Flying Houses – Ignatian Spirituality

My patronal feast, Our Lady of Loreto on December 10, was elevated on liturgical calendars in 2019. I like this title for Mary, regardless that it’s attainable that my dad’s admiration for Catholic actress Loretta Young influenced my naming. Our Lady may have been a canopy story.

Not everybody is aware of the legend about angels supernaturally carrying Mary’s home from Nazareth to a hilltop in Loreto, Italy. Others say it was the Angeli household who disassembled the home and took it by boat to its new house. Did they sneak it out? Who is aware of the true story? The level is that Mary’s home is part of my story and my spirituality. Sometimes I think about I’m visiting her house, and we’re sitting close to her fireplace collectively, sipping some sizzling drink and discussing our youngsters. In this imaginative state of affairs, Jesus usually enters the room and sits with us.

Now that I’m home-looking in Seattle, what higher intercessor than Mary, Mother of a flying home? Our home did fly off the market inside days.

I wanted Mary whereas purging previous to the sale, and I prayed fervently as my very human tendency to fret surfaced. What if nobody wished our home? Ha!

Soon I’ll fly to a wet metropolis, very totally different from California with its droughts. I’ll expertise totally different historical past, geography, and tradition. When I fret, I discover comfort in remembering that Mary walked or rode greater than per week to Bethlehem. I’ve it simple.

Perhaps I’ll discover a Loreto hilltop in my new state, a spot the place angels arrive with tangible blessings that elevate my thoughts and coronary heart to Christ in new methods. And I pray, not for the home of our goals, however for the atmosphere that may turn into house, the folks we are going to meet, and a parish the place we are going to put down roots.

I don’t understand how God will use my husband’s new job and our need to simplify. My writing and religious path ministry can happen anyplace. I consider this transition will draw us nearer to Christ; we are going to discover a welcome wherever we stay.

When it turns into my plan, the sheer pleasure I really feel about shifting fades; worries creep in. Our Lady of Loreto, invite me to take a seat in quiet as soon as once more with you. Tell me about your journeys to Egypt and again. I guess you by no means noticed that coming.

Downsizing is an invite to observe Jesus a bit bit higher. When tempted to complain about letting go of stuff, I bear in mind the pregnant girl who probably trudged with solely a knapsack, had no roof to sleep below at night time, loved no entry to comfort meals or eating places, and ended up homeless in Bethlehem.

I’m privileged and touring in a liminal area between one vacation spot and the subsequent. It’s a liberating place to be, full of pleasure and anticipation.

Mary, have been you enthusiastic about holding the Messiah in your arms? Even within the difficulties, I consider you smiled a Mona Lisa smile as your soul magnified God with each step.

Mary, please fly with me to my new house. Give me assist as I bear in mind your braveness.

I pray a favourite prayer I realized in first grade, the Memorare. I fly unto thee, my Mother.

Image (cropped) of Statue of Our Lady of Loreto, Loreto, Italy, by Flyer20061, used below CC BY-SA 3.0, by way of Wikimedia Commons.

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