Some people believe that symbols, traditional visual reminders of the faith and our Catholic heritage aren't important (e.g., those who have stripped our churches of statues and beauty), but here is a reminder of how imagery can result in the striking up of a conversation and result in bringing people back to the faith.
I created a Pray for the Pope/"Oremus pro Pontifice" coffee mug design for Father Z and he received the following report from a priest:
For the Just Too Cool file…
A priest who reads the blog and who bought some "Oremus pro Pontifice" coffee mugs sent me this note and photo:
I use them at Starbucks, and "they" have led to one return to the faith and one regularization of a marriage.I am picturing armies of wdtprs’ers occupying coffee shops with mugs and helping to get people’s marriages on track, start going to Mass again, making the first good confession in years….
In both cases, the first conversation concerned the mug, not my Roman collar.
So just imagine what displaying a Pope Pius Clock might accomplish!
Detail of Pope Pius VII's portrait on the clock
"For over 10 years I’ve had a kitchen clock that my good friend, Laura, bought for me years ago. It sings out a different bird at the top of the hour. You may have had one a decade ago; they were a “fad” around the same time as the dreaded “Billy Bass” phenomenon!
My Dad detests the clock. When I bought my house in 2001, he personally moved it over to my house and hung it in the kitchen. Before I bought the house I was living with my Dad. I’d moved in to help him care for my mother. After she died, I remained living there for a few years; Dad and I needed each other. Finally, I was ready to move on. Dad made sure I took that “dang bird clock” with me.
I’ve been pondering buying a new kitchen clock for a while. In these days of timepieces on nearly everything; sometimes a clock seems unnecessary. But, I’ve always thought a kitchen clock not only tells time but it makes a statement.
What better statement to make about your Faith than a clock with all 12 Pope Pius’ on it!" - Cathy of Alex