Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Blogging // Break

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Hello, dear readers!  I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging from February 1st till February 8th.   

I'm going to think, rest, and think some more :) 

 St. Therese, pray for us!

May God bless you all, dear friends.  I thank God for each and every one of you......even those I'm not aware of.  You all will be in my prayers.

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

P.S.

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Check out the left side-bar of Gloria In Excelsis Deo!  You'll find a new page added called "modest apparel links."  If you don't see it, either make your browser window bigger or click on the 3 horizontal lines directly to the left of the title of this blog.  Both ways should make the sidebar appear.  

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma

Modesty // Thoughts On Why/What

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Inspired by Catherine Hawthorn, I thought I'd take the time today and talk a little concerning on my thoughts concerning modesty, my personal take-away, my style, and what my thinking is behind modesty in general.

I would first like explain my views on modesty standards.  There are a million and two lists out there, and countless people to fit inside each category.  There are 3 main groups: those who believe pants are perfectly modest (the largest out of all groups), those who believe women should only wear skirts (this category wins the trophy for having the most civil wars), and the prairie people (few in number but quite noticeable).  Also worthy to mention are the transition-ers who desire to be modest but are still in the midst of research and are sympathetic towards both pant-world and skirt-world.

Where do I land?  I tend towards the prairie people but technically speaking I'm usually in the skirts-only crowd.  I'm hoping to make the full transition over to the prairie people someday in the not-so-distant future.   

In my few years of research on modesty (I can't count all of the times I googled "Mary-like modesty standards"), I've come up with 2 conclusions.

#1:  I recognize that there is a general set of modesty standards set by the Vatican.  
#2:  This general set of modesty standards is my base which I build off of.  

Let me explain each point in full detail.

#1:  I recognize that there is a general set of modesty standards set by the Vatican.
I like to think of this is my guideline.  General, it's true, but it covers all of the main points: 

*necklines no lower then roughly 2 finger breadths below the pit of the throat
*knees covered when sitting (usually about 2 inches below the knee when standing)
*upper arms covered
*nothing tight, clingy, or sheer

 These are basically the standards implemented in the Vatican today.  If you look on different Catholic modesty blogs, you'll find a few variations, but this is always the rough draft.  

#2:  This general set of modesty standards is my base which I build off of.
Tops:  I prefer elbow-length or long sleeves.  However, summers here are hot and very humid, so at the moment I mainly have quarter-length sleeves.  I'm looking forward, though, to testing out my all-cotton blouse this summer and seeing how I fair.  Nothing tight, nothing sheer, nothing that gapes. 

Skirts:  While I prefer longer skirts, I'm not excessive.  I've found that 8" below the knee is my favorite length.  I don't wear knee-length skirts unless absolutely necessary.  

Dresses:  My favorite category!  I prefer dresses as apposed to skirts and shirts.  I feel more secure, put-together, and historical.  I detest worrying about whether or not my shirt is going to fly/ride up (you never know!).  I feel more free to move.  As for the cut of the dress, it's pretty basic: nothing tight, nothing short, nothing low-cut or anything that gapes.  

My style:  My personal style is old-fashioned/prairie.  I don't believe it's "the only way to go" as some radicals do and that every lady should dress in this way.....I just feel most comfortable and beautiful in the style.  Due to some unfortunate experiences in my past, I feel very uncomfortable in most modern styles and it's why I tend to cover more then most ladies do.  That along with the fact that I love history so much :)  



My thoughts about modesty in general?


I'm tend to be hard-core and all out.  I think of it this way: what prostitutes use to wear is now common everyday fashion.  Think about that.  Now is the time to be different, I'm afraid.

If you'd like to ask me questions, need me to clarify anything, or would like to suggest future posts, please leave me a note in the comment box or send me an email at this address:  

Emma.GloriaInExcelsisDeo@gmail.com 

May God bless you all!  Have a blessed day!

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Thoughts // YouTube Video

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I use to hold in my hands, our Blessed, Holy Lord Jesus.  I use to hold in my hands, the Sacred Body of Christ.  I use to hold in my hands, Love Itself, the Divine Heart, the Crucified Jesus.  

How many times did I let Him fall to the floor, to be trampled upon?  How many times did I leave Him somewhere, with no-one to protect and adore Him?  

It was how I was taught.....to receive the Holy Eucharist in my hands.  Looking back, my heart and soul aches to think about how many times I may have mistreated small Pieces of Holy Jesus.  

