Young people are returning to traditional faith practices

Young people are returning to traditional faith practices

[Red: my comments.]

In a vast sanctuary filled with kneeling Catholics, the light catches on a single ivory veil, draped over the head of a young woman in prayer. 

Emma White is the only one in the church with her hair covered. She said it was intimidating to don her chapel veil at first, especially at her home parish in London, Ont. Sometimes, people would stare, wondering why she would choose to cover her hair when it’s not required. [Kudos to all the ladies that don't give into this fear, I know there are lots of you who have sent me messages and are out there. May God bless you for your devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.]

White is part of a growing number of young people in the Church who are embracing traditional practices. Despite the popular idea that young people have no attention span, there seems to be a deep desire to encounter God in tradition and silence. More millennials are returning to older prayers and devotions.

White was inspired by some of her classmates who chose to wear a veil in the presence of the Eucharist and she decided that it would increase her devotion to Christ. 

“I am a daughter of the King, and I should adorn myself with a veil to live that out more fully,” she said.

Prior to the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, women were expected to cover their head in Mass, [And no one need take those beautiful traditions away!] but the 1983 Code of Canon Law has no such requirement, so the practice is not as common now. 

White’s veil is a Spanish mantilla, a delicate work of lace that covers most of the hair. Unmarried women traditionally wear a white one, so her veil is ivory. It’s a less bright shade that is beautiful without being too eye-catching, according to White. [More on my thoughts regarding that here.]
Sr. April Cabaccang, 29, is a Salesian Sister whose order offers her a choice of whether to wear a habit. Although some sisters don’t wear the habit, Cabaccang said she chooses to wear hers because it helps her to be a witness for her faith. 

When people stop her on the bus or in a store to ask about it, she has the perfect opportunity to talk to them about Christ.

“It is important for young people to embrace tradition,” she said. “They need to know that there is one Truth, One Good worth sticking to.”

Cabaccang believes tradition can be a way for people to anchor themselves. Like White, she says the habit reminds her who she is as well as whose she is. It puts her in a space of reverence. [I do find that to be true for me as well, I put the veil on and it's all about the Mass or Adoration. I put the veil on and it's because I am coming into the Real Presence of Christ.] 
Full article here.

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Police remove young people praying the rosary at Reformation event in Catholic church

Wow. Praying the rosary in a Catholic church isn't allowed, but a "Reformation" event is? What is going on?!

A woman shouts at young men praying the rosary during an interfaith service at a Catholic church.

LYON, France, December 7, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — For the fourth time in recent months, a group of youth singing the rosary interrupted an ecumenical service at a Catholic church.
Young Catholics gathered last Friday as faithful witnesses to pray at St. Irénée Church in Lyon duirng an interfaith service attended by the local Archbishop, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin.
video capturing a brief portion of the incident shows the young men kneeling and singing as armed policemen assemble to remove them from the church.
The ecumenical service was the conclusion of commemorations of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, La Croix reported.
The Catholic Youth Movement of France and France Jeunesse Civitas conducted the disruption to “publicly repair this offense to God and his Church.”
“Catholic activists could not let this scandal go unpunished,” a translated post on the Civitas website said. “So we gathered in this church to denounce this sacrilegious meeting and pray to the rosary saint.”

For more of the article, visit Life Site News.

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Father Jacques Hamel, pray for us!

Yesterday at Mass, I was helping my daughter with her missal when I pulled out a prayer card from between the pages....It had a a picture of Fr. Hamel on the front of it. He was the priest who was martyred only a year ago in France, at the hands of Muslim extremists. I don't know where the card came from, she never uses that missal. She just took it with us to Mass yesterday on a whim, I think.  

But all I can think to say is, "Quelle coincidence!" or "What a coincidence!", or was it? Maybe it was providential, maybe Our Lord wants us to remember this priest who died for the Faith a year ago. Perhaps God wants us to remember Fr. Hamel's example, that we, like him, will always ready to give everything, (even our lives) for the glory of God.

Blessed be the martyrs, who through their sacrifice give glory to the most high God!

