How to Tell a Catholic from a Communist

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I was sifting through our ‘fire’ boxes yesterday. So many memories covered in smelly soot. If you haven’t joined me on my Facebook page that is where I share most of our day to day ramblings. I found this pamphlet among some other fairly miraculous ones (if I do say so myself) and thought this was SO important to share. What an eye-opening look at Communism. Now after reading this, tell me if you think Communism is dead?!

The Catholic believes in the teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • The Communist follows the teachings of Marx, Lenin and Stalin

The CATHOLIC believes in heaven and hell as a reward or punishment in the hereafter.

  • The COMMUNIST denies a life after death and calls heaven and hell a myth.

The CATHOLIC says every man has a personality that is sacred and inviolate.

  • THE COMMUNIST says that man is a machine

THE CATHOLIC is a lover of peace.

  • THE COMMUNIST foments conflict.

THE CATHOLIC believes truth is sacred and falsehood is immoral and unlawful.

  • THE COMMUNIST rejects the moral law and lies freely in order to deceive.

THE CATHOLIC uses the word “democracy’ to mean ‘the rule by the people.”

  • The COMMUNIST talks ‘democracy” but pushes the dictatorship of Moscow.

The CATHOLIC desires social justice.

  • THE COMMUNIST fans class struggle.

THE CATHOLIC defends the oppressed because of Christian charity and justice.

  • The COMMUNIST aids the oppressed to win their support for a revolution.

THE CATHOLIC opposes racial discrimination for all men are equal before God.

  • THE COMMUNIST opposes racial discrimination to gain aid for his party.

THE CATHOLIC has high esteem for the individual because Jesus Christ became man and died for man’s salvation.

  • THE COMMUNIST will kill man’s body or enslave his soul because he thinks man is a mere animal to serve creatures.

THE CATHOLIC distinguishes capitalism from both communism and fascism.

  • THE COMMUNIST calls those who disagree with him fascist and capitalist.

THE CATHOLIC supports co-operatives to check capitalism and foster oneness.

  • THE COMMUNIST uses co-operatives to wrest property from the capitalist.

The CATHOLIC condemns capitalism only when it exploits labor or consumer.

  • THE COMMUNIST condemns capitalism because it recognizes property rights.

THE CATHOLIC condemns all dictatorships as a denial of man’s natural rights.

  • THE COMMUNIST supports dictatorships as he recognizes no rights.

THE CATHOLIC is a patriotic citizen who gladly gives his life for his country.

  • THE COMMUNIST pretends patriotism, but seeks to overthrow our government.

THE CATHOLIC supports good causes in the fulfillment of the teaching of Christ.

  • THE COMMUNIST supports good causes as a wedge for communistic propaganda.

The CATHOLIC believes man has free will and is responsible for his actions.

  • THE COMMUNIST says our actions are determined solely by economic forces.

THE CATHOLIC knows that man was made to know, love and serve God here on earth and enjoy eternity with Him.

  • THE COMMUNIST believes that man’s only concern is his physical well-being here on earth and that death ends all.

After reading this, Do YOU think Communism is dead?

With Love,

Rita:)

By Dr. Helen C. Potter of the Department of Economics, Setoh Hill College, Greensburg, Penna. Reprinted in the Catholic Home Journal.

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a published author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” and speaker, she is a licensed Hairdresser, Professional Make Up artist with a degree in Natural Health. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Day 34 – Immodesty Satan’s Virtue 1st Edit – done

Day 34 – Immodesty Satan’s Virtue 1st Edit done!

by Rita Davidson

Well, right on time, my first edit of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” is done! What a trip back memory lane reading my own book from 16 years ago! My children were younger, I was writing about a topic that I was fired up about since there was NO OTHER comprehensive book on Catholic modesty in print at THAT time! ALOT has happened in 16 years…both good and bad.

After ALL the crosses I have been made to suffer after this book was first started in 1999, I shuddered to even start editing this book. I’m being transparent when I say I nearly walked away from touching this book at all.

From betrayals, court cases, estranged children and then losing EVERYTHING in our fire, I have to admit I’ve had a FEW panic attacks. But, I pressed on…

I realized my heart still goes out to those who have NEVER heard of this subject. My heart weeps for those who have become DISHEARTENED at trying to stay modest in an diabolically immodest world. My soul wants to SCREAM at those who have taken the message of modesty and TWISTED it into something it is NOT.

