The Crucifixion.

Here's a Giotto fresco of the Crucifixion. Consider the actual shape of the cross and the meaning behind that. It reaches vertically, upward to the heavens. At the base, it sinks into the earth, towards hell. Our Lord's loving arms stretch horizontally, from one end of the earth to the other. The cross is both at the center of time in this world and beyond time in the next, and beyond time at the Mass. On this side of the veil, on our side, the horizontal side that we inhabit, there's grace. Beyond time, which is symbolized by the vertical, there's the judgement that awaits us. Ultimately it's either heaven or hell for each soul and what we do with the cross is the determining factor in where we end up. 
What will we do with the cross of Our Lord? Lord give us the grace to love the cross!

Are You A Lone Veiler?

Sometimes I get mail from ladies I call "lone veilers." Are you a lone veiler? You know, the only lady at church who wears the chapel veil?

You are?! I admire you for your heroic fearlessness. You do what you believe is right regardless of what others may think. I'm sharing a letter from a dear lone veiler lady, with her permission. I'm including my reply.

Hi Ann,
I hope you can assist me, I go to mass daily and of course Sundays, I started kneeling for Holy Communion,
and sometimes there are different priests, and they all disagree for me to kneel. Why? What can I do? Wearing a veil is also not acceptable in our parish as our priest says that I draw people to myself because I'm different, if I wear a veil.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you,

Greetings Patricia,  
The priests are very wrong to discourage you from these pious practices. Is there a more traditionally minded parish in your area? If so, perhaps you may want to consider joining them as a member. It would be better for you to be shepherded by a priest who is respectful and appreciative of our beautiful traditional practices. In addition, you'd be supporting a more traditionally Catholic church.
If there's no such place in your area, I feel for you, and this situation is a heavy cross for you to carry. Try not to be bitter, but don't back down either. You are not alone. There are many other ladies out there whom are what I call,"lone veilers." Please know how firmly I believe that you ladies are making a difference in a big way. Wear your chapel veil, kneel for Communion and pray the rosary! When you do that, you set a good example for others, and you're only doing what Catholics have been doing for centuries. How can that be wrong?

Kind regards,


Are you a lone veiler? You are not alone! How do people respond to your chapel veil? Let me know. I'd like to hear from you.


"William-Adolphe Bouguereau (November 30, 1825 - August 19, 1905) was a French academic painter. Bouguereau was a staunch traditionalist whose realistic genre paintings and mythological themes were modern interpretations of Classical subjects with a heavy emphasis on the female human body.

Although he created an idealized world, his almost photo-realistic style was popular with rich art patrons. He was very famous in his time but today his subject matter and technique receive relatively little attention compared to the popularity of the Impressionists."

When I was in art school, the talk was all about Impressionists and Expressionists and Modern and Post Modern art. Conceptualists and Fauvist, ect. But never Bouguereau. Why? Because modern day art enthusiasts by en large appear to think he's passé. At the point in time that Bouguereau was painting, this sort of Salon art was very popular. Now these days, people look back with a preferential eye towards the innovators. Well, I think his paintings are astonishingly beautiful. 

“It seems to be the fashion nowadays for a girl to behave as much like a man as possible. Well, I won't! I'll make the best of being a girl and be as nice a specimen as I can: sweet and modest, a dear, dainty thing with clothes smelling all sweet and violety, a soft voice, and pretty, womanly ways. Since I'm a girl, I prefer to be a real one!” 
― Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey 

Why wear a chapel veil?

Why wear a chapel veil? I couldn't have said it any better than these ladies have.

The St. Mary: A Powder Blue And White Lace Chapel Veil.

A Blessed Feast of the Circumcision of Our Lord and Solemnity of Mary. Also a Happy New Year to all! 

Here's out latest version of out powder blue lave veil with with trim.

The Medium Length: (shown above) falls somewhere between the nape of the neck and shoulders. Measures Approximately 31"x20"$23.95USD

The Longer Length: (shown above) reaches on or around the back and shoulder blade area. Measures Approximately 40"x25" $37.95USD

I've Been Revamping the Philomena Veil.

A long Shawl Lace Veil In Purple
Do you like it?
Worn over the head, this heirloom worthy covering hangs just around the shoulder blades. 
Worn shawl style, it makes a romantic addition to your maxi dress on summer evenings. 
In the winter, you may decide to throw it over your coat to dress up your ensemble. Secure it with a vintage style pin.
We've used soft, silky floral stretch lace. The shawl style veil features this exotic boho-peacock trim.
The Philomena shawl-style veil measures approximately 52" x 25".

Hey I know this veil!

Hey I know this veil! It's one of my little creations! So cool graphics. C'est Colette!
Thanks again to Restless Pilgrim for this beautiful graphic design for this year's "Wear the Veil Day" Dec. 8th. May God reward you, Mr. David Bates! PAX +

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