Tuesday, October 17, 2017

A Good Article

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A nationally recognized pediatrician offered a jolting reality check about the dangers of encouraging children to think they are transgender and prescribing hormone blockers to prevent them from developing.
On October 11, the Heritage Foundation sponsored a forum on transgenderism at which Dr. Michelle Cretella said it is child abuse to facilitate gender confusion in children by helping them “transition” to the opposite sex.
“Chemical castration is what you’re doing when you put any biologically normal child on puberty blockers,” said Cretella, the president of the American College of Pediatricians. “It’s treating puberty like a disease, arresting a normal process which is critical to normal development.”
The doctor’s truth crusade did not stop there. “Sterilization is not good for kids,” she flatly stated. “Prepping them for what will likely result in a case in girls of a double mastectomy at 16 is not how you treat depression or anxiety.”
She added that she speaks from a great deal of personal experience in “treating teenagers with depression, anxiety, even suicidal depression.”


Monday, October 16, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Rosary Rally!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  Every Monday I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, feminine outfit including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at:  Thank you!

Did you attend a Rosary Rally on Saturday?  There were over 21,000 across the country!  It was such a powerful event and we were so excited to participate.  We expected more people to come but there was another rally a few miles down the road, so maybe some people went there.

Here's our rally:

And here is what I wore yesterday (sorry about the closed eyes, I was tired!):


Jacket- Consignment
Pink Top- Gap
Skirt- Croft & Barrow
Shoes- Charming Charlie


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Are You Coming?

Are you planning to attend a Rosary Rally this Saturday for the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun?  There are over 21,000 rallies being planned across America.  This is amazing that so many people will be praying for the salvation of souls and the coming of the reign of Mary!  Please find a rally near you and join this tremendous event:


Monday, October 9, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  Every Monday I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, feminine outfit including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at:  Thank you!

This is what I wore yesterday.  The sweater is the same as last week, but I wore it again since I really like the purple color for Fall and it's easy to coordinate too.  We spent the weekend relaxing, attended a birthday party Saturday evening.  Sunday was early Mass and catechism again!  I had to include the picture with Tom because it turned out so sweet!  The children were all in a silly mood which has been happening often lately, I'm trying to tame it.  Let me know if you have any ideas please after cutting out all the sugar.

Skirt- I made!
Sweater- Same as last week, from my sister!
Scarf- Folk Festival


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Are You Having a Rosary Rally?

Our May 2017 Rosary Rally at which Our Lady blessed us with many attendees!

For the past years my husband and I have organized a Rosary Rally for America Needs Fatima here in our region of Pittsburgh.  It's not always huge but it's always successful.  Our Lady sees to that!  This year on October 14th, there will be over 20,000 rallies held across the country!  Catholics will come together to pray on the 100th anniversary of Fatima at this critical time in history.  We will pray in reparation for the many blasphemies and sins committed, for the conversion of sinners and for the salvation of souls, and for the coming of the reign of Mary.  It is always an amazing, grace filled event.  And it's not something you want to miss out on!  So please visit the link below and find a rally taking place this Saturday near you!  It's not too late!

"If men knew what Eternity is, they would do everything to change their lives." -Our Lady of Fatima


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Elegant Fashion: Wraps and Shawls

Hi Ladies!

I have an elegant fashion tip to share with you today.  I fell in love with shawls years ago when I discovered lace knitting and found some patterns for lace knitted shawls and wraps.  They really embody the feminine spirit of warmth and delicacy which we all admire.  Shawls and wraps (and capes and scarfs too) are just so timelessly classy; they are a great style for The Catholic Lady.  So I've collected these beautiful examples below to share with you all.  I hope they fill you with inspiration as they did for me! 

This beautiful lace shawl is sold for brides, but I would wear this regularly for any formal occasion!  There are lots more stunning wraps available on etsy too.

This boiled wool cape looks pretty and practical for those who want to be nicely dressed in cold weather.

