Saturday, January 20, 2018

The Demonic Nature of Vulgarity and the Graceful Nature of Sacrifice

We see that like Lucifer, pride and rebellion drive this march on;
the demonic nature of vulgarity becomes clear.
The Women's March wants pride, selfishness and chaos to reign.  It's mission is a list of conflicting causes only united by anarchical ends.

This radical movement is comprised of feminists, abortion and birth control activists, LGBT lunatics, environmentalists, even Satanists: ideologies that hate objective truth, responsibility, higher law, Christian civilization, the Church and ultimately God.

The Women's March uses extreme vulgarity with little attempt to disguise it's loathing for all things true, good and beautiful.

The sacrificial love of motherhood is the highest
capability of woman's nature.
Hateful lies against the order of God repulse the man who defends Christian civilization.  Envy of power moves women to shout shocking obscenities in the streets and murder children in the womb.  We see that like Lucifer, pride and rebellion drive this march on; the demonic nature of vulgarity becomes clear.

The Catholic lady is of course one who opposes anarchy and upholds the law of God.  She delights in God's creation and loves very much the place of woman.  She appreciates the refined beauty of traditional femininity, realizing that truth and goodness naturally build her up.  She knows the vocation of the Catholic lady is hidden, sacrificial and by this sanctified.  The sacrificial love of motherhood- either physical or otherwise- is the highest capability of women's nature.  The Catholic lady then desires to give her life to her children, to civilization and in this sacrificial act is repeatedly ennobled.  In it, we find the graceful nature of beauty and sacrifice.


WHAT DO YOU THINK?


Friday, January 12, 2018

Feminism: Just Another Lie!

In today's world we treat the symptom instead of the problem.
We don't want to waste any time away from the fun.
In today's world we treat the symptom instead of the problem.  We don't want to waste any time away from the fun.

For example, the situation that surrounds us is not pretty.  Women have been sexually harassed, even raped and they are upset.  But do we question the root of the problem?  Or do we mask it with emotional drugs: shallowly tweet #MeToo, wear a black gown to represent solidarity with female victims, and naively proclaim the time is up for evil men?

Many of these hypocritical women return the next day to making sexually perverse television programs or to living an amoral party girl lifestyle.

But what if we did get to the root of the problem?  What if we discovered obscene behavior, fashions and entertainment contribute to sexual harassment?  What if we discovered egoism leads to corruption?  What if we discovered children without rules grow into adults without responsibility?  What if we discovered broken marriages and irregular families increase child abuse?  And what if without God, moral standards really have no basis?  What if civilization only exists because of Christianity?  What if there is no such thing as "my truth", but only "the truth"?

And the truth is that men and women are different.  Feminism is a lie.

It is time for the fundamental differences of men and women to be recognized.  The physical and psychological strengths and weaknesses of the two sexes respectively need to be be incorporated into the design of society and institutions.  To attain excellence in any realm, it is logical to build upon natural qualities.  But we ignore truth!  This is idiotic.  The world today becomes a subjective playground where every whim and fantasy can be indulged.  Look at the number of these sexual crimes, abortion, transgenderism and same-sex "marriage"!  Lacking a higher law- or any reality at all- it is no wonder that we deteriorate...

No one will address the root of the problem:
without God, there is no will to practice
restraint and sacrifice in the vocation.
The enemies of God hand us stones to cast at civilization.  Hypocritical cries of sexual harassment are answered with anarchical cries of feminism, a prescription that failed years ago.  We are told to smash powerful men and bring down the natural order.  But these radical egalitarian and atheistic ideas ultimately drive us toward the exclusive worship of self- which justifies sexual harassment!  No one will address the root of the problem: without God, there is no will to practice restraint and sacrifice in the vocation.

The most basic institution is that of the family, under assault as women swallow the lie that they must leave the home to be powerful!  Feminists won't quiet down long enough to hear a secret whispered centuries ago: the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.

Because I can assure you that feminism's time will be up too!  It will only live long enough to be trampled by the next movement that hates the design of God.





WHAT DO YOU THINK?

Monday, January 8, 2018

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!


Did the Three Kings come to your house?  They left some more treats here on Saturday!  Epiphany is such a special feast day and one we love to celebrate!

We have a mysterious virus going around here which may or may not be fifths disease...I do think we were exposed to it recently.  They all have different symptoms of colds/belly aches/fevers/lethargic.  We'll see if the bright red cheeks appear.  I like to figure these things out so I can treat it better since I always feel so sorry for sick children!  Thomas has slept on the couch for almost 3 days!

Come visit my Dress Shop here: The Catholic Lady Shop.  More uniquely designed items added daily!  I'm working on ladies medium weight (Winter) skirts in many sizes, listed in the next two weeks...


Anyway, I have no pictures of my outfits because my husband is working around the clock to get people heat (he manages an HVAC technical department).  The kids haven't seen him all week!  The furnaces around here were not designed to work in this extensive below 0' weather so he needs to go figure out ways to get them running (he's really, really smart)!


Here is what Becky is wearing today:







Dress- Handmade
Socks- Laura Ashley
Shoes- The Children's Place



Epiphany!









THANKS FOR VISITING!!

Friday, January 5, 2018

The Catholic Lady Shop!




The Catholic Lady has a Dress Shop open!  We design modest, elegant skirts and dresses for ladies, maternity, girls and babies.  Come visit us HERE.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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!


Happy New Year to all of my dear readers!  It is the year of our Lord 2018, a year when we see the world coming to crisis in many ways.  The horrors of abortion, legalized same-sex "marriage", children deprived of the basic right of having married biological fathers and mothers, these same children taught lies of perverse sexual sins and depressing atheistic ideas, Satanism taught in schools, extensive chaos in the Church and among countries...are everywhere.  This is a year to fight!  We must thank Our Lady of Fatima for the great honor she has shown us to see the evils in the world today and to be able to fight for God.


We are still recovering from an exciting weekend over here and trying to get back to school...  It's freezing outside (literally below 0 with the wind chill) so we're kind of homebound until the weather becomes decent again.  It is very messy with Christmas everywhere and actually that makes me happy when I come downstairs every morning and see the mess!  The children just go right back to their new toys and games!  This is the happiness of a big family, lots of gifts from the grandparents, Uncles and Aunts to keep them busy!

Here are a very few pictures of the week:


I know this is boring wearing all black.  But I think the girls' coats are cute at least!  They are all given to us by friends.





Oliver is growing up in some ways, and in others is still such a baby!  Let them grow at their own pace I say.




This is what my week has been like...





THANKS FOR VISITING!  HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone!


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?

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