Veiling as a Sign of My Love to God - A Letter from Alyssa
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Dear lovely Sisters,
“Every time we go to Mass we renew our vows to Jesus.” This fundamental truth became a reality in my life the moment I knelt the at the communion rail about to receive the Eucharist in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. Jesus, the Bridegroom, longs for each one of us and desires an intimate relationship with us.
Sisters in Christ, we are God’s masterpiece, a true work of art, both beautiful and radiant in His sight. We were made in His image and likeness, and are made to love and be loved. In order to remind myself that I am His beloved, I personally decided to make an external sign of my love and commitment to God by wearing my mantilla veil whenever I go to church. Like a religious habit, the mantilla veil is for women to demonstrate their submission to God’s Will and is a call to strive for holiness. For me, whether it is going to the Traditional Latin Mass on Sunday or simply just stopping in a chapel for ten minutes to pray before our Lord in Adoration, I always bring my mantilla veil to wear as a reminder to humble myself before God, the King of Kings.
Honestly, at first, I was a little nervous to wear my veil. The questions of, “What will others think of me?” and “How will they react?” ran through my head. Although I struggled with these fears, it was through God’s grace alone that I somehow found the courage and strength to take the first step and wear my veil. Now, whenever I wear my veil before the Blessed Sacrament I am truly filled with a sense of joy, wonder, and awe.
Today, my sweet sisters, I encourage you to renew your vows to Him. Maybe for you that will be starting to receive the Eucharist on the tongue, or stopping during the 3 o’clock hour to pray a Divine Mercy chaplet, or even going out and getting your own veil to wear! Whatever devotional you choose, may it be from your heart and may it help to remind you of your dignity and worth as a woman of God.
I am praying for you and wish you abundant joy! God love you and God bless you sisters!
In Christ, through Mary,
Get to know Alyssa
Tell us a little bit about yourself!
My name is Alyssa! I am a practicing Catholic born in the wonderful Sunshine State of Florida and am the youngest in our family of four. I am a recent college graduate with a degree in Elementary Education, currently pursuing a Masters of Education, and am inspired to teach children at a Catholic school. I also have a passion for photography and love being able to capture a moment in time and make it last forever.
What do the first two hours of your day look like?
I absolutely love mornings! There is just something so refreshing about the start of a new day! I see every day as a gift (as we are living the in present ) with new opportunities awaiting for how I can serve Jesus in my simple daily life tasks and work. With getting into the routine of waking up before 7am for my student teaching internship in the Fall, I have continued to stick with waking up early. I first, roll out of my bed and get on my knees to thank God for another day and offer Him all my prayers, works, joys and sufferings that the day might bring. Afterwards, I like to begin my day on the right foot by first going for a quick run before I have to head out to work and class later in the day. Next, I sometimes will listen to a podcast from Leah Darrow or Dr. Taylor Marshall while getting ready for the day. Then while I am having breakfast I try to read the Saint of the Day and the Blessed Is She devotional reading for that day. I find so much peace in beginning the day with these reflections, as they are always so uplifting! And finally, once my lunch is packed and everything is in my car, I am then ready to head out the door for work and school.
Describe your favorite part of your current occupation.
Currently, I am a graduate student, at The University of Tampa, taking evening classes and working part-time at a photography studio with a professional photographer who specializes in newborn and maternity! It is such a joy being able to see SO many cute, adorable, and sweet babies! The best part of my day is seeing all the new families come in with their newborn children. It is just another reminder to me how precious and valuable every human life is.
Describe one fear or personal challenge that keeps you up at night.
As someone who is very organized, who plans ahead, and who likes to make lists just to check things off, I tend to have this constant struggle with worrying about my undetermined plans for the future. I like to be prepared and to know what is coming, however, with much time spent in adoration, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, I have noticed that The Father is wanting me to place all my fears, wants, hopes, dreams, and desires for the future into His Almighty hand. Instead of worrying for endless amounts of time at night about the many different possibilities my life may lead, I find I am starting to develop a sense of peace through completely surrendering to Jesus all of my plans and totally trusting in His divine Will. Recently, while praying in adoration I felt the Lord say, “Beloved, cast your cares unto Me and I will give you peace.” Oh how good is our Lord, The Prince of Peace!
Tell us about the first time you experienced a strong sense of belonging in the Catholic Church.
This past January I was very fortunate enough to travel to San Antonio, TX for the 2017 SEEK Conference. It was an absolutely AMAZING experience!! I was truly moved by how many young adult Catholics were so on fire and passionate about their faith! Being able to witness about 13,000 college students come together in prayer and who have a devout love for the Lord gave me such a renewed hope for finding other young adult friends who are striving for holiness as well. It was all so beautiful and definitely an experience I will never forget!
Tell us about a woman you look up to.
My mother is the most humble person you will ever meet and sincerely emulates the life of a saint. She has nurtured me, cared for me and taught me how to become a woman of great worth in God’s sight. Also, my sister and I have a most unique and precious relationship as sisters. As we get older and life brings changes into our individual lives, we still share a divine sisterhood that keeps us close and connected no matter where we are. I'm so blessed to have a sister in my life to inspire, uplift, and teach me! I honestly don’t know where I would be without such a supportive and faithful family as I do, they truly are such a blessing!
Favorite literary character (from a book, movie, TV series). Go!
Tris from the Divergent series! While reading the book, I found her to be an empowering young woman seeking to find her place in the world. As she is not like everyone else, she accepts that she is divergent and strives with confidence and bravery to follow her true destiny.