Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Can Beauty Distract Us From God?


I recently came across an article by the Most Reverend James Conley, STL, Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska, titled "Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Role of Beauty in the Restoration of Catholic Culture". It's a beautiful analysis of how beauty leads us to God's glory.

I can't tell you how many times I've heard people wonder, sometimes very loudly, why Catholic churches are so beautifully decorated. After all, their reasoning goes, the money spent on this could be better spent on other, less "frivolous" endeavors. There is a sense that we should be somber and subdued, like somehow a dark, dank, monotone church will make us holier. Why?

God made beauty. He made humans in His image and likeness, and naturally we appreciate beauty. Have you ever seen a beautiful sunrise or sunset, all aglow in purples, blues and reds? Did you stop what you were doing, even if for a few seconds, to appreciate its beauty? The subtle change from a deep purple to a glowing violet, on to varying shades of blue and finally the orange and red that light up the sky?

Sunrise Over the Ocean

From Bishop Conley's article:

"The experience of beauty is transformative. It awakens a sense within us, that life is meaningful on the most profound level. Beauty can move us to humility, giving us a sense of wonder before the mystery of life. The encounter with beauty speaks to us about the true, awe-inspiring nature of existence."

Honestly, I have always appreciated the beauty in our faith. For me, entering a beautiful, "old" church fills my soul with awe. It makes me feel so much closer to God. The beauty leads me to its Creator.

Case in point - the Milk Grotto Church in Bethlehem, Palestine. It's a very simple facade, with very little ornamentation. However, when compared to the stone walls around it, it stands out. It draws your focus to the arched entrance, then up to the picture of the Virgin and Child, rising again to the pointed arch and finally, to the stone cross atop the arch. This little bit of beauty intuitively tells us that this place is special.

The Milk Grotto Church in Bethlehem

"When we begin with beauty, this can then lead to a desire to want to know the truth of the thing that is drawing us, a desire to participate in it. And then the truth can inspire us to do the good, to strive after virtue."

We certainly live in a time where beauty has lost its subtle, sublime dimension. The media often tells us that beauty has to be explicit and revealing. Virtue is no longer considered beautiful, but frumpy and old-fashioned. If you google "Catholic woman" images, you will see some very interesting pictures; even pictures that contradict each other.

"The language of beauty is especially important in our time, because we live in a period of grave intellectual and moral confusion."

The "grave intellectual and moral confusion" of our time is strikingly evident in that Google search. But two items are certain to appear on this search: a rosary and a veil. These two are the symbols our culture still associates with "Catholic" and "woman".  Again, why? It goes back to beauty.

While a rosary has a function, it can also be beautiful. From the beads, to the center, to the crucifix - the beauty in our faith doesn't stop at the church door. And what better way to live our faith than to use the beauty that God has given us for His greater glory?

Oxblood Cezch glass and Snowflake Obsidian Stone Rosary

I often hear women (and sometimes men) ask if wearing a mantilla is too distracting. Does it take away from the Mass?  Can a veil be "too beautiful"? Do we, as veil-wearing Catholic women, at some point fall into a trap, giving more importance to the beauty of the veil itself rather than to what it represents? Possibly.

Lace veils are certainly beautiful, and the veil makers have put their God-given talents to good use. And it's very encouraging to see veiling return, especially in this day and age, where people are searching for truth and beauty among the confusion.

French "Rose Basket" Calais Lace Veil

When you enter a Catholic church you can't help but notice the beauty, that sublime beauty that leads you to God. We can choose to criticize and allow this beauty to distract us - or we can allow it to fill us and point us toward God. And when you enter a Catholic church and see a woman (or several women) wearing a veil, that adds to the beauty. It's a reflection of the Virgin Mary and of Christ's church, present and ready to adore our Savior. I certainly hope it makes you think holy thoughts!

