Saturday, August 30, 2014

Crusaders for Christ Links

I would like to point out to you the great website, Crusaders for Christ, which, like Holy Simplicity, has really wonderful free downloads:

Penmanship Books - Catechism in Rhyme, Stations of the Cross and Stabat Mater Penmanship Practice

Coloring Books and Individual Coloring Pictures

There are some children's books they have reformatted and made available for print as well:

Printable Children's Books

Their homeschool magazine:

St. Catherine's Academy Gazette

There is also an excellent menu planner which is a one-time purchase -- you can download it and print one every year.  Based on the Catholic Girl's Guide by Fr. F. X. Lasance:

Catholic Menu Planner

For those of you who have the American Girl dolls and/or similar ones from the thrift store (!) :-), 18-inch dolls, you may like some of these wonderful saint costumes for the doll -- one of the girls of the family makes these as a small business:

Bella's Boutique - Nuns' Habits and Saints' Costumes for American Girl and Other 18-Inch Dolls

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rabbi Holds Crucifix for Dying Catholic Soldier -- Fraternal Charity in Action

In our reflections on today's horrors inflicted on Christians and also Jews by Muslims, we revisit an event that took place during the First World War, in which fraternal charity surpasses the bounds of race and creed:

Exactly 100 Years Ago: A Beautiful War Story - Rabbi Holds Crucifix for Dying Soldier

In your charity, please pray for the repose of the souls of Rabbi Abraham Bloch, the unnamed dying French soldier known but to God, and Father Jamin, S.J.

When Dirty Diapers Land on your Head...

...look for the message.

I haven't had very good days recently.  I sort of feel like I am dragging my feet through thick mud.

Found this article:

When Dirty Diapers Land on your Head

Cute. :-)

The Crisis Spreads in the Middle East -- It is Time to Call for Another Crusade

Here are various articles that are too important to be ignored.  The crisis in the Middle East has spread to Africa in the country of Nigeria, and it is only a matter of time before it engulfs more countries and more innocent people are murdered.

Notes of One Week in the Islamist War Against Everyone Else -- Christians Beheaded in Nigeria; Mass Executions in Syria and Iraq; in England, Massive Abuse and a Startling Publication

Apparently major Western governments are only selectively concerned about their own made-up rights in African nations -- they condone by silence the murder of thousands while raising a hullabaloo about African nations which prize traditional marriage, enforce anti-sodomy laws, honor true motherhood and impose sanctions on nations which prohibit artificial contraception and abortion.  But, it's apparently perfectly fine for murder, mayhem and terror to go on the rampage:

Nigeria: Our Parish Rectory, Overrun by Boko Haram - Catholic Church

Boko Haram Declares Full Sharia Law, Beheads Christian Men, Forces Women to Marry in Gwoza, Madagali

And our own American President continues to sit by and do nothing while this goes on -- read link with discretion:

Hours After Shocking World with Desert Execution of 300 Syrian Soldiers, ISIS Parade Captured Kurds, Then Behead One on Video

Obama Confesses, "We Don't Have a Strategy Yet" for the Islamic State

And WHY NOT??!!  In days past, this would not have happened.  Where, oh where, are the real men?

And how did this happen?  We claim to be allies of some of the most extreme countries in the world, when in truth, no Muslim nation can or should be an ally to any freedom-loving country:

You Can't Understand ISIS if You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia

Frankly, the Chaldean patriarch has really very little to apologize for -- we are a nation of uninformed, unprincipled voters who only want a life of ease for ourselves.  On behalf of an entire nation, I will apologize for our poor choice:

Chaldean Patriarch Sako Softens Criticism of U.S. Over ISIS

And meanwhile, we continue to pussyfoot around the fear of being "insensitive" by not calling a spade a spade.  Innocent people deal with harassment and complain about it while we refuse to call out Muslims for what they are -- and please note that I am talking only about guilty Muslims, not our neighbors who are merely shopping at the supermarket in the next checkout lane, for heaven's sake.

The Rotherham Horror: Innocent Asians Targeted While the Muslim Perpetrators Are Not Harmed

It is time to call for another Crusade.  This has gone far enough.  Never forget that tomorrow it could be we who are in harm's way.  These are your brothers and sisters in Christ being martyred daily.  God willed in centuries past that the Holy Land be freed from the Muslim yoke; but God wills today that the persecuted Christians be freed from the Muslim yoke yet once more.  The same things were happening in the days of the Crusades.  We need to do it again. 

God wills it.  The battle cry must ring yet again and again, until we finally get the appropriate leaders to lead the last Crusade. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Exercise Ideas from Finer Femininity

As a Mom with a large family, I have to make every minute count.  I also have a daughter to whom I need to pass on habits of self-care.  Leanne Vanderputten has a special page on her blog devoted an exercise program which takes fifteen minutes and works for busy women who need something that will work for them.

Teresa Tapp's 15 minute toning program

One thing that was very appealing about this is that it featured a mother of twelve who lost several sizes in faithfully doing this workout.  As we have children, it takes a toll on our figures, so this was very nice to see!  So many workout videos and programs never feature women who are open to life and letting God do their family planning for them. 

I'm sure our husbands would appreciate this as well, since they like seeing us looking good.  We should try our best to look good for them. :-)  While you're at it, on your next grocery trip be sure to put a couple of makeup items on your grocery list and get yourself some foundation and a little blush.  Get up a little earlier in the morning and put on your makeup tomorrow. :-)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crusaders for Christ Downloadable Homeschooling Resources

After sharing the incredible file folder games with you, I now have to direct you to this absolutely wonderful site:

Check out these GREAT downloads (all free!) for catechesis, penmanship and more!

Let us all thank God for His gifts of these incredibly creative people who use their time and talents to put together these wonderful resources, and then share them with the rest of us on blogs and websites.  May they be richly rewarded for their unselfish devotion to the Christian education of youth. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A Multimedia History of World War One

I have found the following website this morning, and hope to make good use of it in our homeschooling for the remainder of the year.  I encourage you to visit it and read the many articles available on it. 

This is a history that cannot be forgotten -- of innocent people perishing in a disgraceful conflict incited only by the evils of revolution of the previous hundred years, and the destruction of stability and Christendom throughout Europe.  It birthed all the horrors we grew up with or learned about in school.  The twentieth century was truly the century of total war, and it seems that the twenty-first won't be much different.

God have mercy on us all. A Multimedia History of World War One