As a hobby, I make small, wooden shrines which
contain a statue of the Blessed Mother. I have
found that Catholics in nursing homes are often
pleased to have an opportunity to have one.
[After all, for most, when you don’t feel well,
there’s nothing like having your mother around.]
I go to the dollar stores and purchase fabric
roses and baby’s breath to put in the shrines.
An analogy occurred to me one day that I could
employ when the suggestion is made that
Catholics “worship” Mary. I will say:
"You know the Lincoln monument in
Washington? It’s waaaaaaaaayyyyy bigger
than my little shrines. Do we "worship"
Lincoln? No, the nation had that memorial
built to* honor* Lincoln for his service to our
country in a critical period of it’s history.
My little shrines give a Catholic a chance
to honor Mary [and to call her to mind so
that a prayer for her help might well up.]
Any critiques of this analogy?
[My mother has Altzheimer’s and is in
a nursing home. She was holding the shrine
one day and pressed it to her heart and said:
“When you’re not here, she watches over me.”]
I rest my case!