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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Defending the Christian Family Against Revolutionary Women

The Christian family is the basic institution of civilization.  It is being attacked today from many sides.  There are even women who attack it.  Naturally, we want to defend the family.  But how?

There are two kinds of women the family must be defended against:

Today we have more freedom than ever to design our own little world,
but how trapped and empty we become!
We first must defend the family against the immoral woman.  This woman uses sensuality in clothing, behavior or action to induce others to shallow, illicit entertainment.  She is the enemy of true vocation.  She seeks to overturn all barriers to make way for immorality.  This woman tries to convince others to forsake duty in favor of a fast-paced more "exciting" lifestyle.  This is encouraged with false promises of "freedom".  But this false freedom quickly gives way to gross indulgence.  We loose self-discipline and self-sacrifice, the fruit of which is our God given identity, happiness and prosperity.  It is not until the family is destroyed by one or more members leaving that we finally see the cost of revolutionary ways: the richness of family life is replaced with the "freedom" of emptiness.

However, we must also defend the Christian family against those who capitalize on absolute freedom by imagining themselves to be the masters of everything!  This type of woman can have a romantic 
Adopting a 'holier than thou' attitude is always a recipe
to destroy families.  Picture by Norman Rockwell
notion that she is making a noble sacrifice of perpetual religiosity.  Although she takes her Church duties seriously, she neglects the more mundane duties of wife.  She is quick to overlook the authority of her husband, ignoring how this contradicts the long-suffering example of St. Monica and others.  This woman is publicly rebellious.  She attends Church conferences alone in an attempt to be the family's head instead of heart.  She is too pious to waste time lovingly preparing the home.  In fact, this prideful woman has little concern for her husband other than that he provides her the status of being a very Christian, "Married woman with children".  Such hostility is almost inconceivable!

But now we should examine the life of the good Christian woman inside the family.  This woman is counter-revolutionary and lives a balanced life, combatting both sensuality and pride.  This woman has two most distinct qualities:

First: She stays within the home.  She accepts the protection of home life.  This woman knows that the world is dangerous and extremely immoral.  She does not fear the world, but sacrifices the world.  Self-sacrifice is after all, primarily essential to the vocation.  The good woman realizes the responsibilities of the home, mothering, teaching, planning, cooking, cleaning and maintaining order, and lots of praying.  There are really endless responsibilities and obligations!  The vocation of motherhood lies within the home and like all vocations requires us to take up the Cross and renounce the world.  Perhaps we must venture out?  Then let it be with eyes open to danger, a quiet spirit to protect holy chastity and a feminine apostolate of modesty and elegance.
The Christian family, across generations, offers tremendous resources
for the development of character and skill.
The family teaches sacrifice, a natural remedy for immorality and pride.

Secondly: the good woman respects her husband.  She allows and desires her life to be formed with another.  She chooses to cling to her marriage like St. Monica and receives the grace of perseverance.  This is heroic.  This quiet and modest attitude of the good woman far surpasses the individualistic idea of living a solo life and getting married for fun.  There are women who will say the husband is stupid and lazy and they want to fight for the Church, leaving him in the dust!  But where is duty to the vocation, the vocation that God designed not only for us, but to help our entire family to Heaven?  The little prayers, sacrifices and duties of the good married woman when united to the work of her husband have tremendous potential because they act as two people blessed by God.

This good woman defends the Christian family.

"As Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters you are....be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, being lovers of the brotherhood, merciful, modest, humble: Not rendering evil for evil, nor railing for railing, but contrariwise, blessing: for unto this are you called, that you may inherit a blessing."  (1 Peter: 3: 6-9)

Monday, August 21, 2017

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!



I know I am late posting today.  Here is what I am wearing.  The lighting is awful, but at least we got the picture taken!



I'M WEARING:


Cardigan- Gabe's
Skirt- LOFT
Shoes- Croft & Barrow brand
Necklace- Yard Sale





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Monday, July 31, 2017

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 weekend was relaxing and we finished a few projects around the house on Saturday.  There is still so much to do, but I'm trying to focus on the positive.  I even finished painting a small table red which I've been meaning to do for awhile!  That was lots of fun.

Here is one of my favorite outfits.  My sister used to wear this dress to our German club events and then she gave it to me!  I just love these dresses, I would wear them every day if I could!









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Monday, July 24, 2017

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!


Today I am posting this picture of the girls wearing these adorable dresses from Gymboree!  I got these on clearance last year and was surprised they still fit the girls this Summer.  And we included a cute cowboy on the side too. 





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Monday, July 17, 2017

A Weekend In Feminine Dress: Rehearsal Dinner

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!


We are still enjoying a busy, wonderful Summer!  My husband's brother got married on Saturday so we travelled down to West Virginia for the weekend.  It was such a nice time!  However, if I'm being honest, it's even better to be back home again, catch up on laundry and give the kids some proper sleep.

Here is what I wore to the rehearsal dinner.  I found this dress second hand and added the blue material around the hem to make it a little bit longer.  It is originally from Chadwick's of Boston (a favorite brand).  The shoes I was excited to find on clearance at DSW the very first time I walked into their store!







I'M WEARING:


Dress- Chadwick's of Boston
Cardigan- Gabe's
Shoes- DSW (Kellie & Katie brand)





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Monday, July 10, 2017

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 weekend flew by because we were so busy!  Saturday was a birthday party for my niece and nephew.  We went there to drop off the three older kids who stayed overnight with my Mom and then my husband and I left for Cleaveland, OH.  I wish I could say it was for a vacation, but actually we were joining a group called America Needs Fatima to protest a blasphemous play being performed there called the Testament of Mary.  Pray in reparation for this event because it is truly outrageous.  It is intolerable that such a horrible public attack on Catholics is allowed in the name of "free speech"!  Thankfully, there were about 150 attending the protest who stayed for about 2 hours to pray and we saw few if anyone enter the theater.

