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

©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!

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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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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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!

 

EXCLUSIVE: Review of the Movie “Old Fashioned”

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EXCLUSIVE: Review of the Movie “Old Fashioned”

What 50Shades is NOT

By Rita Davidson

Ever hear the tweet of a bird at the first sign of spring? How lovely, and refreshing it is after a long, bitterly cold winter. Old Fashioned is that same breath of fresh air after just a glimpse of 50Shades of Grey. Brrrr 50Shades is more like a bitterly, cold version of hell for sure. Both are opening this weekend across the US, but the difference is….. well, let me explain…

I was so excited to get an EXCLUSIVE PRE-Screening of this upcoming movie since there is NO announced dates when it will be opening in Canada, unfortunately! ACK!

It opens with a 1920’s pic of an old movie screen, but this is barely an old fashioned story. You could call it a modern story trying to use old fashioned truth. So this is a “reality” story really.

Clay Walsh (Rik Swartzwelder) is the reformed bad guy that has found a ‘version’ of his faith, and hides out in his antique store where he listens to everyone’s stories and enjoys visits with his sweet, Aunt Zella. He’s damaged by his past, (impurity, and some dabbling in pornography, I’m guessing, since its only implied, we don’t see much). These choices he made haunt him and make him sorrowful, remorseful, and humble wanting to be better. But 9 years later still not sure how. Contrast this with Christian from 50Shades the controlling stalker, abusive type with a bad past. hmmm

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Amber Hewson (Elizabeth Ann Roberts) can’t be any more different than Clay, she is the high spirited, feisty, full of life girl whose goal it is to save up a jar of money and when it’s full; drive as far as that jar will take her to her new destination! No plans, no goals really, just keep moving, away from her pain too, though in a different way. She’s a breath of fresh air, compared to the way-too-young, bumbling, boring innocent of 50 Shades Ana, that will soon fall for Christian in many less than innocent ways.

Its funny how people deal with pain, some bury it and grow from it like Clay, or become like estranged, possessive Christian. Others put a bandaid over it and keep smiling and moving to forget about it, like Amber. Amber has a few lessons to learn about love here too.

When Amber’s truck runs out of gas right in Clay’s town, the two are brought together in an unexpected way. She rents the apartment above his antique shop and finds out that he has a curious rule: he refuses to be in a room with a woman alone who isn’t his wife. Her curiosity is peaked and she bombards him with questions trying to figure him out. She soon learns the only way to talk to him is to keep breaking things in the apartment, since he is a handy fixer upper. That starts interesting conversations. These “dating” conversations (once she convinces him they like each other) are based on a book – “Red, Yellow, Green” which from my searches looks to be a bogus book.

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Contrast this with 50 Shades where the ‘cat and bait’ method is used for the first third of the story, to tantalize readers (and watchers) for the impossible promise of love; Ana and readers/watchers will unfortunately go for literally anything.

At first Clay’s humility seems a little overdone…but as the movie gets going there are some really poignantly, unforgettable moments.

She asks: “What do you want out of life?”

He answers, “to be decent, that’s it. A good person”

When she asks, jokingly, “don’t tell me you found Jesus or something”

He says, “He found me”

She is the least religious one and though he has found his faith, he is still searching for his place in it, when he admits he doesn’t go to Church. His example pulls her along in her faith, and her example helps to make his faith real.

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It’s a deep story but by no means not fun. The light hearted moments are real and truly funny too. Like the fun she has taking off the screen door so Clay will have to come fix it again.

One of my favorite quotes, from Clay, “I don’t believe our job is looking, (referring to dating) but becoming.”

Amber’s friends are the ones that think Clay is weird, old fashioned, and constantly making fun of his antics to keep their relationship “pure”. Though he would call it ‘decent’. There is no mention of ‘purity’ in this movie, it’s taught more by example.

Clay’s long time friends are the same, pressuring Clay to just ‘get with it’ and at one point he even gets into a physical fight trying to protect the purity of his soon-to-be-married friend from a stripper. His standing up in front of everyone to stop it, gave his friend the courage to refuse it too. No nudity here, and a difficult subject is handled well. Many young, impressionable men could learn from his courage during a difficult situation.

