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Dressing with Dignity

https://www.tanbooks.com/index.php/morality/dressing-with-dignity-second-edition.html

In this ground-breaking book, Colleen Hammond challenges today’s fashions and provides you the information you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from the onslaught of tasteless, immodest clothing. Colleen Hammond shares real-life examples of how women can accentuate the grace and beauty of their femininity, and she shows that modest definitely does not mean frumpy !! DRESSING WITH DIGNITY covers it all . . . The history and forces behind the changes in fashion. How to talk to teenagers about the privilege of femininity so they will want to dress with dignity. How to awaken chivalry in men and be treated with respect. How to regain and teach the lost charm of interior and exterior femininity! How to dress in an attractive, dignified, classy manner! Specific documents about manners of dress from the Magisterium, the Popes and the Saints. Comprehensive guidelines for choosing tasteful attire. Resources on where to find beautiful, modest clothing. And much, much more!

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Statement from Fr. Frank regarding Shooting in Colorado Springs

Priests for Life

12/2/2015

For Immediate Release

Fr. Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life, issued the following statement today:

The senseless and universally denounced shootings that took place in Colorado Springs on Friday have brought a number of inquiries to me and other pro-life leaders regarding whether we intend to soften our language or modify our actions regarding Planned Parenthood and abortion generally.

In short, the answer is “No.” In fact, we will intensify both our language and our protests.

We neither participate in nor condone violence. Our messages and our protests did not start because of irresponsible and deranged perpetrators of violence, nor will they change or cease because of such people.

Planned Parenthood — and the abortion industry generally — are dismembering and decapitating little children on a daily basis, and for a profit. We describe abortion that way because that is how medical textbooks describe it. “A long curved Mayo scissors may be necessary to decapitate and dismember the fetus,” Dr. Warren Hern explains in Abortion Practice, p. 154. The US Supreme Court, moreover, has described abortion procedures in detail. “The doctor grips a fetal part with the forceps and pulls it back through the cervix… The friction  causes the fetus to tear apart. For example, a  leg might be ripped off the fetus as it is  pulled through the cervix and out of the woman. The process of evacuating the fetus  piece by piece continues until it  has been completely removed.”  (US Supreme Court, Gonzales vs. Carhart, April 18, 2007,  describing the D&E  procedure).

If these things were not true, there would be no justification to say them; but since they are true, there is no justification for keeping silent.

As I explained in my column yesterday on FoxNews.com, our language reveals these horrors and opposes them, but the language of the abortion industry not only admits these realities but justifies them. That’s the kind of language that does damage to the moral framework of our society.

If people hear these things and are comfortable with them, they can act and vote accordingly. If, on the other hand, they think these practices should stop, they can work in legal and peaceful ways with us and the entire the pro-life movement to educate the public and change public policy.

In the coming months, we will intensify our multi-pronged Expose Abortion effort (www.ExposeAbortion.com), using the words of abortionists themselves, the photos and videos of abortion, and the corruption of the abortion industry to awaken the public to this violence. The strategies we will employ, and the principles on which they rest, are explained at length in my new book, Abolishing Abortion, released this summer by Thomas Nelson publishers (www.AbolishingAbortion.com).

Likewise, on Thursday, January 21, starting at 9am, we will hold a national prayer rally and protest against Planned Parenthood at its newest Washington DC location (1225 4th St. NE). Many of our fellow citizens will already be in Washington for the annual March for Life the following day, and we urge them to join us for Thursday’s protest, and for a National Prayer Service on Friday morning at 8:30am at Constitution Hall (1776 D St., NW (18th and D St).

Planned Parenthood and the entire abortion industry are committing crimes against humanity. We thank the Republican members of the Select Panel on Infant Lives for the work that they are committed to do to bring to light the facts that support this assertion, and we at Priests for Life will work hard to support their work and inform the public about it. As for the Democratic members of the panel, we will oppose their efforts to distort, dilute and deflect the meaning and purpose of the panel, and will steadfastly oppose their efforts to keep America’s holocaust going strong.

