Saturday, September 20, 2014

Please Pray This Weekend

The Black Mass scheduled to take place tomorrow, Sunday, September 21, 2014, is going to proceed as planned, despite all our protests and petitions to the contrary.

The Archbishop of Oklahoma City is holding Benediction and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, along with an outdoor Eucharistic procession. 

The Hour Has Come: Statement of His Excellency Archbishop Coakley

The Society of St. Pius X in the Oklahoma City area is also backing this effort -- Call for Reparation Against Satanic Act

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

New Book by Catholic Homeschooling Mom Agnes Penny

Agnes M. Penny, author of Your Labor of Love: A Spiritual Companion for Expectant Mothers and Your Vocation of Love: A Spiritual Companion for Catholic Mothers, has written a new book for homeschooling Moms, which you can check out here:

TAN Books: Your School of Love: A Spiritual Companion for Teaching Mothers

Mrs. Penny is a gifted author whose previous two books I have thoroughly enjoyed.  I encourage all homeschooling Moms (and Grandmas!) to check out her new offering!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Raising Rebellious Women -- Rebelling Against Modest, Correct Dress

Well, here we go again.  Yet another group of spoiled teenage girls who deserve to be spanked within an inch of their lives.  But, then, it probably wouldn't do any good anyway.  It is obvious their parents have encouraged them to be this way.  After all, it is the parents who have allowed their children (most particularly their daughters) to spend time shopping....which spells nothing but trouble.

Let the typical teenage girl loose in a shopping mall with her friends -- if you want to have a credit card bill that is maxed out, all the money spent on the latest "fashions" that will make her look "popular".

I cannot help but contrast this with my own daughter, who goes with me to the Goodwill, we try on several items, and occasionally we hit the jackpot.  More often we walk out discouraged and finally end up with yet several more yards of fabric and a pattern we had to purchase online from Modest Handmaidens, someone's Etsy store, or an eBay seller.  Why?  Because we can't find modest clothing.

We tried recently to purchase new red polo shirts for our co-op, which is the uniform we have for it.  Finding shirts for the boys was no problem, but for those of you who haven't purchased girls' polo shirts recently, you will be unpleasantly surprised to learn that they have changed the fit for the girls to make them "more feminine" -- this means, make them more form-fitting.  My poor daughter came out of a fitting room in tears because she thought she had ballooned in size.  After I had the intelligence to look at the advertisement for the "new, improved fit", I could reassure her that no indeed, she was not too heavy for her age, she wasn't too big, she wasn't fat.  They just shrunk the shirts, that's all.  And so we ended up with one size larger, which doesn't fit right because she is not that size -- but it was either another size up or something that was nearly skin-tight.

While at the Goodwill store, we saw a secondhand VHS tape of Return of the Jedi.  Now, my sons are professed Star Wars fans.  We don't have this particular movie, so I thought it would be nice to get it for them; at only fifty-nine cents you can't possibly go wrong. 

Until Mr. Firstborn looked at the cover and said, "No, Mom."

"Why not?  You loved the other Star Wars movie."

"Look at the cover."  He pointed, winced and looked away.

A lady who was clearly no lady, decked out in all her glory in nothing but a bra top and bikini, among the other images on the cover.

The Return of the Jedi went right back onto the shelf.  We bought a Civil War documentary instead.

These poor, foolish girls.  They have no idea what they are doing to themselves, to their femininity, to their brothers. 

Read it and weep.

Students Rebel Against Dress Code

Monday, September 15, 2014

Two Important Speeches - "Tear Down This Wall"; "Ich Bin Ein Berliner"

Today we listened to two great speeches -- President Ronald Reagan's 1987 Berlin Wall speech, followed by President John F. Kennedy's 1963 Berlin Wall speech.  I was eleven years old when President Reagan gave his famous speech, and now Mr. Firstborn is the same age -- and fascinated with history.  So it was a special moment to share with him, plus Miss Eldest Daughter -- Pete also listened; Repete and all younger ones are still a little too young to appreciate it just yet, although they drifted in and out to listen.

It is vitally important that we expose our children to the struggle for freedom for which we have paid such a dear price.  Don't think that your children are too young to understand or too young to appreciate it.  They understand far more than we give them credit for.  If they don't understand, they will ask questions which will open the door to more discussion and a golden opportunity for you to pass on worldview and values.  If they don't get it  and are obviously bored or not paying attention, you'll know and realize that this needs to be dropped for now and addressed at another time. 

Here are the videos to the two speeches which we listened to this morning.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

United States Air Force Academy -- Stand Firm in Requiring Oath

Today a news story from the U.S. Air Force Academy made the headlines in requiring the words "so help me God" in their oath are the equivalent of godless terrorist organizations -- here's the story:

Atheist Must Swear to God -- Or Else

The way they put it, you'd think his life was in danger.  This is ridiculous. 

We are forced EVERY DAY to hide our religious beliefs, to undergo censorship, you name it, in the name of "free speech" (read "free speech for secularists, atheists or agnostics ONLY).  And this person is whining away about his oath. 

Nobody has pointed out that if he doesn't believe in God anyway, then he has nothing to fear because he can't worry about falsely taking an oath that could be sinful.  So what's the problem?

Please write and urge the U.S. Air Force Academy officials to stand firm in requiring the words "so help me God" in their oath.  They need our support now.  Here's the link to contact them:

Contact the United States Air Force Academy


Yet another culture war has been lost. 

At least it has merely been made optional, not completely dropped.  Let us be grateful for something. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

A Badly-Needed Piece of Advice

A careless word may kindle strife;
A cruel word may wreck a life.
A bitter word may hate instill;
A brutal word may smite and kill.
A gracious word may smooth the way;
A joyous word may light the day.
A timely word may lessen stress;
A loving word may heal and bless.
I am indebted to Leanne Vanderputten of Finer Femininity for putting this important reminder on her blog.  Thanks, Leanne.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

To Eliminate Debt, Clean Up the House

Today I undertook the cleaning of the master bedroom -- which involved going clockwise around the room, dealing with piles and dust.  This also included clearing off dressers that contained things cloaked in dust. 

While dealing with the piles cloaked in dust, I also threw out things that were no longer relevant to life.  Personal documents containing sensitive information, of course, are duly shredded before being put in the trash.

Some things are very nice to have, but if they are clogging your passageways, spilling out of bookshelves and stressing you out, it's time for them to go. 

When "in" and "out" baskets are stacked high, they must be immediately dealt with before they take on lives of their own.

Books need to be scrutinized -- is this relevant to life at this time?  Have we bothered to read it in the past year?  If not, think about it.  Half of these books will be replaced on the shelves, but others will probably be relegated to a box earmarked for Goodwill.

Mess in any room in the house -- no matter where -- causes me no end of stress.  Even if I go to someone's house, and I know intellectually that this is not my problem, still if the house is cluttered with stuff everywhere, I start to feel physically ill because it is so stressful for me to see mess.

I also experience panic attacks when I see clutter, junk and mess.  I feel frozen in my tracks and cannot do anything because of it. 

I find I can't cook a meal, deal with even the most basic things.  Yes, clutter has THAT bad an effect on me.

In panic, you end up running out the door to buy fast food takeout, or just hiding and doing nothing at all.  This wastes money and becomes a financial monster that looms in your head.  Then, when stress hits financially, and you are swimming without a life raft, it is essential that others be around who will throw you a lifeline in the form of kindness and assurance that things will be OK, while they assist you in clearing the clutter and mess -- if they can. 

I have a need to have tidy surroundings.  This is my particular need, which may not be yours, but those who live with me know that I am highly sensitive to clutter and do not want it as a part of my life.