[quote="Rich_C, post:19, topic:336131"]
I agree with you. Sacramentals and pious practices can be a real aid to our faith, especially in such a hostile world filled with anti-Catholic imagery. As long as these things have been handed down, having been tested by our forefathers in the Faith, I'm not worried. I trust their sensus fidelum. I would be more skeptical if it were novel, I guess.
I think it is OK as long as you don't give credit to the statue, but to the intercession of the saint whom the statue represents.
You make a good point about things having been handed down. That is what the early Church did. They saw certain practices, prayers and ways of life which produced holiness, and others not so much. The practices, prayers and ways of life which were genuine bore fruit and became ordinary parts of our faith.
It is like the rosary. It has stuck around for so long not because it is cute or fun or just a pius custom, but because it bears fruit in people lives in very real and profound ways. The rosary would have been abandoned long ago if it didn't. I use the rosary by way of example and not to start a discussion of the rosary.
We can't give credit that the house sold to the statue, but to the intercession of St. Joseph himself.