Monday, December 30, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: 37 Week Update

   A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of myself or a friend wearing a modest, feminine outfit!  This is simply to encourage other women to adopt feminine dress as an apostolate and realize the influence that outward ornamentation has over the soul.
 
   Merry Christmas, dear readers, since it is still Christmas for awhile yet!  Please accept my sincere wishes for season full of Our Lady's choicest blessings!
 
   I apologize for not posting much lately, but perhaps the below picture can help to explain why...  I have enjoyed what seems like a very busy Christmas between attending Mass, giving and receiving gifts, visiting many relatives and friends and trying to keep my children on their regular schedule.
 
 Yes, that is a crib in our living room next to the Christmas tree and a John Deere tractor too:)
 
 
 
Anyway, here is what I wore yesterday.  This beautiful top I bought from Kohls for Christmas and I absolutely love it.  I am wearing a black camisole underneath it to make the neckline a little more comfortable; the ruffles on the top are adorable!  The black and white skirt is my first real maternity skirt (that I did not make) from a very good friend of mine who recently gave me some of her modest maternity clothing.  It is from Motherhood Maternity.


 



 
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Black Top- Kohl's
Camisole- Walmart
Skirt- Motherhood Maternity
Necklace and Earrings- Kohl's (Christmas gift from my husband!)
Watch and Bracelet- Gifts
Brown Flats- Payless
Scarf- Sister
Jacket- Gabriel Bothers, Merona brand from Target
 

Monday, December 23, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: With a New Model!

Today I am very excited to introduce you to a new model for A Weekend In Feminine Dress, my sister Cecilia!  Below are some pictures she shared with me last week.  I love her style and think that her outfits are so cute and modest too:
 



 
 
 
Thank you, Cecilia!
 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

More on Cold Weather Dressing

I received this email from a very kind lady in response to my post on cold weather dressing:

"My name is Anne-Julie and I'm writing to you from the province of Quebec, in Canada. My first language being french, please excuse me for the possible mistakes I can do when I write!

I'm a new reader of your blog and I love it! To your request to have pictures of ways to dress feminine, and especially in winter, I decided to send you a picture of me that my husband took last week. I'm wearing a skirt I made from old pairs of jeans from my husband and myself, since I've (finally!) decided to wear only skirts. Underneath I wear a legging and knee socks, and I was fine. The boots are far from being feminine, but they are warm and waterproof. Of course we expect to have a lot more snow, then I won't have the choice to wear ski pants if I don't want my skirt to be wet by the snow when I play with our kids, a boy of four years old and a girl of two and a half."

Here is a photo that she sent me:

 
 
I think that this a wonderful testimony of the possibility of wearing skirts in winter!  What do you think?

Monday, December 16, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome once again to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog!  You are welcome to become a volunteer by submitting your own photos for publication here to: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Please consider it!

For now, here are my pictures of what I wore to Mass yesterday.  I tried to make my outfit look a little like Christmas with a burgundy and gold scarf, although I didn't get a picture of it!  It is becoming a little difficult to come up with decent outfits (let alone Christmassy ones) since I am now 35 weeks pregnant!


 
 
 
I'm Wearing:

Black Top- Goodwill
Grey Skirt- Thrift Store
Black Layering Top- Goodwill
White Cardigan- Fashion Bug on clearance
Pearl Necklace- Target
Bracelet- Gift
Black Flats- Payless
Earrings- Gift, originally from Kohls

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Weight of One Holy Mass

 
Here is a beautiful story:
 
"The following true story was related to Sister  Mary Veronica Murphy by an elderly Nun, who heard it from the lips of the late Reverend Father Stanislaus, SS.CC.
...One day, many years ago, in a little town in Luxembourg, a Captain of
 the Forest Guards was in deep conversation with the butcher, when an elderly woman entered the shop. The butcher broke off the conversation to ask the old woman what she wanted.
 
She had come to beg for a little meat but had no money. The Captain was amused at the conversation which ensued between the poor woman and the butcher.
 "Only a little meat . . ."

 "But how much are you going to give me?"

 "I am sorry I have no money, but I'll hear Mass for you."
 Both the butcher and the Captain were very good men, but very indifferent about religion, so they at once began to scoff at the old woman's answer.

"All right, then," said the butcher. "You go out and hear Mass for me, and when you come back, I'll give you as much meat as the Mass is worth."
 The woman left the shop and returned later. She approached the counter and the butcher seeing her, said, "All right, then, we'll see,"
 He took a slip of paper and wrote on it, "I heard a Mass for you."

