I have to say I just didn’t know what I wanted to write about for today. So, I thought, “Jenna? Yes, Jenna? Jenna, what is something that you want to know more about? Well,I would love to know more about veiling. Ok, so research that and write about it. Ok.”
So, here are a some of my questions and zee answers I finded:
What is the origin of veiling?
You’ll hear 1 Corinthians 11:1-17 tossed around a ton when you’re looking up this subject.
Why did we stop?
According to fish eaters, after Vatican II, journalists asked if women would still be required to veil, and the response give was, “the issue is not being discussed.” That was misinterpreted to mean that it was no longer part of Catholic worship, and that was published in papers around the world. The matter was never addressed by the Church.
The 1983 Code of Canon Law never mentioned veiling, but it was not abrogated (meaning that it was not changed).
Why do women veil today?
I’ve gotten a lot of responses on this, but here is a little list for y’all:
- a deeper connection with Mary
- gives a physical reminder to focus
- less worry about vanity
- keeping with tradition
- representation of the fact that we are made in the Image and Likeness of God (thanks, Iris!)
- attending Latin Mass
- peer pressure
- out of respect for the Lord
- feel called by God
Why are some women hesitant?
A lot of people say that they get a “holier than thou” vibe from veilers. And, some people feel that they are not as approachable to people with questions/those outside the faith when wearing one.
When are you supposed to veil?
From what I understand, you are supposed to veil during Mass or any time you are in the presence of the Most Holy Sacrament. Many women also do so anytime they are in prayer.
Is it even practical to wear one when you have little children?
Those who I’ve asked said no. Most of my time is spent in the ring of the WWF and not in Mass. Some have suggested an infinity veil (pictured above), bobby pins of clips.
Do I have to buy an actual mantilla or can I just use a scarf?
You can use anything really. Women have used mantillas, hats, handkerchiefs, or regular scarves. Honestly, I think infinity scarves are the cure for anything. Veiling? Infinity scarf. Cold? Infinity scarf. Bland outfit? Infinity scarf. Nursing cover? Infinity scarf. Tourniquet? You get the idea.
Would I consider the practice and why?
Yes, I totally am considering it, and I have been for about six months now. I have been hesitant for the reasons listed above. I’m also on the fence because I am afraid that one of the big reasons I want to try is it because they are so beautiful. I’m going to go out on a limb and say that vanity is not a good enough reason.
I also get soooper distracted at Mass. “Oh, I like her shoes.” “I wonder if they are dating.” “If I was designing this church, I would not have picked that paint color.” A veil might be a good physical reminder to keep my eyes on my own song sheet.
But, another reason I am considering it is to have more solidarity with the Church. Let’s face it, we’re under a lot of fire these days. People are misunderstanding the Church and calling for her to change to fit common society. Not ganna happon. Wearing one would be my way of saying the Church has not changed in thousands of years, it will not change, and I want to acknowledge and stand with its history of tradition by wearing one.
Does that make sense?
But, on the other hand, I am not the most grace-filled Catholic out there. Far from it. I really need to do a better job of incorporating the faith into my daily diaper grind. I would feel like a bit of a fraud with a veil on.
I don’t know. Thoughts?
A Link Up
I don’t really do link-ups here. But, here’s the deal: if I pick a Sunday to try out a veil, would you do it with me? Then write up a little sumthin’ sumthin’ about your thoughts and feelings and fuzzies, and link it up here.
If there’s enough yays, I’ll go ahead with it. If not, we can just pretend this never happened.