I’ve realized by re-editing this book, that I still have that same ZEAL for those needing to understand this. So many of you that read my First Edition said, “how it changed your life”, “opened your eyes” and “confirmed what your heart already knew”.

Take a look at the Table of Contents from my torn, and burnt copy:

2015-03-23 12_optMy book was so comprehensive it touched on fashion history, Church history, Femininity and Womanhood and modesty for Men, just to name a few!

It was the foundation reference for members of Our Lady’s Martyrs of Purity Crusade© that I started in 1999 in a yahoogroup where I coached and challenged hundreds of women on difficult situations or questions they had on modesty.

Now with a fresh editing ready, I’ve got some surprises up my sleeves for this new edition. What I need from you is your COMMENTS!

As you all know, we lost our home, business and van in a devastating fire July 2013. That means I lost the BOXES of letters, comments, reviews that first readers sent me. :( Oh, yes, my heart still aches for all that we have lost, but God now expects me to move forward. So I ask you all, to please continue to PRAY for me.

And if you HAVE read an earlier edition, (whether you LOVED it OR HATED IT)  PLEASE send me your COMMENTS HERE. (YES, I can take even the criticisms)

PRAY I WILL have COURAGE to overcome the ODDS it will take to bring this title back in print for new readers. And watch for upcoming news on the re-opening of “Our Lady’s Martyrs of Purity Crusade© Membership League!

With love,

Rita Xo :)

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a published author, of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” and speaker, she is a licensed Hairdresser, Professional Make Up artist with a degree in Natural Health. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

 

How can we Pray for you today?

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How can we Pray for you today?

by Rita Davidson

The world is full of sufferings. On my Facebook page I regularly ask people how can we pray for them. The crosses run from estranged children, to illness, to pain, to diseases and more.

How can we pray for YOU today?

You are all like a BIG EXTENDED family to us! What little prayers, our noisy, distracted boys can offer, we will do our best to pray for you!

So many of you have prayed for us over the years, supported us with your donations after our fire, and comforted us with your words. I’m not joking, you are like family to us! Our “little flowers family”!

I know so many of you are hurting out there. So many of you are wearing of your crosses. Sometimes they come so swiftly it leaves us breathless. I know, I truly do. After suffering my stroke, continuing anxiety, estranged children and our house fire, just to name a few things. I really know what it’s like to be stretched by God. That is partly why I opened my Class – Organize Your Soul - to help others understand their crosses, and with that insight have more strength to carry them better. Even to find joy. Yes, Joy.

So please POST your prayer intentions below. This way EVERYONE on this page can pray for you too! It’s an amazing community we are building here. I’ll be keeping you all close in prayer here.

Organize your Soul Class 2 starts tomorrow – Join us HERE.

With love,

Rita Xo :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

When you feel just like a Puddle

When you feel just like a Puddle

by August, Andrew and Rita Davidson

SPRING, SPRING! Oh the dripping, dripping! Even though we are still in lent, the first signs of spring brings with it hope. Hope for a new start. Hope that God will finally hear our intentions and prayers. There is just something about the new fresh air that sings of God’s promise to us. What could happen if God FINALLY answered our prayers?!

Well THIS is what our backyard looked like this week. Kinda how we feel sometimes eh? Like a puddle…

2015-03-10 16_optYou wouldn’t think THIS is HOPE? LOL Quite the PUDDLE I would say. :) But then THIS APPEARED to come out of our yard……

2015-03-10 16_opt-2Day of the Zombies? or Adam rising from the earth? Hmmmm

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2015-03-10 16_opt-4They MEET... This was one of August’s snow creations. The MAN.

2015-03-10 16_opt-5Then Andrew got in on the game. And of course, what did he “discover” in the snow?

2015-03-11 16_optOH THOMAS you came to visit! :)

2015-03-11 17_optOh Andrew and Thomas, best buddies! :) Andrew’s snow creation.

Then the BABY came……

2015-03-11 12_optYES, THAT Baby….YES! August made the Nativity for me

2015-03-11 12_opt-1Look at that Blessed FOOT! Can’t you just grab It?

2015-03-11 12_opt-2He is REACHING out for you and me. Will you pick Him up? Imagine His weight in your arms? What joy our hearts would have?

Sometimes we all just feel like a PUDDLE. Just not much to work with, a failure, tired, worn out. But God loves all His little puddlesyou and me…And the secret is if we just LET HIM work with us, Let HIM MOLD US…Look at the AMAZING Creation He can make out of us – the PUDDLE?! :)

So, LET HIM do HIS work in YOU today! and BASK in His Graces!

With Love,

Rita :)

P.S.

I couldn’t let this post go without a pic from Liam…his drawing is getting pretty good, don’t you think? :) He took this picture for me to share for you. (Yes, he’s good with a camera too!) :) And a BIG THANK you to my talented boys for letting me share their creations. :)

ENJOY!

2015-03-11 17_opt-1How will you let GOD do HIS work in you today? Share with me! :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

The #OrganizeyourSoul – WHY God sends crosses & HOW to find Joy Program – CLASS 2

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The #OrganizeyourSoul –  WHY God sends crosses & HOW to find Joy Program – CLASS 2

Did you miss us the first time around? JOIN US for Class #2!

As many of you know we suffered the loss of our home, business and vehicle in a devastating fire July 2013. That event made us homeless for 6 months and started us on a journey we were not prepared for. This journey taught us A LOT. How to understand my crosses, how to be better prepared for future crosses and how to get the benefits from the crosses God sends.

We are just finishing up Class #1 and I’m so amazed at the crosses shared in our first class.

Here is just a FEW of the comments from Class #1:

“Listened to the audio w/o one problem!
Your counsel, intuition & wisdom are such a blessing for us. Will listen again (at least once more) to take notes- especially the “aha! Moments”. Have a great Monday. Stay warm!”

“Thank you, Rita! That was really thought provoking and helpful. I’m looking forward to moving forward with the new video tomorrow”

“Thank you for that! Loving this so much! You are such a good teacher – such wisdom! Wow!”

“so many gold nuggets in that audio I want to savor, ponder, and put into practice! XO”

“Thank you so much for the big blessing of that wonderful audio today Rita – it has blessed, encouraged, and helped me so much! XO”

“Thank you Rita for all those health tips, which, if we follow them, will help us deal with the crosses which will come our way”

“Thanks, Rita Those crosses, one after the other, are tough. At times all you can do is hold on for the bumpy ride and catch your breath every so often. I get discouraged often Thank you for your insight into this. It really helps!”

“Please let me know if you teach other classes esp. writing Catholic books! I will save up to take the writing class with you! I really have it on my heart to write a book! Thank you! XO”

“Thank you! I love the topic for this week’s class. My St. Andrew’s Missal has a list of short ejaculatory prayers -which are such a blessing. God has sent such blessings to us through you, Rita. Thank you for answering His call to do this. I just read your post about the family in Manitoba- such a tragedy. Your insight as to WHY God allowed these 4 to die at that time is such a wake-up call, in more ways than one.”

“Would love a class or program or a book from you on Reparation. You have my affirmative vote on that!”

“Yay! I got through both videos. Thanks for putting the time into these, Rita. It’s good to be able to listen as if we are in the same room, having coffee”

“Several awesome resources!! Thank you, Rita! You are a Wonder-filled gift from God for us.”

“And this is one of the main reasons I so needed to take this class! For healing, understanding, the truth, ect. Thank you to whoever made it possible! XO”

“Another powerful story to lift our spirits and keep us focused on the little signs God gives us that most of us over look. I needed to hear this story to help me see more clearly God’s hand in ever detail of our lives, whether we think it is good for us or not at the time, it’s His way of trying to get our undivided attention on Him, one way or the other!
Thank you for sharing the best and most important parts of your life with us.”

“our re-telling of this your last L & D was so touching. My heart ached for you during your labor. And smiled when Liam smiled at you. The significance of the 3’s! Thank you for sharing this with us.”

“Another great video! I like the reminder that we need to try to view our crosses objectively. That’s a hard thing to do when you are struggling just to carry it. My tendency is to complain the whole way I will have to take the temperament test.”

“Always look forward to your videos, you have given us plenty of Food for Thought!”

“Great video. Lots lots to think about. Thank you.
I listened to the audio again. More to think about-again.”

I really enjoyed this second video. You gave some great points about suffering, the whys and how God is trying to mold us into perfection. Thank You also for sharing your inner most being with us. Oh and you looked great and more relaxed this time! “

“Rita, I really LOVE the video esp. the 2nd.”

