Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Needs Children

In our blasphemous sinful world the Holy Family is
striking and magnificent- if only for being Father, Mother and Child.
Allow yourself to be lost in the innocence of childlike Faith
and appreciate real Christmas joy.
Painting by Murillo.
At Mass on First Saturday I looked around the chapel full of elderly people who could barely walk.  Of course our children received many smiles and kind words from these faithful old churchgoers.  One man even said, "Your family is so beautiful!" with such sincerity that the meaning became surreal to me and all I could do was thank him as well as I could.

This Mass became a reflection for me on the rarity of children.  I know there are children somewhere.  They are learning in schools and playing at parks.  But where are the children at Mass?  Our family is not something special at all.  We don't get to daily Mass very often.  In fact, I usually barely manage to have everyone's shoes on by the time we enter the Church.  But this one time we made it, we were almost the only children there.  And that is sad.

It is Advent.  Baby Jesus is coming.  Christmas morning will be joyous and marvelous in our home; and for the grown ups- parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles- the wonders of Christmas will be imparted more intensely through the children!

Why?  These children are innocent.  Innocence gives children a marvelous Faith in the Incarnation of the Christ Child, a heartfelt desire for Heaven and such fine enjoyment in the beauty of life!  After all, Christmas is about new life: man's hope for Paradise reborn at Bethlehem and the powerful principle of the Incarnation, blending human and divine.  The Christian family is also about welcoming and nourishing life, not alone, but- through grace- working directly with God.

So these old Churchgoers at Saturday Mass see children and they are moved to say kind words to me.  They love children and welcome us there in the Church where we bring them before their Creator.

Christmas is a perfect time to love children and families.  But where are the children at Christmas?  Many children are not at the Manger!  There is barrenness in the world that goes beyond childless marriages or the evils of contraception and abortion.  There is the barrenness of Christmas without baby Jesus!  There is the barrenness of a society without God.

Christmas needs the properly structured Christian family to give the wondrous joy of little children.

Look at the children around you and share their joy at welcoming our Savior.  Bring them to the manger and watch their little faces look upon the Christ Child beside His beautiful Mother.  Tell them she will watch over you too and bring your intentions to Him!  Meditate on St. Joseph's remarkable role.  Tell them of his brave virtue, offering leadership and security to the Holy Family as their own father does.  In our blasphemous sinful world the Holy Family is striking and magnificent- if only for being Father, Mother and Child.  Allow yourself to be lost in the innocence of childlike Faith and appreciate real Christmas joy.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Culture is in the Little Things

If you have not heard about the New York subway trains banning the greeting, "Ladies and gentlemen", read this article.  In it, the author makes a good point: the culture is in the little things.

Today the movers and shakers are trying as hard as they can to take away the little things in culture that we have left.  Don't let this happen.  Beautiful manners and traditions work as openings for grace in our lives and so the attack on "Ladies and gentlemen" is quite literally an attack on Christian civilization.  Fight back!  Do not be discouraged and never give up the good, true and beautiful ways.

Well, here's a reason to be inspired: the Trump White House displays stunning nativity set with Baby Jesus!  This is incredible and sure to be an opening for grace in our country.

No More "Ladies and Gentlemen" on New York City Subways!

Here is an amazing article on how the New York City subways can no longer say "Ladies and gentlemen"!  I read about this in the news and was horrified.  If we are not "ladies and gentlemen", what are we?  This will have consequences!  Read the following article.  He says it better than I could:


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 picture is actually from a few weeks ago but I wanted to show this dress because I have been wearing it a lot lately since it's easy to wear with a sweater for everyday.  A longtime reader, Theresa also sent me a lovely picture this morning of her outfit so I'm including that too!


Dress- Chaps (the hemline is straight, it's just not a great picture)
Sweater- Land's End


Blouse and skirt - second hand stores
Boots - gift from my sister
Earrings - Paparazzi
Hat (Barrette) - Hirons


Monday, November 27, 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!

