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Display Holy Images and Sacred Objects in Your Home

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Display sacred images and objects in your home as a constant reminder of God’s presence. Examples of items to display include icons, crucifixes, small statues, baptismal candles, and religious artwork (modern or classical). These can be displayed throughout the house or in a prayer corner (see Your Home Oratory).

Among the items to consider placing in your child’s bedroom: a print of Jesus welcoming the children; a crucifix; a religious nightlight (such as an angel); or a Prayer Pillow.

Talking Points: Why Do Catholics Display Sacred Images?

The use of material objects for holy purposes is rooted in the fact that Christ became physically present to us in his Incarnation and chose to continue being physically present to us through the sacraments. It makes sense that God would want to encounter us physically, since he made us physical beings who perceive the world primarily through sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. As the Church says, because of Christ’s passion, death, and resurrection, “there is scarcely any proper use of material things which cannot be . . . directed toward the sanctification of men and the praise of God” (Sacrosanctum Concilium, 61).

Objects blessed for holy purposes can never be considered magical; they are simply reserved as tools to help us grow closer to God. Similarly, when Catholics use sacred images (such as icons or statues) for prayer, they honor the person depicted by the image, not the image itself (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2132).

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Catechism of the Catholic Church, #1159–1162

This article is from 77 Ways to Pray with Your Kids, available as a book or e-book in the Peanut Butter & Grace store or anywhere that books are sold.

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