“Thanks, Rita, Theresa, everyone. Sharing tidbits of wisdom gained is a blessing in this group.”

“I wasn’t expecting people’s post to make me cry – Thank you for such a beautiful testimony of what God can and does in Our Lives, sometimes even when we don’t even ask.”

“Awww, thank you for that. Didn’t expect that to start tears for anyone. And thanks be to God for all our silver linings- they ARE there . Somewhere.  Love this Our Group more each day.”

“Rita, thank you so much for your wise counsel & warning! You are so “here” where we need you to be, leading us in this GROUP.”

“Anyhow, here I am ready to learn something profound from such a great lady, Rita”

“Thank you, Rita, for offering this course. Looking forward to what God has in store for us!”

“Yeah, Rita! I had success in listening to your very first talk with us…loved it! Now I need to find the worksheet…and do my homework!”

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It is my WISH to help another small group of 30 in another special CLASS #2 where I will teach you step-by-step to understand your crosses, how to survive very difficult crosses, how to be prepared for crosses God sends, how to stay faithful when times are hard and how to find the JOY. It will not only CHANGE the way you think, it will change the way you LIVE!

If you would like to join me, it’s only $97 and today I’m offering it at 50% OFF. The entire program is delivered by email as well as an (Optional) Facebook group. I’ll support you every step of the way with a FREE live CALL at the end!

WHAT TO EXPECT: What you can expect from me is 7 -10 to 20 minute video’s and worksheets per week with tips.

To become one of the 30 people who will work with me in CLASS #2 purchase your seat below and you will be added to a special email list. This 7 week class, will begin February 17th, Once 30 people register, it will be closed to keep the class from getting too confusing with newcomers, like Class #1.

HERE is your CHANCE to grow closer to God, and have the strength to face each day with Joy!

REGISTRATION FEE: $97 – NOW $47 (see SALE price already in your shopping cart)

Beginning February 17th, You will get a weekly email with your new video lesson and if your in the Facebook group you can join the conversation there!

You will be so grateful for the opportunity to see like-minded Catholics carrying similar crosses and knowing you are NOT alone.

REGISTER NOW!

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Note: This is the exact same Class that Class #1 went through and more. You won’t miss a thing!

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

 

Staying the Course with modesty

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Staying the Course with modesty

By Rita Davidson

How do you stay on track with modesty when you have no support around you?

On a recent modesty survey I asked if everyone needed help staying the course with modesty? A whopping 30.36% said they had trouble with this!

When we change to more modest clothing and dresses and skirts, we often feel like WE stick out like a sore thumb. Often it’s only US that feels like we are sticking out, (seriously, a lot of the time NO ONE else could CARE less).

When they DO notice, they will often come to you with the question, “Why do you always wear skirts?”

Explain to people, you wear them because you ENJOY them.

That they help cover up that extra weight your carrying around since the baby.

Or you FEEL more comfortable in them.

Here’s the BIG DEAL your NOT concerned with what THEY wear or don’t wear.

Sometimes when we make a change, be it a new diet, or a new exercise program, we get so excited we start judging everyone around us. Yes, this has happened with me too. My AWARENESS of my clothing, was an automatic judgement against anyone else that didn’t measure up. I could tell they didn’t know anything about modesty, or they didn’t care about modesty when they dressed, but it still made me feel obligated to help them SEE.

The first step to your own judgement over others is to make a commitment to NOT play God in other people’s lives. You can’t change other people. No matter how hard you try you can’t make them change until God works on their heart. Just because WE (me included) have found the path to modesty, doesn’t make us the modesty police for other people in their dress and modesty.

What would Jesus do?

LOVE, LOVE is what Jesus would do. LOVE would help you have compassion for your family, your spouse, your friends when they do not understand or believe as you do about modesty. LOVE is what will make you the best example of dressing modestly that YOU could be. LOVE is what will make you dress for HIM and not THEM.

One day they will ask you, “How do you do it, keep wearing a skirt?” and then when you see their heart has changed you can tell them the love you have for Jesus in your heart and how modesty has blessed you.

The problem is when we start defending our choices, and start ‘preaching’ to others about how THEY should be dressing, we start making THEM defensive and push them FURTHER away from understanding.

Changing to modest dressing is a life-long journey. So be patient. This will take time for you to learn how to dress modest and be comfortable too. I’ve been wearing skirts for 17 years since I first wrote, Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue, and I’m still learning.