This Celtic cabled shawl is handmade in North Carolina from alpaca wool; it's also available at an etsy shop!

I especially love the folded collar on this Adrianna Papell satin wrap.

The Vermont Country Store offers this silk blend paisley wrap that can also be worn as a stylish scarf.

This list would not be complete without an elegant, cozy Irish wool cape.

This Coach Signature Silk Scarf adds the perfect feminine touch to an evening ensemble.  Also, what a gorgeous soft pink color!

If you admire beautiful vintage Russian shawls, there are some being sold on etsy.  I have seen Slavic style shawls like these at thrift stores too and at my Grandma's house!

Certainly this evening wrap would add a touch of class- not to mention warmth- to an evening concert or late dinner.

Have you ladies ever worn a scarf or wrap and do you have any tips?

Monday, October 2, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Fall is Here!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  Every Monday I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, feminine outfit including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at:  Thank you!

The Fall weather came this weekend and is gone again today.  But we embraced it and enjoyed it and can't wait for it to come back!  Saturday we went to a Fall festival down at the park and Sunday we just played outside lots.  I'm adding some pictures from the week too.

Here is what we wore:


Dress- Second-hand
Sweater- My Sister
Shoes- Consignment


Sweater is Gap


Janie and Jack (Second-hand!)

Definitely no words needed!

We did this and they love it!  Except Thomas found out he gets motion sickness which is sad!

We've been enjoying some football outside lately and no one really misses the Steelers either. 

At least we have one good worker around here.

The airplane baby is always adorable.

Does anyone else LOVE Thomas trains?  They are incredibly popular around here. :)


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Finding Silence

Painting by Eastman Johnson
One of the best advantages of motherhood is sitting up at night to nurse the baby.  It did take me years to realize this, so please hear me out before you write it off as crazy...

The house is quiet and everyone is finally sleeping, the light is dim.  I begin to drift off to sleep...  But the baby needs fed and comforted and I muster the energy to pick him up out of his bed, beginning to nurse.  He is calmed and it is once again silent, except for his adorable sucking.  The nighttime silence turns into meditation.

The tasks of tomorrow can wait.  The house is a disaster, the chores once again did not all get done.  There is probably laundry that needs put into the dryer.  But the baby is snuggled against me, basking in the calmness I provide.  I have so many memories- the best memories- of sitting up at night to nurse the baby.  The nursing mother produces oxytocin which causes calmness and sleepiness and endorphins which contribute to an overall sense of well-being.  These chemicals naturally cause bonding which reminds me of how my Mom and her friends used to say they felt guilty reading while they were nursing the baby!  Reading?  Really?  What about looking at screens or multi-tasking?  I am guilty of all.

But I should calm down for a few minutes and dwell in this silence of night.  I should bond with my child who God has made.  I should meditate on His goodness and the baby's innocence.  I should pray for my child who will one day be a man, that he will decide to serve God who made him.

Why do we not look for silence?  Why do we not love it?  Are our minds too burdened with problems that we do not wish to pray at all, we do not crave meditation?  I'm afraid I am guilty of this too.  I get caught up in the noise of modern life.  It is so loud that my guardian angel and conscience fade into obviation.

Silence is where we find God.  Anxiety and excitement are always the enemies of order in the soul.  Sometimes the craziness of life is inevitable, but often- usually- we inflict it upon ourselves.  We plan too many outings and activities, we watch too many shows, listen to loud music, read too many articles on the internet, maybe even read books excessively and indulge in endless chatter, we check our phones more than our children.  We are running around like crazy!  Our basic chores are not getting done and we spend the night too exhausted and stressed out to properly rest, pray and put our minds and souls in order for the following day.

So many women tell me of the anxiety and depression they feel as mothers.  They tell me of the overwhelming feelings of doubt and fear.  I cannot blame them for these feelings.  I am lucky to not have this particular cross.  But I am no stranger to the stress of modern life or small sufferings.  I have had moments of intense sickness from my thyroid disease.  I do believe that the disorder in everything- from diet and exercise, to family relationships and prayer- is a main contributor to mental and physical health problems.  So many things can overwhelm us!