Holy Jesus, completely Present in the Sacred Host.  

I know I am not worthy......I bow my head in humble adoration at the Holy Elevation at Mass, I bow my head in humble adoration when He, Holy Jesus, is exposed to on the altar.  And I use to receive Him, my Holy God, in my hands? 

Readers, I came across this short video (it's only a few minutes long) a few weeks ago, and I want to share it with you all.  Please take the time to watch it. 

May God bless you all this Sunday and every day after!     

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Finding Joy // In Exhaustion

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Taken back when I actually had hair *sniff* :)

Today, in this moment, I am thinking of joy.  More specifically, joy in suffering.  How to realize such a joy, how to attain such a joy, how to keep such a joy, that sort of thing.

Right now, I'm also recovering from people.  

Any introvert knows what I'm talking about 😉.  I'm one of those who is such an introvert, it's not even funny.  People just drain me, and I dislike to say it, but friends drain me too, even though I love them all and thank God for them.  I'm a living paradox :)

Right now, I just don't feel joyful.  At all.  Mentally drained, would be a better way to describe it.  What brought on this very un-joyful state?  

I went and saw my life-long friend act in a play......and I basically spent the entire play laughing the head off.  It was hilarious.....so hilarious.  They did a wonderful job!  And then I came home and I've been mentally drained ever since.  Exhausted, emotionally "bla," wishing I could hibernate for a couple years, it's all a clear sign I've had a bad over-dose of people. 

How do I find joy in this?  It's simple: except the Holy Will of our Heavenly Father.  

God made me this way and He has a specific plan for me.  Our Heavenly Father has given us all of the necessary graces to be with Him eternally (eternally!!!!) in Heaven.   

That is joy.

And if you're still not joyful, look at these pictures of our dog and you'll get it:


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In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma  
            

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Calling All Prayer Warriors!

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 Copyright: Gloria In Excelsis Deo.  Please do not copy.

Prayer warriors, there is a need: 

"On this morning of the feast of St. Timothy, I wanted to humbly ask that you would offer prayers, out of your charity, for the healing of a friend’s baby, who is currently in a coma. As Our Lady of Lourdes is my special patroness, I am asking for her aid, and praying the prayer below in an hourly novena. Please feel free to share this post with others, or to reblog it. May God reward you for your intercession!" 

Mary Donellen's  original post is here.  Let us all join together in fervent prayer for the healing of her friend's baby!  As she suggested, please share this with as many people as you can, reblog it, email it, ect.   

Here is the novena to Our Lady of Lourdes that Mary has in her post that she is saying hourly.  If possible, please join her!

Prayer warriors, let us storm Heaven! 

Novena Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
O ever Immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortress of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen.

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma

Monday, January 22, 2018

Spiritual Warfare // a battle

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The harsh voice cutting through the air.  Tired and weary, my mind starts its bitter revenge, in a split second, prepared to battle the disturbance.

The words are there, ready to be spoken, bitter emotion matches the beat of my heart.  Ready to light the flame, I reach for the match.

Stop.

Overcome evil with good.  

Still the harsh voice continues its song, the responding anger within me dances in my veins.

Resist, resist. 

Overcome evil with good.

Resist, resist.

My eyes close.  I can conquer my emotion.  

I will.  I can.

Anger for anger?  No. The sin of the offender would be nothing compared to the sin of the defender.  Offense isn't realized.  Defense is on purpose. 

Overcome evil with good.

I can conquer my emotion.

I will.  I can.  

I have.

Gloria In Excelsis Deo.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

My (personal) Modesty Story

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There is so many ways I could write this, I hope the end result isn't confusing!  I just wanted to share with you all my personal modesty story.  These are my beliefs and opinions: take them how you wish.

My modesty story didn't begin until about 3 or 4 years ago (edit: one of my sisters informed me that the correct number of years is 5).  We had just started going to Latin Mass and being around a good solid group of strong Catholics.  It was the girls in this group that led me to consider wearing skirts full-time and to eventually read Colleen Hammond's Dressing With Dignity.

No kidding, that book changed my life.  I can not recommend it enough to any Catholic lady.  I guarantee that your view on modesty and your own wardrobe will drastically change.  So make the investment and get it!

