Young people are returning to traditional faith practices

Young people are returning to traditional faith practices

[Red: my comments.]



In a vast sanctuary filled with kneeling Catholics, the light catches on a single ivory veil, draped over the head of a young woman in prayer. 


Emma White is the only one in the church with her hair covered. She said it was intimidating to don her chapel veil at first, especially at her home parish in London, Ont. Sometimes, people would stare, wondering why she would choose to cover her hair when it’s not required. [Kudos to all the ladies that don't give into this fear, I know there are lots of you who have sent me messages and are out there. May God bless you for your devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.]

White is part of a growing number of young people in the Church who are embracing traditional practices. Despite the popular idea that young people have no attention span, there seems to be a deep desire to encounter God in tradition and silence. More millennials are returning to older prayers and devotions.

White was inspired by some of her classmates who chose to wear a veil in the presence of the Eucharist and she decided that it would increase her devotion to Christ. 

“I am a daughter of the King, and I should adorn myself with a veil to live that out more fully,” she said.

Prior to the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, women were expected to cover their head in Mass, [And no one need take those beautiful traditions away!] but the 1983 Code of Canon Law has no such requirement, so the practice is not as common now. 

White’s veil is a Spanish mantilla, a delicate work of lace that covers most of the hair. Unmarried women traditionally wear a white one, so her veil is ivory. It’s a less bright shade that is beautiful without being too eye-catching, according to White. [More on my thoughts regarding that here.]
Sr. April Cabaccang, 29, is a Salesian Sister whose order offers her a choice of whether to wear a habit. Although some sisters don’t wear the habit, Cabaccang said she chooses to wear hers because it helps her to be a witness for her faith. 

When people stop her on the bus or in a store to ask about it, she has the perfect opportunity to talk to them about Christ.

“It is important for young people to embrace tradition,” she said. “They need to know that there is one Truth, One Good worth sticking to.”


Cabaccang believes tradition can be a way for people to anchor themselves. Like White, she says the habit reminds her who she is as well as whose she is. It puts her in a space of reverence. [I do find that to be true for me as well, I put the veil on and it's all about the Mass or Adoration. I put the veil on and it's because I am coming into the Real Presence of Christ.] 
Full article here.
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