After prayer and discernment, I have started wearing a head covering whenever I go out and most of the time at home.
In 2008 on the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, I started wearing it only at Mass. I have a few friends who cover full-time and asked one of them why she does this. She pointed me to this article: http://orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/headcoverings.aspx. I had been feeling the desire to start covering full-time but didn’t want to unless I could clearly articulate to myself why I was doing it. It was during the weekend of our 2011 Congress when I realized this inspiration and direction was from God and decided to obey Him.
For several days I checked out styles and tying techniques on You Tube and asked my husband’s opinion about the various options. He was not opposed to my doing this but there were some styles he definitely did not like.
My first day of covering full-time was on Oct 7th which is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. Some people ask me why I started doing this and my response varied depending on who was asking me.
- Our Lady asked me to.
- It is a reminder that I’m in God’s presence
- It is an expression of my consecration to Jesus.
- For religious reasons.
This has had an impact on how I dress both at home and in public. The only time I don’t wear a skirt is for visits to my chiropractor, when I’m doing a workout (at home only) and for chores. The kind of covering I wear at home is smaller and lighter and doesn’t cover my hair completely or my ears.
This is not a decision I made lightly. It was a lifetime commitment. Since this is something that I’m doing out of loving obedience to God, there is no good reason to stop. What message would that give to others who had asked my reason for wearing a covering if I were to stop?