Listen to my Interview today – our fire, my faith and my BOOK
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by Rita Davidson
“Prefer nothing to the love of Christ” is something we could all aspire to live up too. This was a quote from St Benedict that the Fr Monks of Norcia have resurrected in 2000.
I got this complimentary CD in the mail sometime ago and have been meaning to share my thoughts of it with you. FINALLY today is the day. Whew!
As I sit here with school books spread all over our table today I have this Marian Chant CD playing. It really adds to the ambience of our homeschool day. If you have special needs, or ADHD kids, this music is a MUST. It lends a comforting background to learn by. Seriously, don’t take just my word for it, but there is scientific evidence that low levels of chanting help the brain and body function better. They say it can even help improve handwriting!
It has 33 tracks of Gregorian chant, including “Regina Caeli” and “Ave Regina Caelorum” and some never recorded tracks.
It is interesting to note that after Vatican II when monks discontinued their chanting, they began to develop health problems. After some study, it was only after adding back the traditional chants they began to improve. The low level singing has been shown to actually “massages the body from the inside out” says Dr Tomatis and his research from the 1950’s. (1)
With all the research for the benefits with learning, there are lots of other opportunities Chant would benefit. It isn’t surprising that God would have built into Chant such benefits for a sick world today? A beauty that is ever ancient, ever new…
With all the research how what we hear helps improve our brain, I’m going to be using this here with my elderly mother with mild dementia. Her hearing loss is what has started her dementia I always thought. And here is a little proof of that.
How about working in the kitchen? I know when I’m in the kitchen I have two pots boiling, something in the oven, kids running around screaming, dishes to wash, the phone ringing. It’s a multi-taskers heaven! Chant adds a lovely calm and serenity to an otherwise busy time.
Driving is another hectic time, not always if you have a lovely long stretch of road. Whether busy city streets or lovely landscapes Chant would add an aura of calm to your driving.
The story of how these Monks got their beginning is quite amazing. The city of Norcia was the birthplace of St Benedict. After Napoleon suppressed their order in 1810 they were never rebuilt. Two hundred years passed, and those townspeople never forgot! Then in the year 2000 the city REJOICED to welcome back monks to their town again. Truly we must ALL HOPE that God IS restoring His church in His own way, and in His own good time.
Listening to Chant brings us back to a time when the Faith was a part of our culture. A time when small towns lived around a monastery and families days were in tune with the monastery feast days and times. We have lost much of the real catholic beauty of this culture today which is why society is running headlong into boredom without God.
I’m very thankful to the Monks for putting out this Chant CD. I encourage you to support their restorative work in the Church by making this CD a part of your collection and bringing real peace to your families. You can get your copy of this LOVELY Marian Chant CD HERE
by Rita Davidson
I should have addressed this ‘to the husbands’ but i think this is better addressed to ALL ‘Catholics”. Let me explain. It started by getting this email the other day;
I did have some reservations for posting these pictures. After all I DO agree with Mr. X that Penny’s clothing was “contrary” to the purpose of my book which is about “modesty”. So, I first would like to apologize sincerely to the men or anyone scandalized by that post. I sincerely put it up with my own reservations and perhaps in my excitement my judgement was bad. And I take my responsibility to you all with great weight. But I hope I can bring a better good out of this. Let’s study this.
From this letter we surmise Mr. X is old enough to be a grandfather, (forgive me if I’m wrong Mr. X!). My point being he is not a flippant, twenty-something dad. His letter was appropriately addressed to “Mrs.” AND polite and MODEST!
Men, as much as you may get angry at the senseless immodesty everywhere today. Be kind, be modest in your language and be patient with your wives, your daughters us sometimes stubborn ladies.
Ladies, for those of you that STILL think tight pants, leggings and other immodest wear is still okay. Think again. Here is right from the ‘men’s mouth’ how this type of clothing is for men to view. Contrary to what you might be thinking, this does not make him a pervert or any other things you would like to call him. But a man, with God endowed abilities to be naturally attracted to women.
2. Ladies, this puts a great responsibility on all of us. Remember it was Eve who temped Adam in the garden. (if you read my book you know this) It is us women that hold the power to uplift men or drag them down.
“The judgement of God upon your sex endures even today; and with it inevitably endures your position of criminal at the bar of justice. You are the gateway of the devil.” Tertullian on Women’s Dress
With great power comes great responsibility. Ladies, what will you choose?
Reality is, we are NOT living in a Catholic or even Christian society. We all must live IN the world and not be OF the world. So my next question is, where would I have found a Catholic photographer to do these pictures in my yard? On top of that if I found a CATHOLIC photographer, who is to say she would not rebel against having to be modest too! You see as a woman I don’t want a male photographer either. See the dilemma here? Catholics can be one of the WORST for misunderstanding modesty.
So, while the ideal would have been a modest photographer, it would be ideal to be served at restaurants, hospitals, doctors offices, the shopping mall, the dentist, the gas station and MORE by MODEST people. But is that really possible today?
3. This is a sad reminder we are living in a post-Christian world today. While we are striving to keep our faith, remain modest we are all swimming up against the tide. If we keep ourselves living in a little shell of safety with our own “kind” will we ever convert anyone to the Catholic faith? I was the best example of a Catholic I could be for Penny (and anyone else I meet). I was cheerful, modest, and kind. I planted a seed that will hopefully one day sprout. Will you plant a SEED today without WORDS but just your BEST EXAMPLE of modesty?
