Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Two Flags of the March for Marriage

"Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), opened the rally and was followed by several speakers from many of the nation's pro-family organizations. The speakers included Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of the archdiocese of Louisville, Auxiliary Bishop John Joseph McIntyre of Philadelphia and Archbishop William E. Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, who opened the rally with a prayer. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, Papal Nuncio to the United States, was also in attendance at the rally.

Mainstream America was well represented. People from Alabama, Michigan, Louisiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, Connecticut, New York, Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania travelled great distances to attend the march. Despite the hardships of road travel, participants were energetic and enthusiastic. As with the March for Life, the throng was full of families who behaved with respect and dignity..."


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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: March for Marriage

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest and elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send me your photos to feature here, please do at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!  Thank you!


This Saturday I travelled down to the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. with my family and an estimated 10,000 other courageous people who defend traditional marriage.  It was amazing and edifying to witness so many who are willing to stand up for the truth!  I saw this sign representing 12,251 more absent supporters:

 
 
Our trip was definitely a success!  We were blessed to enjoy an uneventful journey and the children were surprisingly well behaved (I did pack a few extra emergency lollipops that day).  Since we arrived just as the March was starting, I only had a chance to snap this picture of Rebecca and Beatrice in their stroller all ready to go:
  
 


 I really can't say what they are wearing!!  Mostly all of their clothes are either from local children's consignment sales or hand me down bags from family and friends.  I have five sisters and two nieces so there are always a lot of girl clothes floating around.
 
 
I did really love being able to attend the March for Marriage and seeing firsthand the many good people who are standing up for God (and common sense and natural law) in America.  It is just incomprehensible that people can support a redefinition of men and women- human nature!- to the extent of protecting same-sex "marriage" by law.  I would highly recommend going to the March for Marriage next year to anyone that is considering it.  Good people need to see they are not alone.  There was very little opposition and I only saw a few protesters, so much less trouble than I expected.  The protesters were typically creepy though, wearing disturbing costumes and painted faces, waving rainbow flags and often yelling profanity.  The contrast to the prayerful and peaceful marches is incredible.  So be prepared for that!
 
 
 
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Monday, April 20, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress!  This is when I post pictures of a modest, feminine outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send me your photos to feature here, please do at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com!  Thank you!
 
 
Here is what I wore Sunday.  I recently ordered this tie cardigan from Poshmark, an online consignment store.  It's similar to ThreadUp but you purchase the item directly from the seller.  So, I did have to pay shipping for each item I bought.  Poshmark is nice if you're looking for a specific item, especially since I just don't have time to go into thrift stores very much with three little children!  Although this sweater is not maternity, I really like it for layering in this beautiful Spring weather.  I am thinking the color will also be beautiful for Fall.
 
So here I am at 20 weeks!  Thank God that everything is going well with the baby.  Just 20 more to go!
 
 
 
 

I'M WEARING:

Cardigan- Poshmark.com
Skirt- Motherhood Maternity
Shoes- Famous Footwear
Top- Motherhood Maternity
Necklace- Gabriel Brothers
 
 
 
 
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cinderella: The Marvelous and the Romantic

Cinderella is full of marvelous, impossible romance.
"Marvelous, breathtaking and beautiful," were my feelings as I relaxed in the theater and Cinderella began.  I quickly fell in love with the April Cornell inspired dresses, the idyllic scenery and the charming innocence of actress Lily James. 

It is amazing that such a movie was made in our day in age and even more fascinating that modern girls are going to see it.  Perhaps the incredibly feminine attraction of being a princess in a beautiful gown- the embodiment of cultivated Christian virtue- when our society pushes for equality (in jeans and t-shirts of course) has something to do with people's love of something so out of date.  Perhaps this indicates something in public opinion.  We want truth and beauty.  We need a breath of fresh air in our increasingly sinful, sterile society.

But of course with all that sugar coating, Disney had to put in a pill: Romanticism is the second word I would use to describe their most recent princess adaption: Cinderella.
 
Romanticism is an error which subjugates the intellect to the emotion.  Throughout the romantic era, during the 19th Century, people gloried in such melancholy.  The ladies asked one another, "How did you cry last night?"  And the dangers abounded when this theatrical emotion influenced real life decisions.  There was loads of that in Cinderella, along with unrealistic joy that bordered on the euphoric.  This error of romanticism creates problems, especially in marriages since the perfect prince does not exist.  If we allow fantasy to overcome our objective reason we run the risk, as the French say, of “marrying the one we love” before finding out we don’t actually love the one we married.  And these marriages do not find true love in the shared Crosses of family life.
 
Real fairytales are not romantic but sublime, reflecting not intense human emotion, but genuine supernatural virtue (often exaggerated which is what makes them so charming).  But when Christian modesty and heroic chivalry are replaced with superficial "love", as in the 2015 Cinderella, the thrill of the everlasting triumph of virtue is lost.
 
A fairytale is a dream of heavenly perfection.
It was delightfully refreshing to see a fairytale full of timeless appeal and feminine loveliness in a world where we are used to dreading the release of horror films.  It's just a shame that Disney didn't have the courage or the kindness to give us a truly marvelous dream of heavenly perfection.

"Fairytales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist; but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten." -G. K. Chesterton
 


Monday, April 13, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Easter Dresses!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog when I post pictures of myself or a friend in a modest, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  I am always very edified by seeing other Catholic ladies wearing suitable and dignified clothing so if you would like to send me a photo of your outfit for publication here, please do so at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!



A couple readers sent me these photos over Easter and it is only now that I am getting around to sharing them here!  I am so grateful for the encouragement of women (and girls!) who send their pictures of modest, feminine dresses!


I think these dresses are beautiful:


 
They are wearing:

"Margaret on the left and Clare on the right.  Margaret's dress was purchased on sale at Dillards and Clare's dress was purchased on Ebay."




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Monday, April 6, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: HAPPY EASTER!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog when I post pictures of a modest and elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to send me a photo of your outfit for publication here, please do at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.


Happy and blessed Easter to all of you, my dear readers!  I really appreciate your comments and messages even when I don't have time to respond!  I hope that this Season may be one of many graces for your family.

I have a very special announcement that I've been saving about as long as I can.  We are expecting in September!!!  This pregnancy has been AMAZING for me now that my thyroid disease is under control.  But I would still appreciate your prayers since one of my close friends recently found out about problems with her pregnancy and although everything seems perfect for this baby, prayers are always a comfort.

We had such a full day yesterday with Mass, visiting my family and my husband's!  It was so enjoyable though with the beautiful weather!!  I wore a black dress for Easter which I really didn't want to do!  But it is the only dress that fits me! :(  I really wanted to get a lot more pictures to put together here, but with everything going on I barely got this one (in the wind)!  So here is what I wore:



 
I'M WEARING:

Dress- Liz Lange (Target) Maternity (Consignment)
Cardigan- LOFT
Shoes- Payless
Pearls- Gift
 
 
 
 
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