He then placed the paper on the scale and a tiney bone on the other side, but the paper was showing as being heavier than the bone... Next he placed a piece of meat instead of the bone, but still the paper proved heavier.

 Both men were beginning to feel ashamed of their mockery but continued their game. A large piece of meat was placed on the scales but still the little piece paper held its own.

The butcher, exasperated, examined the scales, but found they were all right.
"What do you want, my good woman? Must I give you a whole leg of mutton?"
At this, he placed the leg of mutton on the balance, but the paper outweighed the meat. A larger piece of meat was put on, but again the
weight remained on the side of the paper.

This so impressed the butcher that he was converted, and promised to give the woman her daily ration of meat.
 As for the Captain, he left the shop a changed man, an ardent lover
of daily Holy Mass. Two of his sons became Priests, one a Jesuit and the other a Father of the Sacred Heart.
 Father Stanislaus finished by saying,  "I am
the religious of the Sacred Heart, and the Captain was my father."

 From that incident the Captain became a daily Mass goer and his children were trained to follow his example. Later, when his sons became Priests,he advised them to offer Holy Mass well every day and never miss the Sacrifice through any fault of their own.

CREDIDIMUS CARITATIS- Let us never forget the end of our Faith and the Holy Mass: CHARITY in the truth and the truth in charity..."
________________________________________


A Very Powerful Daily Offering of the Mass Prayer
 
My God, I offer this action of mine, and every action of my whole life, in union with the Precious Blood in all the Masses this hour being offered all over the world, or that will-be offered for all time – to Thine own everlasting praise and glory - to Thine infinite rejoicing and delight.
To the glory of the Sacred Heart and in thanksgiving for all the graces bestowed on the Sacred Humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ - I offer Thee the Precious Blood O My God!
To the honour of Our Blessed Lady, and in thanksgiving for the graces bestowed on Her, especially in Her Immaculate Conception, Divine Maternity, and Glorious Assumption, I offer Thee the Precious Blood, O My God!
In honour of St. Joseph, my Angel Guardian, my Patron Saint and all the Saints, St. Michael, and all the nine choirs of angels - I offer Thee Precious Blood, O my God!
For all interest of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament - I offer Thee the Precious Blood, O My God!
For the conversion of sinners, the prevention of sin, help for those in their last or those who die today - I offer Thee the Precious Blood, O My God!
For special graces for all whom I love, for friends and relatives, for all who have asked my prayers or whom I have promised to pray for, or who have any claim on my prayers     I offer Thee the Precious blood, O My Cod!
For all whom I have injured or disedified -I offer Thee the Precious Blood, O My God!
For the souls in Purgatory, especially my own relatives and friends, all who I have promised to pray for, all whom I have been asked to pray for, or who want my prayers – I offer Thee the Precious Blood, O My God!
For my enemies, for all who have unkind hearts for me, I offer Thee the Precious Blood, O My God!
For all my intentions and wants, spiritual and temporal-I offer Thee the Precious Blood, O My God!
In atonement for my sins, for the sins of the whole world, for all the wants of Holy Church - I offer Thee the Precious Blood, O My God!

Monday, December 2, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  If you are interested in volunteering some photos of a modest, feminine outfit, please contact me at thecatholiclady@gmail.com
 
 
I am very eager to introduce my new maternity maxi dress from my generous and thoughtful sister who bought this for me over the weekend!  It is so comfortable that I have been wearing it almost since she gave it to me:)  I was just saying how I feel like I am running out of clothes that fit now because I am so huge!
 
 
My husband was working yesterday evening, so I am very sorry about the poor quality of these self portraits taken in the bathroom (which is under construction)!  It is the best I could do.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
  
 

 

 
 
I'm Wearing:

Maternity Maxi Dress- Motherhood Maternity
Black Top- Gabriel Brothers
Necklace- LOFT
Bracelet/Watch- Gift
Shoes- Payless

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

On the Language of Fashion

1950's "the old and the new" fashions reflected the decade's push for adaption to the modern world.  
 
       "It is often said almost with passive resignation that fashions reflect the customs of a people. But it would be more exact and much more useful to say that they express the decision and moral direction that a nation intends to take: either to be shipwrecked in licentiousness or maintain itself at the level to which it has been raised by religion and civilization."

