Friday, December 29, 2017

The Happy Home

It is a fast world we live in today, a world of increasing chaos and stress.

Why do we feel rushed all the time?  Why do we not have time to be still at home?  Why do we not have time to think, organize, rest, to relax?  Is it the screens?  The shopping?  The broken families?

I think it is all of the above and more.  And there is one solution to the fast-paced, stressed out world: build home life!

Home life is missing.  There is not a happy, comfortable place to unwind at the end of the day.  So people go out to spend the evenings at restaurants, at parties or shopping through the stores for things they do not need...ask me how I know.  This is the modern world that surrounds us; we live this life!

So I try to make our home a happy one.  And I will share with you the things that are helping us in this task:






1. Pray the family Rosary.  Now we do not do this everyday.  There are actually lots of days when it gets too late and I am forced to put the children to bed and then pray.  But when they are included there is a real sense of peace that envelops us and we are absolutely better able to deal with struggles the following days.  So try this please if nothing else!  Pray the family Rosary!




2. Cook!  Cooking is healthy, it is the best way to get fresh ingredients and thus nutrition into our bodies.  The process of cooking is gratifying and important since healthy people will be calm and happy people!  It is naturally comfortable since most people are very hungry at mealtimes and especially at the end of a long day, not to mention the enticing smells and artistic settings that can uplift our other senses too.  Beauty feeds our souls and so the potential to create beauty with table settings and food arrangements should not be taken for granted!  The family dinner is a very underrated way to bring family closer, so establish it and defend it, Christian mothers!  Meals are better when significant thought and time have been put into the preparation; so here is an argument for mothers accepting the vocation at home.





3. Tidy up but don't stress it!  This one is hard for me.  I am a bit OCD when it comes to cleaning and so I don't like to leave one toy out or one section of floor un-mopped.  BUT I usually need to be content with what gets done as far as cleaning goes...  I have learned that one hour a day is sufficient to do "chores" and beyond that general tidying and an occasional extra cleaning task (like washing sheets and curtains, cleaning windows, vacuuming couches and scrubbing the tub) will get me through the weeks much less stressfully and much more happily!  If this is not up to par, please don't burst my bubble!





4. Have a strict but gradual bedtime.  We also are not great at this one.  But I'm working on it because I know what a difference bedtime makes even for adults who need our sleep!  The structure of home life for children is very, very helpful!  I cannot emphasize this enough.  I like to take them up for a bath around 7:30-8 and then have time for pajamas, brush teeth, find everyone's blankets and make sure they are settled in with a book or quiet game until they fall asleep.  Every night is a little bit different but having an agenda and goals definitely helps me!  Also, the time after the children are in bed is valuable for the parents.  Marriage is after all what sustains family life more than anything else!  So set aside time to relax and talk, work on a project, read or pray a bit more...together.  Something rarely done around here: a quiet grown up dinner after the children are in bed is surprisingly refreshing- if you don't starve in the meantime!






5. Be cheerful!  Happiness in our souls is the basis of a happy home life.  God designed our personalities and experiences to complement one another.  He is the Master of design and so even though it can be hard to believe sometimes, everyone is necessary in the family life!  Each person we have is a grace, even when they are being difficult.  So give encouragement when someone is down, play games with the little ones even when you're worn out, make another snack when someone is hungry!  It's worth it I am sure.  It is easy to be cheerful when we feel happy.  But when we are discouraged or tired it gets a little harder.  I try to remember that a bad attitude never helped anyone, while cheerfulness is always reasonable if we believe in Heaven!  So smile, stand up confidently and keep going.




Thanks for reading!  I would love to hear your tips for building a happy home life in the comments below!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Advent and Christmas in Pictures!

Here are a few photos of what the past few weeks have looked like around here!  I savor so much the slow Advent, the anticipation at home, the preparation for the Savior's birth...it seems like once Christmas day arrives things go too fast and are too busy!  Beatrice has her birthday on December 17 and we took them ice skating to celebrate...




Someone thinks he's ready for Christmas (after all his motto is: more trouble, more fun)!





Our official photo this year!  I won't tell you how many takes it took.





St. Nicholas Day breakfast after so many chocolate coins...if St. Nicholas brought them, of course you can eat them.






St. Lucy Day with buns baked by my Mom who does everything, I have no idea how!





Ice Skating for Beatrice's 5th birthday.






