Saturday, November 29, 2014

Who are We Thanking on Thanksgiving?

Norman Rockwell's depiction of Thanksgiving is full of happiness.

I picked up the newspaper Thanksgiving morning and saw the front page article about Giving Thanks.  "Well, that's good," I thought.  "Even in today's world, people are reminded to give thanks to God."

In another moment I was disappointed.  The article continued on the inside page, quoting people from around town giving thanks to "fate" and "happenstance" this Thanksgiving Day.

Is that even possible?

When God is taken out of the picture, how can they be thankful, let alone practice other important virtues?


Individual selfishness replaces family happiness.

They don't.  These same people are now shopping on Thanksgiving Day, formally a day set aside explicitly for slowing down and recalling family and Christian values.

For some people Black Friday chaos has become the all important event.  They run out on their turkey dinners to get whatever deal they can find and save a couple dollars.

And these people are not even happy.  They get into fights, they get trampled for their frantic desires.  Materialism has become their God and so we have to wonder: who are they thanking on Thanksgiving?

Read a good article on the topic here:
http://www.tfp.org/current-campaigns/return-to-order/stop-the-madness-of-un-thanksgiving.html


WHAT DO YOU THINK???

Monday, November 24, 2014

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.  I am looking for volunteers to submit pictures, so if you are interested please contact me at thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  I really enjoy taking and posting pictures, so I glad to be back at it after such a long break!

These pictures are of what I wore to Mass yesterday.  It was a bit warmer so we enjoyed a little trip to the park afterwards with the children.  I wanted to wear something dressy but still modest and warm.  I would love so much to wear a really dressy dress, but it is impossible to find a dress in the stores that is long enough for me (or even covers my knees) since I am rather tall, so I have to wear outfits like this.  I would love to make a dress for Christmas, but since I don't sew nearly as much as I used to, I'm not sure if that is going to happen!










 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
I'M WEARING:

Skirt- Goodwill (Croft & Barrow)
Jacket- Goodwill (Ann Taylor LOFT)
Top- Goodwill
Shoes- Thrift Store
Necklace- Gabriel Brothers
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!!
I would love to hear what you wear to dress up a bit in the cold weather months!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Be What You Are, and Be That Perfectly


A Norwegian bride, preparing the traditional dress for the ceremony, Adolph Tidemand


Liberalism today indicates that anybody can be anybody or anything.  We are not allowed to have objective qualities determined by our family, character, temperament, or even sex.  Traditions and customs that formally identified us and were taken for granted become irrelevant and are intentionally forsaken.

But St. Francis de Sales instructs us, "Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."

What we are, at least in part, is objective.

For example, we cannot change our sex, our heritage or our personal tendencies, strengths and weaknesses.  Instead, we should be proud of the good and take responsibility for the bad.

While the revolutionaries try to whitewash objective identity, we should encourage the development of specific traditions, interests, and preferences relevant to who we are.


What do you think?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Prophecies of Our Lady of Good Success

Statue of Our Lady of Good Success in Ecuador, designed by Our Lady herself!

Our Lady of Good Success divulged these prophecies concerning our days to a nun in Quito, Ecuador in the fifteenth century:

The Pope’s “infallibility will be declared a dogma of Faith by the same Pope chosen to proclaim the dogma of the mystery of my Immaculate Conception. He will be persecuted and imprisoned in the Vatican through the usurpation of the Pontifical States and through the malice, envy, and avarice of an earthly monarch.”

“Unbridled passions will give way to a total corruption of customs because Satan will reign through the Masonic sects, targeting the children in particular to insure general corruption.

“Unhappy, the children of those times! Seldom will they receive the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. As for the sacrament of Penance, they will confess only while attending Catholic schools, which the devil will do his utmost to destroy by means of persons in authority.

“The same will occur with Holy Communion. Oh, how it hurts me to tell you that there will be many and enormous public and hidden sacrileges!

“In those times, the sacrament of Extreme Unction will be largely ignored.… Many will die without receiving it, being thereby deprived of innumerable graces, consolation, and strength in the great leap from time to eternity.

“The sacrament of Matrimony, which symbolizes the union of Christ with the Church, will be thoroughly attacked and profaned. Masonry, then reigning, will implement iniquitous laws aimed at extinguishing this sacrament. They will make it easy for all to live in sin, thus multiplying the birth of illegitimate children without the Church’s blessing….

“Secular education will contribute to a scarcity of priestly and religious vocations.”

“The holy sacrament of Holy Orders will be ridiculed, oppressed, and despised, for in this both the Church and God Himself are oppressed and reviled, since He is represented by His priests.

“The devil will work to persecute the ministers of the Lord in every way, working with baneful cunning to destroy the spirit of their vocation and corrupting many. Those who will thus scandalize the Christian flock will bring upon all priests the hatred of bad Christians and the enemies of the One, Holy, Roman Catholic, and Apostolic Church. This apparent triumph of Satan will cause enormous suffering to the good pastors of the Church...and to the Supreme Pastor and Vicar of Christ on earth who, a prisoner in the Vatican, will shed secret and bitter tears in the presence of God Our Lord, asking for light, sanctity, and perfection for all the clergy of the world, to whom he is King and Father.”

