I survived my first Little Flowers tea last week. It was quite nice. We had scones, finger sandwiches, dainty desserts, clotted cream, salads, etc.
If you're not familiar, Little Flowers is a Catholic girls group, "based on learning Catholic virtues through the lives of Catholic saints, Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church...the Club strives to bring the Catholic faith alive and inspire the girls to become authentic Catholic women."
I did try the clotted cream, so did my daughter. She thought it was her beloved whipped cream and took a whole mouthful. I only wish I had a camera for the horrified look on her face.
And, there were a slew of etiquette rules to observe during the tea. Rule 12 should be amended to say: "Have a clean handkerchief or tissue in your pocket in case you need to very slightly blow your nose OR SPIT OUT THE CURSED CLOTTED CREAM."
Aside from learning the virtues, we really need to work on our etiquette.
To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.
~Cardinal John Henry Newman
2010 Cannonball Award
Father Solanus Casey
"Even suffering is part of the truth of our life. Thus, trying to shield the youngest from every difficulty and experience of suffering, we risk creating, despite our good intentions, fragile persons of little generosity: The capacity to love, in fact, corresponds to the capacity to suffer, and to suffer together." ~Benedict XVI
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Fides et Ratio Encyclical
Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth.
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Words of Father Corapi, for all my politician friends and relatives and those who vote for them
"Catholic office holders, whether presidents, senators, congress men or women, or judges at any level must adhere to Catholic teaching or run the risk of separating themselves from the Body of Christ. In such egregious and chronic cases of gross moral evil such as instituting and perpetuating abortion and the structures of sin that surround it, it is quite probable that such Catholic officials are excommunicated in virtue of the acts themselves. A latae sententiae (automatic) excommunication is likely triggered when they vote for laws, funding, and structures that enable and perpetuate such obvious and egregious evil (Cf. Code of Canon Law, Canons 1364,1398; Canon 1329, par. #2). They are in turn forbidden from approaching the sacraments as the result (Cf. Catechism of Catholic Church #1463)."
"It is not morally possible for any Catholic to support abortion, euthanasia, fetal stem cell research, human cloning, or same-sex marriage. There are no ways around this, no justifications whatever. Why? For the simple reason that the Church holds these things to be intrinsically evil. They are evil in themselves, and no circumstances or subjective conditions can ever change that."