Sunday, May 28, 2017

Is History Really That Important?



How many of us have said this studying History throughout the school years? “Why must I learn this?” “How does this help me?” and the list goes on. I am certainly guilty. Besides the tediousness of the subject, it is probably one of the most, if not the most, important subject. Why? Well, there are many reasons. How many have heard the phrase “History repeats itself”? If you never have before, now you have! It is very true however as one can see how even in the past century the governments have tried again and again to dominate the people. They wanted to take the education to make the people ignorant so that they would not rise against them. We’ve seen it happen in Russia, France, Germany…etc. The infamous Napoleon wanted to control the education to take away the Church’s influence on the people and to make the people accepting of the revolutionary ideology. Hitler later used the same strategy. If the people do not know history, they are ignorant of this and are dangerously liable to losing their freedom.
Another important reason for history is that culture develops over many many years and without history, no one would know the origin of their traditions. Perhaps nowadays when people are ignorant of their history, that is why our culture is diminishing as most people care about frivolous things such as playing video games or who went to Starbucks.
But, why is history SO important? Well, going back to the first point where the governments wanted to take control, what were the agendas? Yes, they were godless and the leaders wanted to eliminate God from society. Think about the word ‘history’ itself. Break it down. It is “His story”. All of history revolves around Jesus Christ. In the very beginning there is no other history than God’s creation of the earth. Everything else that has happened revolves around Christ’s redeeming plan. Without history, there is no tradition and there is no faith. It is certainly an evil plan to take away history in order to try to defeat Catholicism. Without history, we would not know the story of how God, out of His infinite love, justice, and mercy, completed the most redeeming act of love.
This is why we must preserve history and cherish it, with all the good that has happened, and all the evil as well. To honor the good, and to learn from the bad, and most especially, to know God better through his teachings and his beautiful and bittersweet sacrifice. 
With Memorial Day this weekend, it is just another addition to this list. How many nowadays celebrate to remember the fallen or just celebrate because they have the day off of school and have another reason to party? Maybe a good way to celebrate this memorial day would be to go to a cemetery and  find the tombstones of those who have served in our military and say a prayer for their souls and just remember their sacrifice for your freedoms. If you serve in the military, then I thank you with a sincere gratitude and God bless you indeed!

Rosalina

(One of my favorite stories in history is the story of the "Star Spangled Banner". Do you know the history of the song? If not, you can watch this video which is so beautifully narrated! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaxGNQE5ZLA)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Travel - a Social Event?







Slide 1 of 15: We sometimes fantasize about what it was like to fly in the mid-20th century. Back then, people dressed up for flights rather than reaching for yoga pants, there were no baggage fees, you didn’t have to remove your shoes for security, and you enjoyed a full meal (with drinks!) during the flight. There were, of course, not-so-great aspects to it too: Air travel was reserved for the wealthy because of the high costs, routes were limited, and smoking on board was allowed. <br><br>The job of flight attendant, then referred to as “air hostess” or “stewardess,” was one of the few professions open to women in the 1930s. Soon, it became almost exclusively for women. Flight attendants were always stylish—some even wore designer uniforms. However, most of the first flight attendants were hired for more than their looks: When commercial air travel began, airlines required stewardesses to be registered nurses. The profession is more inclusive now, with a variety of men and women hosting flights around the world.<br><br><br>Here, we’ve rounded up 14 photos of the real stars of plane travel back in the day.<br><br><a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/13476480@N07/8685814284/in/photolist-eex4YG-a4DKUT-52guqN-awYWMH-8prFiQ-4zaYSR-fyTudt-iyfRQu-biAgs-8w24ba-6RxU3r-o88Wn-8fL2Py-p17Jmo-8w2496-8w56dq-dR8BcL-37FgYC-ag4QgS-ag25aF-8w23Ut-7n4a66-3wB7Tn-kiGAh6-8w564u-atVbex-8w56wm-5uZeaT-8w24dZ-nLSGH-8w56aU-atXQw1-oDWyF7-9mrboA-9mrbsW-9mo7R6-9mrbxh-6QjPR-8w56qu-fb3Dti-2phyiG-atXR5A-8w243M-6CzA24-9tddaZ-vM9PJ-inSv8-9tgbcf-aXEJpP-rwuj9M">Photo by manhhai/Flickr</a>Hello all! Just wanted to share with you some pictures and some interesting facts! Nowadays whenever people travel around they dress casually and comfortably. Not too long ago that was quite different! Whether people cared about all the first impressions they would make on their travels or it was just that they wanted to present themselves the best they could wherever they were, they certainly cared more than most today. The flight attendants had to dress up and most were required to be registered nurses!




