September 17, 2007

Do you Wear Your Convictions on Your Mode of Transportation?

swissmiss' post got me thinking it might be interesting to hear what some of my readers have on their car/van/bike/bus/tush/blades/shoes (however you get around town) that may express a point of view of yours. I know you all have rainbow stickers so I don't need to hear about it again-unless you really want to tell all of us. :-)

I have a Catholic fish symbol magnet (Catholic because it has a cross inside the fish) on the back of my car.
I have a Rosary sticker on the back of my car as well. It does not say anything. It's just an outline of a set of Rosary beads.

Inside the car hanging from my rearview mirror is: a Rosary, a St. Joseph's Medal, and a Cross. Also, around my parking break handle is a wooden bracelet with images of various Saints on it.



Blogger the Mom said...

Great question!
I have a bumper sticker that says "If it's not a're not pregnant", a rosary on the mirror, and a Sacred Heart Auto League plaque, a visor clip that says "I am a Catholic. In case of emergency please call a priest.

September 17, 2007 10:44 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Nothing except the hula dancer in the back window - oh, and a discreet St. Joseph medal on my visor.

September 17, 2007 10:50 AM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

No bumper stickers. And, honestly, inside my car is a University of Washington Huskies button with a ribbon. I had no where else to put the thing and didn't want to toss it, so it's in my car. Pretty pathetic, eh?

But, have you seen the super cool SUV about town, believe the folks are members of St. Agnes, that is a dark blue with a gorgeous rosary adhesive or paint job that goes around the entire car. It also has some large painted medals, think one is a Miraculous Medal, and the saying, Our Lady of X, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee...or something like that, all professionally painted on the outside of the car, very tastefully done. Very cool. I have seen this car at Mass at St. Agnes and it was there when I went to confession last week and I have seen it half a dozen times at Breadsmith on Grand. I have been trying to get a picture of the car for months!!! Such a moving (in more ways than one) example of our Cathoic Faith!

September 17, 2007 10:51 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

The cool SUV belongs to the Blake's - Sr. Therese's (Our Carmel) parents. They sell the stuff - Leaflet has it in their current catalog.

September 17, 2007 10:55 AM  
Blogger swissmiss said...

Thanks Terry. I have the Leaflet catalog sitting right next to me here. Will have to check it out.

September 17, 2007 11:00 AM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Oh! I forgot I have the waving Bush cut-out in the back seat window - and the pin-up mud flaps on my back tires. I guess I do wear my convictions on my car.

September 17, 2007 12:18 PM  
Blogger Our Word said...

Nothing too spectacular on ours - a Garage Logic window cling on the side, a "Proud 2 B Papist" bumper sticker from the Ratzinger Fan Club on the rear. That one does get a few strange looks...


September 17, 2007 1:23 PM  
Blogger Histor the Wise said...

Bike: a "Don't Mess With Texas" sticker.
Shoes: nothing whatsoever. I'll cut crosses into them once I get off the computer.
Don't have a car yet, but I'll probably put something on it expressing a Catholic attitude.


September 17, 2007 1:46 PM  
Blogger Ray from MN said...


What's going on here?

First you shame me into admitting that I don't read much good Catholic literature?

And Now I have to admit that Bill (whom you shamed me into naming) has no Catholic identification marks.


September 17, 2007 4:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a camo ribbon magnet that says "support our troops" on the trunk. I have a Miraculous Medal on the visor. And I have a palm leaf cross in the glove box.

September 17, 2007 5:21 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

All: These are all interesting and, in more then one instance, hilarious.

swissmiss: I don't think I've ever seen that SUV. Well, I know I haven't, I'm sure I'd remember it. All I ever see for heavily designed SUV's are those evil Packer mobiles.

Ray: It's not too late! Wait a minute: I never SHAMED you into naming Bill. So there. :-)

Terry: So, you got rid of the front seat blow-up doll?

September 17, 2007 5:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't have anything on my car or bike, but the young boy ahead of me in the communion line at the Spanish Mass last night had a very tasteful image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on the lower half of both legs of his pants. It really was quite nicely done.

September 17, 2007 6:05 PM  
Blogger Terry Nelson said...

Cathy - she sits in the kitchen now when I go out - to deter break-ins... South MPLS you know.

Ray - Just wait for my reading list - everyone will be ashamed! (I'll show Cathy!)

Don't let Mitchell fool you - I saw his car filled with opera character bobble heads in the rear window, with the dog whose eyes light up when his break lights go on. Sheesh!

September 17, 2007 6:11 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

Terry: Really? I thought Mitchell had the classic TV character bobble heads like; Palladin, Peter Gunn, Ricky Ricardo and Ironside in his car. Hmmmm....Maybe he and Judith have more then one vehicle with their bobbleheads. Well, I know they have that Rolls but I've never seen bobbleheads in that-except Mitchell when he really headbangs to his Motorhead CD.

September 17, 2007 6:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our license plate says PROLIFE, a one decade Rosary hanging from the rear-view mirror

September 17, 2007 8:47 PM  
Blogger Our Word said...


No bobbleheads yet, although I'll admit the Wagner action figure is always an temptation. I did, however, have a "Rush is Right" bumper sticker on our previous car.


September 18, 2007 7:35 AM  
Blogger Kasia said...

Nothing on the outside except a small bumper sticker of a friend's band, which will come off sooner or later. I do have a license plate frame that advertises the dealership I get my car worked on at, as I get a discount for having it. (What can I say, I'm firmly convicted that discounts are good!)

Inside...on the visor I have a Miraculous Medal; on the interior dash (in front of the controls) I have an abacus rosary and an OL of Guadalupe statue; and in the ashtray (no, I don't smoke) I have a plastic rosary given to us in RCIA by the Legion of Mary.

I don't put stuff on the back of the car because honestly, I'm afraid I'll cut someone off one day and "be the only Bible that person ever reads"... :-p

September 18, 2007 9:50 AM  
Blogger Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

License plate: PATRIS (I had to switch to gen. of Pater after may PATER plate was stolen.)
License plate holder: St. Joseph Catholic High School.
Sun Visor: Multi-medal auto clip.
Bumperstickers on rear window: 'Shutup Hippy' & 'Free Constantinople'

September 18, 2007 11:31 AM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

kasia: Good point. Sometimes, I, er, "evangelize" with my digits while driving. Not a good thing when you have the symbols of Christ on your car. On the other hand, the knowledge they are there helps me keep my hands to myself.

Father Richsteig: WHAT?! No NRA stickers? LOL! I want a more explicit Constantinople sticker that says: Give the Hagia Sophia back.

September 18, 2007 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Back of car = big pink & purple Respect Life ribbon magnet

back windshield = small static stickers of my alma mater + grad school + a 40 Days for Life bumpersticker

back side window = "Smile your Mom Choose Life" static sticker.

Rearview mirror = rhinestone "S" with a precious feet pin & a Holy Spirit medal hanging from it

Driver's side visor = St. Christopher medal

whew! I guess it's obvious I'm the Respect Life director at my parish, eh?

September 18, 2007 12:36 PM  
Blogger Cathy_of_Alex said...

anonymous: Great pro-life witness! Keep it up!

September 18, 2007 12:53 PM  
Blogger Fr. Erik Richtsteig said...

Kasia: Free Constantinople! 500 years of occupation is enough. (And yes, I need an NRA sticker.)

September 19, 2007 1:44 PM  
Blogger Kasia said...

Father, if you lived as close as I do to Dearborn, sometimes called Dearbornistan, you might think twice about that "Free Constantinople" sticker... :-p

September 19, 2007 2:21 PM  

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