Wednesday, June 30, 2010

"Catholic Woman"

Here is an image I found on a online photo hosting service. I entered the search term "Catholic Woman" and this came up. Now any practicing Catholic will probably recognize that no one actually prays the Rosary in the manner depicted in this photograph. The beads are supposed to serve as a way to keep track of the prayers, so the woman would actually have to be toucing the beads in order to do that. But that's my point, actually. This is clearly a staged photograph of what the photographer felt a Catholic woman looks like. And look and see what she is wearing on her head. A veil has been associated with Catholic women for 2000 years. As this picture illustrates, even random photographers recognize the timeless importance of the chapel veil to Catholic identity.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

First Holy Communion

A delightful picture of a girl's First Holy Communion.

Friday, June 18, 2010

If a non-Catholic feminist can....

These photos are exactly what pushed me over to full time veiling at Mass. I felt that if a non-Catholic, pro-abortion feminist can wear one when meeting the pope, certainly I can wear one when in the presence of my Lord and my God each week.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Precious Things are Always Veiled

Follow this link to hear a homily on veiling.

photo by Pepa Morente B. CĂșllar Vega-Granada

Friday, June 11, 2010




Why wear a chapel veil?

"Traditionally the ‘veil’ or ‘mantilla’ represented purity and modesty in many religions and cultures. A veil, or head covering, is a symbol that can enable the woman wearing it to ascend the ladder of sanctity. When a woman covers her head in the Catholic Church it symbolizes her dignity and humility before God, not men.

The woman who covers her head in the presence of the Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is reminding herself that she must be humble before God. As with all outward gestures, if it is practiced enough it filters down into the heart and is translated into actions that speak volumes. The “veil” covers what the Lord calls, in Holy Scripture, “the glory of the woman”, her hair. Covering her hair is a gesture the woman makes spiritually to “show” God she recognizes her beauty is less than His and His Glory is far above hers. In doing this she is reminded that virtues cannot grow in the soul without a great measure of humility. So she wears the veil to please God and remind herself to practice virtue more ardently."

photo by Dave Amos/ flickr