Art Of Sacred Vestments


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Have you ever taken the time to look at the designs, and the details of ancient Liturgical Vestments? Or, have you ever thought to yourself, after seeing the intricate details, how and who made this?

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My grandmother used to make folk costumes for her native town in Slovakia. She made her own lace, and embroidered her own cloth. She brought that talent of her’s with her, when she immigrated to the US. Unfortunately, her talent and techniques were not passed on to the next generation and the mystery of how she did it, making her fabric artwork, is gone with her. I do however have a full folk costume she had made along with some doll clothing, which were made for dolls to be given to all her grandchildren girls.

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The detail in her work is amazing (photo above).  The time she took to make her own lace alone, to add to the beautiful ribbons and fabric, created a work of art that no mass production assembly line could ever dream of recreating.  I do remember the time, when my doll was being worked on. My mom told me that my grandma was getting older and her hands couldn’t do the work like she used to. Grandma stopped the production of her work, and reluctantly turned to local fabric stores as the source of materials for her design. I never really thought about it at the time, but as I see it clearly now, it truly was the end of an era as the Artist was putting down her brushes for good. Little did I know, that my grandmother would hand down to me, the love in her heart for the beautiful attention put into this art and the spark to see these same details created in love, it in our Church, in the Priests Sacred Vestments.

There is a story out, about how the Vatican has lent the Met in New York, some of our Churches Sacred Vestments to be on exhibit entitled The Met and Heavenly Bodies.

Here is a snip from the Met

The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—will feature a dialogue between fashion and medieval art from The Met collection to examine fashion’s ongoing engagement with the devotional practices and traditions of Catholicism.

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I wasn’t exactly sure how to take this story.  My thoughts drifted to the child in me. When we love, we seek to protect. Its often been the case, in which anything Catholic these days hits the circuit that it ends up getting the same treatment as that child in JR High,  constantly being picked on by the school bullies. The Fashion Industry bully wants to see my prized toy? Well okay, but don’t break it. A lot of this insecurity came from false media reports, about how the “evil Vatican” is lending vestments for UN-ORTHODOX  people to design vestments for WOMAN. Also, one other false story, stating they will be used for a fashion show. Spare us O Lord.

I am so happy to say, my initial idea as to how this is taking place, is a little selfish. Why not share the beauty and details of the sacred Vestments? Its art. Sacred Art that draws souls in and doesn’t push away. Igniting the soul to ponder.

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Eucharist, Passover, First Born, Death & Life


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Pondering…

At Passover: Exodus 12 “For on this same night I will go through Egypt, striking down every firstborn in the land, human being and beast alike, and executing judgment on all the gods of Egypt—I, the LORD! But for you the blood will mark the houses where you are. Seeing the blood, I will pass over you; thereby, when I strike the land of Egypt, no destructive blow will come upon you. This day will be a day of remembrance for you, which your future generations will celebrate with pilgrimage to the LORD; you will celebrate it as a statute forever.”

Last Supper: Mark 14 “While they were eating, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” 23 Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, 1 Corinthians 11 –  “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”

Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will have to answer for the body and blood of the Lord. A person should examine himself,and so eat the bread and drink the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body, eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are ill and infirm, and a considerable number are dying.

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The Blood of the Lamb… Our bodies are the temple of the Holy Spirit. Shouldn’t our Lord’s precious blood always cover the doorposts to our temple, just as the doorposts were covered in the blood of a lamb during Passover. Ensuring that the angel of death pass us by? Where is this Precious Blood to be found but in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Where redemption is found to the soul who seeks repenting.

How do we receive our Lord in the Eucharist? Is it in a clean temple? Do we prepare to receive Him by examination of our conscious? Do we look deep into how we are living and ask if it is the way we were called to live by our Lord or is it a sinful life we called ourselves to live? Do we repent and seek reconciliation first? If the door posts are not covered in His Precious Blood, are we inviting death instead of Life?