Thomas, Beatrice and Becky had so much fun!  This is my sister helping, thank goodness for sisters.





Christmas cookies!





There is nothing like a quiet Christmas morning...











Which sadly, has to end...





Henry wonders if he can get away with eating everything.





Then he considers crawling right into the fire to see what would happen...this little adventurer is full of naughty ideas!




Nativity Play organized by my energetic Mom (actors comprised of 9 grandkids under 6)!  Beatrice is Mary, Oliver is St. Joseph and Becky is the donkey.











Taken after a long day, so showing tired people.





MERRY CHRISTMAS!!


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Christmas Picture!

MERRY CHRISTMAS, everyone!

Here is a beautiful picture for Weekend In Feminine Dress, sent from friends.  I love the elegant blush colored lace dress, perfect for a festive Christmas Eve!  Also, what a lovely home; this picture says a thousand words!  Thank you so much to these kind volunteers!





Anthony and Clare, brother and sister before departing for Midnight Mass


Thursday, December 21, 2017

A Good Article

This is one of my favorite beautiful articles to read every Christmas defending Santa Claus and the magical symbolism for children:


"...There are those however who are understandably uncomfortable with the fictitious character that is seen to obscure our Lord’s birth as the Easter Bunny obliterates His glorious Resurrection. This secularized and de-sanctified version of St. Nicholas is more commonly associated with busy shopping malls full of frenetically intemperate masses “shopping till they drop.” As a reaction to the “Happy-Holiday-crowd” that deliberately excludes Christ from Christmas, some parents have a natural aversion to the man from the North Pole.
What we must take into consideration is the fact that innocent children — and their adult counterparts—are capable of seeing the symbolic value of things. Symbols are for the child like an invisible ladder that links the material with the immaterial, the physical with the spiritual. They can be a useful tool to show us how God is and how we should be...."

CONTINUE READING HERE

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Modesty and Order

The apostolate of femininity is very noble.  It is made noble by the fact that feminine women seek excellence in perfectly being themselves.  But there is a fine line...

That line is between femininity and showiness.

Since I am not a princess, the wearing of a crown was an act of egalitarian pride
and an offence against modesty.
Feminine clothing is generally pretty, colorful, soft, flowy and often inclusive of many accessories.  These qualities, when they are used to make the outfit appropriate and beautiful are good.  But St. Francis de Sales warns against excessive adornment.

He says, "External seemliness is a sort of indication of inward good order...For my own part I should like my devout man or woman to be the best dressed person in the company, but the least fine or splendid, and adorned, as Saint Peter says, with 'the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit.'  Saint Louis said that the right thing is for everyone to dress according to his position..."   What does this mean?

Once when we were little girls my sisters and I were encouraged to wear tiaras to a party.  We obliged and even had our hair cured to the point where we were quite obviously overdressed.  It was awkward the entire time since the other children at the party considered us snobs.  And although being different should not bother us if we are correct, there was a sense of being inappropriate that disturbed my feeling of order.  This was because the crown I wore was not genuine.   Although the traditional dress of little girls is feminine and beautiful for rich and poor alike, it must also represent truth and be appropriate to our state in life.  Since I am not a princess, the wearing of a crown was an act of egalitarian pride and an offence against modesty.

This is a delicate subject.  There are no rules that say a woman cannot be showy, it is instead a matter of good taste.  To cultivate a disgust for showiness, know your place and consider the humility of Our Lady.  She did not wear glorified clothing even when it was justified.  Instead, the Queen of Heaven preferred to be hidden inside her home.  She was surrounded by Angels who adored her and her Divine Son who treated her like a Queen.  And this was enough.

Modesty is a beautiful virtue and one chosen on this blog as a motto for the Catholic Lady: Modesty and Elegance.

St. Francis de Sales says, "Do not wish to be anything
but what you are, and try to be that perfectly."
Modesty is worth exploring because it is the trademark of a person who lives suitably and properly, seeking after and loving order.  We ask: who are we?  And we look around us to family, heritage, personality, trade, talent and ultimately vocation- and find the answer.  It is ridiculous to think we can be any exotic thing we decide.  There are limits to identity that the wise man decides will make him strong.  But to build identity takes perception and a desire for order.  This virtue should be great in anyone who meditates on the hierarchical creation of God.