"So we must develop our own appreciation of beauty, wherever it exists. Then we can help others to see beauty for what it is: an earthly reflection of God’s glory—a glory that leads to truth and goodness."

This last quote in particular strikes me as I think of a veiled woman, "an earthly reflection of God's glory - a glory that leads to truth and goodness".

"Catholic Woman Praying"
For more on why Catholic women wear a veil at Mass: Thinking About Veiling at Mass? You're Not Alone!

Pax Christi.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Two Great Giveaways You Can't Miss!

I just got wind of two great giveaways!

The first one comes from - several books, including "Why The Eucharist Matters For Your Life" by Christ Padgett.

Click on the book above to enter!

The second giveaway is for Dr. Scott Hahn's book, "Joy to The World". Click on the image to enter.

Pax Christi.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Introducing Our Rosary Shop

Hand Crafted Amethyst and Hematite St. Benedict Rosary

I felt the pull to make rosaries in 2007, when I started wearing my Miraculous Medal daily. I would make a few and give them away to friends and family. 

This year, my friend Mary encouraged me to offer them for sale on my website. I must say that I never expected them to be so well received. After all, I'm not a "professional" rosary maker. But I've had quite a few people remark on how much they enjoy my rosaries, especially the weight of the beads (I use hand made Czech glass beads and semi-precious stones) when praying with them. Several people ordered them to give as presents since they are heirloom-quailty.

I also received feedback from customers who want a rosary but prefer something less expensive, mainly to have in their car or purse, or as a present for a little one who might not yet appreciate a more expensive rosary.

Black Glass Rosary - Value Line

Then there's the increase in evil all over our world, and the knowledge that Our Lady is the one who crushes the serpent's head. And how many Marian apparitions encourage us to pray the rosary?

All of these situations came together as encouragement, and I'm pleased to announce my rosary shop on Etsy: Silver Hill Treasures, as well as more offerings on the Rosary page on the website. So where is this going? Honestly, I'm not sure. Much like my veil shop, I am taking it one day at a time, trusting that Our Lady has plans for my humble endeavor and I am merely her instrument. Sometimes I wish she didn't trust me with so much, but I can't tell her no. So yes, I tend to overextend myself (and it's my husband who reels me in) - but I'm so in love with our faith that I want to share it with everyone!

Hand Crafted Turquoise and Red Czech glass Our Lady of Guadalupe Rosary

I've added Italian centers and crucifixes to the Holy Land selection I already had. I'm not quite ready to take custom orders, but it's something I will probably do if I'm able to juggle it (there I go with that overextension thing)! 

What about you? Do you pray the Rosary daily? Are you thinking about starting?

Friday, October 10, 2014

A Catholic Book Giveaway, Have You Entered?

Christian Persecution and Saints at the Well

My last post was a little bit of an overview of the local Catholic conference I was a vendor at, and today I want to share two stories from the conference: the lovely lady from Iraq and the Tiny Saints.

The Lovely Lady from Iraq

As a vendor at a conference, you get to talk to so many people, and every so often there is a conversation that stays with you. On Saturday, I was helping a customer select a Spanish mantilla when I noticed a lady waiting to talk to me. When I was done and turned to talk to her, I noticed she was about as tall as my maternal grandmother. She asked me what I had in very light lace, and as we talked about the French mantillas I carry, I noticed a slight accent. So I decided to ask her where she was from.

"Minnesota", she said. "We didn't have to travel far to come to this conference".

I said, "Oh, OK, that's not far at all. Where are you originally from?"

She hesitated. Immediately I sensed why, "I ask, because my grandmother was from the Middle East and you remind me of her".

"She was? From where?", she asked. "Beit-Jala, Palestine," I replied, "and my grandfather's family, from Bethlehem." "Ah," she said, "I am from Iraq."

