Some religious statues symbolize the saints they represent. Others depict Mary, the mother of God or Jesus, Himself.
In the Catholic faith, saints are said to be effective liaisons from the other realm of life. Many of them died martyrs to their faith and were not afraid to lose their lives for God. Many of them even died violent deaths.
Throughout the years, I've acquired a small collection of religious statues. My mother gave one of the Blessed Mother to me years ago. It symbolizes the Virgin of Guadalupe who is very popular in the Mexican culture because of appearing to a Mexican boy.
Religious symbols, like anything else, seem to multiply in a household. Often, I wonder where to place them.
So one can imagine my surprise, when visiting a family Mexican restaurant in the southwest, to see a very colorful religious display in the lobby of the restaurant. Apparently the family who owns the business is quite devout.
There were so many statues and other religious symbols all grouped together including photos of family members or friends who are priests, candles, and rosary beads. Such an altar is one way of placing lots of religious symbols in one place. One could certainly say a quick prayer and feel close to God with so many reminders readily visible.
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