No Place Like Home: Weekly Message for 02-18-2020

Dear Fellow Digital Pilgrim, 

Last week I left the States to make the long and arduous trek halfway around the world to visit my family in Australia. Having boarded my plane in Los Angeles on a Friday night and arriving in Australia on a Sunday morning, Saturday literally vanished into thin air as I flew across the International Date Line!

Spending 36 hours in transit is well worth it to spend invaluable time with family. Intense joy is always mixed with a slight tinge of sadness when the moment comes to say goodbye again. Yet there is profound sweetness in knowing God’s fidelity and his promise to take care of my loved ones as I continue to follow his call. Such is the missionary life! My consecrated sisters, my brother Legionary priests, and fellow members of Regnum Christi form part of my spiritual family in Christ as we seek to fulfill his mission of forming apostles.

Pope Francis describes the beautiful gift of our family ties within the universal Church:

“Wherever we go, even to the smallest parish in the most remote corner of this earth, there is the one Church. We are at home, we are in the family, we are among brothers and sisters. And this is a great gift of God! The Church is one for us all. There is not one Church for Europeans, one for Africans, one for Americans, one for Asians, one for those who live in Oceania. No, she is one and the same everywhere. It is like being in a family: some of its members may be far away, scattered across the world, but the deep bonds that unite all the members of a family stay solid however great the distance.” Pope Francis

My dear Dad developed the habit of ending our long-distance phone calls by saying, “I’ll see you at Sunday Mass, darling.” He knew in a profound and simple way the power of the Eucharist to unite us all in Christ. The Eucharist is the unifying force for all families that extends God’s loving hospitality to every person.

As I embraced my family at the airport arriving back home ‘down under’, I heard familiar voices exclaiming, “Welcome home, Lucy!” Yet I know with great consolation that home is wherever God is and where he calls me. And as I give my whole life to Him, the desires of His heart become the desires of my heart. My home is in the heart of Jesus, who gives Himself in the Eucharist so He can dwell in me.

Thank you for being part of the RCSpirituality family as a digital missionary! I will “see you on Sunday” to be keeping you and your intentions, in my prayers before Our Eucharistic Lord.

With the assurance of my prayers. 

God bless you!

Lucy Honner, CRC
Director, RCSpirituality Center

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  1. Dear Lucy, as I read this it brought a tear to my eye. I have definitely experienced “being home” while away from my physical home traveling. In life , it seems, there is always some to miss. What a blessing to be united in Him. Love and prayers dear sister and see you at home!
    Muriel B

  2. Hi Lucy,

    My daughter is planning to move to Australia for a year and I will miss her terribly. – just like you miss your family. (nice story, by the way!). Also, I am so worried about her moving so far away without knowing anyone. Please pray for her. Thank you

  3. Thank you for sharing this. I have had the same experience and felt the same way. I have left my home in Nazareth and moved to the US when I was 17. Although I was away from my family, it brought me comfort when I participated in a Sunday mass. When I was in college, I joined the Catholic Newman club and it became my family away from home.

  4. Beautiful reflection, Lucy! Thank you. I will have to remember your Dad’s habit if/when my kids ever move out of the area…what a great way to stay connected–through Jesus.

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