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

So it would be an attack against order for a woman to wear clothes like a man, a gentleman to wear the rough boots of a worker, or a girl to wear a crown if she is not a princess.  It would be pretentious for me to wear pretty white gloves everyday because I am a working mother.  Some things that are elegant, that we admire and marvel at, we should not covet- because for us they are immodest.  St. Therese said in her book that she marveled at the life of the peasants as she drove through the countryside, but she did not leave her place to become them because that would be a perversion of God's order.

St. Thomas Aquinas lists the natural virtues which seem to be related to modesty:
Chastity
Temperance
Charity
Diligence
Patience
Kindness
Humility



WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Christmas Rosary Rally

These pictures were sent to me from a family in Kansas who recently organized a Christmas Rosary Rally.  This is a very good work because it makes people stop and recall the meaning of Christmas and turn their minds to God.  Furthermore, it is moving in today's world to see people willing to hold signs and pray in the public square...  So I want to share it with you.  Thank you so much to those who braved the cold outside the mall to shine a lonely but bright light in the unfortunate chaos of this Season!


















Monday, December 18, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Wedding Pictures!

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  Every Monday 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!


Today I am very happy to share with you the following wedding photos from a kind and beautiful lady named Lisa!  She is the sister of Theresa who sometimes sends me photos for A Weekend In Feminine Dress.  Thank you so much, Lisa and Theresa!  This is an encouraging example of modesty and elegance represented in these pictures.  The bride's gown came from http://www.wedding-gowns-on-line.com/ and the bridesmaid dresses came from https://daintyjewells.com/.  Enjoy!

















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Thursday, December 14, 2017

The Order and Sanctity of the Home

The calm and peace that surround the Christian home is the shield of Angels
for a noble apostolate.
The natural family is comprised of father, mother and children.  It is sad that we must make this definition clear in today's disordered world.  The family is the basic institution of civilization and as such the proper order of the family deserves to be vehemently defended.

The home is the place where the family learns, plans, prays, works, suffers.  It should be full of life and conversation.  Within the home children first see reality, learn about Heaven and are guided in their natural desire to sort out right from wrong.  The home is where we learn to respect the law and hopefully love it- judges and lawyers were all children once.  It is a very grave and primary responsibility of parents to teach children to love justice and truth for God's sake.  The basis of all law- within and without of the family- needs grounding: in the natural law, the laws of our civilization, and the laws of the Church.

When the Christian family loves the law it becomes well-ordered, although not without controversy.  This type of family enjoys debate since in it they find truth.  What greater satisfaction is there than to know we are finding and fighting for God, for His order, for what is right?  This is everything!  Our behavior is marked with virtue and discipline.  The Commandments of the Church and the unique traditions of our family define our lives.  And when we inevitably fail, correction will satisfy our well-developed sense of justice and return us to the path of righteousness.

This passionate desire for the proper order of things is essential for the functioning of society on every level.  God promised throughout the Bible that He will bless those who honor and defend His laws.  Therefore, every success that we enjoy is directly because of God's grace.  Those who work to establish order and to establish a sense of justice in children are blessed by God.  This work ennobles the home to become like a convent or monastery- if not in austerity at least in sanctity.  The calm and peace that surround the Christian home is the shield of Angels for a noble apostolate.

The family can do public acts of order which will sanctify the home.  The family that attends Mass together every Sunday at their parish follows the commandment of the Church and does a public work of order.  The family dinner and the effort it takes to prepare and serve and clean up is a work of order and thus sanctification.  The Catholic education of the children is the moral duty of Catholic parents and so is a work of order.  Even the natural structure of the family- with a father who works and leads, a mother who sacrifices the world for home life, and children who are taught to love hierarchy and respect proper authority- is a work of order.  There are also many more ways for the family to do an apostolate of order!

Pray for families!  May the Holy Family favor us as we forge the way of order.  In our errant world, may our homes be places of refuge and sanctity for both body and soul.  May the Queen of Heaven intercede for her children with sympathy.  St. Joseph, considering your noble place in the hierarchy of the Holy Family, pray for us!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Christmas Needs Children

In our blasphemous sinful world the Holy Family is
striking and magnificent- if only for being Father, Mother and Child.
Allow yourself to be lost in the innocence of childlike Faith
and appreciate real Christmas joy.
Painting by Murillo.
At Mass on First Saturday I looked around the chapel full of elderly people who could barely walk.  Of course our children received many smiles and kind words from these faithful old churchgoers.  One man even said, "Your family is so beautiful!" with such sincerity that the meaning became surreal to me and all I could do was thank him as well as I could.

