Week 13

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Marvellous Tales: “Dona Lucilia – Teach us how to tell stories!” https://youtu.be/DMzIE709s1AWeek 13 QuestionsQuestion 1The poses of Dona Lucilia and her siblings in the portrait, are, no doubt, typical of a style of photography at that time, including the absence of smiles. Her brother to the left seems to lean right in to his role. The brother on the right is also accepting of his more stately pose. Only Dona Lucilia "while resigned," seems truly uncomfortable, even averting her gaze…

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Week 12

Chapter 6 - Part 2: Pages 184-281 A Mother's Choice: Mediocrity or the Marvellous https://youtu.be/cLGxlGAFEJoWeek 12 QuestionsQuestion 1The poses of Dona Lucilia and her siblings in the portrait, are, no doubt, typical of a style of photography at that time, including the absence of smiles. Her brother to the left seems to lean right in to his role. The brother on the right is also accepting of his more stately pose. Only Dona Lucilia "while resigned," seems truly uncomfortable, even averting her gaze from the camera.  Something is…

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Week 11

Chapter 6 - Part 1: Pages 166-184 The Impact of a Truly Catholic Lady https://youtu.be/RZBrhkfncwkWeek 11 QuestionsQuestion 1Dona Lucilia returns. The greetings exchanged with the staff are filled with warmth and joy. This was at a time when "... familial spirit still pervaded the relations between the social classes with profound goodwill." These were not family members but servants. Both "masters" and "servants" were filled with affection and genuine interest in the well-being of each other.Of course, not in every situation, but in so many cases, these relations have soured. People who now…

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Week 10

What will a Lady be like in the Reign of Mary? https://youtu.be/v6Jn8du9mogWeek 10 QuestionsQuestion 11.  It had been established that Dona Lucilia was known in her own family setting as a pillar of kindness, sound advice and solace.Though it was a time when a lady would have to be somewhat guarded as to how she presented herself to others, still, her wisdom, warmth and kindness were so obvious that many felt free to approach her, feeling safe to confide their fears, disappointments and defects: the distressed Russian Princess and Dona Lucilia's…

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Week 9

A Mother’s Choice: Mediocrity or the Marvellous https://youtu.be/vSTHwO5KhAEWeek 9 QuestionsQuestion 1It is difficult, really, to imagine that the Polish Count and his wife had genuine expectations of adopting little Plinio and taking him home with them. They no doubt were enchanted with this most unusual child. Could it be that more than anything, they wanted to entice Dona Lucilia to the park in order to meet the mother of this unique little person and to share with her the incident of his sweet declaration of total love and…

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Week 8

How does a Lady with Grandeur of Soul Suffer? https://youtu.be/G8DMT5QkpCQWeek 8 QuestionsQuestion 1Anyone who has any experience with the pain of gall bladder attacks knows how totally consuming and incapacitating they are. It was only extreme virtue that would allow Dona Lucilia to act as she did, before, during and after the surgery she had to endure.Before - she had to embrace with Faith and confidence this radical, new procedure. Then, she had to help prepare her family for this huge adventure of sailing to Europe with a…

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Week 7

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 10 Qualities a Lady needs to become a "Serene Queen of her Home' https://youtu.be/lM6Ho7fGRzk Week 7 Questions Question 1 Dona Lucilia's father, Dr. Antonio, had a mystical presentiment about his death occurring during the year 1909. Though the year had almost ended, this illustrious and beloved man did in fact die suddenly, unexpectedly, on Nov. 12, 1909. The news placed Dona Lucilia in such a state of shock and grief that she was unable to pay her last respects to…

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Week 5

AUDIO React! https://youtu.be/dPK7mVuyuHQ Week 5 Questions Question 1 Dona Lucilia's era - the refinement, the serenity - seems picture perfect, and it was the ideal setting for her to grow into the person she was to become. It is hard to realize that our time is also perfect - that is, perfect for us, since Divine Providence has placed us exactly in this time in history for what He requires of us. Let us think of an exchange of times; how would Dona Lucilia survive and thrive in these…

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The Restoration of Indissolubility in Marriage

Purity, Virginity and Honour! In order for the restoration of indissolubility (in marriage) to be viable, it is necessary to first restore, in countless souls, the yearning for seriousness, austerity and mortification. Yes, and something else, which is expressed by a word as sweet as honey, as perfumed as a lily, but which detonates today like a bomb. That word is: purity. And it is followed closely by two sisters, no less sweet, no less gentle, but with even greater detonation power. These are: virginity and honour. Plinio…

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Mandolin Music

Candour, Goodness and Solitude Among her domestic pastimes, we find her devoted at an early age to music, an art that reflected her own style of relating to others, overflowing with innocence. In addition to mastering the piano with ease, she was also fond of the mandolin. Her delicate fingers glided gracefully over the stringed instrument with its mother-of-pearl inlay, a gift from her father which she lovingly cherished for all of her 92 years. (Dona Lucilia p.82) The Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425, Antonio Vivaldi - 1725 The pieces performed by…

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Have you Every Experienced Such a Place?

