[quote=RalphG]I am a practicing Catholic, and about 8 months ago I purchased a Mother Mary Statue (the ceramic / stone kind) to display on my property as a sign of honor for Her.
Admittedly, I was having troubles at the time and I was looking for protection and just a little peace in our lives. I was told by a friend that placing the statue facing the house was “more protection.” But to be honest, ever since I brought the statue home, our lives have gone downhill in a much steeper decline than before.
Coincidence? I don’t know - but should I even have the statue? Should it be facing the house? Facing out?
I am so confused and very frustrated. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Our lives are still lack any peace or even slight serenity.
Statues and sacramentals (such as rosaries) do not guarantee that God will answer your prayers in ways you want. Nor are they panaceas for all our ills. To think of them this way is not an act of faith but of superstition.
I suggest you talk to you priest about the things that have happened in your family that have made things go wrong instead of placing your hopes in how you position a statue. And pray for Mary’s help and guidance. Don’t just use her image as a talisman against evil.
God wants your trust and faith to be in him and in his ability to help you, not in using representations of him or of any saint to just get what you want. Statues are to used as a focus for faith and prayer not for getting things we want.
God bless you and your family! I will pray for you, please pray for me.