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What Are Your Motives?


Back in January or February, I began veiling. What this means is that when I go into a place where Jesus is present (ie, a Chapel or a Church), I put my veil on. Below is a picture of me with my veil.

Me with one of my best friends after Mass at St. Leo Catholic Church in Murray, KY.

According to Veils by Lily, “The veil is meant to be an external sign of a woman’s interior desire to humble herself before God, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. As women, we are symbols of the Church – the Bride of Christ – and “the veil is meant to be a visible reminder of the perfect submission of the Church to the loving rule of Christ.””

Even though this is the case, I still struggle with the idea and practice of veiling.

Before I began veiling, I rolled the idea of veiling around in my mind for a while, the fear of drawing attention to myself being part of my hesitation. But, when I went to a national conference held by the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) in January, a fellow conference attendee came up to me. She asked me if I had thought about my vocation. The reason why is because she had been sitting in a place where I was in her peripheral vision. She told me that while I was in her periphery, she thought I was a nun because she saw white around my head.

I had previously thought of going into religious life, but at that point, I didn’t think it was what God was calling me to do.

After she said this, I contemplated the meeting and decided to go ahead and buy a veil. When my veil came in, I had our campus minister/chaplain bless it for me. And I’ve been wearing it ever since.

Veils by Lily addresses this issue as well, stating: “In considering this question, the key point we should ask ourselves is, what is my motivation? Am I seeking other people’s attention or am I wanting to love and honor my Lord? Do I wish to draw attention to myself or to the reality of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist?”

I have to remember what the ultimate motive for veiling is.

I continue to struggle to pay attention in Mass and veil not out of habit or want for attention. I have to remind myself that I am doing this out of respect for the Lord and His presence. I have to remind myself that I don’t want to do this for attention, but to honor God.

Even though I am likely to continue to struggle with the concept of veiling, I hope that one day, I do it purely for the right reasons.

So, until next time, lovely people!

– Victoria

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