Recently I read a brief history on the House of Loreto. According to tradition it was the home of the Holy Family and in the early centuries was miraculously transported to the town of Loreto in Italy. The article contained three beautiful quotes that I believe send special messages to all homes not only during this blessed season but for each season throughout the year.
St. Josemaria reminds us of the valuable role of the ordinary homemaker with these encouraging words. “We can’t foget that Mary spent nearly everyday of her life just like millions of other women who look after their families, bringing up their children and taking care of the house. Mary sanctifies the ordinary, everyday things-what some people wrongly regard as unimportant and insignificant: everyday work, looking after those closest, visits to friends and relatives. What a blessed ordinariness!” J. Escriva, Christ is Passing By, 148.
Pope Leo XIII echoes similar sentiments when he reminds us of the beautiful example of the value of ‘sharing the care’. “What a wonderful model of dailing living the HOly Family offers us! These three provide us with the perfect example of a Christian home. Each person lives with a tremendous simplicity in carrying out daily responsibilities while pursuing common goals with genuine mutual affection. There is not time for disorder or selfish pursuits. Each one carries out his or her particular responsibilities with such human and supernatural affection that others are edified to hbehold it.” Leo XIII, encyclical Laetitiae Sanctae, 3.
And finally a prayer by our dear Blessed John Paul II offered for us at the Sanctuary of Loreto: “Accept, O Blessed Mother of the House of Loreto, my pilgrimage and that of all of us, as a common prayer for the family life of all the men and women of our age, we pray for the well being of these homes, that they may prepare the sons and daughters of all to enter into the heavenly dwelling of our common Father in Heaven.”
We wish each and everyone a very blessed Christmas and a holy and prosperous New Year!!!