Fr. Longedecker has a great sense of humor! I share my thoughts on why I wear a mantilla below. Thoughts?
Famous ecclesiastical fashionista, Mantilla Amontillado comments on her particular headgear
In addition to St. Paul (1 Cor 11:15), it was pointed out to me that everything that is holy, mysterious (in the divine sense), and sacred in our Catholic Faith is veiled. A baldacchino ‘veils’ the altar. The Tabernacle is veiled. The humeral veil a priest uses during Benediction. And Chalice veils laid over the holy vessels.
Women are, by their nature, the very vessels of life. And what better way to honor a woman’s cooperation with God in creating new souls for heaven than for her to be veiled as well?
I am humbled before God for being able to carry another soul within my body…and I am not ashamed to veil my head in His presence.
As G.K. Chesteron wrote, “No one staring at that frightful female privilege can quite believe in the equality of the sexes…” (What’s Wrong with the World).
What a distinct honor to wear a mantilla!!!