Recently, I have noticed the Women at my church are wearing Veils. I hadn't attended Mass in a couple of years (rough time, but I am on my way back), so I wasn't sure if something had changed. I asked some people, and have been assured that it is still not required. However, if it is something I believe in, I would love to partake.
I am confused, though, as to the meaning behind it. I know my mom despised wearing it as a child and that I never wore one (aside from 1st Communion and Baptism) I do have quite a few of the head coverings, though. I believe the oldest one is from my Great-great grandma. Have used them as part of "everyday" wear, kind of like a reminder of my family's love for me since I live so far away. While it was never specified to me that these are what they were, I now realize I have been wearing something "blessed and sacred" while I have bartended, played sports, etc. I now kind of feel bad for not keeping them put up in a proper place, especially to be kept for appropriate times.
I looked up the meaning behind the veil, and am just confused by it all. I understand it as a symbol or my obedience to God, but as a "modern women" I don't understand what is meant by the submission to my husband (which is where my mom had her problem with it). I have come across numerous articles advising against it. I am just trying to figure out if it is just misunderstood by my mom and these other women. I don't want to wear something if I don't entirely believe in it, because to me, I would be lying to myself, God, and the Church.
Can someone please guide me to a better understanding?