Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Another Great Modest Clothing Resource

I have found another gem I'd like to share with you.  At present, it appears they only offer clothing for little girls, but I've written to ask if they will start offering selections for the big girls and the ladies.

JMJ Modest Dress

With JMJ standing for "Jesus, Mary, Joseph" -- we need all the help we can get! -- will add to the sidebar also. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Poncho Prays -- A Bright Spot for Your Day

I taught for a year in a school which was also the residence of "Einstein", a parrot who could faithfully imitate every single staff member.  One time I was in the neighboring classroom (in which was Einstein's cage) and for about ten minutes had an engaging conversation with my fellow teacher before I realized something seemed just a little off.  I had been conversing with Einstein, my back towards him.

So, today one of our homeschool group members sent us this adorable video.  So many parrots are taught to swear or sing songs by the latest pop stars; well, here's one very pious parrot who instead sings to the Blessed Virgin Mary to get us started on the month of October, month of the Holy Rosary:

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Prayers for Reconciliation Progress

In 1983, I was confirmed by His Excellency Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, a grace for which I am extremely grateful.  For many years, his foundation, the Society of St. Pius X, kept the traditional Latin Mass alive for the generations to come.  He could rightly be considered the father of both the SSPX and the other fraternity, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), both of which I hope someday will be united as religious congregations under the Chair of Peter.  I know many others are also praying that one day they will be able to work together.

To that effect, I would like to share with you an encouraging bit of news.  As many of you know, the SSPX was in discussions with our former Holy Father, Benedict XVI, prior to his resignation regarding a reconciliation with the Holy See.  It appears these talks are now continuing in the present Pontificate.

Please pray for a successful conclusion to these discussions, that the Will of God is done in all things.

Holy See Press Office Communication: On the Meeting of Cardinal Muller and the Society of St. Pius X Superiors

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.