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New Address for the Generic Mum

Hi everyone, especially to my loyal followers.

I’ve been quite busy, lately, setting up my two new blogs: 19th Century Life

and A Beautiful Home.

19th Century Life is about culture in the 19th Century (no surprises there!) and will soon feature a shop, where fine art prints from the 19th century can be purchased.

A Beautiful Home embodies all that I had intended for this blog, and more: beauty, family and faith.

They are both new, and like all of you, I never seem to have enough hours in the day in which to complete my tasks, but I hope they will eventually be sites that will inspire, satisfy and encourage you all.

Please drop by my new sites, so we can share ideas and conversations.

I hope you will continue to follow me on my new sites.

Blessings to you all,

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John Keble’s Observation

This post is reblogged from my other blog, 19th Century Life, where I try to explore the way that the 19th Century shaped our present one.

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In 1833, Rev. John Keble gave a sermon in St. Mary’s Church, Oxford, entitled “National Apostasy.”

This sermon is widely regarded as the beginning of the Oxford Movement of the 19th Century which saw an exodus of priests and laypeople from the Anglican Church to the Roman Catholic Church.

Among these thousands of converts were John Henry Newman, Gerard Manly Hopkins and Augustus Pugin.

The sermon begins with a reference to the Old Testament Book of Samuel: ‘As for me, God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the right way.
—1 SAM xii. 23.

I have chosen an excerpt from Rev. Keble’s sermon, which seems particularly appropriate to our times.

One of the most alarming, as a symptom [of the Apostate mind], is the growing indifference, in which men indulge themselves, to other men’s religious sentiments.
Under the guise of charity and toleration we are come almost to this pass; that no difference, in matters of faith, is to disqualify for our approbation and confidence, whether in public or domestic life.
Can we conceal it from ourselves, that every year the practice is becoming more common, of trusting men unreservedly in the most delicate and important matters, without one serious inquiry, whether they do not hold principles which make it impossible for them to be loyal to their Creator, Redeemer, and Sanctifier?
Are not offices conferred, partnerships formed, intimacies courted,—nay, (what is almost too painful to think of,) do not parents commit their children to be educated, do they not encourage them to intermarry, in houses, on which Apostolical Authority would rather teach them to set a mark, as unfit to be entered by a faithful servant of Christ?

Of course, Keble was preaching about his concern that the Church of England was losing its authority in that country, and that practical atheists were endeavouring to influence and control its government. Little did he realise that his desire to reform the Anglican Church would lead so many to reject its tenets in favour of Roman Catholicism. But, his observations about the rise of humanism, and its insidious influence are as relevant as ever. We have handed the governance of our ostensibly democratic countries to atheists, but expect them to pass laws which safeguard Christian principles. How did this happen? To find the answer to that question is something I often contemplate.
How did the world go from being almost completely evangelised, almost completely Christian to the immoral, post-Christian world, that we live in now, is the space of less than three centuries? I think Keble has given us a clue to the mystery.

Deo Gratias

 

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Thanks be to God for the many blessings granted to my family recently. From the lawyer offering to represent me gratis, to support from my friends and family for my business ventures, to the good news that my bank will finance a house for us, I feel very blessed and grateful.

 

 

“I plead with you, never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.” John Paul II

The Evil Generation and Their Sign

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Last week, we attended my friend, Fr. G’s ‘Prayer for Mothers and Unborn Children.’
Fr. G began this prayer group 20 years ago.
He maintains that quiet, persevering prayer is the best way to defeat abortion and strengthen families.
In general, there are no protests outside abortion clinics in our state. In fact, most people don’t even know where the abortion clinics are located.
I’ll talk about Fr. G’s group another day, but today I want to write about the Scripture verses that we read last week during the Prayer.

And the multitudes running together, he began to say,
“This generation is a wicked generation;
it asketh a sign and a sign shall not be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet.
For as Jonas was a sign to the Ninevites;
so shall the Son of man also be to this generation.
(Luke 11: 29-30 – Douay-Rheims Version)

This passage obviously refers to the Jews’ disbelief that Jesus was God, and to the fact that many would not convert, even after witnessing Jesus’ Resurrection.
But it has an application for the pro-life cause.Because, even in these days of unprecedented access to medical research, 4D ultrasound imaging and excellent post-natal care for babies born prematurely, even those born before 25 weeks, there still exist abortion proponents who claim that the unborn baby is ‘just a blob.’
‘Incapable of feeling pain.’
A ‘parasite.’

The above photo was published in a local newspaper along with their report that the Lower House had approved the ‘Tasmania Reproductive Bill 2013.’
Among other changes, the Bill called for easier access to abortions after 16 weeks.
The journalist obviously couldn’t bear to attach a photograph of a little baby at 16 weeks’ gestation.
It would simply look too human.

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The above photos show an unborn baby at 16 weeks.
No one in their right mind could deny that this was a human baby.
But, the ‘evil generation still asks for a sign’ that there is something wrong with ending its life.

The Generic Mum says goodbye…

Today will be my last post.

Many of you know that my circumstances have changed, and I have to give 100 % to my family and 100 % to my business. See! That’s 200 % already – I just don’t have time to blog.

It’s been so great – I’ve loved sharing with you all, posting what is ‘beautiful, true or has any merit…’, interacting with you and generally finding out about the blogosphere.

There is so much more that I wanted to do with this blog – maybe one day I’ll be really successful and will be able to hire a ghost-writer 🙂

I’ll leave you with these amazing photos of a baby born at 24 weeks gestation. She was given a 10 % chance of survival and expected to have many serious health problems.

She is 5 years old now and in perfect health.

She has told her parents that the smell of rain is like the smell of God when you lay your head on His chest.

24 week gestation baby

Fellow-bloggers – you are all amazing and your talent continually blows me away.

Good-bye for now,
from the genericmum.