The Age Of “Me”: Religious Articles.

There was a time when Christian imagery dominated (at least in Catholic housholds) the decoration of average homes. A cross or crucifix would often adorn the entrance, and the year of construction of the house was, on the outside, preceded by AD. Inside, you would find portraits of Popes old and new, and the favourite Saint of the household was also a frequent appearance. The bedroom would often be adorned with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Many families still had their own stoop for the holy water, and crossed themselves with it before going out. We also don’t want to forget the tablets on the lines of “Lord, bless this home” that were so frequent.

Fast forward 50 years, actually even less.

You may still find a cross in the one or other household, but today this would smell of eccentricity rather than normality. New buildings are very rarely adorned with the Anno Domini (” in the year of the Lord”) inscription. Few homes have portraits of Popes, and you must litterally explain to people what the Sacred Heart devotion is. Forget the holy water, which today many “c”atholics would even find “unhygienic “.

Catholic (and, in lesser measure because less diffused, Protestant) imagery has gone out of sight, because it has gone out of mind first. And the way the most intimate of places – the home – is decorated merely reflects the shift in attitude that happened before.

In the age of “me” any show of domestic Christian piety is considered stuffy and utterly uncool, even by many who still call themselves Christians. But you see Buddha statues pretty much everywhere, and particularly in luxury homes, because apparently it is someway “cool”. It’s not unlikely that such statues adorn the houses of many who call the Church ” homophobic”.

The new religion of “me” in visible from the very basic: the almost disappearance of Christian symbolism within the home.

M

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Posted on March 9, 2018, in Traditional Catholicism. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.

  1. sixlittlerabbits

    Not in my house. There are religious symbols in every room except the bathrooms and basement. Even the garage has images of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Therese. My icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help has been up for almost thirty years, as has the beautiful large wooden carved crucifix acquired for a donation at a Catholic thrift shop. (It wound up there because it was slightly damaged.) These images make this place feel like home.

  2. The new Trinity ,me ,myself and I.

  3. Mother Angelica of EWTN called such “holy reminders.” They don’t want to be reminded.

  4. johnthemad@sympatico.ca

    I confess to eccentricity. Our humble castle contains at least five crucifixes (at the entryway, the living room and in each bedroom) two small statues of the Blessed Virgin (one on the main floor and the other upstairs), a picture of the Sacred Heart (in the master bedroom), a painting of the last supper (in the dining room), a drawing of the face of Jesus (in the den) and a small statue of St. Francis (in the back yard). There is also an embroidery that says “Let your unfailing love surround us Lord, for our hope is in you alone. Psalm 33:22.” We do not have a holy water font, but now that you mention it … what a great idea.
    Let the word go out that our family castle is a Catholic castle.

  5. I noticed this in Italy myself. Even in the areas like Umbria where many of the homes had no religious symbols

  6. Nice Holy Water fonts are hard to find these days. One solution is to use a wall candle sconce. We found an iron one with a loopy cross shape that has a ring in the middle to hold a glass votive which we fill with Holy Water. It works! I paint my own Sacred and Immaculate Hearts: https://fineartamerica.com/profiles/sondra-cromer.html

  7. When we sold our home in 2002 a black mother and her little girl came through. i was touched when the little girl looked up at her mother and said,”They must love Jesus very much here,” now realtors advise you take all religious and personal pictures down so the potential buyer can envision himself living in the home. Too bad , we leave our pictures and icons up, The next home was sold to the first couple who came through and they asked if we would please leave our picture of St Teresa, The next house we sold again was sold to the first people who came though, two foot statue of Our Lady of Fatima prominently displayed..Finally we now live in our retirement home which is small and since there was no yard for Our Lady of Lourdes and Bernadette to stand in I took a chance and knocked on a neighbor’s door as they had a small yard with a pool and waterfall. I had thought how lovely it would look on the rocks above the water,
    My daughter and I were so surprised when the woman and her husband almost cried and told us they were looking online and in the local parish gift store for a statue of Our Holy Mother. They wanted to know if they could give us something and we just asked to be remembered in their Rosary.She promised and told us she said it everyday at three o’clock……I still get the chills because who knew ? We are brand new here.

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