A Woman Who Attended Both the Women’s and Pro-Life Marches Shares the “Downright Stunning” Differences.

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“Being physically at the marches, it is easy to recognize differences between the two. In fact, some of the differences were downright stunning. Take a look for yourself, perhaps you will agree.”  Antonia Okafor

See her article here in the Independent Journal Review

 

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How about…..

…..instead of women needing to lock up their private parts to protect themselves from rape by muslim refugees, someone comes up with a contraption to lock up the private parts of muslim male refugees to keep them from potentially raping?  Perhaps as a condition of admittance? ….or better yet, just don’t let them in in the first place.  Let’s not make it necessary for women to wear the modern form of a chastity belt.

“AN ENTREPRENEUR from Germany has created trousers with the aim of protecting women from possible sex attacks while they are out jogging – and the first 150 were sold out immediately.

The trousers come with a lock for women’s intimate areas and an alarm, so would ensure the wearers were kept safe from any sex attacks.”

Read full article here

Take That, Satan!

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Then the LORD God said to the snake:
Because you have done this,
cursed are you
among all the animals, tame or wild;
On your belly you shall crawl,
and dust you shall eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
They will strike at your head,
while you strike at their heel.

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Behold, you will conceive and give birth to a son, and you shall give Him the name Jesus.  He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David, and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever. His kingdom will never end!”…

“I am the Lord’s servant, Mary answered. “May it happen to me according to your word.”

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13th century image of Mary punching the devil found in medieval manuscript.  “Take that, Satan!”

 

Merry Xmas! is Not Taking Christ Out of Christmas.

There was a reminder on my husband’s facebook feed this morning to remember not to write or type Xmas but to go the extra mile and type out Christ because Xmas is an attempt to take Christ out of Christmas.  This is simply not true.

Xmas has been used as far back as the 1500’s and X has been a symbol meaning Christ as far back as a thousand years.  “The “X” comes from the Greek letter Chi, which is the first letter of the Greek word Χριστός, which in English is “Christ”. The “-mas” part is from the Latin-derived Old English word for Mass.  (Source)

X is just as valid a symbol of Christ as using the fish, which the early Christians used to avoid detection from persecutors and identify each other.

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“The Greek word for fish is “ixthus” or “icthus.” The Christian fish symbol that many Christians place on their cars is known as the “ixthus.” Five Greek letters form the word “ixthus,” and those letters inside the fish form an acrostic which is a message that Christians clearly identified with. The first letter represented the word Jesus. The second letter [x] represented the word Christ, the next two, God Son, and the final letter represented the word Savior. This adds up to “Jesus Christ is God’s Son, the Savior.”  (Source)

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An inscription in the Catacomb of St. Callixtus memorializes a Christian soldier

The Chi Rho (shown below) is another use of X as a symbol for Christ.

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This plaque [dated 400-800] is thought to be a cover for a niche in a columbarium, or communal tomb. The Christogram–the monogram for Christ’s name formed from the first two letters of his name in Greek (x and p), identifies the deceased as Christian. -(http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/works-of-art/1985.147/
It’s true that there is an attempt to take Christ out of Christmas and to turn Christmas into a winter holiday but the use of Xmas is not one of them. The letter X representing Christ belongs to our Christian heritage and to wipe it out would erase an important part of it.  It’s perfectly Christian (or should I write Xtian?) to write Xmas.  However, it’s not appropriate to say Ex-mas as the X is not our English x as we know it.  It’s a symbol for Christ.

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Do Women Set the Bar of Morality in Civilization?

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An often-repeated quote of Archbishop Fulton Sheen is

“To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.  When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women.”

I’ve seen various discussions (sources below) around the web regarding this quote.   Some say this is foolishness.  “Everyone knows men are the leaders and women are the followers so it’s men who determine the level of morality in civilization.”  Some take it as a compliment to women’s seemingly natural higher virtue, which if embraced and lived out by women, men will automatically become more virtuous as well.  Some are offended that it seems to imply that women are solely responsible for morality and everything bad in the world is because women are failing to hold things up by not taking seriously this responsibility.

First, the good Archbishop didn’t say women’s behavior is the end-all-be-all of civilization.  He said, the level of womanhood is the level of civilization “to a great extent.”  It can have a great influence but it’s not the only factor.  Second, the problem with all of these opinions about the quote is that most people have never bothered to read The World’s First Love which is the full text from which this quote is lifted.  If they read it, they would first see that the Archbishop is talking about the ideal of humanity that we should aspire to as Christians, while acknowledging that without Christ, we always fall short.   When he speaks of women in the text, he is not speaking in terms of what women are in terms of virtue but instead speaks of what the ideal of womanhood has to give the world.  They would also see that the book is about Mary, the Mother of God, who is the ideal in terms of what men and women should strive to be.  He writes,

God has to have two pictures of us: one is what we are, and the other is what we ought to be. He has the model, and He has the reality: the blueprint and the edifice, the score of the music and the way we play it. God has to have these two pictures because in each and every one of us there is some disproportion and want of conformity between the original plan and the way we have worked it out.  The image is blurred; the print is faded. For one thing, our [5] personality is not complete in time; we need a renewed body. Then, too, our sins diminish our personality; our evil acts daub the canvas the Master Hand designed. Like unhatched eggs, some of us refuse to be warmed by the Divine Love which is so necessary for incubation to a higher level. We are in constant need of repairs; our free acts do not coincide with the law of our being; we fall short of all God wants us to be. St. Paul tells us that we were predestined, before the foundations of the world were laid, to become the sons of God. But some of us will not fulfill that hope.

