My favorite time exactly is 3pm on Sunday. We've gone to mass, had lunch with my parents/family, we're back home and the babies are in bed. It is generally 3pm when I can sit down, talk to Hubby, watch a little TV, just stop for a bit.
Today, our priest spoke about humility. This happened to coincide with the Mantilla Link-up with Jenna over at Call Her Happy.
I rarely have pictures taken of me, and a full body pic is even rarer. But, in keeping with a spirit of humility, here's a picture of me, still working on my work in progress :)
Scarf/Veil: Charlotte Russe
Shirt: Resale shop
Shoes: Old Navy
A couple weeks ago, Jenna started talking about veiling during mass. I'd always kind of brushed that idea aside, but a couple things resonated with me enough to give it a try this Sunday.
|Tried to go with something close to my hair color|
It was a nice tie-together that our homily was on humility. Part of my hesitation on veiling has always been sticking out at mass. It occurred to me as I played with the veil in front of my mirror while getting ready that I go to mass every week with two white kids, a white husband and a middle child who is obviously bi-racial....ummmm, people are already looking, maybe the veil isn't going to be what they notice.
Sure enough, I think people noticed that I was wearing a veil. I felt a little set apart, which would cause me some pause in doing it again. However, I also felt more reverent and focused, which would cause me to consider it again. I'm not sure if the babies behaved any better because I looked different or if the veil caused me to respond to their fidgets in a calmer manner that helped smooth things over, but they behaved better than usual, even though they were cranky when we walked in and mass lasted 75 minutes.
I liked the mental space it put me in, and I liked the reminder to focus when a child would distract. I didn't like feeling different, but I liked having something that was different that I did only for mass. A knit skirt and sandals might be something I would go about a Tuesday in, but a veil, that was different, that was set apart and special to where I was....that was beautiful.
It was also special to realize the last time I wore a veil, I was sitting in that exact same church, over nine years ago, marrying the guy I was sitting in the cry room with this morning. Feeling more connected to my husband and the sacrament of our marriage during mass? Yeah, that's a good reason not to toss out the possibility of veiling in the future. Especially in a hurried and stress-filled life where that connection is ever-precious. It's hard to keep that in mind when your 2 y/o is spitting gold fish crackers on the carpet....yeah that just happened. Naps are over and the Sunday break is too.
I'm undecided on whether I'll veil in the future. I think probably not regularly, but I'm not going to rule that out. After all, people are already looking, might as well kick my weird up another notch :)
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