Friday, June 28, 2013

On Ambiance in the Home

A real Catholic lady creates in her home an ambiance of beauty.  I often doubt that my home will ever look decent, let alone beautiful, but that is beside the point.  The home is where the heart is; my favorite styles are influences by Country French and Shabby Chic: 
Country French Living Room
FRENCH COUNTRY COTTAGE: High Point Market -peeks
Country French Antiques
French country
French Country inspired kitchen-love this idea for sink but I'd change it to vintage cast iron sinks-one with low basin & a draining board on the side, the 2nd is a high cast iron double sink that sink bowls are deep & has a high back
country French bathroom
Simple and love it - Christmas cranberry mason jar decoration.
What does your dream home look like?  What inspires or helps you to create a happy and beautiful home for your family?

On Secularism in the Family

Family dinner without TV
From the book, “Surrender to Secularism” by Rev. Cuthbert M. O’Gara regarding our country:

“‘Intoxicated with unbroken success we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God who made us.’  These words…not only recall to us our national traditions relative to the importance of religion; they also remind us of the constant inclination of this country to turn way from God and to be immersed in material pursuits.  In our day widespread yielding to this temptation has given rise to an even greater danger-the way of life we call- Secularism…

To teach moral and spiritual values divorced from religion and based solely on social convention…is not enough.  Unless man’s conscience is enlightened by the knowledge of principles that express God’s law, there can be no firm and lasting morality.  Without religion morality becomes simply a matter of individual taste, of public opinion or majority vote.  The moral law must derive its validity and its binding force from the truths of religion.  Without religious education, moral education is impossible.”

Unfortunately, this system of secular education is now present even within Christian families.  These so called ‘religious people’ will allow their children to use the clothes, the language, and even enjoy the pursuits pushed upon them by secular society.  And so Catholic children are raised without Christian lifestyles to surround the moral principles their parents try to instill within them.  Immodest dress is one example of these secular ideals since children as young as toddlers are allowed in Churches wearing the tight or genderless clothing of the revolution of secularism.

On Character


“A good man is good because of what he does, a woman because of who she is.” -G.K. Chesterton

Forming ones character is important for although there are providential factors in everyone’s life, there are also those things that one can influence and improve upon daily.  The character of a real Catholic Lady will be the product of much time and devotion.  She should pay much attention to her everyday attitude, deportment, and accomplishments.  If she prepares breakfast cheerfully for her family, wears a lovely dress and apron and is carefully attentive to the needs of her children throughout the day she does much for society.  Also, the devotion she shows outwardly toward her prayers is important for the edification of those around her.  A true Catholic lady should attend Mass with devotion and communicate reverently so as to influence the disposition of her soul toward God in a positive way.  She should pray the Rosary everyday with her family in an attitude of pleasure and good example.  It is oftentimes the women more than the men who hold the standard of discipline and devotion in their own families.  So do not allow this line to slip even if you physically feel tired or disinterested in making dinner or wearing nice shoes and stockings.  The formation of your character requires not only keeping your own body and soul in accord with one another, but also those of the people around you!

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

For A Weekend in Feminine Dress I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) that I take sometime over the weekend to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I'm also posting where the outfit was purchased to hopefully give you some ideas for finding modest clothes!
These pictures were taken last evening in front of our house so the lighting is not perfect.  But here is what I wore:
Blue floral top with a white sweater and skirt
This is my favorite summer skirt.
Beatrice wore this beautiful dress from my sister!
I'm Wearing:
Blue Floral Top from Dress Barn
White Lace Skirt from Thrift Store
White Cardigan from Fashion Bug
Beatrice is Wearing:
Vintage Print Dress from my Sister


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

A Week In Feminine Dress

*The month of June is "Week In Feminine Dress" challenge month on The Catholic Lady Blog!  Please contribute with photographs of seven days of feminine dress so that others ladies can see that it is possible to go through life dressed like a lady!  Send your pictures to me at:!  Please consider it!*
For this first week I am posting pictures from one of my friends, Christine, who has bravely joined the challenge!  I think she looks beautiful in the pictures and I'm so glad I can present you with a new face for a change too! :)
Sunday- such a pretty skirt!

Monday- I LOVE that skirt AND her hair!

Tuesday- the colors in that skirt are lovely!

Wednesday- I love how she dressed up a simple top with a belt!

Thursday- That is a very cute top and the skirt is so intricate!

Friday- We get an extra model in the picture!  You both look adorable!