      "Actions speak louder than words," is no less true when it comes to clothing.  Fashion has come a long way.  I came across a group of young Catholic college men this summer who were defending bikinis.  I learned that just because some fashion is tolerated and accepted somehow makes it right in our modern day word- a huge problem!  There are many people have no idea about the importance of being counter-revolutionary in a world that is increasingly "pushing the envelope" when it comes to fashion.

     Fashion speaks a language that is very easily, sometimes subconsciously understood.  Cutout necklines (like the one above right) suggest provocatively that a seemingly innocent dress might not be so innocent after all.  Subtle hints like cutout necklines and slightly short hemlines or not so subtle ones like writing across the bum and bikinis, are used to psychologically induce the wearer and the culture to lower their standards.  It works.  The virtue of purity and Sacrament of Marriage lie in ruins, dragging down many souls along the way.

       This type of reasoning is elementary.  When we get up in the morning we have to get dressed to be successful at whatever we are doing that day.  A businessman puts on his tie, a housewife puts on her apron, a prostitute puts on her bikini.  Likewise, there is no way that our economy, society, or morality are getting any better without getting up and getting dressed for it.

       The language of clothing is powerful.  Sexual identity (and thus the very basis of human existence) is right now being destroyed through its influence.  It is no longer acceptable in out world to identify something just by natural law.  Everything is relative to even perverted desires and everyone's right is to determine something however they think it should be, not how it is.

      Fashion is no longer simply a matter of course.

      The language of fashion is a weapon.  Are you going to use it for good or for evil?

On Dressing Up

 

I Love Lucy is an old classic and an old favorite.  I enjoy the atmosphere of old time American family life.  But what I really like about this 50’s show is perusing delightfully though Lucy’s many outfits.  Although this was unquestionably a revolutionary time in fashion there is something that still held on throughout the nineteen fifties and that something was dressing up.
 
Did you ever notice a woman who is really attractively dressed up at the grocery store or at the mall?  Were you not edified merely by her presence and felt that aura of civilization, of refinement, of beauty?  Why?  Was it the trouble she took to represent herself in the best manner possible?  Or was it the natural association you made that a refined, graceful soul was hidden beneath such refined, graceful adornment?
Today, the modern Catholic lady does not necessitate this trouble to dress up.  But don’t you think care of the soul might be slipping along with the care of the body?  When I see Lucy vacuuming the rug with her high heels or Ethel make a stunning entrance with styled hair and pearls I cannot help but feel the elevation of thought and conversation that must have been inspired in that era simply by dressing up!  How much less does one feel like talking of God when one is sitting on the floor with pajamas or bare feet.  A true Catholic lady must seek to express her virtue at any cost through the faultless adornment of the body.  Failure to do so will result in a slow but sure decay of principle.

Hairstyles, stockings, shoes, hats...these things are not just neglected but almost extinct!  Perhaps a little attention and trouble are worth it to obtain that lovely something in your own family- the effect of dressing up!

Tips for Ladies on Cold Weather Dressing

I have received more than one request to share some tips for cold weather dressing.  I am not an expert on this topic (I prefer a warm fire to winter sports), but I do have a few suggestions.
 
 
1. Layering is the key to warmth.
 
Deborah & co.'s fleece lined leggings: http://www.deborahandco.com/fleece-lined-leggings/
 
 If the ladies of past centuries were able to do it, so can you.  Dressing warmly does not have to be about wearing ski clothes and Under Armor.  Layering is the key to warmth, and ladies usually can do this quite easily and safely.
Three layers are appropriate for cold weather and should include:
a) basic layer against the skin such as a simple cotton tee and tights/leggings
b) insulating layer such as a warm sweater and flannel petticoat or slip
c) protective layer such as a coat and denim/corduroy/wool skirt



2. Feet, hands and face freeze first.



Every time I have been really cold, it is my feet and hands that feel it first.  In fact, the rest of my body usually does not get cold easily as long as I am dressed appropriately.  Thus, prioritizing cold weather boots, gloves, and scarves/hats is essential.  Gloves and scarves are quite easy to obtain and there are many tasteful/ladylike colors and styles available.  It does not have to be expensive to obtain a good pair of boots at the end of the season or on consignment either.  It is better to buy quality though since these items will have to be durable.

It is interesting to note that the most common complaint of women and cold weather seems to be wearing skirts when in fact, the feet and hands are what suffer before the legs.

