Chapter 2 (Part 1) Pages 51 - 64
The Impact of a Truly Catholic Lady
Week 11 Questions
Dona 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 work in a service position are often angry and resentful and sometimes understandably so since they are mistreated and underpaid.
Has the egalitarian spirit of our time – the false notion that we are all, in this life, equal, been helpful or harmful in promoting lives of dignity and value for both employers and employees?
Upon her return, Dona Lucilia toured the rooms of her home. She seemed satisfied with the results of the designer’s renovations, which probably included some new items.
Her objection, then, to the replacement chandeliers was not simply that they were “new” but that they did not “blend with the decor.” She shopped for fixtures similar to or better than the old ones, but finding none, was able to get the original chandeliers back.
Rather than a genuine desire to refresh and renew our surroundings, it is often just agitation of spirit that causes us to want to reject and replace things in our lives. Endless shopping and acquiring – so wasteful and time consuming often replace other more valuable activities in our lives.
What are the advantages of learning to enjoy what we have and resisting the temptation to constantly want more and more?
Everything that Dona Lucilia touched was imprinted with her delicate and refined mark – the formation of her children in every detail; her relationships with family, friends and staff; the management of her household. It all flowed harmoniously.
All aspects of her life bore the signature of a Catholic lady. It was apparent in all that she said and did.
What steps can we take in our own lives to be unmistakenly recognizable, like Dona Lucilia, as Catholic ladies?