We can’t drag anyone else to heaven with us, but we can be the best example to them of a happy Saint so they would be drawn to the faith by the joy we have found in modest dressing. Once others are sure you are not trying to change them, they will be more relaxed and open to your good example.

No matter what they choose to do, we can always love them, and not judge them, only God knows their hearts. Let us try walk one day in their shoes. Make your life a prayer and spread God’s love everywhere without words.

That is the real test of charity, to preach without words, by our example.

Taken from my upcoming, 3rd Edition of “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue” (2001) saved from the ashes! I can’t wait, can you? :)

With love,
Rita xo :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Winter Fun – Make a Chalkboard Wall

Winter Fun – Make a Chalkboard Wall

by Rita Davidson

Yes, it’s still winter here in Canada! And NO we don’t live in igloos! :) But winter sure feels longer once February is gone and the fun of snow gets really old (even for me!)

So I’ve been toying with the idea of making a chalkboard wall in this kitchen wall. We’ve only been here since November. For those that haven’t followed our story, this home comes after we lost our home in a house fire, and spent 18 months of being homeless and living in a trailer so very thankful!

With our limited funds we still have unpacked rooms, needing bookcases and furniture. It’s been a long journey that I hope to share in my upcoming, “Breadcrumbs for God” book. But the kitchen entry, well it was just begging for something? Anything!

So, I picked up some chalkboard paint from Walmart. (yup Walmart) and here is what we came up with! :)

2015-02-24 21_optMy wall in my kitchen a lonely and perfect white. Liam and Joseph are wondering what this will look like “‘black’ momee?”

2015-02-28 11_optFast forward, I neglected to get a picture of us painting it, but it took a whole 3 days to paint and wait, and paint and wait. Here is Liam now conditioning the board. Oh he couldn’t wait to help! :)

2015-02-28 11_opt-1The whole board covered. I almost missed all that black now all gray! :) I had to go over it twice to really get every little corner. Good arm workout moms! :)

2015-02-28 11_opt-3Liam gets the fun rubbing IN all the chalk! Oh the dust, be prepared with a vacuum! I might regret this idea after a while with non-stop chalk dust everywhere!

2015-02-28 09_optI added a bit of my artsy background, spring here to brighten it up. Oh can you just hear the birds? :)

2015-02-28 11_opt-2But Liam’s smile made this all worthwhile! :)

All total this project was about $20. – Yay for cheap! :)

  • Chalkboard paint – $16 (Walmart or in the craft section of any department or craft store)
  • Small foam roller – $1 – (dollarstore, we learned the hard way that rollers work better than brushes, believe me)
  • Masking tape – $1 (dollarstore or in your junk drawer)
  • Chalk- $1 (dollarstore or on your school shelf)

Instructions:

  • 1. If your wall is glossy, sand it lightly. We didn’t.
  • 2. Prepare it by masking off all around where you do not want to see black paint.
  • 3. Read your instructions, but start rolling a thin layer, then wait an hour and roll on another layer. We didn’t use that roller (that I warned you about above) so we had to wait 24 hours and do another layer with the roller to even it out.  I told you so. :)
  • 4. After a full 24 hours drying, rub the flat side of chalk, all over the board, first up, then down, then zig zag. The idea is to cover it in every direction so it is really covered. This helps to condition your board, and later when you wash it you will have to condition it like this again. (I’m guessing)
  • 5. After it’s been covered with chalk, then get a rag and (let your kids wear themselves out) rub in circles so your rubbing all the chalk into the pores of the board.
  • 6. Enjoy! :)

Hope this brightens up your winter day! And if you already have spring, I hope it gives you something to do to beautify your home!

Have you done this? Maybe a smaller version? How does your family like it? Share with me if you are going to try this or if you did?! I’d love to see your creations!

With love,

Rita Xo :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson  Little Flowers Family Press  All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Hollywood, and Chapter 7: Modesty, What else does it include?

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Hollywood, and Chapter 7: Modesty, What else does it include?

Day 9: Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue

By Rita Davidson

It was 16 long years ago when I wrote “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue, and it sure needed some updating. But some things never change. Unfortunately, some points I made then, have since come to pass. I was the first to make the connection between abortion and immodesty, which has been repeated ever since on various articles, sermons and books. Re-reading it I can see the span of history between now and then and how things have changed at such a fast pace. We have so much more work to do!