Silver Star marking Christ's birthplace - Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Palestine

The conversation that ensued was one of the most emotion-filled I have had in a long time. We talked about our hesitation, as Middle Easterners, to say where we (or our ancestors) are from, because of the assumption that Middle Eastern is synonymous with terrorist. We chuckled at how every time, we have to explain to people that the original Christians - those who followed Christ from the very beginning - are our ancestors. No, we aren't terrorists - far from it. We are the survivors of Christian persecution, the living proof that no matter how bad things get, there is hope, there is a future, and Christians will live on, even if that means in other countries.

The Arabic letter N, "nun", used by Muslims to identify Christians (Nazarenes).

Of course we talked about Iraq and the persecution Christians are suffering  now, and how we both know it will take centuries to reestablish a Christian presence there - an awareness that neither one of us is sure the West has fully realized.

Our families fled the Middle East, looking for peace and stability - and employment. Some came to the US, some to Latin America. In the end, we are all over the planet, really, and I'm always surprised at how easily conversation flows simply because of that shared history as Christians - regardless of which Middle Eastern country we hail from.

Of course, the conversation was made complete when we talked about family and food - the two things that come in tied at second for Middle Eastern Christians, right after our faith. When the lady left, my daughters remarked that it was amazing how quickly she and I hit it off, "like you had known each other for years, mom."

Saints at the Well

Sunday came fast, and both the girls and I realized that if we wanted to look around at what other vendors offered, we had to get going. So we took turns visiting other booths. One that had stood out to all 3 of us when we came in in Saturday was the Tiny Saints. So Angelina and I set off to go visit them, leaving Luciana to keep our booth company.

Have you seen these amazingly cute, tiny little saint charms? No? Well, here's a sneak peek:
They come on a lobster clip, so yo can attach them to almost anything! Car/house keys, backpack, jacket zipper - even your dog's collar! You can click on any of the pictures to see more Tiny Saints!

Here are two of my favorites (for now - they are all soooo cute)!

Needless to say, it was hard to decide which one to pick. We spent a good 20 minutes just looking, and reading each saint's story on the back of the package. Then, I convinced Angelina to go back to the booth and send Luciana over. Another 20 minutes spent admiring and picking out saint charms! The Tiny Saints gals were so kind and friendly - very easy to talk to.

Speaking of persecution and our Christian faith - what a great way to celebrate the saints (many of whom were persecuted!) and learn about them. They make great gifts for young and not so young alike! My kids each got one, and I'm planning on getting them some more for Christmas.

What about you? What do yo think about the Tiny Saints? Leave a comment below.

Pax Christi.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Going to the Well

This past weekend I was blessed to be a vendor at our regional conference in Des Moines, Christ Our Life. It's the third conference, and my second one as a vendor.

Going into the Conference, I must say I was a bit down on things in general. In July and August, our internet service was down intermittently for several weeks. Since my veil business is primarily online, internet service is key. I had spent several weeks trying to catch up, fielding calls and emails from upset customers whose veils were delayed. Quite frankly, I was exhausted.

So my plan for the weekend was to take some work with me, and take some time to relax. You know what they say about God and making plans, right?

The first couple I spoke to at length came into the Well (it's what we affectionately call the Wells Fargo Arena) on Friday evening, while I was setting up my booth. My husband and our 3 youngest kids had left about an hour before, because the kids were running around and I wasn't getting much done.

The wife was pleasantly surprised to see my mantilla booth. She shared with me that she has worn a veil ever since she was a small girl, and showed me the one that was given to her for Confirmation so many years ago. "I'm scared to wash it", she said, "because it might fall apart".  She was very glad to hear that veiling is making a comeback, as was her husband.

This couple had come from a small town in Iowa, and told me how they were so lucky to have gotten a room a the hotel across the street. When they called, they were first told all rooms were already sold out, but the person said they would check. As they were holding, a cancellation came through! We stood inside the Arena, looking down at all the seats. They both wondered if it was too large for a Catholic conference in Iowa.

