May I introduce you to Joseph? It's our beloved listed historical monument in our garden. Everybody calls it Joseph, because the figure on top is Saint Joseph with the Infant Jesus. Sadly, the figure is more or less "new", because originally the monument was erect in 1698 for Mary. But she was sick about it, standing or sitting around on a column for greedy purposes only. She went missing between the late 17th century and the renovation in 1914. Joseph, her husband, occupied her place. Now he is still patiently waiting for her with his little foster son in his arms. Every day looking up and down the street. At least the part with the inscription beneath Joseph's feet is still the baroque original.
Counter-reformation was brutally forced in Austria. The monument was erected to get a well paid job back. Martin Schneider, a Protestant, wanted to stay judge in Lutzmannsburg. So he paid his way back in Catholicism by buying a monument for Mary. It was his only way and only chance to proof, that he would be once more a good Catholic.
By the way the majority of inhabitants are until today Protestants. But times and people don't change. Austrians are used to have a membership book. They are capable to change their colors very fast. They are like this round chocolate "pills" covered by colorful sugar, but beneath the inviting sugar is the sickening disgusting brown hidden.
Sometimes I want to follow Mary, where ever she went.