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The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto$
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Karin Vélez

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174006

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174006.001.0001

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Accidental Pilgrims

Accidental Pilgrims

(p.77) Chapter Four Accidental Pilgrims
The Miraculous Flying House of Loreto

Karin Vélez

Princeton University Press

This chapter describes how some Catholic pilgrims tried to reconcile the Jesuit official advice of mental self-discipline with their first intense encounters with the Madonna of Loreto. The pilgrims' stories involve both contemplative quests for spiritual improvement and transformative run-ins with the material manifestations of Catholicism. Yet they flip the order recommended by Richeòme of contemplation first and real world next. The first pilgrims considered are the Jesuits who loom large behind the good-pilgrimage rubrics of this time period. Then, the Jesuit template for pilgrimage is tested against the reported experiences of two non-Jesuit travelers to Loreto, Nicolà Albani and Pierre Chaumonot.

Keywords:   Loreto, Catholic pilgrims, pilgrimage, Jesuits, mental self-discipline, Madonna of Loreto, Nicolà Albani, Pierre Chaumonot, Catholicism

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