But I take myself back to this moment of silence...the Christ Child was born on a night like this.  Our Lord continues to make Himself present on Altars around the world at the moment of the Consecration, proving that the greatest mysteries and torrential graces are hidden in the silence.  If only we have the sense to calm down and ask for them.

Too often our lives are too busy, too crazy.

We need to find silence.

"With the single exceptin of sin, anxiety is the greatest evil that can happen to the soul."
-St. Francis de Sales

What do you think?

Sign the NFL Boycott!

If you want to boycott the NFL for not honoring our Flag, sign the protest!  There are over 35,000 signatures at this time which is absolutely incredible.  It's encouraging to know that many people in our country are willing to rise above football to show their devotion to the people who have died for us to play the game.

Sign the NFL boycott here

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Football Debate about Loyalty

Villanueva stands for the National anthem on Sunday Sep. 24, 2017
before the Steelers game in Chicago.  It's been said that on his old
team (ex Army Ranger) people died for the American Flag.
He had the Steelers back then, but they don't have his now.
He has since walked back his statement, saying it was an accident
he stood in front of his teammates who were hiding in the tunnel.
Possibly his spirit did.
I am not personally a great football fan but I live in Pittsburgh.  That's a big deal.  Here people love the Steelers along with loving the country and loving God.  A little disproportional- but overall it's true.  And actually, I really have to admire the patriotic devotion Pittsburghers have for the Steelers because it's what's left of the crazy American spirit of loyalty and fidelity.

But yesterday on the sports radio shows, caller after caller after caller was mad.  All the guys were at work (blue collar is as much in our blood as Steelers football) but they were upset.  They all wanted to say their piece and express anger over the fact that our team would not stand or even enter the stadium in Chicago on Sunday for the pregame National anthem.

A switch was flipped in the good old patriotic American soul on Sunday and it is not going to be easy to turn that back off.

Guess how the radio hosts handled the issue?  They didn't.  So the callers just kept coming.

Good for Pittsburgh!

And here's a big reason why there's a debate: THE LIBERALS ARE TRYING TO TURN PATRIOTS INTO RACISTS.

Right from the beginning when Colin Kaepernick stated that because he thought black people were mistreated he would not stand for the Star Spangled Banner, this issue has been fabricated to paint all American patriots as racists.  That is more than a little unfair, it's an absolute lie.

The Americans who are most patriotic are those who are in the military and died for you to play football.  They are the ones who join the police force and nobly put their lives on the line every single day to uphold law and order.  They are the ones who go to Church every Sunday and pray to God to protect our country.  They are the ones who feed the hungry and house the homeless and care for the sick and take care of orphans.  They are the ones who are faithful and loyal.  They don't steal or murder or hurt people or do drugs.  They do these things selflessly, regardless of race.

They are also apparently the ones who passionately love their NFL teams.

These great American patriots are not racists!

I grew up in Northern Virginia with lots of black and white military friends, I now live in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania with lots of black and white working class neighbors and I am not a racist.  Neither are lots of other people.  And of the nasty, petty racists out there, there are just as many black as white.  Ultimately, the Flag of the US is not and never has been a racist Flag!

They still want so badly for conservatives to be racists.  And we're still not.

What does the Flag of the United States of America represent if not racism?  I will tell you, especially you NFL employees and radio show wimps who have not been listening to your thousands of fans and callers because your job or your income or your trendy liberal friends or maybe just football is more important to you than your country:

Our Flag is freedom, although not the freedom to do whatever we want.  Absolute freedom is the same as lawlessness.  We need limits if civilization is going to stay civilized.  I'm not the only one who believes those standards are God's laws, the Christianity that our country was founded on and for which many have given the ultimate sacrifice.  That's what the Star Spangled Banner represents.  And that's why patriots everywhere are declaring their loyalty to something bigger than football.

So no this debate is not about racism.

America, this debate is about God.

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