Our Lord is the First Born from the dead. He is the First and the Last. He is the only begotten Son, sacrificed for us on the cross for the forgiveness of our sins.. No other Sacrifice has covered our sins.

Repent.

Cohabitation And Holy Communion

 

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Media Confusion Not Rome


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WHICH IS IT? Did the Vatican: “reportedly reject the German bishops’ proposal for intercommunion of spouses” OR has it not rejected it? Or is it a great CONSPIRACY?? The Catholicism Left VS Right nonsense in the media, and all over Social Media needs to end. – Truth please!

If the “Media” can’t figure out what it is, and jumps to conclusions about what “may” have be said, it is not the Vatican spewing the “confusion” as has been reported, but the media creating the confusion itself..

The OFFICIAL document from the Vatican has not been released to the media as of yet. Here is the best idea I can give you. Wait for the official release. Always wait. God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Pray. It will save you a lot of “confusion”.

Vatican reportedly rejects German bishops’ proposal for intercommunion of spouses

 

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Spare Us, O Lord!

 

 

 

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Alfie Evans & What Sacrificial Love Teaches us


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I had been an online friend with Robbie Kramer for many years through social media. I have seen many of her updates on her son and realized in the 10 or so years of seeing her posts of Keith, one thing was clear. Sacrificial love is a give and take. Sacrificial Love teaches us to live for the other and not for self.. Keith through his very existence in this life, teaches his family how to care for others, love others, be patient with others and the very meaning of love and fortitude. While through love of the son, the family pulls together to nurture the son and one another. Sharing the life with others.  Please see her story here:

Kansas Mom Says Alfie Evans Should Live – Shows Her 26-Year-Old Son as Proof

Along with another here:

Mother of Severely Disabled 26-Year-Old: Alfie Evans Deserves More Than ‘Death With Dignity’

When “society” is faced with suffering, it often runs from it. Looking for the easy out. There isn’t one outside of Christ Jesus.

The same propaganda spoon fed to German Society is being recirculated again, in the very exact way it was two years before the start of WWII. “Life unworthy of life”. Nazi Germany’s First Program of Mass Murder In other words, life not worth anything to me. Germany also passed unjust laws, which many blindly followed directly into concentration camps of their own.

We see the same game playing out in the Netherlands:

The Netherlands is Euthanizing Mentally Disabled Patients and People With Autism

What exactly does that mean for man to say such a thing? If life is alive, and it is, what is unworthy of it? It is life and all life, no matter how small, or large, is life.

Alfie Evens case, like many others, should teach us that a government set regulation which seeks to euthanize a child AGAINST the parents wishes,  must always be regarded as unjust. The government is not the parent. To euthanize the child is a gross Human Right violation. As are all “Assisted Dying” Euthanasia unjust laws.

How World War II led to Human Rights Laws

Lord help us.

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Ordinary Extraordinary


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I love the TLM as much as I love the Ordinary. We forget that it is our Lord who makes the Ordinary, Extraordinary.

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Be Holy – “Gaudete et Exsultate”

