Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Horrific Sacrilege in Oklahoma City- Sign the Protest Now!



The members of TFP Student Action are truly heroic. The letter/protest below is theirs and has gained over 130,000 signatures!  SIGN IT!!!

"To: Governor Mary Fallin Cc: Mayor Mick Cornett; Oklahoma City Civic Center,

With my whole heart and soul, I express full, complete and vehement rejection of the satanic Black Mass scheduled at the Oklahoma City Civic Center on August 15, 2016. I urge you to cancel this event which offends more than 1 billion Catholics worldwide, 200,000 Catholics in Oklahoma and countless more God-loving Americans. Sacrilege is simply NOT free speech. "

SIGN THE PROTEST HERE.

Monday, July 18, 2016

I Am Not The Catholic Lady!

That's right, when I started this blog and named it The Catholic Lady, I was not referring to myself!  This is explained in my about section.

The Catholic Lady is a mythical ideal that exists in the soul of every woman.  Despite tremendous variance in situation and circumstance, every single woman is called to be The Catholic Lady.  As Catholics we believe that salvation requires the reception of Baptism and the Sacraments and we greatly desire this privilege for every single child of God.  There will be those who refuse it.  But we are saddened by this rejection of grace.
The Catholic Lady is an ideal that exists in the soul of every woman.

The role of women in society is tremendous when we follow our vocation, especially as mothers.  After all, "The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world!"

"To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood. When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, and goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women." Archbishop Fulton Sheen.

So The Catholic Lady is an ideal that I am still striving after but I am greatly encouraged by you ladies who accompany me on the journey.  May God bless you!

Prayer of St. Francis

Very good meditation as we witness so much violence as a result of rebellion from the balance of the Christian order.  Echoing Mayor Holden of Baton Rouge in his statement on the horrific police shootings:


"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life."

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi

Sunday, July 17, 2016

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, feminine outfit, including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!



This Saturday in Pittsburgh, PA we held one of over 5,000 Rosary rallies for Police, organized by America Needs Fatima. There was an overwhelmingly positive response from people driving by, literally hundreds of honks, waves and thumbs up. So many Americans support our military and police and are grateful for the sacrifice they make to protect us and uphold law and order.
That cowboy who joined us is our 4 year old son Thomas by the way! He insists on wearing that bandana and hat everyday and stood out on the sidewalk yesterday waving the flag for about 1/2 hour...I guess it doesn't get much more American than that, does it?








And here is an outfit I wore recently.  The apostolate of femininity is more important than ever amid the recent attacks on the Christian West by Islamic terrorists, racists who attack police, and insane people who want to redefine the sexes- who all hate the principles that hold us together.  Femininity is a way to defend the institution of the family and of womanhood and uphold law and order.







I'M WEARING:

Pink Blouse- Banana Republic (old)
Shirt- ELLE Brand
Skirt- Thrifted
Shoes- Thrifted






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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A Good Article: The Uniform, A Symbol in Cloth


"...It would be absurd to place the blame for the emergence of “Black Lives Matter” and anti-police sentiment exclusively on the decline of police uniforms. Socialist agitators, media propaganda, and many other factors play a significant part. But the decline of the uniform has played an important role in the erosion of public respect for authority. If those who represent legitimate authority would like to command respect and admiration, rather than merely instill fear of arrest, they need to dress accordingly. Adopting the traditional uniform would help."


READ THE REST HERE.

The Fine Line Between Charity and Justice

King Henry VIII was an intemperate man who divorced
his wife to live in sin with multiple women.
He was responsible for the martyrdom of many
Catholics who would not tolerate his crimes,
including St. Thomas More.
There are some people who make comments on this blog that are ironic.  They object to criticism and condemnation of sinful behavior, quickly making a judgement by saying I have no place to judge.  These people use very hateful manners and language as they say, "Be loving!" and, "Accept everyone!"  This is a double standard, since all they can tolerate is promiscuity and radical liberalism.  They are hypocrites who try to silence Christian militancy.

Then there are those on the other side who have a Puritan like hatred for the world.  These people fail to see God in His Creation and so spend their time condemning every innocent delight.  They cannot even participate in a conversation without picking out little things that are not "perfect", thus often throwing out the baby with the bathwater.  These types are tiring with their constant, legalistic judgements, unable to rise above what is petty.  They do not recognize the vast subjectivity within
The Puritans see evil in everything, making them
a classic example of extreme self-righteousness.
They reject the virtue of temperance and block out
providence with their sterile lifestyle of
socialist, legalistic laws.
God's order or see the different ways He brings people to Heaven.  Instead, these critical people want a blueprint of their own making with no mercy for those who defer.  This attitude is quite damaging to the different vocations since it promotes only one way which is best for everyone!