2. Do not compromise elegance for practicality!
 
 

 
"You are what you wear" is very true.  The most important part about a lady is her soul.  Clothing not only expresses her spiritual nature to the world, but influences a lady's character.  Do not compromise elegance when it comes to cold weather dressing.  It is not worth it, even if temporal comfort must be given up.  In my opinion, there are many sporting activities that would far better be sacrificed before appropriate attire.
 
 
 
Now it is up to you!  If I have any readers from Canada or Alaska or other cold climates, please let me know what I have missed in the comments below!


Monday, November 25, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog!  I welcome ladies to submit pictures to be displayed here in order to encourage other women to dress like a "Catholic Lady".  If you have a photo for me, please send it to: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!  Here is what I wore yesterday:
 
 

The pictures are not very clear because the colors of my clothing are so dark.  Sorry about that.  I was also feeling quite exhausted when these pictures were taken at the end of the day.  I really need to take photos first thing to make them turn out better...:)
 
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:

Purple Top- Goodwill, originally Target Maternity
Black Cardigan- Target
Black Maternity Skirt- I made
Black Flats- Payless
White Layering Top- Walmart
Bracelet- gift

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Everyday Edition


Happy Monday and welcome once again to A Weekend In Feminine Dress, maternity style!  Today I am posting pictures of some outfits I wore last week to get some ideas out there for what to wear "everyday"!  I would appreciate your feedback and ideas for modest maternity or non-maternity everyday clothing.  I still do not have an extensive (modest) maternity wardrobe.  I am sorry for the extremely odd expressions.  It is very hard to get the right angle in a self portraits in the mirror in a small bathroom while seven months pregnant:)
 
Also, please consider volunteering photos for A Weekend In Feminine Dress and I will be happy to post them here to give myself a little break!  I do not want this to be about me (especially now that I am not the ideal model), but about modesty and elegance in dress!
 
One of my favorite easy maternity outfits.
 
 

This is a stretchy skirt originally from LOFT that works well for maternity.
 

This is not my favorite outfit, but it is comfortable around the house.

I know this looks a little silly, but I wore the same brown skirt (again) with this slightly too short dress and a raincoat.  Yes, it is very much adapted for modesty:)
 
 

My favorite maternity skirt!
 
 
Thanks for visiting!

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

It's Monday again and time for A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  Here is what I wore yesterday and what Beatrice wore too!  I am thinking of publishing an everyday outfits edition soon for a little change and to share ideas on what to wear every day.  Please send me your pictures too if you want to participate (thecatholiclady@gmail.com)!


I'm sorry the photos are blurry.  These pictures were taken at the end of the day.
 

I wear this black stretchy maternity skirt pretty much every time I dress us now!  It is my favorite because of the length and comfort.
 
 
I love this baby dress!  Baby girl clothes are so pretty!!!
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:

Top- Consignment, originally Old Navy Maternity
Lace Cardigan- Dress Barn
Black Maternity Skirt- I made
Black Flats- Payless
 
 
Beatrice is Wearing:
 
Red Dress and Top- someone gave us!

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Coco Chanel and the Fashion Revolution

Coco Chanel

       I recently came across the 2009 film, Coco Before Chanel, and decided to watch it in hopes of learning more about what drove the tremendous fashion Revolution of the 20th Century.  I have always been interested in her story, since Coco Chanel was almost singlehandedly responsible for some of the most dramatic changes in women's fashion.

       The movie was full of immoral liaisons, not surprisingly, since Coco and her sister, formally orphans, both found positions as mistresses in their adult life.  This struck me as interesting, considering that it would not have been difficult to find a respectable place working as a maid or a nanny back in early 20th Century France.  It also tells a great deal about the type of person Coco Chanel was.  She despised convention.  She was a Revolutionary.

     "In any case, such judgments are not really on the movie’s agenda. Rather than take a moralizing or pitying view of its characters, who live according to... the logic of their desires, Ms. Fontaine examines them with curiosity and compassion." says the New York Times.

     Although many of the scenes I could not watch, I did learn something from this film.  Firstly, Coco Chanel was a cynical person.  She saw the beauty of Victorian fashion as constraint and inequality.  She took femininity as a curse and used every effort to revolutionize it into a superficial tool that moved society.  Coco saw sailors on the beach and immediately designed a striped jersey overall for herself to wear- with pants.  She walked around in her own creations, a man's coat, a short haircut, no corset, a perpetual cigarette, and drew the attention of something "different" which was later seen as something "modern", "all the rage", and "classy". The Revolution moved on.

