Day: February 16, 2016

Beauty and Housekeeping

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I have been reading Little house and the big Woods to my girls. In it there was a lovely description of an everyday item- the butter churner.  I was struck by its elegance. It was part of everyday life and it was beautiful:

In winter the cream wasn’t yellow as it was in summer . . . Ma liked everything on her table pretty so in the wintertime she colored the butter . . .

When the cream was ready, Ma Scalded the long wooden churn-dash, put it in the churn, and dropped the wooden churn cover over it. The churn-cover had a little round hole in the middle, and Ma moved the dash up and down . . . she churned for a long time . . . When Ma took off the churn cover, there was the butter in a golden lump. . . Then Ma took out the lump with the wooden paddle, into a wooden bowl and she washed it . . . After that she salted it.

Now came the best part of the churning Ma molded the butter. On the loose bottom of the wooden butter-mold was carved the picture of a strawberry with two strawberry leaves.

With the paddle Ma packed butter tightly into the mold until it was full. Then she turned it upside-down over a plate, and pushed on the handle of the loose bottom. The little, firm pat of golden butter came out, with the strawberry and its leaves molded on top.

Laura and Mary watched breathless . . .

 

The butter churner was sturdy, useful, practical, elegant, beautiful. So often we overlook our everyday items. We think “it will do” and leave it at that. But we should strive to fill our homes with beauty. Our everyday china should be sturdy and beautiful, our everyday clothes should fulfill our needs and be attractive, our kitchens functional and peaceful. Ma didn’t have to color the butter or mold it into a strawberry, but look at the joy it brought to her home.

50 Simple Steps to Wearing a Chapel Veil

you could  wear an attractive hat instead of a veil. However, I found church hats to be scarce and more expensive.

Copied from this site : “50 Simple Stept to Wearing A Chapel Veil or Mantilla”

You might think that the only step to wearing a mantilla to Mass is, you know, wearing it. (And getting one if you don’t have one.)

Bah! Codswallop! Humbug!

Such ignorance! But don’t worry, that’s why I’m here.

I’ve broken down this incredibly complex process into 50 simple steps. I can’t promise you success, but if you follow my 50 steps, you will succeed!

  1. Think about wearing a veil or mantilla.
  2. A lot.
  3. Don’t let anyone because that would be weird.
  4. Find you can’t get it out of your mind.
  5. Pray about it.
  6. Mention it your family or friends, all hypothetically of course!
  7. Bring it up again.
  8. Be surprised that they aren’t fazed by it — some are even enthusiastic! (Weirdos…)
  9. Decide it can’t hurt to check out some veils from The Catholic Company, Veils by Lily,Liturgical Time Veil Shop, Designs by BirgitSilver Tree Treasures, or Peter’s Bride or evenAmazon which has some lovely Spanish style mantillas!
  10. Find that the desire to veil isn’t leaving, and doesn’t seem likely to do so anytime soon.
  11. Pray about it more.
  12. Go back to those stores.
  13. Pull out your best friend, the credit card.
  14. Pick a veil length: long, medium or short.
  15. Pick a veil colour: white, black, ivory, purple, gold, or hot pink polka dots on lime green.
  16. Agonise over whether to choose French lace or Spanish lace (this is easily the hardest part.)
  17. Order it.
  18. Immediately regret your decision and think you’re an idiot.
  19. Wait.
  20. Fret.
  21. Get the package in the mail!
  22. Squeal!
  23. Try the veil on in the mirror!
  24. Squeal more!!
  25. Upload a pic to Facebook…
  26. Wait excitedly for the next time you go to Mass.
  27. Find you can’t wait.
  28. Go to Adoration with your veil.
  29. Pray about it.
  30. Feel a bit bad that you might have gone to Adoration just to wear your veil.
  31. Remind yourself that Jesus was glad to see you anyway.
  32. Take your veil to Mass on Sunday.
  33. Take deep, steadying breaths as you put it on your head.
  34. Secure with pins or clips.
  35. Or hazard it not falling off. (Some do, some don’t.)
  36. Walk nervously into church.
  37. Genuflect, and kneel to pray.
  38. Feel very self-conscious.
  39. Tug on your mantilla to make sure it’s secure but pretend to do it surreptitious. (WHAT IF SOMEONE SEES???)
  40. Look around to see if people are totally judging you.
  41. Be surprised that they’re not.
  42. Get a bit disappointed that it’s not even making a stir.
  43. I mean, you’re the only one! Doesn’t that deserve at least some whispered censures?
  44. Almost by accident, glance up at Our Lord on the Crucifix.
  45. Try to suppress your smile.
  46. Remember that’s why you’re doing this: for Him.
  47. Thank God for the joy of wearing your veil.
  48. Pray that it will only help you to love Him better.
  49. Smile.
  50. And realise He’s already answering your prayers.

Fool-proof, right? 😉

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