I won't get into any of the details of why I decided to enter skirt-world here because Colleen Hammond explains it perfectly in her book.......and I'd probably jumble it up into senseless garbage, so I won't go there :)

Back to the story: after reading it, I (along with my two younger sisters) decided to take the plunge and enter skirt-world.  If I had to make a list of the best things that have ever happened to me, it would probably go like this:

1)  Latin Mass
2)  living in the country
3)  getting rid of jeans

Seriously!  Those things are so uncomfortable.  I don't know how people do it *shudder*.  In 3 years, I think I've put them on maybe 5 times (mostly for practical reasons).  After the last time, I plan on never putting them on again......for the rest of my life.

That gets me to the next part: wearing pants in skirt-world.  I've done it probably 5 separate times, each lasting anywhere from one day to a month.  Some of those times, duties required them, mainly for safety.  Riding horses, rambling through thick, thorny brush, ect.  Other times, I thought I'd "try wearing those things again."  However, I usually just felt awkward and uncomfortable and reverted back to skirt-world before too long.

Then, about a month ago, I thought of something.  If I really wanted to wear pants, why not put a mini-dress or tunic over them.  That would make them modest, right?  I thought I had hit the lottery :)  So, I purchased my first couple tunics and got out my oh-so-comfortable knit pants and wore them.

something like this

It was comfortable, almost like a skirt, and it was fun because it was different.  I was glad I could express my individuality and personality even more through my clothing.  Independence, spunk, that sort of thing.

So it's been like that for about a month and just yesterday I mentally sat down and really thought about it deeply.  Something was bothering me and I really felt the need to really think hard about my values and opinions.

Many things were swirling inside of my head.  I loved how comfortable pants were (I have been wearing them pretty much every day for the past month - with a tunic, of course), yet I truly did not like the look of them on women.  Forget modesty, I just don't think they're flattering at all.   

Why in the world was I wearing them, then?  Was it to be more like everyone else?  What are my personal modesty standards, anyway?  Do I believe what I am doing is the right thing?  What is my goal in modesty, anyway?

All of these questions were sort of overwhelming, and it was the next question that came into my mind that really drove the pike home:  if I had little girls of my own, would I want to dress them in pants?  As soon as that question came into my mind, I knew exactly what my modesty standards were and what I personally believe to be properly modest.

No.  If I had any little girls, I wouldn't dress them in pants.  I would teach them the beauty of true femininity and modesty.  Nothing else needs to be said.

So, am I wearing pants again after this?  Hopefully not.  However, I'm grateful that I now have tunics so if something required pants, I have something to make them more modest.  And yes, I do think you can wear pants modestly.......they just can't ever be as modest as a skirt or dress.

  

My goal in modesty is to veil what is precious and beautiful, not because of shame, but out of dignity and respect.  And yes!  I can still tell people who I am through my clothing :)

Sometimes I dress like someone out of Little House and The Prairie.  I don't care.  It's how I want to dress sometimes and it makes me feel beautiful, comfortable, historical, and very "me."  Sometimes I dress regally, with pearls and velvet.  Whatever way, I like to tell a story and show people who I am.  And yes, I have a major obsession with jumper dresses (slightly embarrassing but true).  I have no idea why, but I just think they're so beautiful.  *sigh*  I can't help it!

my favorite jumper - I'm weird, I know :)

Anyhow, I hope you've enjoyed this ramble-scramble of a story!  Once again, I beg you all to get Colleen Hammond's Dressing With Dignity.  Read it and let it change your view on modesty.  Colleen Hammond is a faithful Catholic (the book is peppered with references from papal and Vatican documents), so no need to worry that it's some radical piece of work.  It's not.  You really get to the roots of the fashion industry, of modesty, and of the history of woman's styles in general.

Also, if you're afraid that Colleen Hammond suggests we all go around in prairie dresses, I'll settle your fears right now.  She actually was a model and has great advice for how to be fashionable yet modest.

What are your modesty standards?

What do you think about modesty in general? 

May God bless you all!  Have a lovely day!

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

This Moment in Time // #2

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What I'm listening to:  Merry Christmas Everyone by Shakin' Stevens.  (this is the only one of his songs that I listen to, so I couldn't say if his other songs are decent or not)

What I'm doing:  Just finished making pumpkin granola and am looking forward to doing laundry.  I love to do it by hand if I have time.  It's therapy and a workout all in one :)

What I was looking at:  The snowflakes falling down all sparkly because the sun is shining!  