     The movie covers only Coco's early life.  She went on to become the mistress of some of the most influential men of her time.  She was a drug addict for most of her life, injecting herself with morphine on a daily basis.  Coco Chanel was rumored to have German sympathies during World War II; in any case, she moved among German elites in Paris during its occupation, even becoming involved in an affair with a noted German officer at the Paris Ritz.
Early Chanel designs
    
    Why do these personal events matter so much in the analysis of a celebrated designer of women's fashion?

      Perhaps they tell the story better than her clothes.  Coco Chanel's designs "liberated" women from a life of traditional morality.  They freed women to become the feminist working woman of a brave new world.  They stepped toward a hippy nudist culture.  They were the first hint of our current nation of slobs.  All of these fashion eras are related through a progression of rebellion.

      Women are made by God to be ladies with engrained morality based on natural law.  Evil hates women to be this way and thus creates an alternative in popular culture, especially fashion.

    I assume it is pretty obvious at this point what I think of Coco Chanel and the Fashion Revolution.  (Although No. 5 perfume and Chanel jewelry can still be used to accent femininity of course!)  The question is, do you agree?  Please let me know in the comments below!

Monday, November 4, 2013

On Celebration


Celebrating the holidays can bring with it scruples about secularism, materialism, and maybe even paganism.  The Catholic lady must analyze all these dangers, for they are very real; but she must not allow herself to be caught up in them.  If her attitude affects the enjoyment of her family, the Catholic lady has ceased to be a vessel of virtue and begun to be one of demise.


Since celebration must be about something good, the message we impart by  elebrating must be received.  “The more, the merrier,” is an old expression and perhaps one with some truth.  Surroundings of beauty, comfort, and cheer cannot be overdone to produce an atmosphere that sends the message.  Maybe the gospel of John is the best way to have Christmas for our minds, while the senses are better satisfied with turkey, Christmas trees, and jingle bells.



I think the Catholic lady has an increased opportunity during the holidays to see that her family is immersed in comfort and joy.

*Please share your comments below!*



On a Woman's Apostolate



By GK Chesterton 

“How can it be a large career to tell other people’s children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one’s own children about the universe? How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone? No; a woman’s function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute. I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.”

Another Weekend In Feminine Dress!!!




Here is another beautiful picture that a friend sent me for A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  I think she looks beautiful!  I love the floral dress and jacket and shoes!  Perfect!

A Weekend In Feminine Dress- Maternity Edition

   A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of myself or a friend wearing a modest, feminine outfit (including where it was purchased) in order to form ideas for finding modest clothes and inspire ideas on how to dress like a lady!  (Please include your tips too in the comments!)
 
   This is what I wore yesterday.  I made the blouse recently and wore it with a cardigan I had in my closet.  I usually do not wear maternity cardigans unless I want to wear it buttoned.  The skirt I made too since I really needed a nice maternity skirt that fit well and was long enough (so hard to find)!  I wanted to put a photo of my new pin first since I just received it last week when my husband and I became supporters of the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property.  I was so excited and it is so beautiful as you can see!
 
   I am sorry again for the poor quality of my pictures.  I think my camera is just getting old and this may not be corrected until I get a new one.  Sorry.

 
 
 
 

Here is my outfit!  I already feel huge and I still have two more months of pregnancy to go!
 
 

Lace and pearls.  Don't you just love them both!?
 

Top, sweater and my new pin!
 
 
Skirt I made recently; it has a stretchy waistband for maternity wear.
 

 
Back- I curled my hair two days ago; I really like it curly:)

 
 
Earrings from my sister two Christmases ago.
 
 
 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Top- I made
Cardigan- Burlington Coat Factory
Skirt- I made
Earrings- Sister
Pearl Necklace and Bracelet- gift
Shoes- Payless
 
 
 
Thanks for reading this!  Let me know if you have ideas for modest dress or maternity dress!  I am always interested in new ideas and tips!

 

Monday, October 28, 2013

On Fairylales

(This article is originally from the October 2012  issue of The Catholic Lady newsletter.)