Witnesses to martyrdom: Father Hamel’s last moments

Do you see cows?” asks the woman on the phone.
“Yes,” answers the reporter. “I see six cows, it looks like they are grazing.”
“They have been grazing for over 20 years,” comments Mrs. Coponet, “They are made out of plastic. Well, turn right after the cows, then take the second left. We are expecting you.”
Thus begins a meet-up between journalists from the French publication Famille Chrétienne and three witnesses to the Mass-time murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel who felt ready to talk about what they had experienced. Coming together not far from where the remains of Fr. Hamel lie, the reporters met with Guy and Janine Coponet, married 64 years, and Sr. Danielle Delafosse who, along with two members of Sr. Danielle’s religious community, were participating in the Mass at St. Etienne when the attackers entered.
Guy Coponet, who on that day was celebrating his 87th birthday, had been stabbed three times — in the arm, the back and the throat. He tells reporters that the emergency physician who treated him counted him very lucky or very blessed. “The emergency doctor who treated me told me, ‘There was a divine hand on you because none of the stabs have hit a vital organ. But it really was a close call…'” For Coponet it seems providential, but also costly. “It’s like a miracle! The Lord allowed me to survive as a sign of his mercy. It is distressing to me; I hate to draw attention to myself. I am a retired factory worker; I love the hidden life of Nazareth. Finding myself in the spotlight appalls me.”
Coponet reveals that the jihadis forced him to videotape their actions, which he found enormously difficult. “[They] grabbed me by the collar and put a camera in my hands and said, ‘Granddaddy, you take the movie.’ They even checked the quality of the picture and made sure that I was not shaking too much.”
What followed was an unimaginable nightmare for him: “I had to film the assassination of my friend Father Jacques! I can’t get over it…”
The attackers intended for their video to be fed to social media networks, Coponet said. After the slaying of Fr. Hamel, Coponet warned them that they were on the wrong side of heaven, and that their parents would die of grief from their actions. At that point, one of the men lashed out. “He stabbed me and dragged me to the bottom of the altar steps. The floor was all red, but I didn’t realize that it was my blood flowing. I didn’t feel any pain at the time. I tightened my hand around my throat because blood was spurting out.”
Janine Coponet remembers immediately entrusting her husband to the intercession of St. Therese of Lisieux and the Venerable Carmelite friar, Father Marie-Eugene. She related a sense of their whole married life together passing “before my mind’s eye in a few seconds.” With three stab wounds, she believed her husband would not survive.
In the midst of the slaughter, Sister Danielle managed to escape. Seeing Fr. Hamel fall, she told herself to move and get help. “I’m not a great athlete, but at that moment, I made tracks. A neighbor took me in. I called for help. They came on the double.”
Guy Coponet says, “I prayed as I have never prayed in my life. I called upon all the saints I could think of. First of all, little Brother Charles [de Foucauld], also killed by a Muslim, in the desert. In my heart of hearts, I recited my favorite prayer: ‘Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will… Into your hands I commend my soul.’ I was in his hands. Especially after Mass!”
The journalists asked about reports that before his death Fr. Hamel called out twice, “Be gone Satan!” and whether the trio saw evil in action. “No doubt,” said Sr. Danielle, “This does not mean that [the assailant] Adel Kermiche was possessed, but that Satan was at work in a powerful way. Father Jacques wanted to exorcise this evil. Those were his last words. Satan does not like the Eucharist …”
After stabbing Guy Coponet and dragging him to the altar steps, Kermiche commenced a conversation with Sr. Helen, one of the members of Sr. Danielle’s community. As Sr. Danielle relates, Kermiche asked, “Are you afraid of dying?” When the nun said “no” he seemed surprised and asked her why not.
“Because I believe in God, and I know I will be happy.”
The killer said, in a low voice, “I believe in God too, and I am not afraid of death.” Then he declared: “Jesus is a man, not God!”
The jihadis asked the two women, Janine Caponet and Sr. Helen, if they were familiar with the Koran. “Yes, I have read the Koran,” replied Sr. Helen. “What struck me were the sura that speak of peace.”
Kermiche suggested that when the women were inevitably brought before the television cameras they should call for peace from the authorities, saying that as long as bombings continued in Syria, attacks would continue in France, daily. “I think it was just a pretext,” says Sr. Danielle. “The only thing they had in their heads was propaganda received by internet.”
Janine calls the conversation “surreal,” taking place as it did before two bloody bodies.
The killers betrayed some humanity toward the elderly women when they pleaded exhaustion. When Janine asked if she could sit, Adel Kermiche immediately answered, “Yes, sit down, Madame,” as though he had forgotten his manners. When Sr. Helen, also feeling exhausted, asked him for her cane, which she had left at her seat, he brought it to her.
Soon after, however, one of the killers put what Janine thought was a real pistol to her head (it later turned out to be a fake) and began to push her toward the exit door of the church. “I turned around anyway to have a last look at my Guy, and I saw one of his legs moving! I told myself: ‘He’s alive. Oh Lord, thank you!'”
While Guy Coponet continued to play dead, the killers went outside and gunfire was heard. After that, says Coponet, “There was a huge silence. I tried to shout, ‘Is anyone there?’ But no sound came out of my throat. I tried again: ‘Isn’t there anyone?’ Nothing. I felt abandoned.”
His wife related those final few moments of terror. “The bell struck 10:30 a.m. My Guy had been playing dead for 45 minutes. They pushed us outside. The sirens were howling. We crossed the threshold. Policemen grabbed us. The killers came out, shouting ‘Allahu akbar.’ The police fired. The two young people died instantly. A policewoman hid me behind a car. She was in tears.” At that point, she did not know whether Guy was still alive.
Within minutes members of a special police unit were calling for the doors to be opened, and quickly the team stormed in, with medics in tow. “A doctor looked at me as I recited the last sentence of my Ave, ‘… and at the hour of our death. Amen.'” Convinced he was going to die, Coponet says he felt an overwhelming sense of serenity. “I had no remorse, only love in me. In fact, it was a moment of great bliss.”
Asked if they could forgive the terrorist, Guy admits to struggling, and suggests he will only be able to do that with the grace of God, perhaps from heaven. His wife says, “For now, we pray especially for their families.” She thinks often of the mothers of these young men. “They will not get over it anytime soon.” The couple expressed a desire to someday meet the parents and try to understand what has happened. They are now looking forward to celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary, and continue to attend Mass. “We are at the heart of an immense mystery: the mystery of Christ who gave his life for each one of us. He gave his life for our killers. The Eucharist enlightens us about the tragedy that we have just experienced.” They added that now the Mass seems to fill them with a special joy.
Sr. Danielle, who knows the Kermiche family from her clinical work with many Muslim neighbors, says the killer’s family are “at a loss. The parents do not understand how one of their children could have committed such a barbarous act.” Adel Kermiche, she reveals, was undergoing psychiatric treatment. “This is one of those complex cases where psychological instability, religious and cultural ignorance, and an existential vacuum are all mixed together… It’s a Molotov cocktail ready to explode: a crazy imam preaching on the internet can be the match that lights the fuse…”
Pope Francis has announced that he wishes to hasten the cause of Fr. Hamel’s possible sainthood. In September he suggested that Hamel is a new martyr who “should be venerated.”
Sr. Danielle agrees. “Jacques had been a priest for 58 years. He had just celebrated Christ’s sacrifice when he was slain, just like the Lamb that he had served and celebrated all his life. He died instantly. He is the first priest killed by the hand of a jihadist on European soil, in the 21st century. He is a new martyr.”