Have you experienced such a place? “Everything in this family runs with the regularity of the great pendulum of the staircase clock, where “tick” is answered by “tock” in an oscillation no hastier at night than during the day.” https://videos.files.wordpress.com/fMteCwdJ/serene-queen-of-the-home_hd.mp4 If you think of all the homes you have visited in the last year, or for that matter in your lifetime, how many could you honestly say were of the level that Fr. Royo Marin, OP, is referring to in chapter 3 of Dona Lucilia when he speaks…

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“Dona Lucilia, save my husband!”

​Highlights of Dona Lucilia’s Intercession Under the Maternal Protection of a Lilac Shawl Heralds of the Gospel Magazine, November 2019 “Dona Lucilia, save my husband!” Grateful for so many benefits obtained through the intercession of Dona Lucilia, Maria Cristina Martins, of São Paulo, does not neglect to acknowledge the help of this maternal lady: “I very much desire that this lady become a Saint recognized by the Church, because she distributes many gifts to countless people, especially to those of little faith.”And, in order to propagate one of…

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Week 1

Introduction (Pages 33 - 35) Introduction: 1968 - The Revolution and Counter-Revolution in Photos https://youtu.be/fghCl52RBYEWeek 1 QuestionsQuestion 1Consider the following three factors comparatively: St. John Bosco lived such a public life that his virtues were evident to many. Because of the very private life of St. Therese, her life and virtues became known only through the publication of her works. If Msgr. John had not become "awed by her eminent virtues" and inspired to hear and investigate details of her life and very importantly take the famous pictures…

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Week 6

AUDIO A Counter-Revolutionary Perspective https://youtu.be/060rrHPj4Zg Week 6 Questions Please share your thoughts at the bottom of the page in the Discussion Forum. Question 1 Dona Lucilia saw her father as an instrument of the Holy Spirit in directing her life. Combined with her own determination that fulfillment of the Will of God was the only way to decide her vocation, she embraced Dr. Antonio's suggestion about marriage, even abandoning her own natural inclination towards a religious life. She accepted this as the "Will of Divine Providence." The footnote…

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Great Care in Choosing Gifts for Children

Great Care in Choosing Gifts for Children Dona Lucilia took care of the affairs of the house, giving them her characteristic note of kindness and delicacy of soul.For example, when she was preparing Christmas presents for her two children, the toys she bought were usually from the best stores of their kind to be found in Sao Paulo. Until we reached a certain age, Mother used to ask our housekeeper, Fräulein Mathilde, to take us to these stores and make us choose our favorite toys, telling us at…

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The Formation of Our Young Children

The Formation of Our Young Children At what age does a person define their mentality and decide the course of their life? Opinions are divided and the answer is not easy to give. There are so many factors that come into play. However, the generalized opinion is that these deliberations are made in youth, sometimes, on the way to adulthood, during university studies. It is at this time that young people come in contact with new ideas and tendencies, will confront the current way of life, and either…

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Clothing: Mirror of a Woman’s Mental Character

Clothing: Mirror of a Woman's Mental Character Dr. Plinio commented: "Clothing completes the body and therefore must be dignified, serious and distinct. In this way man can express his moral personality to some extent through his attire. This can easily be noticed in women's clothing which is so apt to mirror the woman's mental character."Considering these words of Dr. Plinio, how should we, as truly Catholic ladies, adjust our clothing according to the occasion, our age and our state of life, in order to act in a Counter-Revolutionary…

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Modesty, a Virtue that Reflects the Generosity of Our Vocation

Modesty, a Virtue that Reflects the Generosity of Our Vocation "The most important virtue for a woman is purity. If this is lost, the other virtues will disappear as well."  St. JeromeThis week we are reflecting on modesty in clothing, and of course we want to focus more and more on the purpose of dressing in a truly Catholic and Lucilian fashion.As we reflect on what modesty is, we come to the question of what is meant by purity. There is a basic principle of Christian purity, which…

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Week 4

Chapter 2 (Part 2) Pages 64 - 77 Admiration in the Family: Innocence & Hierarchy https://youtu.be/VKl8wXT-Wfs Week 4 Questions Question 1 Dona Lucilia's immense admiration for her father was based not only on natural affection, but also on the public reputation he had gained through his many achievements. This developed in Lucilia the ability to admire uprightness and honour. How would that have shown itself in the person she was to become - would she have determined to instill those qualities in her own children - what examples,…

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Week 3

Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64 Envy or Admiration https://youtu.be/fJX9OxL-4GEWeek 3 QuestionsPlease share your thoughts at the bottom of the page in the Discussion Forum.Question 1The poses of Dona Lucilia and her siblings in the portrait, are, no doubt, typical of a style of photography at that time, including the absence of smiles. Her brother to the left seems to lean right in to his role. The brother on the right is also accepting of his more stately pose. Only Dona Lucilia "while resigned," seems truly…

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