“Unhappy times will come wherein those who should fearlessly defend the rights of the Church will instead, blinded despite the light, give their hand to the Church’s enemies and do their bidding. But when [evil] seems triumphant and when authority abuses its power, committing all manner of injustice and oppressing the weak, their ruin shall be near. They will fall and crash to the ground.



“Then will the Church, joyful and triumphant like a young girl, reawaken and be comfortably cradled in the arms of my most dear and elect son of those times. If he lends an ear to the inspirations of grace–one of which will be the reading of these great mercies that my Son and I have had toward you–we shall fill him with graces and very special gifts and will make him great on earth and much greater in Heaven. There we have reserved a precious seat for him because, heedless of men, he will have fought for truth and ceaselessly defended the rights of the Church, deserving to be called ‘martyr.’”

“At the end of the nineteenth century and throughout a great part of the twentieth, many heresies will be propagated in these lands.…

“The small number of souls who will secretly safeguard the treasure of Faith and virtues will suffer a cruel, unspeakable, and long martyrdom. Many will descend to their graves through the violence of suffering and will be counted among the martyrs who sacrificed themselves for the country and the Church.

“To be delivered from the slavery of these heresies, those whom the merciful love of my Son has destined for this restoration will need great will-power, perseverance, courage, and confidence in God. To try the faith and trust of these just ones, there will be times when all will seem lost and paralyzed. It will then be the happy beginning of the complete restoration….

“In those times the atmosphere will be saturated with the spirit of impurity which, like a filthy sea, will engulf the streets and public places with incredible license.… Innocence will scarcely be found in children, or modesty in women.

“He who should speak seasonably will remain silent.

“There shall be scarcely any virgin souls in the world. The delicate flower of virginity will seek refuge in the cloisters.…Without virginity, fire from heaven will be needed to purify these lands.…

“Sects, having permeated all social classes, will find ways of introducing themselves into the very heart of homes to corrupt the innocence of children. The children’s hearts will be dainty morsels to regale the devil.…

“Religious communities will remain to sustain the Church and work with courage for the salvation of souls.… The secular clergy will fall far short of what is expected of them because they will not pursue their sacred duty. Losing the divine compass, they will stray from the way of priestly ministry mapped out for them by God and will become devoted to money, seeking it too earnestly.

“Pray constantly, implore tirelessly, and weep bitter tears in the seclusion of your heart, beseeching the Eucharistic Heart of my most holy Son to take pity on His ministers and to end as soon as possible these unhappy times by sending to His Church the Prelate who shall restore the spirit of her priests.”
Obtained from:
http://www.tfp.org/tfp-home/about-our-lady/prophecies-of-our-lady-of-good-success-about-our-times.html

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

On Suffering

“Total abandonment; that’s my only law!” says St. Theresa of Liseaux.  It would be good for mothers to ponder this daily.

Sick babies are so pitiful; we must remind ourselves that God WILL take care of them and us!
 
 
I never considered the sacrifice of motherhood before it happened to me.  Instead, I had an extremely romantic idea of pregnancy, child rearing and everything that went along with it.  I begged for a child the months after marriage and when I found out I was expecting, I was thrilled.
 
Then the sickness hit.  For me it wasn't the typical nausea that lasts the first trimester.  I felt horrible for nine months and afterwards with thyroid, adrenal and hormone problems that seemed to have no cure.  I later found out that pregnancy can trigger autoimmune disease like it did in my case.  But at that time I only knew I had every awful symptom I could imagine and no answers.  My previous ideas of happily planning for a baby were replaced with fighting exhaustion and sickness just to eat and get dressed everyday.

This has been my story the past four years.  There are days and even weeks when I feel significantly better, but my illnesses always hang on.

And there is nothing wrong with that.  I know that ALOT of people suffer ALOT more!

We live in a valley of tears!  Even if it's not physical suffering, many women have poor or broken marriages, financial struggles, and sick children.  Still, it doesn't make it any easier.  It is so hard to watch people we love, especially children, going through hard times, illness and even death.

We are so blessed to be Catholic.  From a Catholic perspective, every trial and suffering is put in the right place.  We see the value of suffering.  Even when we are humanly not ready to accept it, inside we know that God has allowed suffering in our lives only to force us to turn to Him.  God wants us to beg favors from Him and Our Blessed Mother with Confidence.  This makes me think of the girl with terminal brain cancer who committed suicide a few weeks ago and how sad, sad, sad that story was.  She did not believe God would take care of her, so she took her life into her own hands and ended it.  She literally killed hope.  And isn't hope that we'll one day enjoy Heaven the whole purpose of life?

What do you think about suffering?  Do you agree that the Catholic Lady, mother or otherwise must practice total abandonment?

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest outfit to encourage women to adopt the important apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send me your outfit picture to publish here, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.

It seems like I have been gone for so long!  I had so much going on and then I couldn't get the pictures to upload correctly on blogger for a few weeks.  Finally, my husband fixed it last night and so I can finally post!

Here is a picture from a kind reader:








Shirt, skirt and sandals - St. Vincent de Paul
 
 
Belt - Ross
Earrings - Gift


THANK YOU!

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