This Mass became a reflection for me on the rarity of children.  I know there are children somewhere.  They are learning in schools and playing at parks.  But where are the children at Mass?  Our family is not something special at all.  We don't get to daily Mass very often.  In fact, I usually barely manage to have everyone's shoes on by the time we enter the Church.  But this one time we made it, we were almost the only children there.  And that is sad.

It is Advent.  Baby Jesus is coming.  Christmas morning will be joyous and marvelous in our home; and for the grown ups- parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles- the wonders of Christmas will be imparted more intensely through the children!

Why?  These children are innocent.  Innocence gives children a marvelous Faith in the Incarnation of the Christ Child, a heartfelt desire for Heaven and such fine enjoyment in the beauty of life!  After all, Christmas is about new life: man's hope for Paradise reborn at Bethlehem and the powerful principle of the Incarnation, blending human and divine.  The Christian family is also about welcoming and nourishing life, not alone, but- through grace- working directly with God.

So these old Churchgoers at Saturday Mass see children and they are moved to say kind words to me.  They love children and welcome us there in the Church where we bring them before their Creator.

Christmas is a perfect time to love children and families.  But where are the children at Christmas?  Many children are not at the Manger!  There is barrenness in the world that goes beyond childless marriages or the evils of contraception and abortion.  There is the barrenness of Christmas without baby Jesus!  There is the barrenness of a society without God.

Christmas needs the properly structured Christian family to give the wondrous joy of little children.

Look at the children around you and share their joy at welcoming our Savior.  Bring them to the manger and watch their little faces look upon the Christ Child beside His beautiful Mother.  Tell them she will watch over you too and bring your intentions to Him!  Meditate on St. Joseph's remarkable role.  Tell them of his brave virtue, offering leadership and security to the Holy Family as their own father does.  In our blasphemous sinful world the Holy Family is striking and magnificent- if only for being Father, Mother and Child.  Allow yourself to be lost in the innocence of childlike Faith and appreciate real Christmas joy.

Monday, December 4, 2017

The Culture is in the Little Things

If you have not heard about the New York subway trains banning the greeting, "Ladies and gentlemen", read this article.  In it, the author makes a good point: the culture is in the little things.

Today the movers and shakers are trying as hard as they can to take away the little things in culture that we have left.  Don't let this happen.  Beautiful manners and traditions work as openings for grace in our lives and so the attack on "Ladies and gentlemen" is quite literally an attack on Christian civilization.  Fight back!  Do not be discouraged and never give up the good, true and beautiful ways.

Well, here's a reason to be inspired: the Trump White House displays stunning nativity set with Baby Jesus!  This is incredible and sure to be an opening for grace in our country.

No More "Ladies and Gentlemen" on New York City Subways!

Here is an amazing article on how the New York City subways can no longer say "Ladies and gentlemen"!  I read about this in the news and was horrified.  If we are not "ladies and gentlemen", what are we?  This will have consequences!  Read the following article.  He says it better than I could:

READ MORE HERE

A Weekend in Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  Every Monday 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 picture is actually from a few weeks ago but I wanted to show this dress because I have been wearing it a lot lately since it's easy to wear with a sweater for everyday.  A longtime reader, Theresa also sent me a lovely picture this morning of her outfit so I'm including that too!








I'M WEARING:

Dress- Chaps (the hemline is straight, it's just not a great picture)
Sweater- Land's End









THERESA is WEARING:

Blouse and skirt - second hand stores
Boots - gift from my sister
Earrings - Paparazzi
Hat (Barrette) - Hirons






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Monday, November 27, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  Every Monday 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!


What a busy weekend!  I roasted my first Thanksgiving turkey and it turned out great thanks to lots of preparation and advice from my Mom!  We went to my sister's house where both of our families were able to come (my sister is married to my husband's brother).  I did go out shopping for awhile Friday with one of my other sisters and it was so exhausting (the deals on black Friday are not worth the exhaustion; remind me next year please!).  Then my husband was off again today for hunting day (it's a holiday at his work which means we are country folk).  He didn't go hunting since the woods are so crowded today, but instead worked on chopping up two trees we had taken down.