The next morning, as I stood at the bottom of the stairs at 7:30 a.m., waiting for my two teen daughters to hurry up and get going, I wondered if all this effort would be worth it. We were already 30 minutes later than I wanted - vendor booths opened at 7 a.m. and here I was - herding teens out the door.

We made it to the Well at about 8:15 a.m. To my surprise, there were about 5 or 6 women waiting at my booth! In the midst of trying to open for business, somehow we managed to sell about a dozen veils before Mass with Cardinal Dolan began at 9:30.

The question posed by the couple the night before was answered pretty quickly that morning. Here is a picture of the Well on Saturday. It's estimated that 7,000 people were there for the Mass:

Photo Credit: Daniel Nielsen

To be continued....

Sunday, July 27, 2014

July Veil Giveaway

It's Giveaway time again! It originally went through Monday, July 28th, but...due to technical difficulties, I'm extending it for 2 more days - until July 31st!

 See below to enter:

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Friday, June 20, 2014

June Mantilla Veil GIVEAWAY!

Every month, Silver Hill Treasures gives away *at least* one veil.  Ever wonder why I do this?

Even though the number of women wearing a veil continues to grow rapidly, many women are unable to justify the expense. I shared earlier this month on my friend Emily's blog the story of how Silver Hill Treasures came to be. It really wasn't my idea to start a veiling company, I was just looking for ONE veil. But the Blessed Mother had other ideas, and here we are!

What does that have to do with the monthly giveaways? Well, since Our Lady led me to starting Silver Hill Treasures, it's abundantly clear to me that it pleases her to have her daughters show reverence to our Eucharistic Lord by wearing a head covering to Mass. In my heart I feel that the expense of a veil should not be an obstacle to pleasing her. So - that's how the monthly giveaways came to be!

This month, I'm giving away four mantillas - in the style and color of each winner's choice! All I ask is that you help me spread the word about this wonderful devotion. 

So without further ado, enter here: 

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or go to the Rafflecopter entry form on Silver Hill Treasures' Facebook page.

Looking for veiling resources?
  • Order these free brochures to help explain veiling to friends, family and fellow parishioners.
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Pax Christi

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

How Silver Hill Treasures Came to Be

Emily's Estuary

Today I'm over at Emily's Estuary, sharing the story of how Silver Hill Treasures got its start. Emily has been doing a series on veiling, and asked me to share. Head on over to read all about it, and if you're interested, check out the other veiling posts. Here is a link to my personal veiling story: Karen's Story. They are truly inspiring!

Ever wonder why my company is called "Silver Hill" Treasures?

My hometown is beautiful Tegucigalpa, Honduras, founded on September 29, 1578 by Spanish settlers as “Real de Minas de San Miguel de Tegucigalpa”. The word “Tegucigalpa” is derived from the Nahuatl word Taguz-galpa, which means hills of silver. So, the city’s name literally means “the mining camp of St. Michael (the Archangel) in the silver hills”.

Tegucigalpa is a beautiful Spanish colonial city, chock full of colonial churches. 

“Treasures” is how I see Catholic sacramentals (including veils). Veils especially are treasures since women are rediscovering this beautiful devotion.

Pictured above is St. Michael the Archangel Cathedral in Tegucigalpa. It was built between 1765 and 1786, in the Baroque style. The exterior has been restored to its original color. The main altar (below) is made of  gold mined by the Spaniards in Tegucigalpa. It's divided into three columns and depicts: (middle column, top to bottom) The Holy Trinity (painting), The Virgin Mary and St. Michael the Archangel. The two side columns depict the 6 other Archangels. Did you notice the altar rail?

Have a blessed day!

Pax Christi,


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Prince Charming and the Chapel Veil


This morning a woman in a veiling group I belong to on Facebook asked why veils were still required at First Communions, but not every time we attend Mass.  I have to say it's a great question, and I've been pondering this all day.

First Communions, like weddings, are special occasions.  While technically the Church no longer requires that women wear a veil, for First Communions and weddings, it's expected and strongly encouraged. What little girl doesn't dream of her wedding, the dress, the veil, the groom - Prince Charming? And for Catholic little girls, their First Holy Communion - when they also get to wear a beautiful dress and veil? To look like a mini-bride? Is there a Prince Charming at First Communion? Read on.

Let's first take a look at why wearing a veil went by the wayside. For almost 2000 years, Catholic women wore a veil any time they were in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. Then, almost overnight, in the late 1960's, early 1970's, the veils were gone. This is key: the 1960's and 70's - a time of great social turmoil. Feminism became synonymous with doing away with anything that would show women are different from men. The veil (it oppresses women), chivalry (I can open my own door, thank you!), motherhood (who wants more than two children, it will ruin your career). To quote Dr. Alice von Hildebrand:

" Now the … feminists after Vatican II suddenly “discovered” that when women go to Church veiled, it is a sign of their inferiority. The man takes off his hat and the woman puts on a veil. My goodness, how they have lost the sense of the supernatural. Veiling indicates sacredness and it is a special privilege of the woman that she enters church veiled."

In analyzing further, we see that it's an attempt to undermine the Eucharist - Christ made present. How so?

Step 1: If wearing a veil oppresses you, you have to remove that yoke! "Don't let them oppress you, take off that veil and you will see!" Chilling parallel to the "eat the apple and you will see like God sees". Also parallel to the "gospel of prosperity" that certain Protestant pastors promote: "personal empowerment", "visualize what you want and declare it to be yours", and so on.

Step 2: If enough women do away with their veils, it shows that the Mass is nothing special. There is nothing there to make us do anything different. It's just another place that we go to for - what?

Step 3: Once we lose sight of why we attend Mass, we start finding other reasons for being there. The social interaction, the cute guys at Mass, the donuts afterwards - you get what I'm saying! And if Mass is nothing special, I can wear whatever I want. Except a veil, of course!

Step 4: Pretty soon we find ourselves thinking: "Why does Mass take so long? Thank God there are extraordinary ministers to speed things along! Come on, dude, I'm not sticking my tongue out, I'll look stupid. Right here, in my hand. Oops, I dropped it, can I have another one?"

Can you see what is happening here? ME, ME, ME. It's not about Jesus any more. Jesus, who died on the Cross to save us, is moved aside (quite literally in some parishes), because it's all about ME!

Let me share a true story with you. My family once attended Mass at a parish several miles away, for my nephew's baptism. When it came time for communion, Father distributed the host and wine vessels to the EMHCs and walked out of the sanctuary. People started going up for communion, and suddenly a screen was lowered above the altar and a video of Father's latest mission trip to El Salvador started playing, and the "band" started playing catchy soft rock music, electric guitars and drums and all! Father returned to the sanctuary and sat down, waiting for communion - and the video - to be over.

During the most important part of the Mass, during the time when we are to be in silent prayer, receiving the body and blood of Christ, the Holy Eucharist. Nope, Christ wasn't deemed that important - after all, helping others is Christ-like, right?

"My goodness, how they have lost the sense of the supernatural." Absolutely. What did Dr. Alice von Hildebrand mean by that sentence? Here is another quote from her:

"You see the Church recognises things so profoundly that in some way you can say she has always recognised the special dignity granted to women. You cannot be a Christian and not recognise the privilege that it is to be a woman, because the most perfect of all creatures, the only creature born without original sin, is a woman and therefore once again you understand the extraordinary privilege of being one and having this image of the Holy Virgin, who was both Virgin and Mother and the two go beautifully together.” 

Did you get that? There is a special dignity granted to women. Women are special. Here is more:

"God creates a new human soul, totally new, which never existed before. Where? In the mystery of the female body. This is where the soul is conceived. It has nothing to do with the husband. The husband is out of the game at this point and the very moment that God creates a soul he implies that there is a special contact between God and the female body, so to speak, touching it in creating it. Once again, what an extraordinary privilege."