We didn't get back home until around 1AM Sunday morning so I was a little tired and choose something simple to wear to Mass where we met Thomas, Beatrice and Becky with my Mom.  I really love this dress Beatrice wore too.








I'M WEARING:

Top- New York & Company
Skirt- I made
Shoes- Consignment



BEATRICE is WEARING:

Dress- Heartstring's
Shoes- The Children's Place




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Monday, July 3, 2017

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!


We are finally settling into our new house and I am so thankful for a (little bit) calmer life.  This summer is just flying by.  I need to remind myself to breathe and enjoy it amidst the busy times.  Father's Day we spent at my sister's new house with family.  That was really fun for the kids since she has a nice porch with lots of outside toys, like a water table!  They loved it.

Last Sunday we attended the First Mass of a good friend who is a new priest for our diocese.  It was a very special occasion and this picture is of what we wore.

We tried to get outfit pictures yesterday too since I really liked the dresses the girls were wearing...but they didn't turn out.  So I am planning to get them to wear the same dresses next week and post.  As much as I am enjoying dressing the girls, I am at the point where I am returning to my regular size but don't have many nice clothes that I can find from last Summer.  So I need to do some shopping but don't have any time at all to actually go to the store.  So maybe online shopping is my answer?  I really don't like buying clothes without being able to see them first.  Any ideas?

What are you going to wear for the 4th of July?  I  usually try to dress the kids in red, white and blue!  We are hosting a big party and everyone around here is getting pretty excited about the water balloons, BBQ and fireworks plans!!






I'M WEARING:


Jacket- Banana Republic (old)
Skirt- LuLaRoe maxi (Gift from my sister)
Top- Kmart (I think? old)
Shoes- Consignment


BEATRICE and REBECCA:


Purple Dress- Hartstrings
Grey Sweater- Baby Gap
Purple Flower Dress- Bonnie Jean
White Sweater- Cherokee
Black Dress Shoes- The Children's Place
White Ruffle Socks- Gymboree








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Monday, June 12, 2017

Dear Readers, I'm Back!

How is everyone doing?  Thanks so much for the kind comments & well wishes I've received during the past few months.

So much has happened and it's made me sad to be unable to share it with you.  We have not had internet during our move.  But at least now you get the big update all at once (don't lie, we all know the only reason to read blogs anyway is to see baby pictures!!):




Henry Robert was born April 8.  He is named for St. Henry Walpole who was an English Jesuit martyr.  I don't usually remember a lot of details from my labors, but this time was more dramatic!  His heart rate kept dropping and when he was finally born we found the cord wrapped around his neck twice!  So during every contraction he was being squeezed along with his oxygen supply.  I had to be given pitocin to speed things up and because of that felt a little beat up.  I do clearly remember praying memorares and thanking God.




But he was born strong and healthy and is already getting big!




Henry's Baptism




People are saying he looks like me...can you see it?




We had our Rosary Rally for the 100 year anniversary of Fatima May 13, 2017!  It was a good turnout and some positive response.  Prayers and reparation are sorely needed for the world right now.




This man (Oliver) became a big brother and is doing really well, probably because he's a Daddy's boy anyway.  We discovered that he enjoys baseball when we went to a game recently.  He sat and watched the ball and clapped pretty much the whole time.  I've always loved baseball (which I get from my Dad) so that made me smile!








 And last but not least, we finally moved!  Our new house is beautiful.  My husband grew up in this house actually.  It is about two minutes from where he works so that's also pretty convenient.  For about the first week it was quite stressful not to know where anything was, but now I am beginning to relax and really enjoy the space and big yard.  We are in the country...but not too far from town.  And we actually have bedrooms for the kids and room to move around.  It's wonderful.  And I already made my husband replace the toilet and bathroom floor...after I moaned over it for a few days he called and said he bought a toilet.  I'm more than a little spoiled having a fix everything husband.  But now I'm perfectly happy...with just a few more projects in the works.




Maybe I will write a post on the new house soon!  If anyone wants to see pictures?  I know I always like to see people's houses.  And it is a subject quite appropriate for the Catholic Lady.  I will be back weekly too with Weekends In Feminine Dress, as soon as I find time to get some pictures.



That's all for now!

Monday, March 20, 2017

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!



Here is a picture of what I wore yesterday, lots of green for St. Patrick since we're still celebrating along with St. Joseph!  Also, happy first day of Spring!  There is so much to look forward to- beautiful weather, getting outside, fresh foods and Easter!

I am going to try hard to get some better pictures this week to share on the blog.  I am wearing the same things over and over at this point but I can still try!  The girls have been enjoying their Spring clothes and I would love to post about the things we've found to be helpful to dress girls beautifully (mostly layering).









I'M WEARING:

Skirt- Motherhood
Sweater- Ann Taylor LOFT
White Top- Old Navy Maternity
Scarf- Gift




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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Lady Day Pictures!

If you attended a special outing today March 8, 2017 to celebrate Lady Day, please share pictures of the event to Return to Order's facebook page!


Since most of the ladies who came to my Lady Day tea live far away from me, we met at a cafĂ© in a central location.  With all the children and great conversation it was difficult to find time for pictures, but here are the few I (and my little sister) managed to snap between sips of tea and wiping off little faces!


































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