I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving too!  Here are a few pictures from this week:








I'M WEARING:

Top- Merona
Skirt- My Sister
Shoes- ??
This Banana Republic wrap is so warm and I got it for 50 cents at a thrift store!






Here's my turkey!!  It's not a great picture, but it's all I have!



Here is some of the tree that needs chopped and piled.  It's lots of work!







One of the pro crawler for extra measure!








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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving: Stop and Thank God!

"Lots of sales on Thanksgiving day," say some ads.

That may be true.  If you want to have a feeding frenzy and then rush around until 5AM.  But if you are a wise, true-blue American, chances are that you consider Thanksgiving a holiday.  And so you will avoid such craziness, stop and observe it calmly.

The marvelous way that we celebrate Thanksgiving in this country is not unlike Christmas.  Our celebration of beautiful tables and fine food is a tribute to timeless principles of civilization.  This abundant, merry holiday reflects the goodness of Christian order.  Our homes should be abounding with the warmth of traditions, families and Faith in God, all three vital anchors of America.

Our forefathers in much worse circumstances than we are today, took the time to thank God for the guidance of His Providence in a strange land.  Likewise, on Thanksgiving we turn to Him in what is for most a time of plenty.  Will we begin to feel pride that we are such hard workers and smart enough to make our own laws?  Will we be foolish enough to forget God's Church and Law is the foundation of the beautiful civilized world we enjoy today?  Will we ignore the many sins of our country that increasingly cry for vengeance?  Or will we be like Job and remember God even in our blessings?  We are so comfortable with our big turkeys.  We like so much to rush around and get things done.  Will we take time at all for Thanksgiving this year- not to mention Adoration, Reparation, Petition and Supplication?

Let us pray for God's grace on our country.  We need to slow down and observe our yearly visit with the Almighty (which is probably not enough).

No shopping today, America.  Instead, STOP and THANK GOD!

RIP Officer Brian Shaw: Deserving of Sublime Respect

Police become heroes with the willingness to sacrifice themselves
for righteousness.  These heroes stir up sublime respect in Americans,
a respect that is beautiful, awe-inspiring and even comforting.
Today was the Catholic funeral Mass of Officer Brian Shaw, a young policeman who was shot in the line of duty last Friday in New Kensington, PA.

Even through the television screen, the feeling of respect for Officer Shaw's sacrifice was apparent.  With his sacrifice, he became a hero.  And on this busy day before Thanksgiving, thousands of people came to line the streets, wave American flags and hold signs that said, "God bless Officer Shaw".  Thousands of police- some from out of state- dressed in uniform with a black line struck through their badges made up the procession that went on for miles.  The silence and flashing lights added to the powerful aura of what could be called "sublime respect".

What is this sublime respect people intuitively show to someone laying in a coffin?

There is no egalitarian despondency here!  We think of a man who has now been judged by God and are left to marvel at his heroic sacrifice.  All police become heroes with the willingness to sacrifice themselves for righteousness.  "Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matt. 5:10)  These heroes stir up sublime respect in Americans, a respect that is beautiful, awe-inspiring and even comforting.

We need to ask: do the anthem kneelers care about this?  Colin Kaepernick, apparently a self-professed lover of Communism and it's murderous leaders, wore a Fidel Castro t-shirt.  He is a poster child of anarchists who hate every symbol of law and order because of the reflection of goodness and God.

The death of Officer Brian Shaw is an example of excellent, grand and beautiful Christian love.  We are overcome by sublime respect.  For, "Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (John 15:13)

Officer Shaw, symbolic and noble defender of law and order, rest in peace.

May Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord.  And let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.  May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

There is no Humor in Absurdity

The word absurd caught my attention.  I have a great interest in vocabulary and it is really a wonder that I have not developed this by learning more languages.  Sadly I don't have enough discipline to study grammar.

Absurd is a clear word.  It means: wildly unreasonable, ridiculous, foolish, illogical, ludicrous.  Basically, absurd is a word used to call out things which have no place in our lives.

But I think the word struck me for that reason.  Absurdity does have a place in our lives.  Our entertainment is absurd.  We read books and see plays and make movies that are absurd!  We play video games and virtual reality games that are absurd!  We create situations that are absurd so that we can laugh at them.  The photo booths with goofy accessories or the daredevils who take pictures in precarious positions are asburd!  Those who say they are transgender or want to marry a bridge are absurd!