Today I’m working on Chapter 7: Modesty, What else does it include?, where in 1999, I wrote;

St. Maria Goretti at the young age of 12, became a modern martyr of purity. She was killed in 1902 because she refused to tarnish her purity and instead gave up her life to protect it. Later, her attacker Alessandro wrote this eye-opening statement,

“I ask pardon of the world of the outrage done to the martyr Maria Goretti and to purity. I exhort everyone to keep away from immoral shows, from dangers, from occasions that can lead to sin.”

His confession proved the connection between pornography and the increase in crimes of this type. This highly pornographic society we live in is surely the cause of the high rate of crimes of a sexual nature. You must understand movies today are often pornographic to one degree or another. One cannot go to a movie or rent a new one that will not have at least some impure scene in it or suggested. Time and time again, even children’s movies that are introduced are considered soft pornography as they make all kinds of suggestive ‘jokes’ and the women are portrayed quite seductively. I would highly suggest you be careful what you allow in your home. Start by disconnecting your TV (who watches TV anymore with the internet?) Then start educating yourself about the classics, good Catholic movies (and yes, SOME Catholic movies are NOT good!). Watch out for good, uplifting, truth-filled movies coming out of Hollywood and many young, independent film companies today. If you can’t trust yourself to pick out good, clean, movies simply stay away from them until you understand what to look for. Your soul and the souls of your children are at stake!”

Wow, see how I wrote this in 1999 about “pornographic society”, and now in 2015 we have the movie “50Shades of Gray” a box office hit and acceptable. How prophetic this was in 1999. Things have not improved, but the stakes have gotten higher.

But, what you say, watch for uplifting, truthful movies coming out of Hollywood?

Oh my!

Seriously, have we all forgot how to think?

As I was editing this Chapter, I happened upon a review A Raging Bull in the China Shop by Daniel Guenzel.

I thought it very interesting as we are all aware how Hollywood twists some of our most beloved Christian stories. For example; The Last Temptation of Christ or the movie Noah. Catholics are painted as either out of control, angry, overly stern, impure, the dummy in the story or the assassin, fill-in-the-blank-here.

But then Mr. Guenzel throws a ball right out of left field, Frankly, I am not sure what else one could expect from an industry incapable of even making a proper 30-second TV commercial.”

Just WHERE did that come from? What started out to be a critical look at one movie director, Marin Scorcese, it becomes instead a blanket condemnation of everything living and breathing in Hollywood today.

It’s at that point I began to lose my trust in his, what otherwise was, an excellent expose of Martin Scorcese movies. As expected, he lets his next cat out of the bag with, “He is a movie maker like a Mel Gibson or a Clint Eastwood, two other undernourished talents who enjoy silver screen cruelty for its own sake..”

Undernourished talents like Mel Gibson? Really? (I can’t speak for Clint Eastwood here) but Mel, who created the amazing and heart wrenching, The Passion of the Christ?

He goes on to say, “or why would Mr. Gibson treat us to seventeen minutes of the scourging of Christ, overdoing it to such an extent as to cause nausea?)”

WHAT! I’m about to go ballistic here, when I read this. Have we all become so afraid of blood that we can’t bring ourselves to see just a glimpse of what Our Lord suffered that fateful day? Has this man ever read, Catherine Emmerich’s works? Or a Catholic book on the Passion? Have we all become so weak that we can’t stomach what our Lord suffered, preferring the photoshopped Savior with bloodless wounds?

He continues,
“Great movie makers know when to stop, when to suggest.”

Yes, this is true, but did the Roman Soldiers, know when to stop and when to suggest? Did they hold back their vicious whippings for their 14+ Rated audience? Were they concerned the blood spatter was too much? I think instead their diabolical inspired hatred, let all loose, and we can never imagine how much our Lord suffered in His flesh for all our sins that day.

Mel Gibson’s movie filled today’s need for reality. To try breakthrough the numbness that exists in society, to try to imagine what His suffering really was. I think he took a tremendously, difficult subject and in 17 minutes, ‘suggested’ what Our Lord suffered over 36 hours. Can we not stomach that?

He writes, “But as one critic so aptly pointed out forty-odd years ago, blood and gore and sex are the devices of the untalented. “ Isn’t it ironic, that blood and gore was what the Roman soldiers used to injure, tear away, rip and crucify our Lord to death?

