From time to time an unusual image would come to me in my morning meditations. The Blessed Mother would be sweeping with a broom. It seemed like a sacrilege to her divinity. Once Our Lady appeared, shooing mice out of a house in a broad sweeping fashion, and another time she was using it to tidy up a dirt path.
I know mice represent being myopic, unable to see the forest for the trees. Fearful, mice look at the world through a microscope. Maybe Our Lady was helping to free me of any hidden fears that had been swept under the carpet.
I forgot about her rare appearances until our last trip to Saint Augustine. That's when I found myself staring at a statue of Our Lady with a broom at the mission gift store!
Curious, I asked the shopkeeper about the significance. Turns out, that Our Lady of the Broom also known as the Kitchen Madonna, brings grace to the mundane tasks of tending family and home. Mary swept the floor of her humble home in Nazareth. The broom represents cleanliness in the home, in our thoughts and in our actions. Thank you, Mother Mary, Queen of the Angels, for all your earthly help.
Enjoy your day with the Angels.
Love and joyful blessings,