The struggles today with keeping ‘decent’ and pure are covered very well in this story with real situations of peer pressure, conversation that bring up difficult topics and more.

The soundtrack is decent and this movie flows well interestingly by going back and forth between different scenes to tell the story.

Though some content is more for adults, once you preview it, you may have older teens that would benefit from this story. You will have to decide this. Many of us have struggled with less than perfect pre-marriage habits. Some of us would be relieved to watch two people struggling with pain and healing in this difficult area. It is a very sweet, if painfully, sorrowful at times, modern love story in a time of pressures to conform. In that way it is inspiring!

Another powerful quote by Clay, “a lot of the boundaries that used to be common, we threw away, are there to protect us” They are not afraid to talk about God and faith in this movie and have some great nuggets like this.

This story had me tearing up a few times, but you’ll have to see the movie to find out the rest! :)

Points to Consider For Catholics:

  • Interestingly Clay talks about the movie Sleepless in Seattle says, ‘it’s not right, the boring guy with allergies in the movie always gets dumped’ YAY! But the movie ends up doing the same thing when she admits she was married, with a less than believable reason to dump ‘her husband’ I thought… Though this is only mentioned twice, it dampened my spirits to see this in there.
  • If one can put aside this piece the rest of the story is a valuable one of purity when dating and the pain that comes from impurity. The real life sorrows it causes and how two people try find a way to heal and retain purity amidst struggles.
  • As much as this story is about “decency”, Ambers immodesty is pretty average by worldly standards with tank tops, jeans and sleeveless shirts. It is by no means raunchy or sleazy by any means.
  • From Catholic standards there is no confession, but one could imagine it there.
  • Interestingly there are two characters that cross themselves, but the Church is simply non-denominational.
  • There is no swearing or taking the Lords name in vain.
  • Who is this movie for? Well, if you have a family where you grew up sheltered in a homeschooling family, no temptations outside of the home, married and started a family in the right order, then you can skip this. :) Yes, these families DO exist! :)
  • But I’m betting there is alot of Catholics that can learn something from this. Those that need to rediscover their purity after falling. And those needing some encouragement in the struggle, just to name a few.

What did I think of it? I’d give it a 4 out of 5 stars for effort. It was a well written, sweet yet, sorrowful story, dealing with a difficult subject. Told in a very balanced way, with well developed characters for adults. That one star lost, is from her being divorced. :( NOT enough to keep from seeing it, but just be aware.

Unfortunately, a lot of the sales for 50Shades this weekend will be from “curiosity. That is NOT a reason to see it! I pray there are no Catholics that would dare consider 50Shades for ANY reason.

But if you have any curiosity at all, be sure to check out “Old Fashioned and support it so we can get more good, clean, Christian movies made. Filmmaking was MADE for glorifying God and we need some good, strong, talented people like this to take it back!

At least do your part, and not feed that beast, that prowls about the world, seeking whom he can devour.

BUY your TICKETS here. Then come back here and tell me how YOU liked it!??

Leave me your comments? Did you like this review? Will you see this movie? Would you like to see more movie reviews? Let me know! J

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!

16th Anniversary of Immodesty Satan’s Virtue!

16th Anniversary of Immodesty Satan’s Virtue!

By Rita Davidson

YES! This Ash Wednesday February 18th is the 16th anniversary when I first wrote, Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue! As many of you know it’s been out of print since 2012, so in July 11th, 2013  I completed the 3rd editing of the book, as you can see from the screenshot from my Facebook page.

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But that didn’t get far, since just 9 days later (the length of a Novena?!) a devastating fire tore through our home, our beloved Little Flowers apostolate, as well as our van. We quickly found ourselves homeless and on a journey, we had no idea where it was taking us.

Now 19 months later, I look back at all we went through, and at the world today and feel a tremendous pull to getting this book back in print. My mind reels with all the work there is to do to fight the growing evil in the world, my book being only a small part of it.

We only need to take a look at the worlds obsession with impurity to every degree; abortion and now perverted and violent sex becoming the norm. God protect our precious children!

When I wrote ISV (Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue) on Ash Wednesday 1999, everything just fell into place, resources and more all fell into my lap, like God planned it and the book was written. (Remember I am no journalist either!)