What a busy weekend!  I roasted my first Thanksgiving turkey and it turned out great thanks to lots of preparation and advice from my Mom!  We went to my sister's house where both of our families were able to come (my sister is married to my husband's brother).  I did go out shopping for awhile Friday with one of my other sisters and it was so exhausting (the deals on black Friday are not worth the exhaustion; remind me next year please!).  Then my husband was off again today for hunting day (it's a holiday at his work which means we are country folk).  He didn't go hunting since the woods are so crowded today, but instead worked on chopping up two trees we had taken down.

I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving too!  Here are a few pictures from this week:


Top- Merona
Skirt- My Sister
Shoes- ??
This Banana Republic wrap is so warm and I got it for 50 cents at a thrift store!

Here's my turkey!!  It's not a great picture, but it's all I have!

Here is some of the tree that needs chopped and piled.  It's lots of work!

One of the pro crawler for extra measure!


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving: Stop and Thank God!

"Lots of sales on Thanksgiving day," say some ads.

That may be true.  If you want to have a feeding frenzy and then rush around until 5AM.  But if you are a wise, true-blue American, chances are that you consider Thanksgiving a holiday.  And so you will avoid such craziness, stop and observe it calmly.

The marvelous way that we celebrate Thanksgiving in this country is not unlike Christmas.  Our celebration of beautiful tables and fine food is a tribute to timeless principles of civilization.  This abundant, merry holiday reflects the goodness of Christian order.  Our homes should be abounding with the warmth of traditions, families and Faith in God, all three vital anchors of America.

Our forefathers in much worse circumstances than we are today, took the time to thank God for the guidance of His Providence in a strange land.  Likewise, on Thanksgiving we turn to Him in what is for most a time of plenty.  Will we begin to feel pride that we are such hard workers and smart enough to make our own laws?  Will we be foolish enough to forget God's Church and Law is the foundation of the beautiful civilized world we enjoy today?  Will we ignore the many sins of our country that increasingly cry for vengeance?  Or will we be like Job and remember God even in our blessings?  We are so comfortable with our big turkeys.  We like so much to rush around and get things done.  Will we take time at all for Thanksgiving this year- not to mention Adoration, Reparation, Petition and Supplication?

Let us pray for God's grace on our country.  We need to slow down and observe our yearly visit with the Almighty (which is probably not enough).

No shopping today, America.  Instead, STOP and THANK GOD!

RIP Officer Brian Shaw: Deserving of Sublime Respect

Police become heroes with the willingness to sacrifice themselves
for righteousness.  These heroes stir up sublime respect in Americans,
a respect that is beautiful, awe-inspiring and even comforting.
Today was the Catholic funeral Mass of Officer Brian Shaw, a young policeman who was shot in the line of duty last Friday in New Kensington, PA.

Even through the television screen, the feeling of respect for Officer Shaw's sacrifice was apparent.  With his sacrifice, he became a hero.  And on this busy day before Thanksgiving, thousands of people came to line the streets, wave American flags and hold signs that said, "God bless Officer Shaw".  Thousands of police- some from out of state- dressed in uniform with a black line struck through their badges made up the procession that went on for miles.  The silence and flashing lights added to the powerful aura of what could be called "sublime respect".

What is this sublime respect people intuitively show to someone laying in a coffin?

There is no egalitarian despondency here!  We think of a man who has now been judged by God and are left to marvel at his heroic sacrifice.  All police become heroes with the willingness to sacrifice themselves for righteousness.  "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matt. 5:10)  These heroes stir up sublime respect in Americans, a respect that is beautiful, awe-inspiring and even comforting.

We need to ask: do the anthem kneelers care about this?  Colin Kaepernick, apparently a self-professed lover of Communism and it's murderous leaders, wore a Fidel Castro t-shirt.  He is a poster child of anarchists who hate every symbol of law and order because of the reflection of goodness and God.

The death of Officer Brian Shaw is an example of excellent, grand and beautiful Christian love.  We are overcome by sublime respect.  For, "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

Officer Shaw, symbolic and noble defender of law and order, rest in peace.

May Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord.  And let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

There is no Humor in Absurdity

The word absurd caught my attention.  I have a great interest in vocabulary and it is really a wonder that I have not developed this by learning more languages.  Sadly I don't have enough discipline to study grammar.

Absurd is a clear word.  It means: wildly unreasonable, ridiculous, foolish, illogical, ludicrous.  Basically, absurd is a word used to call out things which have no place in our lives.

But I think the word struck me for that reason.  Absurdity does have a place in our lives.  Our entertainment is absurd.  We read books and see plays and make movies that are absurd!  We play video games and virtual reality games that are absurd!  We create situations that are absurd so that we can laugh at them.  The photo booths with goofy accessories or the daredevils who take pictures in precarious positions are asburd!  Those who say they are transgender or want to marry a bridge are absurd!

I wonder why we do not call out absurdity for what it is?  We don't want to blow the whistle on everyone else's fun?  Maybe they think it's absurd too, but everyone is laughing anyway?  Isn't this the emperor with no clothes?

Or maybe there are a few who want absurdity.  The evil ones- the demons- want to pervert reason until reality is turned on it's head and we all are stuck in a world of make-believe where we can easily be made to sin against the order of our Creator and the only "crime" becomes sacrifice and love of Truth.  Will you laugh at absurdity?

No!  There is no humor in absurdity!  It is likely demonic.

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Girls Edition

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!

Happy Monday again, everyone!  Can you believe this week is Thanksgiving?  We are so excited about the few snowflakes that have fallen because according to the children that means...Christmas is coming!  Here is what Rebecca and Beatrice wore this week.  I think all their clothes were either given to us or I found at consignment shops.

Beatrice loves to dress herself up with this hat!

We have been focusing on good breakfasts lately. I think it helps to enjoy the start of the day a little!
Warm muffins are a good option; at least Henry thinks so when he gets to try half a blackberry!

May your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hollywood Attacks the Natural Law

The natural law is a beautiful thing.  It is the desire that God wrote on each of our hearts to do good and avoid evil.  It is a compass that points us in the right direction.  Through human reason, we are capable of finding God.

When these hypocrites cry out for justice,
the justice of God will throw them into Hell!
But we have a fallen nature and so our Salvation is not guaranteed.  In fact, there are devils who want us to fall into the abyss of Hell so that they can be joined in their misery and comforted in the fact that they are taking souls away from God.

Hollywood is run by demons who realize the power of the natural law and attack, insult and twist it in a way that progressively blocks it out.

We see the Harvey Weinstein scandal that started a chain reaction to accuse just about every man who ever had his name in the newspaper of sexually harassing a woman.

Hollywood not only denies Original Sin and our fallen nature when they say bad entertainment is harmless.  They become hypocrites who want to have the extent of sin in both ways: destroy the representative dignity of chivalrous men who in the natural order represent God (and the idea of the two sexes) AND allow prostitution (legalized in parts of Nevada), pornographic pictures, and every imaginable impurity everywhere.

The headlines in the news about the evil of men could be a distraction from the evil of women.  For who sinned greater, Adam or Eve?  Men are very much to blame.

But impure women with the hatred of goodness and reason also insult the natural law.  How can a woman willingly star in the most impure and perverse movies- then accuse a man of assault?  How can a woman who is the brash, rebellious type, never content to stay at home but getting dressed up to walk out on the street- say a man is the criminal and she is the victim?  When these hypocrites cry out for justice, the justice of God will throw them into Hell.

"And behold a woman in harlot's attire prepared to deceive souls; talkative and wandering, not bearing to be quiet, not able to abide still at home, now abroad, now in the streets, now lying in wait near the corners.  And catching the young man, she kisseth him, and with an impudent face, flattereth, saying: I vowed victims for prosperity, this day I have paid my vows...For my husband is not at home, he is gone a very long journey...For she hath cast down many wounded, and the strongest have been slain by her.  Her house is the way to hell, reaching even to the inner chambers of death."  -Proverbs 7

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