Mother and Rosie – her four-year old daughter – were still living in a motel as part of an unexpected and unplanned move. They were now, as it were, in limbo and in-between houses. Mother, feeling sad and bad about staying in a motel for such a long time, told Rosie, “I’m so sorry we don’t have a home.”

Rosie, with a twinkle in her eye, and without missing a beat said, “mama, we do have a home, but we haven’t yet found a house to put it in.”

Source: Unknown. Retold as I remember it


“Home’s where you go when you run out of homes.” |  John le Carré, The Honourable Schoolboy (Penguin Canada, 2006)


Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

One thought on “HOUSING HOME”

  1. i like the reframe as it was very helpful to me– in dealing with some issues related to home. Rosie in particular needing just a house to put it in. needing to rebuild what is the house for my outer life and following the room of my inner heart to do that. thanks really good stuff.


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