|Woman with head scarf|
I read a whole mess of comments about it on his Facebook (that link's his wall, not the discussion itself) and under the post itself and it got my mind chugging away.
Loads of commenters said many people look at women who cover their heads at Mass and think, "She thinks she's bet than everyone else." To clarify, the commenters didn't feel that way. They thought others felt that way.
I don't know how they knew that--maybe from the looks people give them. Of course a look can be misread. Maybe the onlooker was thinking, "How old fashioned and quaint," or "Weirdo," or "Where can I get one of those?" (b.t.w. you can buy lace mantillas, scarves, and chapel veils at your local Catholic shop and online.)
Okay, I'll go along with it and assume they were thinking, "She believes she's better than the rest of us." But I'm surprised by that reaction. I've covered my head since I returned to the Church, but it's because I've had a clipper ship sized load of things to be humble about. I led my life in a eh-hem** let's just say, less than holy manner... and God called me back to Him. Cover my head? Yeah. I felt... still feel like... I want to lay down on my face with my arms outstretched in front of the Tabernacle. I simply feel so gloriously honored to be invited back to Him.
We veil the Tabernacle itself, right? God gives a special honor to women- making them sharers in His life-giving ability. Look at Mary, God's chosen mother to his Son. Is she not a Tabernacle too? But for a long time I forgot all of that and He reached out to me anyway. What a little thing to veil my hair when I meet him as he humbles himself by giving himself to me in the flesh--the Eucharist.
I wish I were a poet and maybe I could get my meaning across.
|woman in mantilla|
No. The lady with her head covered in the next pew probably doesn't feel holier than you. Well, maybe she does (I can't say for sure), but maybe she doesn't. She might be grateful that while she was away from the Church all those people sitting around her kept the Church together. You won't know unless you talk to her.
I'm reminded of that Procol Harum song, "Quite Rightly So."
"For you whose eyes were opened wide, whilst mine refused to see..."
Oh, but we were talking about veiling at Mass. It's not required. I'm not even trying to convince anybody that they should do so. I wear unobtrusive regular looking scarves so nobody will notice I'm veiling for religious reasons and I don't want to distract the other parishioners. My daughters don't veil and I don't try to sway them.
It's something I feel deep within me to do for Jesus, so I do it. I think about the logic after the fact, which is odd for me because I'm by nature analytical. I'm just saying, you don't have to, but you can. And you need not be distracted by those who do because they're just muddling along like anybody else--maybe muddling more so. :)
|Saint Veronica with Veil|