“…. and after this, our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary.” – the Salve Regina
For the Christian, our vantage point is always from this place of exile, as we seek to return to the fullness of life and communion that God promises us as His beloved. Therefore our true citizenship is not in this world, but in heaven, to quote Saint Paul’s beautiful letter to the Philippians. As we live as pilgrims in this passing world, we hold fast to what endures, and we invite others to see as we see, to love as we love, and to know the One Lord who we know.