Please let us not throw out the baby with the bathwater here. The world is hard enough to live in and not get sucked in. We are all tired of the fight, but we can’t be calling everything evil either.

Faithful Catholics don’t need movies to save their souls. But we do live in the world, and need to find our way through this vale of tears to heaven. If we don’t know what is a good, and clean movie how will we teach our children how to find their way either?

There are excellent, clean movies coming out from small independent film companies, and sometimes out of Hollywood too. Just look at my movie review for “Old Fashioned”. That came from a small independent company that went up against the huge “50 Shades” and made a $1million on it’s first opening. These small companies need our SUPPORT!

Keep in mind there are good Christians in Hollywood that are doing the BEST they can against incredible odds including the devil himself. While much of Hollywood is entrenched in sin, we can’t ignore those that are making a small but significant impact for good, in the film industry. We can’t go back to 1945. It’s going to take a lot LESS complaining and a lot MORE praying and support of the GOOD that is coming out of Hollywood.

If all the Christians left Hollywood, all that would be left would be smut and filth. So be thankful for those trying to make a difference to bring truth to the world, while there is still time.

With love,

Rita Xo :)

References:

*Excerpt from, “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue Chapter 7: Modesty, what else does it include –
*Raging Bull in the China Shop by Daniel Guenzel http://catholicism.org/a-raging-bull-in-the-china-shop.html

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IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Day 6: Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue

Day 6: Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue

with Rita Davidson

 Day 6: “Immodesty Satan’s Virtue – July 2013 took down our home, business and van down to charcoal. Under 6 feet of charcoal was found my ‘Immodesty’ Satan’s Virtue’ book unburned, but singed as you can see! Today I’m working on my Chapters today…

My goal is to have this ready for Easter 2015. When I first started writing this it was 1999, and it was another 2.5 years before it got into print!

What is keeping you from being modest?

What is keeping you from being all that God wants you to be?

Share with me below, as I work on the 3rd Edition of ‘Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue’ for new readers in 2015!

With Love,

Rita Xo :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!

Suffering is the money by which we buy heaven

“Suffering is the money by which we buy heaven.”

St Therese

St Therese knew how beneficial suffering was. She perfected her Little Way in becoming so small in the world’s eyes, but so large in God’s eyes. Yes, she carried heavy crosses too. Her crosses became the smallest things she could find that God would send in her life and instead of fighting them, she accepted them from God’s own hands.

“Suffering is the money by which we buy heaven” she said. WOW! How true this is! But oh if we would only understand this when the car needs a repair, our children get sick, we lose a job, or when a loved one passes away. Isn’t it strange that we are so strong when talking about suffering, but when a cross arrives on our doorstop we get faint and weak at the knees and wonder how will we ever deal with this?

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With lent right around the corner, I felt compelled to rearrange a few things and up a few more seats to my “Organize your Soul’ class. So many of you have been asking to get a seat. Did you miss out on this class?
If ‘suffering is the money by which we buy heaven’ how will we ever GET to heaven if we do not learn to CARRY our CROSSES?

Lent is 40 days of carrying our crosses. But, will we carry our crosses well? 40 days of Penance for our past sins. What better time to learn about carrying your cross than during lent? “Organize your Soul”, takes an indepth look at the crosses that are in our lives now, crosses we have carried before and those crosses we will carry in future and how they all are tied together. We are at Lesson 4 this week where we will look at “How your Health contributes to your Hope”

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I’m excited to share with you the golden nuggets that will help you carry your crosses better and help you be reminded of what will get us all to heaven. For some of us heaven just won’t come soon enough. For the rest of us, we trod through this life from one cross to another, praying for strength and begging God not to send us another cross. Sometimes we just need a little help from our friends… :) This is an amazing class. Don’t miss out this time. You’ve got 72 hours!

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With love,

Rita Xo :)

©Copyright 2015 Rita Davidson & Little Flowers Family Press All Rights Reserved.

IMG_0905Rita is a Catholic wife, and mother of seven, with three autistic boys. Currently a writer, & published author, she is a former hairdresser, professional make up artist with a degree in Natural Health. She is now a Young Living Distributor. After overcoming a stroke, disabilities, and more, they recently lost everything in a devastating house fire that made them homeless for six months. She is determined to lead souls back to Christ by carrying their crosses with Joy!