As well as being a source of spiritual comfort and a reminder to pray, a crucifix lends a home a certain ambience.
It makes a statement.
Among other things, it states that you are Catholic and unafraid to be so.
It would be good if more Catholic shops, warehouses and factories displayed a crucifix.
The above picture is of my son's studio in Australia.
Behold, O Kind and most sweet Jesus, before Thee I humbly kneel, and with the most fervent desire of my soul, I pray and beseech Thee to impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins and a firm purpose of amendment.
With deep affection and grief of soul, I ponder within myself, mentally contemplating Thy five wounds, having before my eyes the words which David the Prophet spoke concerning Thee:
"They have pierced my hands and my feet, they have numbered all my bones."
A plenary indulgence is granted on each Friday of Lent and Passiontide to the faithful who, after Communion, piously recite the above prayer before an image of Christ crucified; on other days of the year the indulgence is partial."