As I was looking at the Calendar this month; I flashed back to 1999 when I first wrote ISV and realized this Ash Wednesday was the 16th anniversary! I resolved THIS was the year to get it back in print. Now the flood gates are all opening again…

Resources are now falling into my hands once again…doors that were once closed seem to be opening.

Should Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue make a comeback in 2015?

If heaven is willing to bless this new 3rd edition after all we’ve been through, I am willing to get to work and make it happen. So this Ash Wednesday I will get down to work and I hope you will join me on my Facebook page or Instagram to see my progress?

If IMMODESTY, SATAN’S VIRTUE can be saved from 6 feet deep of charcoal that was hot enough to melt glass and metal, but leave my book untouched, I am ready, with God’s protection to get this done for HIM! Will you help me?

ISV from Fire 2013_optYES, this never-before-released-pic is from the DAY of our fire, my TWO ISV books saved with charcoal edges and various damaged papers.

I only have a limited time to get this started!!! After our fire, we lost everything, every single book, paper, pamphlet and more. So many old and rare documents. I need your help to gather the resources I need! So, if you have books, pamphlets, sermons, Father Kunkel Marylike Crusade papers (originals only please)– the older the better! Will you send me all your resources for modesty?

When I first wrote ISV in 1999, we came home to a sulfurous smell and my computer and manuscript scrambled for the book, except the “Hail Mary” prayer in the front.

Then in 2013 after completing the 3rd Edition editing we lost our entire home, business and van and became homeless in a fire. It is not an understatement to say that there is a concerted effort against my modesty work from the devil. Will you pray for my PROTECTION every day so God’s will be done with this book?

When I first wrote ISV I began a Novena, another 9 days!?  to help guide me.

So this Tuesday I will begin a Novena to St. Michael, his Chaplet - Will you PRAY this WITH me?

Share with me HERE if you will be praying WITH me and FOR me.

And if you can send any materials (originals only please) ship them ASAP to:

  • Rita Davidson
  • Little Flowers Family
  • 541 County Rd 29
  • Jasper, ON K0G 1G0
  • CANADA

 

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!

O Divine Jesus, Thou art ever watching

O Divine Jesus, Thou art ever watching

Our hearts are restless for our Maker. Some days He seems so very close. Often when we are carrying a heavy Cross He makes Himself that much closer.

ODivineJesus,ThouartEverWatchingO Lord that I may SEE.

That I may SEE myself as YOU see me.

O Lord that I may forgive, as only YOU can forgive.

O Lord that I may TRUST as only YOU can make me TRUST.

O Lord that I may LOVE, with all my heart and soul and mind!

These I pray for you all today!

That your hearts might be open to His grace and Love!

 What prayers would you add to this list? POST THEM below!

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!

 

 

A Sneak Peak – Organize your Souls Online Class!

A Sneak Peak – Organize your Souls Online Class!

WOW, I can’t believe it! After closing the Class, we had pleas to open  it up YET AGAIN…we prayed what to do, and decided to work overtime, to RE-OPEN this class for ONE MORE DAY ONLY.

NOW will you JOIN US?

If you have been putting it off, or waiting for a better time, now is your chance. This class has taken much more work than I first thought. But I am so thankful God has given me this opportunity to lead a few chosen souls.

If your not sure what an online class is? Or just want to be sure your getting what you expect from this class, here is a SNEAK PEAK from LESSON ONE last week.

Lesson One we discussed, Why It’s Not about you, when it comes to our crosses. With our downloadable worksheet I lead the class to look at 3 questions to help them dig deeper to understand their crosses. This was really eye-opening for some! We covered health crosses, cancer, estranged children, family troubles, problems in the Church, salvation of our loved ones, chronic pain and death.

The week ended with a one hour long Q & A audio, from me, working one on one, answering questions.

Here is your SNEAK PEAK!

We are all so busy, I know how easy it is to put off what we know we need to do. But how can we be sure God will give us another day? Another week? Another year? We all need reminders now and again. Now is time to take that extra step and make sure we are on the right track before it’s too late. What do you have to lose?

Once this class closes again, I can’t disturb these students to open up seats again. They are all looking forward to the next video already!

Our next video is this Tuesday – Why does God sends Crosses?

What questions do you have that is keeping you from joining us? Share with me!

The key to your Salvation begins here.

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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!

