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A long post on women wearing veils at Mass October 4, 2010

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, North Deanery.

A priest at New Theological Movement has a post up examining the subject of women veiling at Mass, examined from a viewpoint of Thomist reasoning (St. Thomas Acquinas still inspires much of the philosophy behind the mind of the Church.  It’s mostly an exposition on 1 COR 11:1-16, but he explains St. Paul’s exhortation to women to veil when in church or praying(!) from the light of Thomist logic.  It’s definitely interesting.  If you have an interest in veiling, or wonder why some people might do it, it’s a good read.

My only additional comment would be is that I think the priest doesn’t give enough credence to the fact that many women veil out of sheer reverence for the Lord and for the Sacrifice of the Mass.  I think it’s important to make that distinction, since St. Paul and St. Thomas don’t take that into account directly.  Other reasons include modesty, a greater sense of privacy (the Anchoress likes the additional privacy, she says it helps her focus more on the Mass by reducing distractions in her peripheral vision), and emulating the actions of women who lived the Faith in earlier times (tying in with our Catholic Tradition).  I think veiling is a very beautiful act on a number of levels.


1. Colleen Hammond - October 5, 2010

Funny, I posted a link to Fr. Longedecker’s blog that had a humorous take on the Mantilla. http://www.colleenhammond.com/uncategorized/mantilla-the-hon-why-i-wear-a-mantilla/

Here’s my response:

In addition to St. Paul (1 Cor 11:15), it was pointed out to me that everything that is holy, mysterious (in the divine sense), and sacred in our Catholic Faith is veiled. A baldacchino ‘veils’ the altar. The Tabernacle is veiled. The humeral veil a priest uses during Benediction. And Chalice veils laid over the holy vessels.

Women are, by their nature, the very vessels of life. And what better way to honor a woman’s cooperation with God in creating new souls for heaven than for her to be veiled as well?

I am humbled before God for being able to carry another soul within my body…and I am not ashamed to veil my head in His presence.

As G.K. Chesteron wrote, “No one staring at that frightful female privilege can quite believe in the equality of the sexes…” (What’s Wrong with the World).

What a distinct honor to wear a mantilla!!!

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