Slide 4 of 15: A flight attendant serves dinner on this coast-to-coast flight from Washington to Los Angeles in 1941. <br><br><a href="http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa2000052954/PP/">Courtesy of Library of Congress</a> Even if one was traveling on a train or any other means of transportation, he always presented himself with grace and poise. He did not take off his shoes or do any such things.
Slide 2 of 20: People used to dress up for train travel.
Slide 6 of 20: First class cars in particular were tastefully decorated.
Look at the way the train was decorated! Even though it is just a train, it reflects beauty and elevates one's soul, even just by traveling!
Slide 16 of 20: As was reading the newspaper.
notice how dressed up everyone is!

Just to sum up, I wanted to show you the difference between how people present themselves. As compared to the first picture it is clear how things have changed. We are all children of God and made in His image and likeness. That never changes and will never change. Since we represent Him, why would we want to look anything but our best?
Just a thought... Have a blessed weekend!
Rosalina

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Welcome Summer!!.. and... Goodbye Modesty????


True manhood does not seek to compromise a woman's purity; true manhood stands up to heroically protect it.:

Hello everybody! Once again we are discussing one of the biggest problems in today's society. Yes, you guessed it... modesty. No one wants to talk about it. As summer walks through the door, apparently modesty walks right out. Some people claim that it is just too hot outside to be modest. Here's the deal. That can be true (depending on where one lives) but that is a sacrifice that we can offer to God for the other injustices in the world. Another claim is that it only matters what is in one's heart. But here is the question. Are you dressing for God, or for yourself? Because if it is really in your heart that you are dressing for God and not for attention and whatever reason, then you truly would be modest in what you wear and how you behave. I am not condemning those who dress this way but that is to refute the claims.
Now I will admit, it is very hard to stay true because it is attractive to us to wear what the world presents. Whether to fit in or gain attention, it is hard. I am often tempted and I mean to say that because I know how hard it is. I hope to encourage you to dress modestly. I used to think that everyone who dressed modestly just didn't like the options of the everyday stores. But I discovered it was not the case and that everyone struggles and it is okay to admit to that. Also there are two ways to look at it. To dress modestly and to dress immodestly are both 'attractive' because they attract something towards you. What they attract, however, is quite different.
Modesty is not only the way in which one dresses but the entire way in which he behaves. When a person is of God they will speak, dress, and behave in a Godly manner. That is, with virtue and reflection on God's infinite qualities. We are made in the image and likeness of God and so we must not represent Him as something that contradicts His teachings. To honor him and to reflect Him in us, we must be Godly and do our best to please Him.
One question to ask yourself is "When I am at the final judgement and God asks me why I said ****** or why I wore *****, what will I respond?" Because in the end, it only matters what we do for Him and not to be 'cool'. We must be prudent in every aspect of our lives.
Purity and modesty are different but directly related. modesty is outward dress and behavior while purity is intentions of the heart
So as summer comes, I urge you to remain with a pure heart and if you are interested, you can take a purity pledge here: https://www.tfpstudentaction.org/petitions/be-a-crusader-for-purity-sign-the-purity-pledge

This is the pledge and you can sign it by going to the website given:




Saturday, May 13, 2017

Outfit of the Month May 2017

Firstly, I would like to wish everyone a blessed 100th anniversary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima. We need to continue to pray for the world!

Now, it is that time of the month! Summer is on its way and it becomes harder and harder to dress modestly as the weather gets warmer and everyone else is wearing  the clothes of the world. It becomes hard because we really stand out! But it is so important.
Enjoy!
So this outfit was already put together but I think it was a good outfit for Spring because it is modest and feminine and has quite the color!

"Pretty lady" by julietajj on Polyvore featuring Vince Camuto, Chicwish, Roland…: http://www.polyvore.com/pretty_lady/set?.embedder=11439633&.src=share_android&.svc=pinterest&id=204896596

Have a blessed week!
Rosalina

Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Legend of the Easter Bunny: Part 3


"When the rabbit awoke, it smelled of dawn. He remained by the tomb all through that long day. He ate a little. He slept. All was quiet. When night came, the soldiers brought torches for more light. The rabbit watched the shadows of the torches on the flickering rock. The rabbit was hungry and tired, but the whole world felt empty without that Man, so he knew he couldn't leave.

The sky was just turning pink around the edges when the rabbit woke again. He opened his eyes, stretched his long ears, and listened. He heard the sound of snoring. He hopped silently in the direction of the sound and found two guards asleep on the ground. When the rabbit turned back to the tomb, he noticed the large stone had been rolled away. He hopped silently to the edge of the tomb and peered inside. "You are still here," said a voice in a whisper, causing the rabbit to freeze with fright. The rabbit did not dare breathe, but he turned his tall ear, just a little. "Thank you," said the voice, which the rabbit now recognized as belonging to the Man. "You have given me a great gift," the Man told the furry, white rabbit. "You have stayed with me. You have kept watch and you have waited." The rabbit relaxed. He was no longer afraid.


Because the rabbit remained and did not run away, he got a very special gift in return. Each Easter Sunday, the rabbit is used to share the beautiful message of the first Easter morning with the children of the world. Easter morning is a day for rejoicing with Easter baskets and brightly decorated eggs. The egg is a symbol. Just as a chick bursts our of an egg's shell, Jesus came out of that cold tomb. Jesus has risen, forever. And he will never leave us--not when we're sad, not when we're in trouble, and not when we're in pain. He loves us too much."



I hope you all have a very Blessed Easter filled with many graces. This is a special time of year that always reminds us of our sins and shows us that with our fallen nature, Christ still loves us and has died for us. The battle is already won and the devil has been defeated so never fear! And have a blessed Easter!

Rosalina

Friday, April 14, 2017

The Legend of the Easter Bunny: Part 2


"Dawn came. Loud shouts rang out and the rabbit watched as soldiers came out into the courtyard, pushing the Man roughly in front of them. They were headed right toward the rabbit's hiding spot. The Man staggered under the weight of a wooden beam. Surrounded by shouting soldiers on all sides, he fell to the ground. The rabbit looked deep into the Man's eyes. The Man struggled to get up. Pounding feet all around sent a cloud of dust into the air. The sun climbed higher in the sky. From his hiding spot in the wall, the rabbit could see the Man as he walked on through the streets of the city. The rabbit's heart pounded with fear, but he knew he couldn't leave a Man who was in so much pain.



Overhead, the sun blazed down. The rabbit hopped boldly up the hill where they had taken the man. The Man looked down with a loving gaze. Women were weeping. A young man and an older woman stood together nearby. Suddenly, everything became completely still. for a moment, there was no sound and no movement. Then, rain poured down from the sky and the earth shook. Dripping wet and trembling with fear, the rabbit felt as if the whole world were angry. As suddenly as it began, everything became quiet once more. The Man had died. The rabbit shivered and trembled, but he knew he couldn't leave a Man who had shown such love.



A group of women gathered, crying quietly. Men carefully took the body off the cross. They laid the body in one woman's lap, then carried it to a nearby tomb. Everyone lingered for a moment and then walked quietly out. Almost at one, the men rolled a large rock in front of the entrance to the tomb. There was a small cozy spot just under the curve of the rock in front of the tomb. The rabbit hid there and closed his eyes."

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Legend of the Easter Bunny: Part 1

 
                      
This legend was retold by Heather Voccola. It is a beautiful story that does not give the Easter Bunny sole credit for the reason of Easter. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

"The furry, white rabbit froze in his spot just a few hops away from the olive tree. It was much too late for him to be outside in the garden, but the presence of the Man had awakened him. The Man was kneeling and speaking in a low, quiet voice. At that moment, the moon peeked out from behind a cloud and the rabbit could see the Man's face very clearly. His eyes were closed, and his face wore the saddest expression the rabbit had ever seen. The Man opened his eyes. He looked straight into the rabbit's eyes and whispered two words, "It's time." The rabbit froze in fear, but he knew he couldn't leave a Man who was so sad.


The Man stood up suddenly. The night awakened with the sounds of soldiers on horseback and the light of many torches. The rabbit hooped quickly into the underbrush. From there, he watched as the soldiers bound the Man's hands and dragged him from the garden. The rabbit followed the sounds silently until he saw a group of people crowding into a courtyard. He pressed into the small crack of a stone wall a short distance away. He hoped not to be noticed. The rabbit quaked with fear, but he knew he could not leave a Man who was in so much trouble."