If Your House Were On Fire, What Would You Grab?


Philosophy of life: If your house were on fire, what would you take?

We accumulate a lot of stuff in life. Which pieces really matter?

CatholicMatch members recently pondered the old burning-house question to reflect on which material items have the most meaning.


  • “The last family photo we took when both my folks were still alive. It has my folks, siblings, their spouses, and all of our kids. The second item would be my dog.”  -Mary
  • “A painting my mom did of ‘The Road To Emmaus’ and my dad’s flag.”  -Jerry
  • “All of my photos and my Christmas tree decorations.”  -Steve
  • “My rosary that Sister M. gave me from the Holy Land and my late husband’s picture.”  -Linda
  • “I might take a report card. I never liked school very much, had my struggles, but in parochial school in the 6th grade, I had my first male teacher! He really rocked. Talented in art, which I liked, and he always made class interesting and fun. I had my first semester of straight As! He wrote such nice things on my report card. I finally felt proud due to school…God Bless you, Mr. Ceci!”  -Julie
  • “I know one thing would be Ed, my Winnie-the-Pooh bear from when I was little. He is my prized childhood toy, the keeper of all my tears and joys. I would definitely take him.”  -Dawn
  • “The 1970 Chevy Nova that I foolishly sold in 1986 and the pair of copper clip-on earrings my father gave my mother when she was pregnant with me. I had them from when my mother died (almost 32 years ago) until four years ago, when I was burglarized, and the jerk took all my jewelry.”  -Damaris
  • “Can I say my book collection is one thing?  The other thing I’d choose would be a gorgeous, delicate, finely-worked cross-stitch of an angel. It was done by my mom when she was too sick to get out of bed and the doctor put her on bed rest.”  -Angela
  • “I can only bring two pets? But I have three dogs! Can I tie the two smaller ones together and pretend they are one dog?”  -Joshua

What would you grab?




Editor’s note

This conversation initially began as a question from Patrick in the St. Peter’s Square forum about which two material items you’d bring to heaven (hence Damaris’ response about items she has since parted with.) Our thanks to Patrick for getting the conversation started and keeping it rolling. We appreciate all the interesting responses that flowed from his initiative.



  1. Christianne-642154 November 15, 2012 Reply

    My 2 children. I would rather burn if I couldn’t get either of them out. Uhhh…do they count as “material stuff”.??? 🙂

  2. Anna-671172 November 12, 2012 Reply

    If my mother or any other family member were in the house i´d put them out of harm´s way.

  3. Tracey-574123 September 10, 2012 Reply

    my dog, my cat, a painting my great grandmother did and my grandmothers rosary

  4. Ramona-652361 November 18, 2011 Reply

    my kids! nothing else matters

  5. Peter-44842 November 18, 2011 Reply

    Some years ago I woke up in a sudden and very serious house fire. You don’t think. You run. And you are extremely thankful to get out.

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