Wear the Veil Day: Catholic Young Women Veil in Devotion to the Real Presence

On December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, many young Catholic women across America will be wearing a veil to Mass. I grew up in the pre-Vatican II days when chapel veils or mantillas were de rigueur. All women wore hats or veils to Mass as a sign of reverence. In grade school I wore a round white chapel veil, pinned to my pony tail with a hairpin. Later, Jackie Kennedy popularized the Spanish mantilla; and older girls favored the elegant lace headcovering that dropped to the sh … [Read more...]

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Statue of Blessed Virgin, Lost Following Battle of Lepanto, Has Been Found

On October 7, 1571, a patchwork fleet of Catholic ships primarily from Spain, Venice and Genoa, under the command of Don Juan of Austria, was at a distinct disadvantage. The much larger fleet of the Ottoman Empire--a force with 12,000 to 15,000 Christian slaves as rowers--was extending toward Europe. But Pope Pius V called Catholics to pray the Rosary, and the Holy League was victorious. The story was romanticized in Miguel de Cervantes' classic novel Don Quixote and in G.K. Chesterton's ep … [Read more...]

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DID MARY REALLY DIE? The Assumption Presumption and the Dormition Tradition

On August 15, Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Most years (although not this year, since it falls on a Saturday), the date is a holy day of obligation. The Church in her wisdom wants us to understand how important Mary is in our devotional life--and practicing Catholics are required to attend Mass.But depending on your faith background, you may think of this feast in one of two ways:As a Catholic, you celebrate the Assumption of the … [Read more...]

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