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A Quote To Remember


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May it please His Majesty that we fear Him whom we ought to fear, and understand that one venial sin can do us more harm than all hell together; for that is the truth. The evil spirits keep us in terror, because we expose ourselves to the assaults of terror by our attachments to honours, possessions, and pleasures. For then the evil spirits, uniting themselves with us, — we become our own enemies when we love and seek what we ought to hate, — do us great harm. We ourselves put weapons into their hands, that they may assail us; those very weapons with which we should defend ourselves. It is a great pity. But if, for the love of God, we hated all this, and embraced the cross, and set about His service in earnest, Satan would fly away before such realities, as from the plague. He is the friend of lies, and a lie himself. He will have nothing to do with those who walk in the truth. When he sees the understanding of any one obscured, he simply helps to pluck out his eyes; if he sees any one already blind, seeking peace in vanities, — for all the things of this world are so utterly vanity, that they seem to be but the playthings of a child, — he sees at once that such a one is a child; he treats him as a child, and ventures to wrestle with him — not once, but often.
May it please our Lord that I be not one of these; and may His Majesty give me grace to take that for peace which is really peace, that for honour which is really honour, and that for delight which is really a delight. Let me never mistake one thing for another — and then I snap my fingers at all the devils, for they shall be afraid of me. I do not understand those terrors which make us cry out, Satan, Satan! when we may say, God, God! and make Satan tremble. Do we not know that he cannot stir without the permission of God? What does it mean? I am really much more afraid of those people who have so great a fear of the devil, than I am of the devil himself. Satan can do me no harm whatever, but they can trouble me very much, particularly if they be confessors. I have spent some years of such great anxiety, that even now I am amazed that I was able to bear it. Blessed be our Lord, who has so effectually helped me!

Ch. XXV. “Divine Locutions. Discussions on That Subject” ¶ 26 & 27 – St. Teresa of Ávila

The “smoke of Satan” only chokes those who refuse to throw open the doors of mercy to air out the stagnant air of where they are.

17 The seventy[-two] returned rejoicing, and said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name.”

18 Jesus said, “I have observed Satan fall like lightning* from the sky.

19 Behold, I have given you the power ‘to tread upon serpents’ and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven.”r Luke 10 17-19

 

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World Day of Prayer for Vocations


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I may be preaching to the choir with this post, but I’m going to say it anyway.

The more faith in our Lord blooms, into adulthood, the more the soul desires just Him.

Where you are, is where He has called you to follow Him. I have shared many posts in regards to how I have felt that our Lord originally called me to religious life, as a Nun, as my desire in youth was strongly headed in that direction, but, with a well formed conscious, the soul comes to realize the fact that if our Lord wanted me in that Vocation, I would be there today. Can I justify leaving my husband and children behind to peruse a Religious Vocation, in which I “feel” our Lord is call me to? No. That would be a serious error and a giving into a spiritual attack by the enemy. Fortitude is an important key in all Vocations. A Religious Vocation does not destroy the family. It nurtures the Family. The Vocation of Marriage, with Christ as the Spouse, the Head of the Church, is also the Head of the Household in the Vocation of Marriage. There is no difference in that He is the Spouse of the Home. He provides for, leads and strengthens the family.

Can I then say how sad it is when a Priest or Sister, leaves his or her Spouse, being the entire Church, to pursue a different Vocation, after they have taken a Vow as Priest or Nun, Sister, etc.? These souls who are under serious spiritual attack, I pray for. Just as I pray for the strengthening  the Vocation of the bonds of Marriage.

From the USCCB:

The purpose of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to, “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). As a climax to a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church, it affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all that concerns vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life.  While appreciating all vocations, the Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries(priesthood and diaconate), to the Religious life in all its forms (male and female, contemplative and apostolic), to societies of apostolic life, to secular institutes in their diversity of services and membership, and to the missionary life, in the particular sense of mission “ad gentes”.

2018 marks the 55th Anniversary of the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

Resources for the World Day of Prayer for Vocations

World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, April 22nd, Good Shepard Sunday. I pray for family’s to allow their children to grow in our Catholic faith, and not be discouraged by the world in which we are only here for a short time.  I pray for parents to grow in faith, and teach their Children to love and worship our Lord, to grow in reverence for all things holy.  I pray for parents that they may not put out the fire of our Lord growing larger in their children, His children, due to the parents desire for a different life that they want for them, full of material things that can not fill the desire within the heart. I pray for Parents, to grow in faith, to share the bond of our Lord with the entire family, in love, for Love.

Encourage Vocations, not discourage. Build up, not tear down. Never bite the Hand that feeds you.

The family that prays together stays together” and “A world at prayer is a world at peace“. – Venerable Father Patrick Peyton, C.S.C.

 

 

 

 

 

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