Reverence, modesty, femininity, elegance, tradition, Christian pride and humility are all expressed in the simple act of wearing a mantilla at Mass.
External things define the soul. Clothing, manner and speech are so important to teach that Faith is not an abstract feeling. Indeed, all external acts of principle are very beautiful... But there is something surreal about a woman wearing a mantilla.
|Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III of Monaco|
with Pope John XXIII. Vatican City, June 18, 1959.
(Grace Kelly had the distinct aura of a 'Catholic Lady'
which can be seen in this picture.)
She kneels there in an ancient Church with the distilled light coming through the stained glass window and the ambiance of ancient chant only equaled by the bittersweet fragrance of incense... What could be more exquisite- more right and proper- than such a scene?
Men traditionally uncover their heads in a Church or on a sacred occasion showing their submission to God as the ultimate "head" and bowing down before Him. Women veil themselves to hide their beauty and likewise show their submission to God as the One who should ultimately be adored. These customs are so rich and important and beautiful.
Furthermore, a mantilla mimics the covering of a Chalice containing the Precious Bread of Life and shows how a woman also is made to be a reverent vessel of life. It speaks strongly of tradition and regard for Catholic custom. Most of all it gives a woman the honor of imitating the virtue of Our Lady.
So why is the mantilla going out of fashion?
It is, at least in my Church, and I find this very disturbing. (I know at other Churches veiling went out of fashion long ago!) There are forces that attempt to destroy Christian civilization and hate beautiful customs. Women are tempted to give up such appropriate and influential practices. And women are giving them up!
What better way to combat this than by wearing a mantilla? Do you? And if so, why?