What I'm thinking about:  how wonderful life is.  Yesterday, I was feeling rather "dumpy" because I couldn't think of anything I wanted to do.  I've studied the lists of degree's offered by different technical colleges around here and there's nothing I'm remotely interested in.  I knew I wanted to do something, but for some reason, I couldn't even think of anything I wanted to do as a hobby, much less a job.  Sort of depressing, right?  

I shouldn't have been worrying, because our Heavenly Father has it all under control.  Right when we think there's nothing to be happy about, Jesus comes and has to remind us that He is there taking care of us.  His Divine, Sacred Heart alone is a cause for great joy!    

That's what God did yesterday.  He reminded me of the love I have for living off-grid and learning survival skills.  He reminded me that yes, there are things out there that I enjoy doing. 

While, at least for now, I couldn't make living off-grid and learning survival skills into a job, I can look into jobs that would teach me skills that would be nice to know (such as gardening, ect.).  Perhaps later on today I'll look into a CSA, or something of that sort.  Hard physical work, I know, but that never hurt a person :)   

Sorry if I don't make sense!  My mind is going a million miles and hour and it makes it a little challenging to put it down on paper.  

The conclusion?  

To all those young people who doesn't know what to do and is feeling hopeless and empty, don't worry.  God has it all under control.  Do you best to be open minded to all different careers and education options, get out of your comfort zone, trust the Holy Will of God, and don't be afraid!  Always focus on growing your mind and in knowledge of things that you love to do.

God bless you all!  I hope you have a lovely day!

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thoughts on a Wednesday

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There are so many different things I could write about right now.  Words that could describe my life right now?  Wondering, overwhelmed, and happy.

Wondering.  Because I'm trying to figure out what I should be doing right now.  My current job has me burnt out and I'm ready to grow my skills and knowledge about different things.  I know that I love to take-care of others, I love the outdoors, and I love things that aren't mundane.  Things I'm considering?  Nanny, milker (at a local dairy farm), or college student.

Overwhelmed.  Because for the longest time, I did not want to face reality.  I didn't want to face the fact that I have to leave my comfort zone for the working world.  I didn't want to face the fact that I'm growing up and therefore have more responsibility.  I didn't want to face the fact that I have to grow and change.....I can't stay a girl forever.  I'm a woman now.  I've spent this last year trying to move forwards while still standing in the same place I've always stood.  I didn't want to let go and grow.  

Happy.  Because I finally realize that growing up is a good thing.  That stepping out of my comfort zone is a wonderful adventure (even if it's a little embarrassing).  Happy because after a year of depriving myself of growing my mind, I finally crave something new.  Happy because I can have fun in this crazy life that previously I was so afraid of and didn't allow myself to accept.  

Time for this radical introvert to hit the open road.  

St. Therese, pray for us!


Are any of you trying to figure out a career path?

What ways do you wish to grow in this new year?

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma

Friday, January 5, 2018

Ask Me Anything // Answers!

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What do you typically bake for Christmas?   Many different things!  The main staples are butter pecan fudge, sugar cookie cutouts, molasses cookies, and Mexican wedding cookies.  

What is your favorite liturgical season?   The Christmas and Easter seasons are tied.

What are your favorite hobbies?  At the moment I don't really have a a hobby.  I do love to read about minimalism and anything off-grid or old-fashioned.  I'm also considering taking up the accordion (I've played the piano for a handful of years).  If camping is a hobby, add that to the list!  

What is your favorite spiritual reading book?   Divine Intimacy for sure.  I can't say enough good things about it.  

When did you start going to the Traditional Latin Mass?   2014.  We decided to get confirmed at the TLM said by our English Mass priests (in full communion with Holy Mother Church, just to clarify).  We decided to start attending before the confirmation so we knew what was going on and never stopped after.  It's been one of the best things that ever happened to me.

What is your favorite movie?  I don't have a favorite movie (I'm not a big movie person).  The ones I do like are The Passion and any history/nature documentaries.  Sometimes I'll watch an episode or two of Sarah Palin's Alaska.

From Claire:
What is your middle name?  I'd rather not answer that one.

What is your confirmation saint?  St. Therese.
  
What are some of your favorite books?  Divine Intimacy, A Story of A Soul, and anything set in a different time period that isn't a "love" book.  

How many different states have you lived in?  Just one.

When is your birthday?  Right when Spring arrives (at least in my book).  My favorite time of year! 

Do you prefer skirts or pants?  Pants, as long as I have something long enough on top.  Otherwise, skirts.

Do you exercise everyday?  Off and on.

