Advent 8: Holy house

I was indeed happy to be on my way to Loreto. I am not at all surprised the Blessed Virgin chose this spot to transport her blessed house, for here peace, poverty, and joy reign supreme; everything is primitive and simple. The women have preserved their graceful Italian dress and have not, as in other cities, adopted the Paris fashions. Loreto really charmed me!

And what shall I say about the Holy House? Ah! how deep was my emotion when I found myself under the same roof as the Holy Family, contemplating the walls upon which Jesus cast His sacred glance, treading the ground bedewed with the sweat of St. Joseph, under this roof where Mary had carried Jesus in her arms, having carried Him in her virginal womb. I beheld the little room in which the angel had appeared to the Blessed Virgin. I placed my rosary in the little bowl of the Child Jesus. What ravishing memories!

 

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Abandoned casina near Loreto, Italy | Federico

 

Me alegré de emprender el camino hacia Loreto. No me extraña que la Santísima Virgen haya elegido este lugar para transportar a él su bendita casa. Allí la paz, la alegría y la pobreza reinan como soberanas. Todo es sencillo y primitivo. Las mujeres han conservado su vistoso traje italiano y no han adoptado, como en otras ciudades, la moda de París. En una palabra, ¡Loreto me encantó!

¿Y qué puedo decir de la santa casa…? Me emocionó profundamente encontrarme bajo el mismo techo que la Sagrada Familia, contemplar las paredes en las que Jesús posó sus ojos divinos, pisar la tierra que José regó con su sudor y donde María llevó en brazos a Jesús después de haberlo llevado en su seno virginal… Visité la salita donde el ángel se apareció a la Santísima Virgen… Metí mi rosario en la pequeña escudilla del Niño Jesús… ¡Qué recuerdos tan maravillosos…!

 

The Story of a Soul: Manuscript C, folio number 59 verso
Translated by Fr. John Clarke, O.C.D.
Archives du Carmel de Lisieux
Copyright © by Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Inc.

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