 Saturday- That is a stunning necklace which is a great way to dress up any outfit a little more!  Love the toys on the floor too!  That is a so familiar sight in my house!

Thanks so much, Christine!  You are a beautiful model of feminine dress!  I'm sure that my readers appreciate this encouragement too.  Please leave comments below to let us know your ideas on day to day feminine dress!

Monday, June 10, 2013

On Temperance

 *Below is a guest post from my friend, 'Lady Virtue'!  She has agreed to write monthly on a select virtue for The Catholic Lady.*

Temperance is the ability to be moderate in our actions, words and habits.  It is the ability to exercise restraint, to hold back within limits, especially regarding feelings and appetites. It helps us be balanced in our lives, thus avoiding extremes. It is using self-control.
St. Paul gives us his insight into this virtue:

"Every athlete exercises self-control in all things.  They do
it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable.
Well, I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the
air; but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching
to others I myself should be disqualified."  1 Cor. 9:25 - 27
Just as an athlete disciplines himself to reach his goal, so must we. A temperate lady chooses to control the urge to eat the extra piece of cake when she is full. She controls the urge to respond with a snide remark when ridiculed. She forms the habit of setting  aside time for prayer each day and fits it into her schedule in a realistic way. If she is a mother of little ones she recognizes that five minutes of prayer is what she can spare and does not feel guilty that it is not more. She recognizes that someday she will have more time, but now her state in life requires her to give her time to the little ones. A temperate lady also sets aside time in her busy schedule to relax and have fun, avoiding the temptation to become a workaholic.

By contrast the intemperate lady eats without restraint or speaks her mind without caring about the impact of her words.  She may not include time in her day to pray and may fill her day with many fun activities and does her chores, homework or duties halfheartedly. She may also have developed some bad habits that need to be modified or eliminated.
Our challenge this month, ladies, then,  it to take a good look at ourselves and see if there is a way of acting or speaking or a bad habit that is out of balance in our lives.  We may need to ask Our Lord to help us recognize it. The we can as Him to give us the wisdom and desire to become more temperate in that area and begin to do so.  Our Lady, Seat of Wisdom, pray for us.

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

For A Weekend in Feminine Dress I post pictures of my outfit (or a friend's outfit) that I take sometime over the weekend to encourage other women to dress like a Catholic lady!  I'm also posting where the outfit was purchased to hopefully give you some ideas for finding modest clothes!
This is not just *my idea* of feminine dress.  Femininity is founded on an objective, Christian idea of who women are meant to be.  Just review the almost unchanging style of women's fashion during the thousands of years of Christian civilization.  Fashion reflects the beliefs of the wearer.
These pictures were taken near out house.  And I am sorry for the messy hair again...  I really need to do something about that. :(
Shawl from Italy thanks to one of my very dear friends.

Skirt from Goodwill!



Necklace from my sister!
I'm Wearing:
Turquoise Skirt from Goodwill
White Blouse from Consignment Store originally from Banana Republic
Shawl from Italy as a gift
Black Flats from Burlington Coat Factory
Necklace a gift from my Sister
Earrings stolen from another Sister

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Let Us Fight For You

Here is a new article I recently found called, "Let Us Fight For You".  It discusses the debate concerning women in the military!  Please read it here:

Let Us Fight for You - The moral imperative of a masculine infantry

A Great Article

Please read this excellent article about the virtue of modesty!  It is the best summery I have ever read and covers every aspect of the important virtue!

St. Therese of Lisieux, a model of modesty.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Week In Feminine Dress

The month of June begins the "Week In Feminine Dress" challenge on The Catholic Lady Blog!  Please contribute with photographs of seven days of feminine dress so that others ladies can see that it is possible to go through life dressed like a lady!  Send your pictures to me at:!  Please consider it!
For this first week I am posting pictures from last August when I was five months pregnant with Beatrice.  Taking the photos really made me dress better which made me feel better despite the heat and my condition!  Outward appearance really influences interior disposition!
Sunday we went to my sister's graduation party!

Tuesday we went to a Pirate Game in Pittsburgh!
Wednesday I went to a midwife appointment

Saturday we worked street apostolate/book barrow outside the Legion of Mary house in Pittsburgh
I can't believe I just remembered all that!!!

Monday, June 3, 2013

The Queen: Modesty and Elegance

Queen Elisabeth II at her Coronation, an example of femininity and elegance!  She is so beautiful!
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