I wonder why we do not call out absurdity for what it is?  We don't want to blow the whistle on everyone else's fun?  Maybe they think it's absurd too, but everyone is laughing anyway?  Isn't this the emperor with no clothes?

Or maybe there are a few who want absurdity.  The evil ones- the demons- want to pervert reason until reality is turned on it's head and we all are stuck in a world of make-believe where we can easily be made to sin against the order of our Creator and the only "crime" becomes sacrifice and love of Truth.  Will you laugh at absurdity?

No!  There is no humor in absurdity!  It is likely demonic.

“Imagination is the only weapon in the war against reality.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Girls Edition

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  Every Monday 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 Monday again, everyone!  Can you believe this week is Thanksgiving?  We are so excited about the few snowflakes that have fallen because according to the children that means...Christmas is coming!  Here is what Rebecca and Beatrice wore this week.  I think all their clothes were either given to us or I found at consignment shops.















Beatrice loves to dress herself up with this hat!




We have been focusing on good breakfasts lately. I think it helps to enjoy the start of the day a little!
Warm muffins are a good option; at least Henry thinks so when he gets to try half a blackberry!


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May your family have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Hollywood Attacks the Natural Law

The natural law is a beautiful thing.  It is the desire that God wrote on each of our hearts to do good and avoid evil.  It is a compass that points us in the right direction.  Through human reason, we are capable of finding God.

When these hypocrites cry out for justice,
the justice of God will throw them into Hell!
But we have a fallen nature and so our Salvation is not guaranteed.  In fact, there are devils who want us to fall into the abyss of Hell so that they can be joined in their misery and comforted in the fact that they are taking souls away from God.

Hollywood is run by demons who realize the power of the natural law and attack, insult and twist it in a way that progressively blocks it out.

We see the Harvey Weinstein scandal that started a chain reaction to accuse just about every man who ever had his name in the newspaper of sexually harassing a woman.

Hollywood not only denies Original Sin and our fallen nature when they say bad entertainment is harmless.  They become hypocrites who want to have the extent of sin in both ways: destroy the representative dignity of chivalrous men who in the natural order represent God (and the idea of the two sexes) AND allow prostitution (legalized in parts of Nevada), pornographic pictures, and every imaginable impurity everywhere.

The headlines in the news about the evil of men could be a distraction from the evil of women.  For who sinned greater, Adam or Eve?  Men are very much to blame.

But impure women with the hatred of goodness and reason also insult the natural law.  How can a woman willingly star in the most impure and perverse movies- then accuse a man of assault?  How can a woman who is the brash, rebellious type, never content to stay at home but getting dressed up to walk out on the street- say a man is the criminal and she is the victim?  When these hypocrites cry out for justice, the justice of God will throw them into Hell.


"And behold a woman in harlot's attire prepared to deceive souls; talkative and wandering, not bearing to be quiet, not able to abide still at home, now abroad, now in the streets, now lying in wait near the corners.  And catching the young man, she kisseth him, and with an impudent face, flattereth, saying: I vowed victims for prosperity, this day I have paid my vows...For my husband is not at home, he is gone a very long journey...For she hath cast down many wounded, and the strongest have been slain by her.  Her house is the way to hell, reaching even to the inner chambers of death."  -Proverbs 7




WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Abortion and Revolt Against Authority

If we were really Christian women then we would not only
hate abortion, we would hate contraception
because it makes us the master instead of God.
We would hate any occasion of impurity and we would hate
the revolting attitude of bad women who
belittle their husbands.
I always thought of Abortion as the most horrendous crime imaginable.  And I still do.  I am ashamed that I have not used this platform to write about it more, since we have abortions happening within miles of us and we are living our lives as if our world is free.  Well not for those children!

It is no wonder if this mindset carries over into our family lives and into what defines our character, specifically as women.  What are we saying to our children?  That we selected them to live, but others must die?  That the in-control feminist woman is an almighty power who determines the fate of tiny powerless babies?

If we were really Christian women then we would not only hate abortion, we would hate contraception because it makes us the master instead of God, we would hate any occasion of impurity and we would hate the revolting attitude of bad women who belittle their husbands.  But we play with fire and our acts are ones of revolt- like Lucifer.

Oh yes!  The 'Christian' wife revolts against authority when she remarks on the impiety of her husband and thus publicly strips the representative dignity of the father of her children!  The immodest woman revolts against the authority of the natural law when she abuses purity through dress, behavior or even intention!  The United States of America revolts against the Author of life when we legally kills babies!  We are monsters of revolt.