Women have privileges from God that men don't have. God touches a woman's body when He creates a new life. Let that sink in.

"And this is why the female body should be veiled because everything which is sacred calls for veiling. When Moses came down form Mount Sinai, he veiled his face. Why did he veil his face? Because he had spoken to God and at that very moment there was a sacredness that called for veiling."

"Veiling indicates sacredness and it is a special privilege of the woman that she enters church veiled."

So back to First Communions weddings, and veils. And the question: "Is there a Prince Charming at First Communion?" Of course there is! During communion, we receive Christ, and First Communion is the first time we receive Him! Why do we wear a veil for a wedding? Well, marriage is a sacrament and there are 3 persons present for it: bride, groom and Christ. A woman wearing a veil at her wedding underscores the supernatural nature of the sacrament. In 1 Cor 11:3, we see God's hierarchy spelled out for us:

But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and a husband the head of his wife, and God the head of Christ.

Notice it doesn't say "a man is the head of a woman." No, it specifically says "husband" and "wife". It says that "Christ is the head of every man" (emphasis mine), but then changes to "a husband the head of his wife" (emphasis mine). Notice it doesn't say that any man or every man is the head of all women, or of any woman. Husband and wife.

The feminists Dr. von Hildebrand spoke of would have us believe this is the hierarchy:

When in reality, it is this:

Pretty simple and straightforward. Let's also not forget that Ephesians 5: 25 says:

In other words, husbands should be ready to die for their wives. Hardly an oppressive move!

So to answer the question of why veils at First Communions and weddings are way more common than at Mass, the truth is I don't know why. Perhaps, in our fallen nature, when receiving these "once-in-a-lifetime" sacraments, we are able to subconsciously grasp their supernatural nature. Having allowed the Eucharist to become commonplace in our minds means we no longer see it as "special", when in reality:

 CCC 1324: "The Eucharist is "the source and summit of the Christian life."136 "The other sacraments, and indeed all ecclesiastical ministries and works of the apostolate, are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it. For in the blessed Eucharist is contained the whole spiritual good of the Church, namely Christ himself, our Pasch."137

"The other sacraments...are bound up with the Eucharist and are oriented toward it". In other words, the Eucharist is THE most important sacrament! The "source" and "summit", the "Alpha" and the "Omega". In other words, Christ. And it makes sense that if we veil for these "special occasions", we should have even more reason to veil anytime the Blessed Sacrament  - our Prince Charming, Christ himself - is present.

Pax Deum.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Thinking About Veiling at Mass? You're Not Alone!

Thinking About Veiling at Mass?
You’re Not Alone!
Two thousand years in reverence to the Blessed Sacrament

Have you noticed women are wearing veils at Mass and Adoration again? Ever wonder why they stopped in the first place? Why is the practice making a comeback? Are you thinking about wearing a veil too?
This pamphlet will answer these and many other questions about veiling.

Is Rome again requiring that women veil?
Not at all. While at one time there was a requirement for women to cover their heads, that is no longer the case.

Isn't the veil a form of oppression?
Absolutely not! Head covering was the norm for Catholic women until the changes that occurred in the 1960’s and 70’s. Christian women cover their heads as a sign of reverence to God.

So why are women wearing veils today?
Women are rediscovering this beautiful, reverent practice. Each woman has her reason(s) for veiling; read on to learn about them.

Reverence to the Blessed Sacrament
Christ is present in every Catholic church, in the form of the Eucharist. We show reverence by genuflecting toward the Eucharist, and women are privileged to be able to show reverence to Christ by covering their heads. It’s a sign of humility and submission to God.
We need to think of the Angels and their incomparable purity when we approach the Blessed Sacrament, called “the Bread of Angels” because the angels cherish the Blessed Sacrament with an ardent love and profound adoration.
When one visits the Vatican, women are required to veil in the presence of the Holy Father. Why wouldn't a woman veil, then, in the presence of Christ?