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Dr. Everett Piper, President Oklahoma Wesleyan University:

This past week, I actually had a student come forward after a university chapel service and complain because he felt “victimized” by a sermon on the topic of 1 Corinthians 13. It appears that this young scholar felt offended because a homily on love made him feel bad for not showing love! In his mind, the speaker was wrong for making him, and his peers, feel uncomfortable.

I’m not making this up. Our culture has actually taught our kids to be this self-absorbed and narcissistic! Any time their feelings are hurt, they are the victims! Anyone who dares challenge them and, thus, makes them “feel bad” about themselves, is a “hater,” a “bigot,” an “oppressor,” and a “victimizer.”

I have a message for this young man and all others who care to listen. That feeling of discomfort you have after listening to a sermon is called a conscience! An altar call is supposed to make you feel bad! It is supposed to make you feel guilty! The goal of many a good sermon is to get you to confess your sins—not coddle you in your selfishness. The primary objective of the Church and the Christian faith is your confession, not your self-actualization!

So here’s my advice:

If you want the chaplain to tell you you’re a victim rather than tell you that you need virtue, this may not be the university you’re looking for. If you want to complain about a sermon that makes you feel less than loving for not showing love, this might be the wrong place.

If you’re more interested in playing the “hater” card than you are in confessing your own hate; if you want to arrogantly lecture, rather than humbly learn; if you don’t want to feel guilt in your soul when you are guilty of sin; if you want to be enabled rather than confronted, there are many universities across the land (in Missouri and elsewhere) that will give you exactly what you want, but Oklahoma Wesleyan isn’t one of them.

At OKWU, we teach you to be selfless rather than self-centered. We are more interested in you practicing personal forgiveness than political revenge. We want you to model interpersonal reconciliation rather than foment personal conflict. We believe the content of your character is more important than the color of your skin. We don’t believe that you have been victimized every time you feel guilty and we don’t issue “trigger warnings” before altar calls.

Oklahoma Wesleyan is not a “safe place”, but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up!

This is not a day care. This is a university!

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I share Mr. Jalsevac’s sentiments and encourage all pro-life individuals, organizations and political representatives, to read his entire article, take heed and respond accordingly.

Two quotes to entice you:

Almost all candidates are in this position. Even most Catholic bishops are greatly lacking a good understanding of the crucial details, implications and real truths of the on-going war against vulnerable human life and the family. Very few of these leaders have the time to study these issues as they should, and as we do full-time, all year round. But they don’t have to. There are many very trustworthy, long-time leaders more than willing to provide free counsel.

Most leaders hugely underestimate how much there is to learn about our issues, how crucial they are to any nation and the extent of deception and outright lying that must be waded through to get to the truth.

Carson’s response reveals that he still is not aware of what happened to Terri and how her husband, who hated Terri’s parents and siblings, and a corrupt court forced the removal of nutrition and hydration from Terri.

Terri would have likely lived at least several or perhaps more years and was well aware of and enjoyed those who came to visit her. She was falsely portrayed as being in a vegetative state. Her adulterous husband had shacked up with another woman some years ago and clearly wanted her out of the way while proclaiming that death is what Terri wanted. He stood to financially benefit in a large way from her death.

Police snipers were posted on the roof of the building where she was slowly being starved and dehydrated to death. Her parents and siblings were permitted very controlled access to her. Visits were closely monitored by security agents who watched their every move as they saw their daughter/sister slowly executed before their eyes. It was barbaric, horrendous, and in the end a moral indictment against the whole nation. It became in international story.

There were extraordinary actions taken to ensure that no one interfered with Terri’s extremely painful death. Her siblings, her parents, Fr. Frank Pavone, who spent time with her in her room in the hospice – no one was permitted to relieve her suffering. Not even permitted to moisten her painful, cracked lips.

“I respect the emotions of the Schiavo family and know that this is a painful and difficult issue for many who defend the sanctity of life,” Dr. Carson said.

That statement undoubtedly has been felt by many to be demeaning, as though it was mainly about emotions or that any concern everyone had was because the family was having to endure emotional sufferings due to some ordinary medical event in the life of a very ill person.

