15 April 2008

On the Veiling of Women in Church

Oh no... I hope I don't stir up too much controversy with this post. Regardless, it's something that has been on my mind recently, so I decided to write about it. So here goes...

From the New International Version (haha, just kidding):

Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered disgraceth his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head not covered disgraceth her head: for it is all one as if she were shaven. For if a woman be not covered, let her be shorn. But if it be a shame to a woman to be shorn or made bald, let her cover her head. The man indeed ought not to cover his head: because he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman: but the woman of the man. For the man was not created for the woman: but the woman for the man. Therefore ought the woman to have a power over her head, because of the angels. But yet neither is the man without the woman, nor the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, so also is the man by the woman: but all things of God. You yourselves judge. Doth it become a woman to pray unto God uncovered?

- 1 Corinthians 11:4-13 (Douay-Rheims Bible)

Prior to the Second Vatican Council in the 1960's and the rewriting of the Code of Canon Law in 1983, women were required to cover their head in church. Since the current Code of Canon Law abrogated the 1917 Code, women are no longer requried to cover their heads in church. Also, since the wearing of a veil is no longer required, I do not dare to say that women who do not veil their heads are disrespecting God or necessarily less pious than women who do choose to veil.

Now that I have thrown those few disclaimers out there, I hope to share why I think it is an admirable and beautiful thing for women to cover their heads in church. There are several reasons why I think women should cover their heads: including reasons for modesty, submission, and for humility.

The veil is a beautiful expression of modesty. Unfortunately in today's culture, we have seen modesty fall by the wayside. Short shorts and mini skirts have given men cause for temptation and as a result, women have become viewed more and more as objects of lust. The offense of immodesty is much aggravated when in church. When a woman wears a veil to Mass, however, she is showing great modesty. Saint Paul says that a woman's hair is her glory. As an 18 year old male, I can attest to the fact that there's just something about hair. When I see a girl, I look for her eyes, smile, and then her hair. By covering her hair, a woman is keeping the focus on Christ, and not on her hair. Admittedly, in the short run a veil might be a bit distracting since it is such a rarity these days. Given a few Masses, though, people will stop wondering what on earth that girl is doing with a veil on and accept it!

By wearing a veil, the woman also shows submission to God. This is not about submission to man- a debate I do not want going on with this post. By covering her hair, a woman is showing submission and her respect to Our Lord. In the Jewish tradition, the wearing of the yarmulke is done because the Divine Presence of God is thought to be always over us. Going back to 1 Corinthians, we can simply say that God ordained that women should wear a veil to cover themselves. By following this exhortation of Saint Paul, women are submitting to God's wish. Again, since this no longer carries the force of law in the Catholic Church, women who do not veil are not disobeying God, as long as they carry the same modesty, humility, and submission in their hearts. Still, God is pleased when women do cover their head at prayer!

The fruit of humility coming from the veil is somewhat connected to the idea of submission. She who covers her head does so humbly. This is especially true in this day, when she might be looked at as strange or retroactive, or God forbid, a "rad-trad"! Also, since the hair is a woman's glory, the willing covering of her crowning glory is a sign of great humility.

So those are the main reasons for a woman to veil. There is another lesser reason that I suppose does not bear much weight, but might be a comfort to women. Some might think that people will be put off by their covering, and indeed some might be. I find, however, that the majority of opposition to the veil comes from the far-left "progressive" section of the Church. And what kind of good Catholic girl would want anything to do with that type!? The majority of good, orthodox Catholics will be happy to see you with your head covered. Again, as a man, there's just something about a woman in a veil. I was having a discussion with a good friend of mine the other day, and he told me about what a beautiful thing it is to see a woman in a veil. We know that the veil is not about being enticing to traditional men or anything like that; as I have said, it is about modesty, submission, and humility. It is definitely true, though, that there is something incredibly attractive about a woman who is modest, submissive, and humble. It is a pure and innocent beauty that is very rare today. But do not let this be the only reason to veil. That would be counter-intuitive. It is merely a by-product.

So, if there are any women who are interested in a veil, there are several places online that sell them. They are not expensive at all, and of course they can be reused over and over and over again! Here are some stores online that sell them. Also, you can just search "chapel veil" or "mantilla" in Ebay.

Ebay store- Catholic Traditions
Modesty Veils

Also, if any poor college students are reading this and are interested in a veil, I will gratefully cover the cost! ;)

God bless you always!

In Jesus and Mary,

14 April 2008

Cardinal Arinze on Pro-Abortion Catholic Politicians

Why I'd like to see Cardinal Arinze as the next Pope. ;) Personally, I'd like to see those arrest warrants carried out!

10 April 2008

I Confess...

I confess to Almighty God, to blessed Mary ever Virgin, to blessed Michael the Archangel, to blessed John the Baptist, to the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, to all the Saints, and to you brethren, that I have sinned exceedingly, in thought, word and deed: through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault. Therefore I beseech blessed Mary ever Virgin, blessed Michael the Archangel, blessed John the Baptist, the holy Apostles Peter and Paul, all the Saints, and you brethren, to pray to the Lord our God for me.

The preceding prayer is the Confiteor, prayed by the priest and altar boys at the beginning of Mass. It is a prayer to God asking for reconciliation and forgiveness. It is a prayer of humility, but not of shame, because we are confident in God's mercy. Tonight I make this prayer to God and ask forgiveness for any time that I might not have done His will. I also ask all of you, that if I have at any time been uncharitable, to forgive me.

I am not apologizing for any truth that I have written or said. To do so would be irresponsible and make me guilty before God and before the community. But if I caused any of you, my brethren, to stumble, I ask your forgiveness for the scandal. If I have ever been unkind, please know that it was not my intention, but that I am truly sorry. I love you all, even if we disagree, and I pray that we may all find the fullness of Truth in Christ's Church. God bless you.

In Jesus and Mary,
Jonathan Knox

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02 April 2008

Pray, pray, pray

Pray, pray, pray!

I ask all of you to pray, for charity on everyone's part, for TRUE unity in the Church, and for unceasing fidelity to Christ and the Magisterium.

These are trying times, and there is nothing more that Satan wants than to have his way with the Church. He must not succeed.