic – a few of us will volunteer to keep the blog going whilst he’s in the House. It’ll provide amazing exposure for the blog.
I can confirm – to the blog – Ryan McAleer allegations are very much genuine
Thanks for the confirmation. Any doubt that existed is not clarified.
Was she transgender?
McAleer has an ‘open’ relationship with a fellow priest – May I name him?
He is still active. He also has a FWB with a seminarian who is studying in Gaynooth but who is currently located in Rome.
This McAleer lad is outrageous how on earth is he still in situ with all these
allegations. He should be recalled given a severe belt of the crozier and shown the door before it gets any worse, if that’s possible.
Knights of Malta Breaking News.
Under the previous constitution, the top Knights and the Grand Master were required to have noble lineage. The new constitution eliminates the nobility rule as well as the tradition of Grand Masters being elected for life.
“It will be more democratic,” Tomasi said.
Bishop Pat, does this mean that some Irish knights and chaplains will be able to climb the international ladder?
Pat, what a mighty portrait of you with ciggie in hand, floating on angel feathers, looking all wrinkled!!! Who’s the portrait artist?
I ve never puffed.
The old IRA were well known to punish child abusers and drug dealers. Mountbatten was not an error, only for the young local child an awful case of ‘collateral damage’. I hope his cousin on the throne may redact his praise of this horrid person.
5:28 Lord Mountbatten was “adored” by King Charles III, as a youngster he spent a lot of time with him as his parents were busy running The Firm, Charles will not have a bad word said against Uncle Dickie.
Until he finds out Mount Batty was a kiddy f******
What are you on about? Where is your evidence? What relevance has this got to do with this excellent post? Have you been on the grog?
Clerics & their Church supporters are reminded that Bishop Pat kindly facilitates victims and survivors of church related abuse to post anonymously on his blog due to the issues of personal safety and harrassment directed at whistleblowers.
Spot on…wait for it.
Personal safety? Do elaborate.
Bishop Pat is on the trail of another scandal involving an Irish priest. All will be exposed on the blog anon. Another fine mess.
Life is being not just doing. I do because I am I am God’s creation and react to his Grace. Anyway didnt Frank Sinatra say dobedobe do