Posted on May 31, 2018 | COMMENT
Has the idea of wearing a veil at Mass been on your heart lately? Have you thought about it but so far haven't started? Maybe you started, but then stopped. Some women become nervous about what other people will think. Others have doubts whether they should do something that draws attention to themselves. Some even love the idea of the chapel veil, but feel that beauty of the veil will distract them from praying.
But what if I told you it isn't just about you anymore? What if I told you that wearing a veil at Mass - or anytime you find yourself in the presence of the Eucharist in the tabernacle or in the monstrance - could be a work of mercy?
A work of mercy, you ask? Wearing a veil is not one of them, you say.
Not explicitly, no. But what if wearing the veil - as well as receiving Holy Communion on the tongue, or kneeling for Holy Communion, or any other act of reverence for the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist - what if these were actually works of mercy whereby we silently instruct the ignorant and comfort the sorrowful of heart, both of whom may feel that God is nowhere to be found?
By our very action of quietly but visibly acknowledging the Real Presence, we give witness to the world that, yes, God is here! He is closer than we can even imagine! He is really, truly, substantially present in that little Host! It is not a metaphor! It is not an illusion! It is not a psychological mind game! He is truly there, and we know it, and that is why we veil in His presence!
For those who are wondering, the equivalent sign of respect for men is to remove their hats. It is not discriminatory - all of us, both men and women, make an act of humbling ourselves, acknowledging that we are in the presence of the Almighty. Mighty as He may be, He is also tender and loving, and is waiting for the least sign from us that we are ready to receive what He wishes to give us, which is no less than... Himself.
How many times did we long for love and Love Himself was quietly, patiently and unassumingly waiting for us in the Eucharist at Mass and at Adoration, but we didn't know it?
No, it's not just about you anymore. Instruct the ignorant, comfort the sorrowful. Silently. By your witness. By your faith. By every act of reverence you make toward our most precious and sweet Jesus in the Eucharist.
"Seek and you will find," He says. He longs to be found so that, once found, He can give us everything.
So it's not just about you anymore. Point to Jesus. Wear the veil, receive Him on the tongue while kneeling (if you can), and be willing to give Him all as you silently witness to His presence.
One more thing: don't try to suppress your love for Jesus in the name of human prudence. I met a priest recently who inspired me to just "let it out" - "it" being my love for Jesus. Don't be ashamed of the flame of love that burns in your heart!
Remember, as St. John Paul II says, "There can be no danger of excess in our care for this mystery, for 'in this sacrament is recapitulated the whole mystery of our salvation.'"
He is here. Alleluia!
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Tips on choosing a veil:
- Wear a beautiful veil because He deserves the best. Beauty is from God!
- If the beauty of the veil is a distraction to you, choose a veil that you are indifferent to.
- Need to mortify your vanity? Choose a veil you don't necessarily like.
- It doesn't have to be expensive. Our Starter Collection is perfect for any budget. The veils are beautiful, well-made by some amazing women just like you, right here in Missouri, and they are ready to ship. They come in 11 different colors and have received rave reviews. See for yourself.
Ready to start? Here are some dos and don'ts:
- Do it for Jesus, with love.
- Do it with love (love is so crucial I'm putting it here twice) and with the desire to bring all to Jesus.
- Don't think you're "doing it right" and others are "doing it wrong." This is a personal devotion no longer required by the Church.
- Don't do it while resenting everything that is wrong in the Church. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus.