Saturday, October 31, 2015

The Ultimate Enemy of Vocation

No one can do it all.

Homesteaders try.  Feminists try.  Smart phone try.  But they all fail to be that flawless jack-of-all-trades.

This desire to do it all comes from those who reject their vocation.  They miss that one job they were meant for and so search fruitlessly for a broader and necessarily inferior alternative.
 
A sad sacrifice of quality for quantity.

We see it everywhere.  Online markets, giant department stores, fast food and even homes become a place of everything and yet nothing.  There is time to do so many things except perfect the duties of our vocation.

The ideal vocation must be exclusive.

The mythical Catholic Lady is an ideal.  She represents God's creation of woman, the unique qualities that pertain to being a wife, mother, nurse, teacher or housekeeper.  And she develops her natural and hereditary skills whether they are artistic, resourceful or compassionate.  And she avoids distraction.

We must specialize in our work to build up years of knowledge and skill.  This of course means recognizing the natural abilities given by God and man and defying the popular trend to go against reason.  Too often the sex, the personality, the parents of one seeking his vocation are heartlessly disregarded.  But these should be his strongest points!  Christian society thrives on this ability to recognize and enjoy each other's skill.  For example, the butcher, baker and candlestick maker form a society that is nearer perfection than just the butcher.

Trust is vital when it comes to trade.  And human relationships- not inhuman efficiency- build trust.
 
The one who realizes his limitations and simultaneously recognizes his skill is one who is wise and knows the effects of Original Sin and the hope of Heaven.

The one who wants to know everything or do anything is presumptuous, pretentious and atheistic.  He is the ultimate enemy of vocation.

"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly." -St. Francis de Sales
 
WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

HATS!

Here are some beautiful hats that a reader sent me to share with you all!  I think they are so lovely and perfect for Fall.  Thanks, Theresa!
 
 




Monday, October 26, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
 
 
Here is an outfit I wore this weekend to a wonderful conference our family attended.  I found this jacket at the thrift store and really liked it.  This is not the best picture ever, but it's the best I have!  I also got about four inches cut off my hair and REALLY dislike it.  I always have trouble with my hair after having a baby.  Until it grows back, let me know if you have any ideas for short hair.
 
 

 
 
I'M WEARING:

Jacket- Ann Taylor
Skirt- I made
Black Top- Hand-me-down
Shoes- Famous Footwear
Necklace- Target
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!

Monday, October 19, 2015

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
 
 
Is it really getting cold already?  I don't think I'm ready for Winter yet, still holding out hope for that welcome Indian Summer...  And just in case you were wondering, I still have an amazing baby.  I keep thinking one day he'll wake up and become grumpy but no, just an angel!  We have been so busy lately with errands and events on the weekends which is why I have not posted for awhile.  But here is what I wore yesterday:



 
 
I'M WEARING:

Top- Hand-me-down
Skirt- I made
Boots- Franco Sarto
Scarf- Gabes
 
 
 
 
 
THANKS FOR VISITING!!

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Week In Feminine Dress: Valleri

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  This is when I post pictures of myself or a volunteer wearing a modest, elegant outfit to encourage women in the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to share your photos for publication here, please send them to me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!
 
 
Here are some photos from a longtime reader who I am blessed to know in real life, Valleri.  I especially love her apron.  Here they are along with her informative message:
 
 
Here are a couple photos.  This is a typical fall outfit for me around the house and errands.
 The skirt is dark blue-black polka dot from a thrift store.
 The burnt orange shirt is from Boscovs and comes in many colors.  It is a medium weight knit that is slightly fitted, but not too much, and retains its shape well.
 The shoes are my “house shoes” which are too lightweight to be worn outside, but a just-right step-up from slippers.  They are the genuine leather slip-ons from Target.
 I am trying to observe the comments made by Padre Pio concerning women avoiding flesh-colored stockings, so I am wearing off-white ones.
 The apron is a favorite find of mine from the Victorian Trading Post catalog. 
 Use photos as you wish, I will try to remember to send more.
 Blessings, Val  : )
 
 

 
 
 
THANK YOU!  YOU LOOK ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AND ELEGANT!
 

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

My Favorite Fall Fashions!

I've finally got this post together and am so excited to share it with you- some of my favorite Fall fashions!  Here is my idea of Autumn modesty and elegance for the Catholic lady:






There's just something about the way this poncho blends warm and cozy with undeniable elegance.





Ankle boots are becoming quite popular.  Unfortunately, the ones pictured above from Ann Taylor are no longer available!  Yes, I am very sad. :(
 
 
 
 


 I've had my eye on this skirt from Chadwicks of Boston for awhile now.





What is Fall without a beautiful brown leather handbag?
 
 


 
 One of my favorite styles, this classic layered sweater from Kohl's.
 
 
 
 
 
Do you ever shop on ETSY?  I love this necklace!
 
 
 
 
 
I think this dress would actually be long enough for me.  With a cardigan of course.  Can I celebrate?
 
 
 
 
 
What a unique and useful top this is!
 
 
 
 
 
Have you ever heard of hair sticks from Lila Rose?  How pretty would these be with a feminine hairstyle, not to mention the Warm Autumn Colors?
 
 
 
 
 
I really think this is pretty.  No need for a necklace with that beautiful stitching.  Christopher & Banks is one of the most modest mainstream retailers in my opinion, jeans excluded of course.





This skirt is beautiful, not to mention modest and elegant!  DressBarn is another store where I actually find things.
 
 
 
 
 
My next sewing project perhaps?  I recently fell in love with this elegantly tailored dress pattern.
 
 
 
 
 
I could go on and on but duty calls and I can't.  So, that's all for now folks!  Enjoy the beautiful crisp air and apple dumplings while they last. ;)
  
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