Hello! I am new here and hope I am posting in the right spot :)
First, I will state the basic question and then follow with some background/explanation.
Are there "rules" or guidelines about where to place garden statues, crucifixes, etc. in a Catholic home?
I am a mother of 4 children (school age and younger). My mother was Catholic, my father Protestant, so growing up I was baptized Catholic and went to CCD until 5th grade, my family was not very devout. My mother never placed Crucifixes, garden statues, etc in/outside our home, so I didn't grow up with that...
My husband grew up Catholic, with Catholic parents, but I don't think his did either....
I would like to place a statue of Mary in my front yard, but I'm unsure if I will be doing it "right". I've looked on the internet and found sites that talk about special flowers that are recommended for a "Mary garden". I am not a wonderful gardener at all...the people who lived in our home before us planted some nice plants/flowers, and I would prefer to just maintain those, rather than dig them up and plant new...but i was unsure if it's ok to put a Mary statue among plants/flowers that don't have specific meaning or significance to the Blessed Mother. I hope that doesn't sound like a ridiculous question :o but I just wouldn't want to place something and find out that it was considered disrespectful or wrong in anyway. Are there any other "rules" about placing a statue of Mary in front of my house that I should know?
Kind of the same question about crucifixes inside the home. Growing up, we never had a single crucifix in the home, and well...now in my own home, we don't either :o
How do I "begin"? Is there a location in the home that is most important, so I should start there?
Thank you for any help/insight any one can offer. To be honest, I'd be very embarrassed to ask these questions to any of the Catholics I know in real life.