There is, actually, only one person in all humanity of whom God has one picture, and in whom there is a perfect conformity between what He wanted her to be and what she is, and that is His Own Mother.

When the Archbishop mentions “the level of womanhood” in his quote he is speaking not so much specifically about the behavior of women but more along the lines of how accepting society at large is of the ideal of womanhood in the person of Mary.    When virtues like humility, obedience, self-disinterested love, purity of heart which in turn leads to sexual purity, and love for Christ are valued by all in society and by a willingness to have Mary as our role model, then the level of civilization will be raised.  Womanhood encompasses all of these things because Mary, as The Woman, the new Eve, is our ideal for what God wants us to be.  Perfect conformity to Christ.  What does perfect conformity to Christ look like?

It’s having the humility of Christ, the obedience of Christ, the self-sacrificial love of Christ, the fiat to our crosses like Christ, the purity of heart which leads to purity of body like Christ.

In a sense, when women live up to the ideal of womanhood, men can be inspired to live up to that ideal because it’s the blueprint written on the hearts of all humanity for which we were created.  This inspiration shouldn’t be mistaken for it being the responsibility of women to  set the bar  of morality for men and therefore uphold the level of civilization. It simply means that in the heart of the ideal man resides a love of virtue and when he sees it displayed in the noble character of a woman striving to meet that ideal, he will be inspired to strive all the more to meet it as well.  However, when humanity has no love of virtue because they desire license over freedom within virtue’s bounds, then civilization will suffer and decay.   Those who live by virtue and noble character will be hated and despised.  It takes the turning of individual hearts to Christ who will then be able to see the beauty of Mary as the perfect model for humanity.  We can honor Mary as the ideal of womanhood and the role model for all because the ideal is based on an imitation of Christ who is the embodiment of love.

The bar for morality is not set by men or women but by Christ and meeting that bar is modeled by Mary.  Mary in her womanhood, is the ideal for us to strive for.   Mary perfectly conforms to Christ.  We, in imitation of her, are called to this conformity as well.  When the dignity of  true womanhood, the womanhood of Mary, is valued, upheld and honored in society, then civilization will flourish.

Sources

https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2013/07/towards-a-non-romantic-theology-of-women

https://donalgraeme.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/lowest-common-denominator/

 

 

 

 

I’m Stunned and Shocked at the Trump Victory….and Elated Because I am a Trump Voter

The day before the election I determined that I wasn’t going to watch the results because I was sure, given the polling, that Clinton would be elected.  Despite the fact that I didn’t think he was going to win, I wanted to vote Trump, not only because his policy positions were ones I could support, but also because I wanted to add my voice (small as it may be) to the rejection of the establishment on both sides of the aisle.

Of course when the evening of election day rolled around, curiosity got the better of me and I jumped online to follow the facebook/twitter feeds and running blog commentary of both well-known conservative voices (Laura Ingraham, Michelle Malkin, Kellyanne Conway, Conservative Treehouse) and those of ordinary people whose opinions I’ve come to respect through their online writing.  The first thing I came across was an announcement that “He’s winning Florida.  Most of the vote is in and the ones that aren’t in yet are from red counties.”   It was then that the glimmer of hope that I kept squashing down the last few weeks every time it crossed my mind that perhaps the polls are skewed and not actually a reflection of what’s going on, began to grow.  I thought “I’ll just see how he does in FL, OH and NC before I decide whether to call it a night or to stick it out longer.   Little did I know that I would be sticking it out until Hillary finally conceded and Trump gave his victory speech around 3 am.

The entire evening was a nail-biter with the agonizingly long wait for PA to be called for Trump and with that their 20 electoral votes that would put him solidly at 274 for the win.  Needless to say, I got to bed around 4am and powered through the day yesterday on 3 hrs sleep so I didn’t have the brain cells to give any commentary here.   Today, I have some thoughts and observations to share.

1. I voted for Trump for his policies.  Now I expect him to deliver.

2.  I’m deeply concerned about the fact that universities feel the need to offer “safe spaces” for students who are so traumatized over the results that they need professional help to process their feelings.  How are these emotionally stunted adults supposed to learn to deal with disappointments by treating them like preschoolers?  It’s cruel to coddle them like this.  Michael Bloomburg points out in the New York Post, “…one of the most dangerous places on a college campus is a safe space, because it creates the false impression that we can insulate ourselves from those who hold different views.”  Also, “How to study, cooperate, listen carefully, think critically and resolve conflicts through reason — those are the most important skills in the working world, and it’s why colleges have always exposed students to challenging and uncomfortable ideas.”