Neither of these extremes is suitable for the Catholic Lady.  It is necessary to be both charitable and just.  The line must be drawn carefully.  This is a very necessary study for mothers since children have a great need for balance.  We encourage good people to keep after good and bad people to turn from their ways.  But we do not accept everything, especially not sin.  And we do not condemn everything because we recognize the tremendous flexibility within the laws of God and of the Church and also within the confines of personality and reason.

Charity and justice must be a careful balance for the Catholic Lady.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Mid-Summer Sales!

Even though it's only July, the fashion world is gearing up for Fall.  So these pretty summer fashions I'm sharing with you are mostly on sale- which just makes them more fun.  Enjoy!






This is such an elegant blue linen skirt from Land's End!





The perfect solution for chilly summer nights, especially if you happen to be on the New England seashore!  Just look at that beautiful cable stitching!





I think turquoise jewelry is lovely, especially in the summertime!





There are some absolutely stunning hats at this store; this one looks practical!





Sweet Salt Clothing has some nice tops like this pretty detailed blouse.





I mentioned Dainty Jewels before and just so you know I love this dress!






I was recently introduced to Modli which offers lots of nice skirts and modest clothing!
I like this outfit idea for a wedding or formal event.




The finest leather shoes are made in Italy, like these beautiful pumps





I love the chambray dresses and finally found this one in an acceptable length.
I would wear it with a simple white sweater.





That's all for now, folks!  Share your favorite summer sales in the comments below!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

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, feminine outfit, including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!



My sister's family welcomed a new baby boy this week and we were all able to meet him, he's named Connor Patrick.  He is so tiny and sweet and all the cousins just love him.  Then Sunday evening we got to see our second round of fireworks which the kids were very happy about!  Here is what Beatrice and I wore yesterday.  It was very sunny outside when we were taking pictures so I think that's why they turned out blurry; these are the best shots!













I'M WEARING:

Top- International Concepts
Cardigan- Old Navy (old)
Skirt- Valleri!
Shoes- Christian Siriano for Payless
Pearls- Gift




BEATRICE IS WEARING:

Dress- Baby Gap (Secondhand)
Shoes- Cherokee (Secondhand)





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A Good Article: The Charm of the Curtsey

"A young Englishwoman of title visited this country recently she expressed astonishment at the ignorance of the art of formal social behavior which American girls displayed. They did not know how to bow correctly, the curtsey seemed to have become an obsolete social form here; they had not learned the graceful way to proceed down the length of a receiving line, and there were countless other social manners and customs, held in high esteem by foreigners, which seemed to have been neglected in the early training of American girls, she said.

Then it happened that teachers of social decorum began to consider how to improve the girls’ social bearing, and in looking over the field they decided that a touch of quaintness and old fashioned forms would be both charming and suitable. So the curtsey was introduced, and now it is one of the first lessons in etiquette taught the schoolgirl..."

Continue reading here.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

My Two Cents on Summer Shoes

Please note: this advice on summer shoes is for the Catholic ladies so it may seem unfashionable, impractical or inconvenient for those who are otherwise motivated.

Here is my advice on summer shoes: don't show your toes!  I know that probably seems absolutely impossible in today's world, I used to think so too.  I do have a couple pairs of sandals that are open-toed.  BUT I do not feel elegant and feminine when wearing them.  They make me feel like I'm ready for the beach.  So I have been experimenting lately with easy summer shoes and here are the ideas I came up with:


Long skirts with nice flats or loafers:
This was definitely my go to style for many years until I jumped outside of the box and tried more daring shoe options.  Flats are very lovely with long aline skirts and add that elegant flair of simplicity.  I emphasize nice here because I have learned from experience that many flats are not worth the price.  I believe in investing in some good quality shoes, more than two cents worth anyway.  Buy flats with a somewhat supportive base otherwise your shoes will be worn out long before the summer!




Peep toe, cutout or d'orsay style:
The benefit of this type of shoe is that it can be worn to formal occasions or to run errands on hot days and still look put together.  I have some nice black suede d'orsay flats and wear this type of shoe mostly to Church or when I want to look nicer than an ordinary day but still cool and summery.




Real shoes:
My idea of a "real shoe" for the Catholic lady is a mid or low-heeled pump.  I believe these shoes impart femininity and elegance and are really quite flattering and versatile for the lady with a traditional wardrobe.  This is of course the most formal summer shoe and I like to wear it to nice occasions or when I make extra effort to put together a beautiful outfit.




I would love to hear your ideas on summer shoes for the Catholic lady!  Please share in the comments below.

The Male and Female Brains: An Argument for the Two Sexes

The Male and Female Brains: An Argument for the Two Sexes

I watch my four children play, two boys and two girls.  They are hardly more than toddlers but even so their games and ideas never cease to amaze me.  Oliver often sits and turns the wheels on toy cars with his fingers, something quite intriguing to watch while the girls ceaselessly play pretend with their dolls, a pastime I remember well from my own childhood with five sisters.
The male brain has strong potential for
focus and concentration, explaining the
ability of men to detach from emotional
distractions and work with so called
tunnel vision. 

Then I read this article confirming my observation that boys and girls play differently.  Their brains are different!  There are studies that consider the tendency of infant boys to look at movement while girls are usually attracted to faces.  This is variable but an indication of the brain's wiring nonetheless.  The male brain uses about seven times more grey matter (the focus part) while the female brain uses on average ten times more white matter (the networking part).  This is scientific, medically-confirmable fact.  So it is quite right to conclude that the psychological makeup of boys and girls is just as different as their two sexes.

I recently attended a seminar by a functional medicine doctor about something called the gut-brain axis.  There are increasing medical studies pointing toward the conclusion that diseases like autism are aggravated by food sensitivities, allergies and other gut disorders.  This idea, that the food we eat influences our mental state is not a novel one.  In fact, it just confirms that every system of the body is connected and can effect each other.  Hormones are all interrelated and responsible for running the body for example.  Simple but relevant to the modern debate we face called transgenderism.

Transgenderism: Individually and Society Harmful

I continue to argue that there is no such thing as transgenderism and of course will be called unloving, unaccepting and worse.  But any person with a reasonable mind will admit that the case for transgenderism is based largely on feelings.  If the body says one thing in regard to sexual identity, it is by all reason impossible that the brain can say another.

"Happiness comes from self-possession through temperance, not from self-expression through license," says Archbishop Fulton Sheen.  Perhaps the crux of the issue is the question: who is a transgender person serving?  He thinks he identifies as the opposite sex?  It might be fun to try being the opposite sex?  This is selfishness to the extreme.  Furthermore, to become detached from reality in this way is harmful.  It harms the individual and it harms society.  All noble careers are built upon sacrifice.  Pursuing a life of perverted sexual identity is not going to provide the happiness and satisfaction only achieved by a life of self-sacrifice and truth.

A man has a natural ability to be a husband and father.  A women can naturally be a wife, can give birth and nurture her children.  There is of course work for both sexes and much work overlaps.  But the function of the man and woman in marriage and the family is not changeable and it is ridiculous to try to change these natural roles by artificial means.  In fact as explained in this article, Christian civilization was built by men and women who thrived in traditional roles of masculinity and femininity.  This goes well beyond mothers and fathers.

Political Correctness and Transgender Tyranny

On the last Saturday of June we attended the annual March for Marriage in Washington, DC.  I saw disturbed looking protesters holding signs that said, "Our love is stronger than your hate!"  Yet they were yelling while the pro-Marriage group was praying.  We were impressed as always by the contrast between the two sides.

The tendency of girls to play pretend is an indication of the
strong networking structure in the female brain, which helps
develop social and communication skills.
Transgender bathrooms is an issue recently brought up for political debate.  We see those who want to pass this radical law pushing equality to the breaking point.  They say that the sex of men and women are interchangeable based on feelings!  These tyrants trample the right to privacy and decency of the very great majority (the 99%) of men and women in public restrooms and fail to protect society at large from such an insane assault on a basic right of civilization.

Then the Pentagon announced last week that the US military will accept openly transgender people.  There were reporters there asking if they will also pay for sex reassignment surgery and opposite sex hormones too.  This is insanity, not what the military- or what life- is for!

It was interesting that the Defense Secretary emphasized the applicants must still "reach the standards" before actually entering the military.  These standards are primarily physical but also test the mental and often spiritual capacity of military applicants.  Candidates must be confident and strong and also willing to sacrifice their lives, which will most likely prove difficult when they are not even sure which sex they want to be.

These types of events demonstrate that we are socially and politically allowing feelings to dominate facts.  The military has standards which are mostly achieved by men who are obviously physically stronger than women and whose brains are more suited to the tasks of war.  The complete absence of women in elite fighting forces such as the Navy Seals speaks even more to this fact.

We would do well to take St. Francis de Sales advice, "Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and try to be that perfectly".  There is no medical basis for transgenderism.  It is a perversion, an abnormality.  There is no reasonable basis.  It is against the natural law and God the Creator.  To defend two sexes is both reasonable and charitable.  To recognize transgenderism as legitimate is tyrannical to the great majority of people who identify properly as one of the two sexes.

Monday, July 4, 2016

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, feminine outfit, including where it was purchased in order to encourage the apostolate of feminine dress.  If you would like to submit your photos, please contact me at: thecatholiclady@gmail.com.  Thank you!



Happy 4th of July, everyone!  I hope many of you will be enjoying cookouts and fireworks today!  Here's what I'm wearing today.

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the Week in Feminine Dress Challenge this June!  You all inspired me to think more about representing femininity, modesty and elegance when I am choosing clothes.








I'M WEARING:

Skirt- Croft & Barrow (old)
Cardigan- Thrifted
Top- Merona
Shoes- Consignment





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