First, it is important
to remove anything from the home that may be inappropriate (e.g. bad books,
inappropriate images or music, etc.)
Next, one may consider
adding Catholic items such as...
* Crucifixes - "Never let your home be without a
crucifix upon its walls, to the end that all who enter it may know that you are
a disciple of a Crucified Lord, and that you are not ashamed to own it." (St.
* Holy images (e.g.
Sacred Heart of Jesus)
* Statues (e.g.
Blessed Virgin Mary,
* Catholic candles
* Holy water fonts
* Home altar
* Kneeler for prayer
It might also be
useful to post
prayers, etc. throughout the house (e.g. on the fridge, mirrors). It is also
important to have good spiritual reading available. Likewise, it might also be
helpful to incorporate holy music (e.g.
Gregorian chant) and other holy activities (e.g. worthy Catholic games &
But no matter what is
added to the home, keep in mind that it is not the surroundings that make a
place holy, but rather the holiness of the people. The religious objects can be
helpful and bring many blessings, yet is better to be holy in a home devoid of
religious objects than to be sinful in a house full of holy objects. In fact,
one must behave appropriately in proximity to religious objects (actually any
time, but especially near holy objects) out of reverence.
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"When one loves
anyone, it is a great happiness to have something of theirs as a souvenir. If we
love our Mother, the Blessed Virgin, we should make it both our duty and
privilege to have one of her pictures or statues in our home, which from time to
time will remind us of her." (St. John Vianney)
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