Friday, March 12, 2010

when no one is looking...

... I hide holy cards at people's houses irregardless if they are Catholic or not.

30 comments:

3puddytats said...

I hide tiny Miraculous medals..hehehe

Sara

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Whatever for???

Just another mad Catholic said...

at the 'ecumenical' centre on campus I'm making missionary rosaries avaliable along with instructions.

romishgraffiti said...

I have a relative with statues and pictures all over the house of buddha, shiva, yin-yang, in short every religion out there. Guess which religion is conspicuously missing? I went through the house saying Hail Marys in each room. Might need to get some green scapulars heh heh.

Rose said...

ROFL! Imagine the reactions - "The Holy Card Fairy visited in the night!" ;-)

G said...

Ok, since we're confessing...
My weapon of choice is Blessed Salt. I use it in places...like work...where I can sense that the ostenstaciouly "non-sectarian" groupthink really = "non-Jesus-as-Lord".

So, I un-ostenstanciouly sprinkle about Blessed Salt while I invoke the Holy Trinity & our Lady. From long experience I've learned that all they need is a crack in the door for the light to shine in.

Anastasia, the answer to "Whatever for?" is that, since God is Creator & Lord of all creation, believers necessarily want to live in & transmit & proclaim that reality to all creation. Wherever & whoever is refusing that Truth, for whatever reason, is refusing all Truth...which is a very sad situation akin to standing inside a burning building & refusing to believe its on fire. That's "whatever for".

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Okay, proclaiming the Gospel I understand. But these acts, done "When no one is looking," hardly seem like proclamation.

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G said...

You're right, they hardly "seem like" proclamation but, given the areligious atmosphere we often live in today, they are. In the same way that prayer is proclamation and, really, proclamation is useless without prayer.

Terry Nelson said...

I hide small miraculous medals too. Thereafter I pray the prayer inscribed on the medal for them.

Andrea said...

what a great idea!! Also "whatever for" could be because someone runs across it in a moment of need or spiritual crisis, and it softens their hearts to the Lord. never underestimate even the tiniest of faith-inspired actions! my non-religious non-baptized sister found a small crucifix in her new house that the previous owners left behind and was so comforted by its presence that she wants me to find her a large one that she can put up on a wall!!!

Dominic Mary said...

Holy Water is also useful . . .

As to prayer cards, the trick is finding the right card for the person/place. I tend to leave them in library books . . .

The Crescat said...

ooo library books... excellent idea.

Nan said...

Dominic Mary, have you been to the Ireland library? A lot. For the last several decades?

http://www.stthomas.edu/bulletin/2009/03/19/ireland-library-displays-holy-card-exhibit-online/

St. Anne pray for us! said...

Excellent idea!!!

The Crescat said...

Nan... what a great link.

Nan said...

Glad you liked it. The holy cards left behind are beautiful.

I pick up holy cards if they've been left in the pews, but I leave the Pokemon cards there.

Lee Gilbert said...

I used to drop St. Benedict's medals in the magazine racks of the large, otherwise excellent magazine shop in our little town in the western burbs of Chicago. This because it had a very large pornography collection.

I wondered if it might burn down, but no, a good Catholic woman bought the store and eliminated all the pornography. May the Lord bless her and prosper her.

Yes, I believe there is a connection between the secreting of sacramentals and the disappearance of the pornography, between the entrance of St. Benedict into that store and the flight of demons with their media.

sprachmeister said...

Leaving them in library books is an especially good idea for all those libraries that have stacks and stacks of Dan Brown books and Loraine Boettner's Roman Catholicism, but not a single good book on the Catholic Church. You don't even need to take the terrible books out of the library - just slip a holy card in them while browsing...

Mark said...

Well I've heard a few people say it but I've never ever seen someone actually write it.

Mary Ellen said...

I sprinkled holy water on my atheist husband's pillow one time when he wasn't looking...hoping he'd have a sudden conversion. It didn't work, but I got a good chuckle when he woke up the next morning and talked about how well he slept.

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Just a word of caution. There are several ways in which this surreptitious activity can backfirs.

You give holy things to people who neither believe nor understand, and you have no idea what these people may do to/with the holy things. There are a good many who would rip up a holy card before throwing it in the garbage; is that okay with you? There are some who, finding these objects, would feel confirmed in their opinion that Catholics are superstitious; NOT a good thing.

And of course there's always the chance you'll be found out. Some housewife, lifting the sofa cushion to vacuum under it, finds a miraculous medal and confronts you. You then have a choice of 'fessing up or lying, which of course opens a whole other can of worms. One of which is, you may be the only Catholic she has had in her house in over a year, so if you lie she may see right through it.

So if you're going to do this sort of sneaky stuff, it would be well to pray for discernment first.

In general, it's probably better to pray and to stay above board.

G said...

Oh Mary Ellen, It takes more than one shot sometimes, just like medicine. I used a green scapular between the mattress & boxsprings on the side of the bed my husband slept on. Every time I changed the sheets, I'd make an act of faith reminding myself & the Lord that I was waiting in hope and now my spouse is in love with the Church.

BTW, if this use of sacramentals is made WITH an act of faith, there's nothing sneaky about it. Jesus compared the Kingdom to yeast in dough & that's what this amounts to. Of course, there's always a chance that use of sacramentals can be misunderstood or purposely misconstrued but our lack of childlike acceptance of grace never stops God from offering it to us. Cf: Today's Gospel from Lk 15.

The Lion's Den said...

Back when I was in college seminary we used to drop St. Benedict's medals, fling Holy Water and pray at certain locales in Minneapolis' Uptown district that were on the occult side. As I recall it had the intended effect.

Catholic Bibliophagist said...

For those whose public libraries don't have any Catholic books:

Have you considered requesting specific Catholic titles? Most libraries have a policy whereby patrons can request books. They'll usually notify you when the book is added to the collection. When they do so, be sure to check the book out! Books have to circulate to justify their space on the shelf.

--C. B. (who has worked at several libraries)

3puddytats said...

RE: Catholic books in libraries::
In my country library we can do a search and if the book is at another county library they can request it and it arrives in a couple of days, no extra charge.

Also my local state university has a huge library, and non-college students can get a library card for a modest fee. That opens up a whole world of materials for personal reading and research. They too can request materials that are not available locally. If you live a fair distance they can also ship the book(s) to you for a small fee...universities that have Newman Centers often have libraries of books too..

And last but not least our local Benedictine sisters monastery has an extensive library--however their policy was since the books were there primarily for the use of their sisters that the books not be checked out..however you were welcome to spendas much time in the library reading as you would like. In a case like that I'm sure a small donation would be appreciated...

Sara

Gene Callahan said...

"Regardless," not "irregardless."

romishgraffiti said...

Don't forget to keep a bunch of tracts like Pillar of Fire, Pillar of Truth and whenever you encounter a pile of Chick tracts, replace them with these and consign Chick to the circular file.

BTW, if this use of sacramentals is made WITH an act of faith, there's nothing sneaky about it. Jesus compared the Kingdom to yeast in dough & that's what this amounts to.

Aye. Prayer never backfires. One can rip up a holy card. One can't rip up the prayer of the entire Church that it is attached to.

Kike said...

Good job, Kat.

Theocoid said...

I use them as bookmarks in library books, then return the books with the card still in the pages.

Adam said...

"irrespective" or "regardless", NOT "irregardless," which is an illegitimate double-negative.