Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | January 24, 2008

The Theology of Veiling

then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into hi nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul. (Gen 2, 7)

Here we find out about from the written Revelation of God through Moses (who wrote Genesis) how Man came to be….

Then the Lord Go said, “It is not good that man should be alone, I will make a helper fit for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh and the rib which the Lord God had taken from man he made int a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of y bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman because she was taken out of Man” (Gen 2, 18. 21-23)

The fact that woman comes from the Bone of man is very important to understand. It is NOT vise versa. There is only one way implication here. It is only after in the physical union between Man and Woman that man has the ability to spring from Woman.

In the Gospel according to St. Matthew 19, 4-5 it says: He answered “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said “For this reason a man shall leave his father ad mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one?

For those of you that are not familiar with Theology of the Body it is a book that I suggest you read. But to make a quick synopsis, it’s our goal to get back to the first couple BEFORE the fall. When they were naked and without shame (Gen 2, 26) and able to see the mystery of God in themselves

see: For more detail and reflection on what it means to see God.

Now, the relationship is what I want you to focus on, how Woman comes from Man, this is the relationship that St. Paul uses in his description of the Church (Eph 5, 21-32).

Of course this relationship doesn’t mean Male Domination: see:

The Veil represents 3 Major Relationships with the Woman
1. The Marriage between Man and Woman
2. The direction that relationship should be towards Christ.
3. What is sacred to God.

1 Cor 11, 3-13 says: But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ the head of a woman is her husband, and the head of Christ is God. Any man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head, but any woman who prays or prophesies with her head unveiled dishonors her head-i is te same as if her head were shaven. or it a woman will not veil herself, the she should cut off her hair; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her wear a veil. For a man ough not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man. (For man was not made from woman but woman from man. Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man) That is why a woman ought to have a veil on her head, because of the angels. (Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman for as the woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all tings are from God) Judge for yourselves, is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that for a man to wear long hair is degrading to him, but if a woman has long hair, is it her pride? For her hair is given to her for covering. If any on is disposed to be contentous, we recognize no other practice, nor do the churches of God.

A simple question: What do all of the apparitions, pictures of the Blessed Virgin, traditional orders of Nuns have? The answer: A veil.

The other day, I was at St. Lorenzo’s talking with the DRE, and she did not know the about the veil. Makes me sad. There is also a nun there that doesn’t wear her habit (Now that’s another blog, how much I despise modernist nuns).

Do you think the Blessed Virgin having a veil is a coincidence? Absolutely NOT! (As Catholics we don’t believe in coincidences.)

The veil is apart of of Modesty for women. A lot of people think that St. Paul is talking about male dominance, this is not the case in these verses. Rather if understood in light of what I talked about earlier, it all makes sense.

Our Eastern Catholics wear something like the Mantilla here in the West, although I don’t know what exactly it’s called. (Any Eastern Catholics who can fill me in on this, it’d be much appreciated)

For those of you that have been watching recent Papal Liturgies, as well as EWTN’s Masses you’ll notice that the crucifix is in the center of the altar. The reason, the focus is supposed to be on Christ, not upon the person. The veil is that re-orientation to the Cross as a symbol of their relationship.

There is the infamous code of Canon Law 1983 version which ignores the veil, so that means the veil is no longer required right? (As it was addressed in the 1917 Code of Canon Law). Wrong! You and I both know that the previous versions are still binding on us. Just as the Councils before Vatican II are binding on us, similarly the rules of the Church are binding on us as well. The veil can not be abrogated (as it’s in Scripture and an Apostolic Teaching). Vatican II did no change this (topic I’ll go into later).

Women are called to be imitators of the BVM, in all that they do, this includes the Veil. Amen!


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