Well, I can tell you, I was angry back then when this took place, as were thousands and thousands of others. This whole saga, with the complicity of the medical system, the courts, the police, the media, even some priests, bishops and medical ethicists and the negligence of all who should have done much more, was a great evil.

It almost seemed at times that the entire nation would be held accountable for participating in the very public, slow execution of Terri Schiavo. She was a special victim, a sign of something much greater than herself. This was some kind of special test of America that was permitted to happen. America failed.

Today, ten years after the deed was done, I find my disgust and anger has not lessened. Justice has not yet been done.

Read the entire article at LifeSiteNews

RELATED: Terri Schiavo 

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“Women should not be afraid of their sexuality. Women should be afraid of those who admire them only for their ‘great body.’ We would like them to preserve this wonderful gift (virginity) for their ‘one and only.'” Source

Jim Bazen is principal of Plymouth Christian High School in Grand Rapids.

My comment:

All you female television commentators and personalities who object (or not) to Mr. Bazen’s comments and school discipline, get your dress and skirt hemlines down below your knees and be a good example to your daughters and all other young women.

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Copied from Voice of the Family to share with the world:

The following intervention was made by Dr. Anca-Maria Cernea,  President of the Association of Catholic Doctors of Bucharest (Romania), at the Ordinary Synod on the Family on Friday [Oct 17, 2015].

Your Holiness, Synod Fathers, Brothers and Sisters,

I represent the Association of Catholic Doctors from Bucharest.

I am from the Romanian Greek Catholic Church.

My father was a Christian political leader, who was imprisoned by the communists for 17 years. My parents were engaged to marry, but their wedding took place 17 years later.

My mother waited all those years for my father, although she didn’t even know if he was still alive. They have been heroically faithful to God and to their engagement.

Their example shows that God’s grace can overcome terrible social circumstances and material poverty.

We, as Catholic doctors, defending life and family, can see this is, first of all, a spiritual battle.

Material poverty and consumerism are not the primary cause of the family crisis.

The primary cause of the sexual and cultural revolution is ideological.

Our Lady of Fatima has said that Russia’s errors would spread all over the world.

It was first done under a violent form, classical Marxism, by killing tens of millions.

Now it’s being done mostly by cultural Marxism. There is continuity from Lenin’s sex revolution, through Gramsci and the Frankfurt school, to the current-day gay-rights and gender ideology.

Classical Marxism pretended to redesign society, through violent take-over of property.

Now the revolution goes deeper; it pretends to redefine family, sex identity and human nature.

This ideology calls itself progressive. But it is nothing else than the ancient serpent’s offer, for man to take control, to replace God, to arrange salvation here, in this world.

It’s an error of religious nature, it’s Gnosticism.

It’s the task of the shepherds to recognize it, and warn the flock against this danger.

“Seek ye therefore first the Kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.”

The Church’s mission is to save souls. Evil, in this world, comes from sin. Not from income disparity or “climate change”.

The solution is: Evangelization. Conversion.

Not an ever increasing government control. Not a world government. These are nowadays the main agents imposing cultural Marxism to our nations, under the form of population control, reproductive health, gay rights, gender education, and so on.

What the world needs nowadays is not limitation of freedom, but real freedom, liberation from sin. Salvation.

Our Church was suppressed by the soviet occupation. But none of our 12 bishops betrayed their communion with the Holy Father. Our Church survived thanks to our bishops’ determination and example in resisting prisons and terror.

Our bishops asked the community not to follow the world. Not to cooperate with the communists.

Now we need Rome to tell the world: “Repent of your sins and turn to God for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”.

Not only us, the Catholic laity, but also many Christian Orthodox are anxiously praying for this Synod. Because, as they say, if the Catholic Church gives in to the spirit of this world, it is going to be very difficult for all the other Christians to resist it.

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*Our Lady of Fatima – Her Prophecies and Warnings Remain as Essential as Ever!

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Kelsey Grammer sports pro-life t-shirt.

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