Happy Tuesday All!
Today’s Saint of the Day is St. Hugh of Grenoble. The first sentence in the write up is “Today’s saint could be a patron for those of us who feel so overwhelmed by all the problems in the world that we don’t know where to begin.” Sigh, boy can I understand that.
Before Lily shares her story, I wanted to share this with you. It kind of fits. I receive a daily email called Catholic Spiritual Direction. I get a lot of Catholic emails, and I read what I can. But this one caught my eye. It’s called The Value of Obedience. Honestly I could type a whole blog series on why we need to be more obedient. We teach our children to be obedient. Obey first, and then ask questions. Right? So – we need to work on this as adults… Just a thought for those who are considering veiling.
Have a blessed week. Enjoy Lily’s story!
Our guest Author today is Lily Beck Wilson of Veils by Lily. She has some beautiful posts about veiling on her blog. However, she has come up with some new parts of her story for us. She calls it The Untold Story of Veils by Lily and Divine Providence.
I started wearing a veil to Mass in January of 2010, right around the time I rediscovered the awe-inspiring reality of the doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist. I was so in love with the idea of having an external sign to show Jesus my love for Him that I wanted other women to be inspired to this beautiful devotion, as well. When I looked for veils online, though, it wasn’t until I found one I loved and could see myself wearing that I finally decided to go for it.
Soon after that, I started looking for laces to make a new veil and I did – with a trim completely hand-stitched. Having made one, I bought a cheap sewing machine to see if I could manage a few stitches, and I was very surprised to learn I could!
At the time, I was still working from home – the same job I’d had since freshman year at Washington University in St. Louis. While many people thought it was an ideal arrangement, it was extremely hard. Like I told Dan, family life was non-existent. My husband would get home from work, I would lock myself in our room to work, and I would miss out on family dinner and bedtime every night, often with little hands banging on the door, crying to be let in.
I often wondered, if we were supposed to be open to life, how was God going to figure this out for us? It was already hard to do this with three children… but more? It would be impossible.
Nothing is impossible for God
A month after I put up my website, I was so busy I couldn’t keep both making veils and working my part-time job. My friend Debbie, who is one of the people most in love with Jesus that I know, encouraged me to quit my job and commit to making veils. My husband, though, didn’t think it would be a good idea until I at least broke even after my initial expenses. I told this to Debbie, who at the time was going through a rough recovery after cancer surgery.
“How much do you need to break even?” she asked, as I sat at her bedside.
“A hundred dollars,” I said. I watched her reach over to her nightstand and when her hand came back, I saw that she held five $20 bills.
“You just broke even…quit your job,” she said.
Amazed at God’s working my life, I did just that. It was September 2010.
Family life, Rediscovered
In the midst of all this, we started eating dinner as a family for the first time since my husband and I married in 2004, and I made a commitment to start keeping the Lord’s Day holy.
Orders came in fast and kept increasing in number, but every time time I started to feel overwhelmed with the work load, I came back to the knowledge that God’s will for me was to be a wife and a mother first. No matter how holy other endeavors, nothing could interfere with my primary vocation.
By the time April came around, I knew it was time to hire a permanent seamstress. There was no more room in the little corner of our house to keep the bolts of lace, so I knew we had to look for another space.
Entrusting Ourselves to Jesus
Full of faith, I asked Jesus to help me find an office space that could serve as our new workshop. I knew that, if it was His will for us to keep doing this, He would find us the perfect space.
I looked at commercial real estate listings, considered buying a small building, and drove around town trying to brainstorm other ideas. Everything was too expensive for me to afford, and nothing seemed right…until I happened to find a listing for office space in the same building as Liguori Publications.
It was a beautiful campus – they had a convent, a monastery, a nursing home for retired Redemptorist priests, and a beautiful cemetery with a life-like stone depiction of the Crucifixion. I loved it.
I toured the office space they had for rent and knew that was it. It was affordable and exactly what we needed.
Best of all, as a sign from Our Lord that He had taken care of everything, was the realization that there was a chapel just down the hall from our office. The Blessed Sacrament, the entire reason for why we do what we do, was reserved in the tabernacle.
My heart was so full of joy and gratitude that I thanked Jesus not only for pouring out His blessings on our humble mission, but for making it known to us that He was pleased with it.
Today, I’m still mostly at home with my now five children, but every so often we go to Liguori to pick up veils. When we do, we stop by the chapel – even if just for a second – to adore Jesus and to tell Him we love Him.
If it wasn’t for Him, none of this would have been possible. Our Lady, too, knows that nothing is impossible for God, if we will simply, “Do whatever He tells you.”
Lily is a cradle Catholic and full-time mother of five with a special love for veiling in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. After being exposed to many different cultures living in Chile, Saudi Arabia, Spain, and Japan, Lily came to the United States in 2001 on a scholarship to the liberal Washington University in St. Louis. Surprised to discover for herself the truth of her Catholic faith, in 2003 Lily embraced the folly of the Cross in stark contrast to the wisdom of the world. Looking to promote a deeper reverence to the Blessed Sacrament, Lily founded Veils by Lily in August 2010 and now spends most of her spare time filling orders and returning inquiries about veiling. If you are on the fence about veiling, Lily hopes you will consider this.