When I was a single mother…

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 When I was a single mother…

By Rita Davidson

Well that headline likely threw some of you for a loop eh?

It’s funny how our minds get the divisions of “right and wrong”.

It becomes so black and white in our mind once we are settled into our faith.

We become complacent and comfortable with our newfound knowledge of what is right and wrong. Our minds become fuzzy about all we DID to get this far. All those sins against the 10 Commandments that sure seemed pretty grey way back then. (No, not Fifty Shades of Grey!)

Yes, I was a single mother at 17 years old. The day after my 18th birthday I gave birth to a bouncing baby girl. I was with my then-to-be-husband (who now bakes fabulous glutenfree/dairy free cakes for us! See my Instagram page) The news came as quite a shock to both of us at the time. I grew up in a complicated, nominally Catholic household, that didn’t carry over into my life – YET. (You see God was working on me). J

After the test result I remember Mark asking, ‘did I think about abortion’?

You know those times in your life, moments that stand out so vividly from your life? I often think this is what it will be in heaven, where all of our life suddenly glitters in all those important spots that before were just once dull, ragged, crosses.

I distinctly remember answering, “NO”.

Not with emotion, not with zeal, just with matter of fact-ness. “NO”.
Believe me I didn’t know any better here – YET. And thank God that WAS the end of that story. Mark never brought it up again, and we instead humiliatingly bent down and picked up that ragged, old cross that was about to get much heavier and dusty.

That year was the year I/WE “grew up”, literally. Finding out I was expecting was a shock, as I was still in school at the time. But no one could have prepared me for the months that followed that would become some of the most difficult, in my then, young life.

Where did you come from? Yes, YOU- READING THIS!!?

Often we judge people based on their life or things they say – like my headline here.

Our minds RACE to the next obvious conclusion:

“Oh I know what SHE’S been up too.”

“Oh that is no surprise since…”

Are you guilty of this too? Sure you are!!! We are human aren’t we?

We find ourselves in much pain judging our own children’s lives with this black and white-ness of our “comfortable” faith. The dangers they are getting into, the Commandments they are breaking, the disrespect the, sin, ohHHHH the SIN.

But WHERE DID YOU COME FROM?

Did you not have SOME kind of a past? Did you not have to bend down and pick up that Cross, at some point, and leave your SINS behind?

Didn’t God send you that GRACE so you could LAY DOWN your sins?

Didn’t those sins make you love that faith, with your whole heart, mind and soul once you left them behind?

You and me both He did.

And we need to REST in that SAME GRACE that let us leave our sins behind and let GOD do the work of redemption in the souls we love. If He did as much for us, He surely is doing as much for our children.

Now go rest in That peace…

And JOIN Me HERE in my, Organizing your Soul Class where we are discussing this topic for next week!

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!

Why are we so afraid of Crosses?

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Why are we so afraid of Crosses?

By Rita Davidson

Our Lord said, “Whoever taketh not up his cross and followeth Me, is not worthy of Me.” Matt. 10:38

Is it any wonder why we often shrink, recoil or hide from our crosses?

When I created “Organize Your Soul” online class, I was hoping I would find some fervent souls, so ready to embrace what is needed to refocus on our Lord, reach higher for heaven and find true peace. But the silence was….deafening.

This didn’t come easy, creating this class is a huge leap of faith for me! After all we have been through, losing so much from our fire, and our family crisis a few years back, my health has taken a toll. Taking good care of myself has been a key to getting back on my feet. But reaching out and creating a program to lead others was something I wasn’t ready for. “What if they don’t like it? What if it doesn’t help them?” And a million other thoughts threaten to scare me away from this. My new cross? J

I’ve been praying since our fire, for God to restore us and to guide me how to best serve the souls that have so patiently followed me over the years. It would have been much easier to just walk away.

But it’s readers like, Diane, who encourage me to do more,

“Dear Rita,
Once again your words are so moving
so helpful. It’s as if I am in a classroom,
you are the teacher and the class is
How to survive the difficulties of life.
So many times I open my e-mail and there
are your powerful teachings”

The last time I got an answer from God like this was when I wrote, my bestselling book “Immodesty, Satan’s Virtue”Lent 1999, in just 40 days! It was just like God gave me a download and I obeyed and that book went on to inspire thousands, I am still in awe.

