As Lent continues to move along, the words that kicked off the season for penitent Catholics everywhere are still ringing in my ears – “You are but dust, and to dust you shall return.”
When cruciform ashes were placed atop our foreheads we were informed about what we really are. God took the dust of the earth and formed man with His hands. Grace built upon nature. But, for all the complex configurations that make up our bodies, we are dust. And, for all the high titles and puffed up reputations we like to manage for ourselves, we, again, are but dust. If you take together all of the specks of dust that we collectively are we would not even come close to the number of the grains of sand on the beaches of the earth. Continue To Read More
Wearing the Veil- an important update!
Since I posted my spiritual journey with Our Blessed Mother, and wearing the veil, a lot has happened in my life, and Jesus has led me in ways I never imagined! I have no doubt that it is because I have placed myself wholly and completely in the hands of My Mother Mary, and wearing the veil has been an important “visible sign” of that.
I am humbled, grateful, and full of praise for what Jesus has done for me, and in me, and if I haven’t said it enough, I am saying it again…. If you go to Our Mother, this beautiful all-loving Mother who Jesus has given to us, and who He has bestowed great grace and power upon, if you run to her as a child, who doesn’t even know or understand what she needs, but is in full trust…you too will be transformed! The prayer of the rosary, consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, wearing the veil in spiritual solidarity with Mary has literally transformed me. I have tears in my eyes right now as I write this, tears of gratitude and love because I know full well my poverty, and how undeserving I am of this Mother who brings us closer to Jesus.
But that is the beauty of a gift, my friends! The gift of knowing and loving Jesus, possessing Jesus, is a gift that not one of us deserves, no one except Mary, and so in going to her, and giving her whatever we have to give, she “dresses it up” and presents it, all beautiful, to Jesus. Who would not want a mother like that, who can do that for us??
If you followed my posts this past Lent, Wearing the Veil—A Spiritual Journey with Our Lady, then you know that when I began the journey inspired by Mary, there were twists and turns, and revelations. In fact, at times I really “struggled” with it, but I have later understood that this is all a normal part of prayer, and spiritual progress. Prayer can definitely be a struggle.
Now, after wearing the veil to Mass and Adoration, for over half a year, I cannot imagine myself not wearing it!
But the point of this post is to tell you about an idea that my friend, Cheryle, and I had, and I must tell you that we were both inspired by Our Blessed Mother at the same time without the other knowing. So, I truly feel this is an inspiration of Mary. We decided to provide veils and invite ladies to wear them. And then our pastor, Father Jacob, graciously approved and encouraged a promotion of wearing the veil, and so we discovered that on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, there is a nationwide “Wear the Veil Day”. So, in honor of Our Mother Mary’s feast day, and in order to encourage more reverence to Jesus, we will be providing in our parish free, handmade, inexpensive veils to any ladies, or girls who wish to try one. If a lady decides it is not for her, then she can simply put it back in the basket at Church for someone else. If someone wants to purchase a very lovely veil, we recommend, Veils by Lily. You can also get much more information there.
I hope that you will pray and ponder if this is something you feel called to. If you want to go back and read about my spiritual journey with wearing the veil, you will find it on this blog, beginning with part one. You are invited to wear the veil to honor Jesus, and model Mary at mass on December 8th!
May the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin Mary.
It has taken me a little longer to get my thoughts together for this final post. Partly it is because I have just been busy with life events in my family, but also I think it is because a number of things have converged for me in recent weeks, many things I have seen, heard, or read, and events have come swirling together like a whirlwind. And as a whirlwind collects and tightens, it also clears an opening in its center that can be seen through. This is what I feel all of these things have done. They have converged and given me a pinpoint window onto one monumental conclusion:
The lack of faith and falling away of those in the Catholic Church, the decline of priestly and religious vocations, the great crisis of our young people not knowing their true worth, purpose, and destiny, and so finding themselves in despair, the lack of zeal and passion of the faithful which should be drawing many to the Catholic Church, the watering down of the faith, and many other problems within the Church, I believe, are a direct result of one thing…
“Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:5
This is one of my favorite Scripture verses. I can’t tell you how often I have pondered it, and even repeated it in my head while I go about my day. I am a very simple person, and I have always needed simple step by step directions when learning something. So as far as I am concerned, this one sentence that Our Blessed Mother Mary spoke is the the simplest and most direct, from the one person (after Our Lord himself) most qualified to give spiritual guidance.
When I place the veil on my head, it also makes me feel like I am placing myself under the direction of Mary. It makes me want to be like her, and learn from her how to love Jesus and others. I know that it won’t happen overnight, but in little ways each day I sense her directing me. “Get up to pray.” “Do this now.” “Go and visit this person.” “Go and help this person.” “Keep quiet and listen.” “Offer up this thing you dislike.” “Give some encouragement.” “Do your best at this task.” “Give thanks to Jesus for this. He arranged it.” “Be very patient.” “Do this instead of what you planned to do.” “Accept this as God’s will for you.” “Stay awhile with Jesus.” Little by little her direction is forming me in the Will of the Father for my life, because all of these things are His will for me in the present moment.
Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect. (Rom 12:2)
Sometimes the Lord gives you a weighty lesson in humility.
My peace was somewhat disturbed recently because of my own fault and lack of diligence. And there followed a moment when I realized that I had not stood up for Jesus in some way, and it had happened three times in a row.
It was if I had heard the cock crow.