Ivanka and Melania Trump Veils at the Vatican.

So, they were at the Vatican last week. Current papacy and presidency and whatever feelings you have regarding those aside, what do you think of the actual veils?

I thought Ivanka's choice was a pretty bold fashion statement. A little gutsy even for a lady who is unaccustomed to veiling. No?  I like the headband.

But Melania, I could've done you better; softer, more romantic! It looks like it was starched or something. It sort of appears to be like a helmet. And she needs to push it back further on the head. Was she trying to prevent it from falling off?  Maybe a sewn-in comb would've been better if she was worried about slippage. For such a beautiful woman, she should be stunning in a mantilla. 

In the end though, I was impressed and thought they showed good form in going the traditional route with modest black clothing and wearing a veil at all. Especially given the things the pope had to say about Donald during the campaign. Nice job, ladies!

How To Make A May Crown

Here's how I made my latest May Crown for the Blessed Mother, 2017.

I started with tiny roses and the purple flowers. I think that small flowers tend to work best. The white ones are artificial. In the past I've found a good quality artificial flower keeps the crown looking fresh throughout the month.


I use the inner part of an embroidery hoop for the frame. It's a good, sturdy and relatively inexpensive option. This one is 6", but you should measure your own statue to see if you need larger or smaller.

A reliable glue gun and a good supply of glue sticks will come in handy.

I use the floral tape and snipper-pliers even more than the glue gun.

I wrap the floral tape around the hoop, entirely covering it.That way the frame won't show through.

Snip the flowers into small clusters. Wrap a small piece of floral tape around each little bunch.

Keep the flowers all facing the same direction. Attach the small floral clusters to the hoop with more floral tape. The floral tape will stick to the hoop and keep the flowers well secured.

The glue gun can be used when the May crown is almost complete. Use it only to fill in a single flower here or there in any empty spaces. Don't over-use the glue gun, because it's easy to turn the whole thing into a stringy mess.

Bring Flowers of the Rarest

Refrain: O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today!
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.
O Mary we crown thee with blossoms today,
Queen of the Angels and Queen of the May.

Bring flowers of the rarest
bring blossoms the fairest,
from garden and woodland and hillside and dale;
our full hearts are swelling,
our glad voices telling
the praise of the loveliest flower of the vale!

Their lady they name thee,
Their mistress proclaim thee,
Ah, grant that thy children on earth be as true
as long as the bowers
are radiant with flowers,
as long as the azure shall keep its bright hue

Sing gaily in chorus;
the bright angels o'er us
re-echo the strains we begin upon earth;
their harps are repeating
the notes of our greeting,
for Mary herself is the cause of our mirth

Welcome to My New Sewing Kitchen!

Well, we're settling into our new home. I thought you might like to see my new sewing studio, which funny enough, turns out to be another second floor kitchen, just like my old sewing studio!

It's bright and sunny, which is nice. Here's the little porch which is adjacent to the kitchen.

I believe these cabinets were made by the original owners of the house, who were cabinet makers (above).

My sewing machine and new serger here, along with a laptop (above).

Notice my little friend here at the bottom of the photo (above). He's my constant companion.

Here's my embroidery machine.

The "kitcheny" part of my studio.

Thanks for taking the time to view my little tour. Have a great weekend and God bless!

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