Mandy C. (Carencro, LA)
Hi, I am Mandy. I am 42 years old and a mother of 4. I started veiling a little over a year ago. Veiling was a journey for me. I initially was kind of pushed into considering it by a good friend of mine who told me that this is what women always did but I didn’t fully understand why it was done. We decided to read a book together. The book was called The Anti-Mary exposed by Dr Carrie Gress. After reading that book, which had nothing to do with veiling, I realized how the world has hijacked our femininity. This book then led me to do some research as to why woman wore a veil during mass. I decided to first go to scripture. I was immediately brought to Genesis chapter 24 verse 65 where Rebecca sees Isaac and immediately she covers her head because she realizes her master is here. I thought she had so much reverence for Isaac. She did this out of respect and love. This made me think Jesus is my master, and if he is, then why am I not doing this. I also read more verses in the bible that kept leading me to deepen my reverence to Jesus being present in our churches. I even thought, “why do children wear a veil for Holy Communion, and why do we women veil at our own weddings, and not to daily mass?”. In doing my research, I realized that the teachings of the Church and the Pope never said that women should not wear a veil when Vatican 2 was released. So why did this happen….this led me to many more evenings of researching and finding out the truth that this movement of taking off your veils was a protest by the feminist movement which also started the abortion movement. This also helped me see myself as a bride of Christ and helped me want to be obedient to the Lord. After my findings, I knew the truth and knew what I had to do. I packed my veil and struggled to place it on my head. That first time I only wore it during communion and took it off immediately after and had this fear of who just saw me do this. It is such The next time I went to mass and place the veil on my head when I entered the church, knowing full well that Jesus is here and I will be obedient. It wasn’t easy to do at first. I was sweating and scared. I was afraid of being judged by others. I thought, “veiling is what the “old” people did, not someone of my age”. But the more I did it the more I respected Jesus and His church and the greater sense of peace that would overcome me. The more attentive I became as I was in mass. The less distracted I was. I was the lady examining other ladies’ shoes during mass and thinking that I needed a pair like those. Now, I don’t even notice other people’s shoes. Wearing my veil has helped me grow in humility, modesty, reverence, and love of God. The tabernacle is veiled. The chalice is veiled. Altars are veiled. A veiled woman shows reverence for God, symbolizing the veiled bride of the Church, but also honors herself as a woman before God. God created me to be his bride, a woman of sacredness in His eyes. I finally realized that I am in Church to be with my master. My groom. My Lord and my God.