There are BIG parenting fails that need to be dealt with if our young people are reaching adulthood unprepared to deal with disappointment or uncomfortable feelings.  Offering play doh, crayons, bubbles, cookies and frolicking puppy videos to help them deal or feel safe keeps these adults at the emotional maturity of pre-schoolers.  Is it the acceptance and the over tolerance of  single moms, dead beat dads, helicopter parenting, and children being raised full-time in institutional settings from their infancy that is contributing to this?  I think, yes, yes, yes and yes.  The loss of our ability to reason before we react is concerning.

3. This isn’t all students though.  “In more than 20 years at UM-Flint, I am sure that these support services were never provided after previous elections, and certainly not in 2008 or 2012,” according to economics Professor Mark Perry. “And if the outcome of the election had been different, I am confident that either no emails would have been sent out to the campus community, or they would have been announcements for post-election campus celebrations, rather than an announcement for a campus ‘vigil.’” Source

Personally, if I was a liberal I would be embarrassed that this coddling had to be done every time one of my ideals failed to materialize.  I would wonder why my conservative counterparts don’t need a safe space when a liberal is elected and their conservative candidate faces defeat.  What was it about their parenting that made them better able to deal with their feelings instead of being crippled by them?  But then again, liberals aren’t know for their ability to think this deeply because they can’t get past their feelings in the first place.

4.  The ridiculous claims from some that this election was about sexism.  The election was only about gender for staunch feminists that voted for Hillary because they wanted the “highest and hardest glass ceiling” finally broken. People may have voted FOR her because “gender” but I doubt that any voted against her for that reason. The only sexism was on the part of feminists against “white male power.”

5.  The equally ridiculous claims from parents who didn’t know what or how they were going to tell their children about their new President or how their children were sobbing and terrified that he had been elected.  Who the hell instilled that fear other than their parents in the first place?  These are the children that are going to need college safe spaces.

6.  This excellent article that Trump voters were hidden in plain site.

Please add your commentary.  Agree or disagree freely.  I promise I can handle it.

She Admits They Are a Person But Denies Them the Most Basic Right to Life

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No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution

Vote Trump for their sake….

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“I think it’s terrible if you go with what Hillary is saying in the ninth month you can take the baby and rip the baby out of the womb of the mother just prior to the birth of the baby.  Now, you can say that that’s okay, and Hillary can say that that’s okay, but it’s not okay with me.

You can take the baby and rip the baby from the womb of the mother, and I won’t allow it.

“…. I’m putting pro-life justices on the court.”

Ordinary People and the Reality of Man and Woman

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Quote from the article Pronouns, Ordinary People and the War Over Reality by Anthony Esolen

“The sexual revolution always has been a war waged against the ordinary family, against the ordinary ways of men and women and children. The moral law as regards sex is meant to protect that family from threats without and within: from the pseudo-marriage that is fornication, from the betrayal of marriage that is adultery, from the rickets and scurvy of impure habits, and from the mockery of the marital act that is sodomy. If a man’s home was his castle, then the walls round that castle were his people’s understanding of the moral law and the customs that gave the law vigor and force. Who then would benefit by riddling the walls with holes? All people who could not, because of their own failings and vices, enjoy the good of family life; all people who saw the family as the great opponent in the way of their statist ambitions; all rebels against Nature and Nature’s God, who would be happier to see a man leave his wife and children to take up with another man than to see a young woman turn away from the hothouse of a lesbian relationship to become a wife and mother after the ordinary way of nature.

Ordinary people get many things wrong, but they are not motivated by hatred of reality. They are too ordinary for that: too happily bound to the order of things. They see boys playing baseball in a field, and it cheers them up. They see girls chatting on the porch as they paint pictures, and it cheers them up. They like reality. They like boys and girls, men and women. They can imagine wanting to tear down a building because it is useless or ugly or dangerous. They cannot imagine wanting to tear down a building because it is beautiful. They cannot imagine anyone else wanting to do such a thing, either.”

If We Are Going to Elect Our First Female President…

Is the glass ceiling an outdated idea?…I want it to be someone women can be proud of.  Someone with honesty, strength of character and strong moral values.   Hillary Clinton is not the woman I can be proud of and say “Look at what women can do.  Look at the strong, yet compassionate leadership that women are capable of.”  She, frankly, would be an embarrassment to women.  When women cheat, back-stab, lie, believe they are above the law and are corrupt in their race to break the so-called glass ceiling, they bring themselves down to the lowest behavior of the worst of men.  They may break the glass ceiling in terms of title and rank but they haven’t left the ground floor in terms of raising up the best of what we humans are capable of being.

“In transforming culture so that it supports life, women occupy a place in thought and action which is unique and decisive. It depends on them to promote a ‘new feminism’ which rejects the temptation of imitating models of ‘male domination’ in order to acknowledge and affirm the true genius of women in every aspect of the life of society and overcome all discrimination, violence and exploitation.” St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae