Praying with Art in your Home

Praying with Art in your Home

Have you ever wondered if it was good to have sacred art in the home?  I asked Alex, a stunning faith filled wife and mom of 4 boys, some key questions about just that and what it is like to have sacred beauty in their home as a family. Take a peek at her responses:

How do you think sacred artwork can help build up the domestic church?

Sacred artwork is very important to building the domestic church! It reflects the beauty of God’s creation to our children, and shows the importance of our faith through religion, not just modern pieces of art. It allows us and our children to contemplate on the divine

What would you say are the benefits of praying with a visual such as artwork?

The benefits are stimulating our sense of vision to keep our mind focused and to contemplate more on the divine. I find it VERY helpful to have them in our home! 

We are seeing more and more families being intentional about building up the domestic church within their homes. Can you describe what that means to you and your family?

To us that means intentionally filling our home with sacramentals, prayers, holy images. Having stories and pictures of the Holy Family and the saints on our walls, a crucifix in every room. A small prayer alter in our children’s rooms. It means we will reflect the beauty found in our churches in our home. We want our children to be constantly reminded of God’s presence in their lives

What sacred artwork do you have in your home that really strikes you? Where did you put it, and why?

Our favorite pieces are by Kate. We placed her painting of the holy family front center in our foyer so we are reminded (and any guests who walk in) of the hospitality of Jesus in our hearts. We have Our Lady of Guadeloupe as the central piece of our family prayer alter to uphold her as the heart of our home. I also love our front yard statue of Mary that reminds us even before entering of our Lady. Another favorite is an older crucifix that my husband got for our that is placed directly in our living room for easy view, (we still the Annunciation painting we are waiting to hang)!

How have you and your families’ hearts been moved in praying with sacred artwork?

My heart has been moved when we pray the rosary, and when I am able to look at the painting of our Lady, seeing how beautiful she is and reminding me of our promises. For our boys, it brings the faith to life.  

What advice would you give others who may be interested in praying more with art and possibly investing in a copy or maybe even original artwork to pray with for their home or community?

My advice would be to first speak with others who have had this experience to share their importance. At first, sacred artwork was not my priority, I could have easily framed a cheap piece of art! But my husband is an artist and upheld their importance and I am so thankful he did. I see how important they are not only to my family, but to guests who come into our home. It may actually be a point of evangelization!

Beauty has the power to bring us before the face of God, and when we bring it into your homes, we assist our families in encountering the Lord each day. Not to mention, we are inviting others in to the faith, those that come into our homes, in a non intrusive way, by simply having sacred art displayed. I loved hearing how the DeRose family felt about their sacred art in their home! Tell us below, what are your favorite sacred art works in your home and do you have any cool stories from their encounter?!

Alex DeRose is a Catholic wife and homeschooling to her  4 boys! She’s also a Family Nurse Practitioner & Fertility Care Educator trained in NaproTechnology, passionate about spreading the truths in women’s healthcare and empowering women in the culture of life. She loves the beauty of our faith and inspiring other women to choose joy in the everyday at & Instagram @alexandriaderose

Kate Capato

Kate is a Sacred Art Painter, Inspirational Speaker, and Faith-filled Movement artist on a mission to spread God's love through beauty! Her inspiration comes from prayerful encounters with the Lord, and the rich traditions of our Catholic faith. When she's not creating something faith inspired, Kate is often traveling all over the world with her hubby soaking in the wonders of God's creation, or spending time with family and friends to live every moment to the fullest. To see her work, visit her portfolio below and share in this mission of spreading truth and goodness.

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