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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Monday, November 6, 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!


I am back today with some pictures for Weekend In Feminine Dress!  We went away last weekend to the TFP (American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property) National Conference which is the event of the year in our family.  That was amazing, but we also fell a bit behind on school when we returned so have been working hard to catch up.

This week was also busy with All Hallows Eve, All Saints Day and All Souls Day, which I always considered a very beautiful start to the holidays.  This year, the ugliness of Halloween was very apparent to me, probably because I think of the children now and how they are attacked so directly by popular culture with the ugly images and evil symbols.  Next year I am going to do something to directly combat this Satanic celebration as suggested in this article, like sprinkle holy water on the graves and pray for the faithful departed.  Actually, in parts of Europe it is a tradition to take candles and prayers to light the cemeteries and there is also the custom of "soul cakes"when children come begging for cakes and promise to pray for the dead of your family in exchange.  We have not formed a good Halloween tradition yet in our family.  I grew up trick or treating dressed like Saints or attending All Saints Day parties with themed saints games.  But it would be proper I think to commemorate All Hallows Eve with prayers for the dead and save the All Saints festivities for the following day.

I am including a few more pictures of life around here lately so that you can see where we have been for yourself!







I'M WEARING;

Black Sweater- Gabe's
Skirt- Croft & Barrow (old)
Pearls- Gift







These three brothers have so much energy!



I have two more stockings to knit before Christmas.  I never finished Oliver's!




Thomas is reading!  He is learning more every day, it's so much fun.




Becky plays like nothing I have ever seen.  She spends hours quietly playing with little toys.  Here they were waiting in line to get on the train to West Virginia (the best place to go in her mind I guess, haha?).




Oliver is kind of the same, except he's crazy over trains!  I now know all about Thomas the train, something I was never very familiar with, growing up with five sisters!




This was at the playground during the conference last weekend.  It was conveniently right behind our hotel and was a really nice one!








Henry is growing up way too fast.  He is eating baby food and crawling at barely seven months!




Beatrice has way more personality than I would have thought.  She is very strong willed actually so I am second guessing her until now strongly sanguine temperament...hmm.




Here they are all dressed up to go to the store.  They are truly my big helpers since every child provides so much perspective and personality.  We always have something going on!





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