As I heard what people are telling me, and pray about what is needed this program came to me like a thunderbolt, another instant download from God! I am again awed by anything I can do to help souls love God more.

What is so needed now is for souls to return to the beginning, to carry their crosses and lift them up not just begrudgingly but higher! Fear comes from our lack of trust in God. TRUST in God is what is needed to take the sting out of our crosses.

This is not about me, this is about you, your soul. I am only the broken vessel God is using to bring a truth that He knows is needed. I am no one special, but God has blessed me with knowledge not for myself but to bless others. Another reader asks, “How long is each session?”

I have made this class as easy as possible.

  • With just one video per week, of less than 15 minutes each.
  • An accompanying audio so you can listen to it as you drive, or do dishes.
  • A weekly worksheet resource to help keep you on track.
  • Includes your own copy of all video, audio recordings, so you can review them after as many times as you need.

Time waits for no one, and our time on this earth will soon end. My clock is ticking and all I wish is to share what I can to help save souls before my time is up. If this class helps only ONE person it will all be worthwhile. Find the time now so we can both spend heaven together one day! Don’t be afraid to take that first step!

Register here- Class starts TOMORROW!

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!

The difficulty when others do not understand your Crosses

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The difficulty when others do not understand your Crosses

By Rita Davidson

 

Crosses will come, come what may. It’s a hard fact of life. Often it is a friend or loved one, who will have the most comforting word to ease our pain, even if they cant remove it.

But human nature being what it is, God knows we live in darkness from our blind side. Oh Lord, that we may see! What we have not suffered ourselves we often assume, with the log in our eye, ( yes me too) as being the easiest cross to bear.

Take our fire, such a sudden and dramatic loss of material possessions was a shock to our system, if not our faith. We have seen every kind of comment made after our fire, (yes some not so nice too.)

Recently I was asked about some past crosses we have had with our estranged older children. Wanting to know how our loss of material things in our fire could be as bad as losing our children from the faith.

My husband, Mark put it plainly today when he said, ‘the pain from our girls leaving hurt so much, he had to just forget about it.” This comes from a man; who doesn’t talk much about his own pain. Even after our fire, we cried together, but his pain was his own, and what pained him the most was how close to death we all came.

It was like when I had one of my first miscarriages. The pain you feel is overwhelming, intense, leaves you bare and inevitably everyone around you says those most comforting, yet painful things,

“Oh you’ll have another”,

“It was only small” ,

“at least you have other children”.

WE are all alone in our crosses, it’s just you and God there.

A friend of mine had a daughter go off to the convent. What a blessed grace for a family! But it pains her terribly and while I can feel her pain, leaves me unable to even lend a useful word, since I can only guess at her pain of loss in such a blessing. She is ALONE in her pain.

I could go on and on about similar situations. What is most difficult for us to understand is to see someone suffering with something that seems so pointless – TO US.

Why all that worry? Why all those tears? Huh?” We just can’t see “past that log” that keeps us blinded to their pain.

That is the secret of the crosses that God sends. Two people could carry the same cross, but will suffer with it differently. Mark suffered with knowing how close we all came to death. I suffered with the loss of material possessions and memories I can never get back, it was like God wiped clean every memory of our older girls in our fire. A unique ‘knife twist’ to this cross.

Unfortunately, we are human, and our responses to the crosses that God sends are often feeble at best. The weight of this hunk of a body that keeps us from really seeing as God sees. We plod through life with blinders on hoping, hoping we are moving forward, but feeling the downward pull of the world on every side.

Oh Lord that I may see! God knows what crosses He should send to each and every one. He knows just what our heart is attached too, that He wants to break. Yes, BREAK. They are custom made crosses just for us, and no one near us can imagine our pain, because this is soul work, between you and God. That is just the way God wants it. We are ALONE in our cross.

Ultimately, that is all we will have on that last day, it will be just our naked soul and Him. And let us pray all our crosses we carry in our life, IS the ladder to get us to HIM in the end.

Starting next Tuesday, armed with what I’ve learned from my crosses (which are many), I will share my pain and lead a group through a 4 week online class, to analyze your crosses and help build habits to help you carry them better as they get heavier. I hope you’ll join me there?

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!