My friends over the years have had different opinions about fairytales.  They question whether or not to allow their daughters to play with princess dolls related to Disney or Barbie (definitely questionable companies) or whether to fill their little children's heads with seemingly silly nonsense.  Since indeed, the playthings of children help to form their little consciences and souls for better or for worse!
We live in a culture that intentionally produces new gadgets every year that are more evil and more perverting to children.  Think about the creepy zombie/vampire movies and dolls with torn jeans and purple hair that fill the toy stores.  It is undeniable that a culture of darkness has invaded the toy industry.  The creatures are distorted and/or non human, the storyline is twisted and false, and the children end up becoming like the characters they are reading, watching or playing with.
But what about that age old question of fairytales?  Those stories of knights in shining armor and damsels in distress...  They are just so delightfully beautiful in a toy market that is outrageously dark.  I certainly would take princess toys over SpongeBob and Pokemon any day!  There are many truths in fairytales such as the ultimate triumph of good over evil, the difference between the sexes, and the representation of mythical beauty in God's creation. 

Perhaps the incredibly charming and feminine attraction of being a princess and reading tales of chivalry when our society pushes for equality (in jeans and t-shirts of course) has something to do with my opinion that fairytales can be exceptionally beneficial!

A Weekend In Feminine Dress


    A Weekend In Feminine Dress is when I post pictures of myself or a friend wearing a modest, feminine outfit including where it was purchased in order to form ideas for finding modest clothes and inspire ideas on how to dress like a lady!  (Please include your tips in the comments too!)
 
    Since I skipped a Weekend In Feminine Dress pictures last week, I told myself I had to make up for it today!  We went away to a conference this weekend and unfortunately, although I managed to take pictures, they did not turn out perfectly!  Here they are, nonetheless:
 
 
Taken at the end of the day when I look tired and wrinkled of course!

 

 
 

 
 
 
I'm Wearing:
 
Green Jacket- LOFT on sale last year
Black Top- Gabriel Brothers
Khaki Skirt- Thrift Store made into a maternity skirt by cutting it off at the hips and sewing the bottom half of a white camisole onto the waistband
Black Shoes- Payless
Necklace- Gabriel Brothers
Earrings- Consignment
 
 
 
I will have better pictures next week!


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Two Female Extremes



          Recently, I had a brief conversation with a good friend about raising daughters.  During our discussion she mentioned something that she called the "two extremes" of modern women; there is on one side extreme immodesty and on the other extreme denial of femininity at all.  To put it bluntly, there are those who defend prostitution and those who advocate sexual equality.

     Those who are on the one extreme advocate child sex education, abortion, bikinis, shorts and other immodest clothing, childhood dating, cohabitation, etc.  Those who are on the other side push for same-sex bathrooms, cross-dressing, same-sex "marriage", transgender or any other kind of mixed up gender education, multiple/both sex relationships and the list goes on.

      What is the common ground relating these two extremes?  Could it be the the denial of God's law and the support of a lavish lifestyle of indulgence?

     Once society looses the intricate beauty of the natural order, is there anything left but extremism?  Ugliness?  Perversion?  Sin?  God naturally designed each person, place and thing to be happiest in its calling of "being itself".  Only chaos is left when we abandon His natural order.

     Feminism has moved women so far that we are not surprised to see them dressing like men and assuming the same positions.  Will it surprise us when we see men dressing and acting like women?  Little girls are confused because anyone can do anything and still be socially acceptable.  They can become a police officer or a plumber or a politician right alongside their brothers!  The only difference is that no one is going to be there when they come home after a long and weary day!  Who is going to cook the dinner, clean the house, feed the babies, run errands?  Who is going to wear the swishing skirts and pearls, sing soft lullabies, teach eager children about God, and inspire dreams of manhood and chivalry?  Certainly not the feminists!  And men are not made for these jobs.

     All of these household talks and, even more so, these duties of beautiful womanhood, must be outsourced when the mother (the heart) is missing.  Society sinks into a state of boring equality which sinks further still into a state of chaos where no one knows their role and even less enjoys it!

      Female extremism is going off the deep end on both sides.  Who is to keep the balance?

      The Catholic lady!  She is feminine, virtuous and humble.  She does not try to usurp her husband's or father's authority yet holds her own ground with admirable fortitude.  She adorns herself with grace and elegance yet avoids gaudiness and superficiality.  Her character is gentle and kind yet strong and enduring.  Her temperament is serene and yet enjoyable.  Her example is Our Blessed Lady.

      Do you agree and if so, which female extreme do you think is worst?
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