We are a country that has legalized abortion.  Some Catholics fight against it to a certain extent, but the reality is that we live with babies continuing to be murdered in our towns.

Wake up, America!  Are you going to the March for Life?  Are you going to protest at Planned Parenthood every minute you can get away from the house until Abortion is outlawed and its perpetrators are punished?  Are you going to fiercely honor the authority of God and thus His order: the laws of marriage and purity and the dignity of husband and father?

WHAT DO YOU THINK??

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Desiring Beauty


Yoga class includes meditation for those seeking inner peace, but
how can the soul be peaceful if it does not have beauty and God?
Beauty inspires the senses to God, encourages transcendence and so is an opening for grace.  For the contemplative man, beauty is a little vision of Heaven on earth.

Grace is a spiritual gift of God.  Sanctifying grace is given to Catholics who receive the Sacraments.  It envelops our minds and souls to desire God.  Actual grace gives Divine assistance to our actions.  When we accept grace we are able to work directly with God.  We are able to see, appreciate and even create beauty.

Beauty, as St. Thomas says, is objective and has four attributes: truth, goodness, oneness and symmetry.  Beauty, when comprised of these qualities, directs us to God.

In clothing for example: there is an athletic trend that directs us away from beauty.  Some wear sweat suits, T-shirts, leggings, sneakers, headbands, etc.  What does this clothing express?  It is a love for fitness, comfort, casualness, earthiness, sensuality, essentially a love for the physical and temporal world.  This is purely functional.  As the architect Louis Sullivan described modernist style, "Form follows function".

But what is the style of Christian civilization?

Beautiful clothing encourages us to contemplate God
in the beauty and order of the universe.
Painting by Frank Weston Benson
The style at the heights of Christian civilization is undeniably beautiful and uplifting to the spirit.  It directs the soul to God rather then confining it to superficial worldly indulgence.  Beautiful clothing encourages us to contemplate God in the beauty and order of the universe.  It represent the supernatural virtues of Faith, Hope, Charity, Prudence, Justice, Fortitude and Temperance.  These virtues combined with the desire in our souls to do good and avoid evil, govern Christian society and also form the basis of beautiful design.  Beauty is literally graceful because it comes into our lives through the infusion of Supernatural virtue. 

Truth can be seen in clothing that identifies the wearer as a man or woman, his status and occupation, even his character and family.  Goodness is in the quality materials, and fine workmanship and in the modesty that respects the natural virtues.  Oneness is in the completeness of the ensemble and the way it matches in an ordered way.  Symmetry is the proportion, consistency and uniformity that comprise it.

This can be applied to everything: music and architecture, furnishings in the home, work and crafts, words and manners, meals and dinner tables, beautiful prayers and good reading.  Local traditions sustain cultural beauty in holidays, ceremonies and ways of being that began long ago when people turned to God and received a flow of grace to generations.  This realization makes us love and keep alive tradition.  Beauty is expressed in many cultures and is diverse since God's creation is immense.  However, beauty cannot go against the natural order.

It would be very good then to visit the exquisitely beautiful Cathedrals and Churches, castles and mansions in Europe or America to teach our souls to appreciate the presence of God in the Western world.  The stories of places like Mont St. Michel in France truly allow us to see a little vision of Heaven.

Beauty lifts the spirit above what is purely functional to the realm of spiritual satisfaction in our quest for the Supernatural.  How can we not constantly marvel at and reach for the heights of beauty to fill up our minds and souls with the contemplation of God?


Read my favorite article on modesty and dress HERE.

Monday, November 13, 2017

A Weekend in Feminine Dress

Welcome to A Weekend In Feminine Dress on The Catholic Lady Blog.  Every Monday 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 week we spent working on school and a few chores around the house.  We always have so much to do and with my husband's busy work schedule, it's hard to find time.  I'm planning to paint the kitchen for my next big project, so I will share pictures when I do!  Hopefully, this will happen before the holidays but we will see!


Here is what I wore yesterday, along with a special guest too:









I'M WEARING:

Top- Kmart
Cardigan- Old, Thrift Store
Skirt- Second hand
Shoes- Payless?
Pearls- Gift








BECKY IS WEARING:

Dress- Gymboree







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