From time to time an unusual image would come in my morning meditations. The Blessed Mother would appear with a broom making a clean sweep. I was doubtful as it seemed demeaning to her divinity. Once she appeared with a broom to shoo mice out of a house. And, yet another time she was sweeping a dirt path. I was beginning to doubt the validity of my inner guidance.
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 with the broom was uncovering any of my hidden fears that had been swept under the carpet. There were a few.
Before long, the sweeping images stopped and were soon forgotten. Many months later while visiting Saint Augustine at Christmas time, what a surprise to discover a statue of Our Lady with a broom at Our Lady of LaLeche Mission gift shop. One look at her grace, swept any lingering doubts about my own sanity. There was a good reason I'd seen her in my meditations.
I asked the cashier about the significance of the broom. Turns out, 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.
Love and joyful blessings,