Wearing a Veil: Don’t Judge the Motive

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  1. Laura Miller says:

    I’m very drawn to veiling and had a great bonding time with my daughter in law when we purchased my first veil together. That said, when I was looking into it, one Priest told me I would appear “unapproachable”. Sure enough, based on my own experience with some women who veil, this is a danger. You describe veiling as counter to vanity, but here are your own words: “The devotion of wearing a veil should indicate an inner holiness”… so first of all, does that mean those of us who don’t wear veils do not have an inner holiness? Second (and therefore), am I even worthy of a veil? Do you see what I’m getting at? My last and so far unanswered question; if the point of veils is to cover beautiful hair (all glory to God), why are veils so beautiful?

    • Birgit J says:

      Greetings Laura! Yes, some priests have an aversion to anything that seems ‘old school’ to them – the bells at consecration, receiving Him on the tongue, and veils. It is not surprising to have had such a comment. As for the idea that somehow we are unapproachable, I have this to recommend. Make yourself approachable. Smile into people’s eyes. Be helpful to your parish family. Participate in events. Be a true supporter. Our actions portray whether or not we are approachable, not our dress. When I speak of ‘inner holiness’ I am not alluding to any false sense of piety. What I am saying is that we need to illustrate by our manner (and dress/veil is a part of that) that we understand the truth of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. That we are worshipping and not just idly passing time for obligation’s sake. It is an outer sign that we are seeking holiness, as God commands us to be holy. It’s not that we have accomplished it, it’s that we are striving. The beauty of our veils is up to individual taste and style. There are some nice, plain veils and there are elaborately beautiful ones. I’m not so much wearing the veil to cover my hair, as I am as a ‘wedding garment’ for the honor of being in His house. Churches, statues, stations of the cross, holy art – all of these are beautiful because they honor and glorify God. I hope that makes sense. I so happy that you commented. God bless!

  1. April 11, 2019

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