What diets have you tried?  I've never officially tried any.  I just try to eat whole foods.  If I can't make that work, that's ok.  I also try to focus on getting good veggies, proteins, and fruits during the day.  My latest thing is trying to lower my sugar intake. 

Do you prefer drying or putting away the dishes (not that you do either)?  I prefer drying. 

Do you wear makeup?  No.  I prefer to go with the organic, raw look.  Plus, most makeup on the market today are full of chemicals. 

From Eowyn:

Did you get to have a croissant that your brother and sister are working on in the second to the last picture? They look good.  I did!  Delicious.  They're actually Butter Horn Dinner Rolls, not croissants (though they do look similar).  My sister Elizabeth makes them. 

Thank you all for your questions!  I had a lot of fun answering them all.  If you want to ask more questions or want me to clarify something, comment in the comment box below or send me an email at Emma.GloriaInExcelsisDeo@gmail.com.  

Have a wonderful, blessed day!
In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma

  

Thursday, January 4, 2018

This Moment in Time // #1

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Don't we all wish, as we go through life, we could capture and somehow keep in our minds all of the little moments that make us happy?  I'm going to make the effort and do it....in a sense.  Readers, welcome to the new post series This Moment in Time.  

I'll post this new series at random...whenever there's a moment that I want to capture and record.... merely writing down what I'm doing, what I'm thinking about.....just something that I don't want to forget.

Here's the first moment in time that I want record.

What I'm doing:  I just got home from work and am just finishing up baking these muffins.  Delicious!

What I'm listening to:  the Road to Avonlea soundtrack, thanks to Spotify.  I love that tv series and highly recommend it, especially to any Anne of Green Gables fans.

What I'm (or was) thinking about:  How purely beautiful the Eucharist is.  Jesus Christ, our Lord and God, truly Present in the Small Host.  Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.  How our own souls can be a resting place, made holy by the Presence of Jesus.....the Tabernacle of our Souls........a place that becomes beautiful because of the complete Presence of Beauty Itself:  Jesus Christ.



How can words describe this beautiful union between Our Holy, Perfect God and our own humble, little souls?  They cannot.  Words fall so dreadfully short, it's nearly shameful.  With such a thought, a soul can only bow its head and let the Divine Presence speak of this joyful mystery.

My one hope is that I may be given the grace of truly loving this Mighty, Holy God, sitting on the Mighty Throne of Heaven, to the fullness of my being.  This is my one hope.

If I loved This Holy Trinity to the fullness of my being, that means that I would desire never to offend Him through sin, struggling with the greatest joy to overcome vices and attain virtue.  If I loved This Divine, Holiest of Holy Hearts, I would never wish to move my gaze from the end that I so hope for: a place at the foot of the Mighty Throne of the Blessed, Holy Trinity in Heaven.  

I am so grateful that God gave me life!  I'm so grateful that He has deigned to give me this opportunity to love Him in a way only I can.  That is the wonderful thing I've come to realize (partially with the help of different sources) about each individual soul God creates.  That is: each soul expresses their love and adoration for God in a completely unique and different way.  No-one can copy your own expression of love and adoration and no-one can take your place.  How beautiful is that?!  Perhaps you already knew that, but I sure didn't.  Wow!

Please pray for all those who do not believe in our Holy God!

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Contact me!

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Good afternoon!  I hope your day is going well!

I'm sorry for the lack of posts lately.  I'm a stickler for not writing unless I'm inspired.  I like to keep it....organic (for lack of a better word) and in typical "Emma" style.   

Anyhow, I'm really going off topic. 

Readers, friends, random people: you can contact me privately now!  On the top left of Gloria In Excelsis Deo, right under my profile, you'll see a "contact me" button.  By clicking it, you'll be taken to a separate page were you'll see an email address I made just for this purpose.  

Want to comment but don't want others to see it?  Email me!  Want to ask me random question....just because?  Email me!  Want to just say hi?  Email me!  I look forward to hearing from you!

Thank you, all, for taking the time to read Gloria In Excelsis Deo.  You inspire me to keep writing and I pray for all of you.

Before I go, I want to put a link here to a new blog I just found yesterday through a friend (thank you E.T.!).  It's called Small and Splendid, and I highly encourage you to go and check it out!  All that I've read I've really enjoyed.  Here's the link: Small and Splendid 

God bless you all!  Please pray for all sinners who have no-one to pray for them.  

In the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,

Emma