Whether you know it or not you ARE an example to everyone you meet EVERYDAY. You ARE planting seeds whether you LIKE it or not.
So Ladies, will you carry your cross up high for modesty today? Yes a cross for some of you that find it so irritating, so awkward, so impossible to be modest.
Men, will you practice custody of the eyes wherever you go, realize you are living in a post-Christian world and forgive all those women you meet that do not understand what real catholic modesty is?
Let us ALL work to rebuild a truly Catholic and modest culture, all is NOT lost if we all understand what we are all striving for.
Thank you Mr. X for helping us all understand this issue more in-depth. As I continue to edit and research my book for October 13th, I only hope it will shed new light on this much confusing issue today. Pray for me.
with Rita Davidson
My new “portable” desk…Now you all remember that pretty desk I refinished to put in my office? Well that didn’t last long. LOL God had other plans. My elderly mother has taken over my ‘office’ (Until we can build her her own room). I’ve moved my work upstairs to a tiny guest room where I can shoot my video’s and spread out my research and get to work. So, I picked up this $29 table from Walmart and I can literally move it ANYWHERE to get work done. FUN!
With my book nearing completion…(OH I can HOPE?) It was time to get some good photo’s so I can show you all what REAL Catholic MODESTY is? LOL We couldn’t help but take advantage of this lovely weather we’ve been having… Andrew took some BEHIND the scenes shots of the day for us.
Penny from Penny Tanner Photographer was our photographer. She was great and so patient with us. She started by explaining to the boys how the Camera works. She is a young mom herself so it was great to find her.
Mark and I couldn’t help but laugh trying to get pictures taken…We lost all our photo’s in our fire. Everything from our dating days, to our wedding day and beyond. Thankfully we had fun this day and didn’t think how sad that all is. I can’t wait to SEE what these all look like when we get them back!
A scarf tree, for my book photo-shoot. This was Penny’s idea. Yes, those are ALL my scarves, (well HALF, this is summer after all and winter scarves are packed away!) Mark says, I am the “Queen of Skirts and Scarves” after all.
I can’t wait to share the REAL pictures with you once they are back from the photographer.
Please PRAY for this MUCH needed book! As I continue to research I am moved by how important this message is. My Online Class “How to SAVE your Children to Impurity” is still 50% OFF and a FREE BONUS COPY OF MY BOOK with registration ends Friday or when they are gone, whatever comes first! So JOIN ME HERE.
There is SO much left to see this in print in honor of Our Lady of Fatima, October 13th, 2015! Please PRAY!
I hope you enjoyed my little ‘behind-the-scenes’ here.
By Rita Davidson
I’m so amazed at the stories coming out of the Christian Film movement. There has never been a time when TRUTH is more needed to reach the masses. Today more and more people are out of touch with what the purpose of their life is.
90 Minutes in Heaven fills a need today to bring us up to the ONE BIG TRUTH we all need to face:
It starts out with an opening scene with gospel songs playing while Pastor Don Piper drives and a take away glimpse of a manuscript or something, titled; I Believe in a GREAT GOD.
A quick scene of the accident and then it flashes back to that early morning to set up the story with his family.
I found it a little slow starting. Some characters are a little hard to ‘believe’ at first. I didn’t do a lot of reading about this story at the start, which is how most are going to see this when they see it at the theatres.
Without giving away all the story once the accident happens, you get a glimpse of some of the heartache that happens when a tragedy this big happens.
I found it hard to understand the difficulties of why his wife, Eva, had to send their kids away, and keep working, because living in Canada I can’t understand how the US medical system works. SO this could have been fleshed out a bit more to fill in this part of the story.
Often when tragedy happens, such as the Pastor Don’s injury, it’s not in isolation. There are all these after effects surrounding it that add to the difficulty of recovering. Much like our house fire. Most were moved by our fire, but had no idea we also lost our only vehicle when it melted in the fire, and my purse and all our Identification that were lost in the fire. So our first month, we couldn’t drive or do anything on our own. And it took over a year to get back our identification.
I think this story was trying to bring forth the Pastor Don’s story and the internal turmoil he was left with. If this story followed the real story, I think we are only getting a glimpse of how dark those days were for him and the family.
The first 75% of the movie was setting up the story, and the accident. But his overwhelming brooding, silence, and self-pity made this part of the movie almost loathsome to watch. Don’t get me wrong it was worth watching, made easier knowing there was an ending coming.
This was a good example of pride and how terrible it blinds us to ourselves. How unattractive sin is in people. How self-pity shuts us off from the grace that God sends to heal us during difficult times.
On the other side, it also was a good example of a faithful soul who is struck with tragedy and how it shatters their faith despite their strong faith. We are all at risk at losing our faith at any moment simply because we can never know if God will send us a cross, bigger than we were prepared for.
For women: I think this would have been an amazing story written from Eva’s point of view too. You get just a hint at her tremendous faith, perseverance and TRUST to just keeping going and fighting for her husband. I think we would have witnessed the amazing woman hidden behind the man. Much like Our Lady with the Holy Family was.
Some notes for Catholics:
This was a Baptist Minister and family. His view of heaven might not be Catholic but I didn’t see anything particularly unsettling for us. It was clean and modest throughout the movie.
Overall the story itself was a good reminder to us of the thanks we owe to God each day and how important that last moment of our lives will ultimately be.
It opens in Theaters Friday, September 11th, 2015 – View the Trailer and Check the listings for your area HERE: http://90minutesinheaventhemovie.com
I HOPE you will go see it and come back here and tell me how YOU liked it?