“. . .come and stay at my home,” and she prevailed on us. Acts 16:15

This small stone house (dating back to the first century) in Ephesus, Turkey, has long been venerated as the dwelling place of Our Lady after Jesus was ascended into heaven. It is simply called “Mary’s House,” and draws pilgrims from all over the world. Far from being a “House of Gold,” it appears rustic and simple, a place that I imagine would make me feel at home. But beyond a physical residence, Mary willingly offered her body as a house to the Christchild, the most valuable gift given to the world.  Her self-sacrifice was transformed into a shining interior sanctuary. Just as gold is tempered in the fire, so I can follow in Mary’s footsteps and become a trinitarian home built not of mortar but gold.