Veiling the Sacred
Look around any Catholic church. Anything containing or made to contain the Blessed Sacrament is veiled: the tabernacle, the chalice, the ciborium, the monstrance. All of these vessels contain the Eucharist—the source of life.
Women, too, are vessels of life. The veil brings into focus this sacred dignity of women, a dignity that, in our era, hasn't been protected and defended as it was in the past, when women wore veils regularly. Society has lost respect for and no longer values the gift of a woman’s fertility; we need to return to honoring the unique privilege of being a woman.

Imitation of The Virgin Mary
The Virgin Mary is Christ’s perfect disciple. On the Cross, Jesus gave us Mary to be our spiritual mother, and she is one of the most powerful allies we have in this spiritual war.  We need to stay close to her.  But, how do we stay close to Mary?  We strive to be like her, because she is the perfect disciple.  We need to be humble, and we need to pray the rosary every day. And Mary, the sacred vessel that contained our Lord, wore a veil. Have you ever seen a picture of Mary not wearing a veil?

Scripture: 1 Cor 11:3-15
3 But I want you to know that Christ is the head of every man, and a husband the head of his wife, and God the head of Christ.
4 Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered brings shame upon his head.
5 But any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled brings shame upon her head, for it is one and the same thing as if she had had her head shaved.
6 For if a woman does not have her head veiled, she may as well have her hair cut off. But if it is shameful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved,  then she should wear a veil.
7 A man, on the other hand, should not cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.
8 For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;
9 nor was man created for woman, but woman for man;
10 for this reason a woman should have a sign of authority on her head, because of the angels.
11 Woman is not independent of man or man of woman in the Lord.
12 For just as woman came from man, so man is born of woman; but all things are from God.
13 Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head unveiled?
14 Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears his hair long it is a disgrace to him,
15 whereas if a woman has long hair it is her glory, because long hair has been given [her] for a covering?

The Angels
The Angels are present at every Mass, including St. Michael the Archangel, the incense-bearer, who presides over the worship of adoration at Mass and offers to God the prayers of the faithful that rise with the incense. Our Guardian Angels are with us always, which means at Mass and Adoration, too!
Lack of reverence offends the Angels, as does lack of respect for authority. According to 1 Cor 11:7-10 (above), the veil is a sign that a woman respects authority, and God’s order: GOD—MAN—WOMAN.

What if I’m the only one wearing a veil at Mass?
Many of the women who have started wearing a veil are at first the “lone veiler” at Mass. However, more women are discovering and embracing this devotion, serving as an example for others to follow. You will soon be one of many!

What color veil is appropriate?
While in the past single women wore white or ivory, and married women, black, those rules no longer apply. Most women start with a neutral color like black or ivory, but once they’re comfortable veiling they match their veil to the calendar, liturgical season, or their outfit. Read more here: Colors, Colors Everywhere!

What if someone asks me why I’m wearing a  veil?  Give them a copy of this brochure!

Are you on Facebook? Consider joining the group “Catholic Women's Veiling Devotion”. You’ll find answers to your questions and support from like-minded women at various stages in this journey—from those discerning to those who have worn veils  for several years!

If you would like a nice veil at a reasonable price, please contact Mrs. Karen Zenti, Owner and Founder of Silver Hill Treasures.  Her veils are imported from Spain and France, as well as hand crafted in the USA.  They are light and airy, comfortable and affordable.

For pricing, styles, colors and sizes, please visit our website at:

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

My Veiling Story on Emily's Estuary - My First Guest Post!

Today I'm doing my very first guest post at Emily's Estuary!

Click here to read all about it!

Emily has started a veiling series on her blog and graciously invited me to tell my veiling story.

How about you, would you like to share your story too? Leave a comment on Emily's blog or below and I'll put you in contact with Emily!