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The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.
Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.
And so I think it is with you;
your ideas mature gradually—let them grow,
let them shape themselves, without undue haste.
Don’t try to force them on,
as though you could be today what time
(that is to say, grace and circumstances
acting on your own good will)
will make of you tomorrow.
Only God could say what this new spirit
gradually forming within you will be.
Give Our Lord the benefit of believing
that his hand is leading you,
and accept the anxiety of feeling yourself
in suspense and incomplete.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ (1881-1955)
Your Sacred Space
What’s your plan for the New Year? Add a sacred space at home?
Have you been missing a sacred space in your home where you, your family and friends find nourishment for the soul, alone and in community; where you make time to strengthen your relationship with God, others and yourself; where you find your balance and center again; a place for spiritual practice, transformation and healing.
A home chapel can be simple or elaborate — you decide. We invite you to imagine what is possible and let us help you make that vision a reality with design and items that inspire and resonate with you.
|1-7-2018||Mary McGlone CSJ: Presentation and Book Signing: “Anything of Which a Woman is Capable”||at Creator Mundi|
|1-19 to 1-21-2018||Vivaldi’s Four Seasons||Colorado Symphony||http://tickets.coloradosymphony.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=4318|
|2-2 and 2-3-2018||2018 Spirituality Conference, Arvada||Spiritual Direction Colorado||http://www.spiritualdirectioncolorado.org/event-2625166|
|2-2 and 2-3-2018||Contemplative Walks at 2018 Spirituality Conference, Arvada||Spiritual Direction Colorado with Walk2Connect||http://www.spiritualdirectioncolorado.org/Events|
|3-15 to 3-18-2018||Los Angeles Religious Education Congress||Sponsored by Archdiocese of L.A.||http://www.recongress.org/|
|4-3 to 4-5-2018||NCEA Convention & Expo, Cincinnati||National Catholic Education Association||http://ncea.org/NCEA2018|
|4-7-2018||Creator Mundi’s 30th Anniversary|
|4-10-2018||Center for Religious Diversity and Public Life, Colorado Springs||John Philip Newell, Heartbeat||http://heartbeatjourney.org/events/center-for-religious-diversity-and-public-life-colorado-springs-colorado-usa/|
|4-11-2018||First United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs||John Philip Newell, Heartbeat||First United Methodist Church, Colorado Springs,|
|4-13 to 4-15-2018||CO School of Celtic Consciousness||John Philip Newell, Heartbeat||Colorado School of Celtic Consciousness, Colorado, USA|
|4-18-2018||Iliff School of Theology, Denver||John Philip Newell, Heartbeat||http://heartbeatjourney.org/events/iliff-school-of-theology-denver-colorado-usa-5/|
|4-20 to 4-22-2018||St. Andrew’s Episcopal, Denver||John Philip Newell, Heartbeat||http://heartbeatjourney.org/events/st-andrews-episcopal-denver-colorado-usa/|
|4-21-2018||2018 Annual Conference, Arvada Center||Contemplative Outreach, Richard Rohr||http://www.contemplativeoutreach-co.org/83-events|
|7-5 to 7-12-2018||General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Austin, TX||Episcopal Church||https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/17152|
Please Join us for a Book Signing with Sister Mary McGlone, CSJ
for her new book
“Anything of Which a Woman is Capable”
Sunday, January 7, 2018 — 3:00 PM
at Creator Mundi Gallery
901 Englewood Pkwy, Unit 112; Englewood, CO 80110; http://www.creatormundi.com/
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, January 5
Mary M. McGlone is a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She has ministered in the United States and Peru and done short-term mission work in El Salvador., Ecuador and Romania. She holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology. She writes for the National Catholic Reporter among other periodicals and has published several other books.
Carol K. Coburn of Avila University reviewed the book with the following words: “Like a diamond, this book has many facets. It is a story of spirit-filled women who respond directly to the needs of others. It is a story of women’s leadership, power, advocacy, struggle, adaptation and change. It is the story of the Sisters of St. Joseph who created a powerful religious and social movement that spanned over three centuries and thousands of miles. And ultimately, this book and these stories answer the question of what women are capable of — Everything.”
What does the story of Jesus’ birth teach us about how God is present in our lives?
“God is unexplainably born in our hearts moment by moment, breath by breath. In order to discover that, we must leave the noise and business of the inn, finding our way in the dark back to the stable. We have to enter into the humility, simplicity, patience, and delicate nature of what’s unfolding in our hearts to discover how God is being born in our lives. We are asked to bring this delicate simplicity out into the world.”
Scroll down on the website of the Center for Action and Contemplation to to listen to James Finley’s entire Advent meditation … and also find meditations by Cynthia Bourgeault and Richard Rohr!
In the Outhouse by Michael Moynahan, SJ
It’s been a long,
A steep and winding road
up the sides of mountains.
They race the sun
with prospects of a new head to tax,
albeit a small one,
an impending certainty.
Sky and mother
are visual proof.
They reach the city
but full of hope.
mistaken on occasion
for her father,
fails to act his age
and dashes toward
a door about to close.
Could you give us a room for the night?
Some place to lay our heads?”
“Can’t you read, buster?
We’re all filled up.”
It’s my wife.
She’s about to have her first child.”
“That’s not my problem.”
“He’s not a problem.
He’s a fact
“Open your ears, buddy,
because I’m only
gonna say this once.
We aint’ got no room.
by the sound of a
Three times he will try
to find them lodging.
And with each failure
feel less capable
of caring for his wife
and that life within her
“It doesn’t look good.
All their rooms are taken.”
God will provide.”
And all the time thinking:
“That’s what I’m afraid of.
but they’re full.
It’s looking bleak.”
“God will give us
what we need.”
He shakes his head.
She believes this
and it comforts him little.
The third stop
looking like a
distant bleak relation
of the previous two.
Until the owner’s wife
spies the young girl wince
from movements she understands
all too well.
“You can have
the place out back.
It isn’t much
but it will be a roof
over your heads.
There’s fresh hay thrown.
The animals won’t bother you
and the child will be warm.
I’ll get some rags and water.
Go on now,
the young girl’s face
The dream of God is a vision of Shalom, a rich Hebrew word often translated as “peace” but meaning much more than the absence of war. It means well-being in a comprehensive sense. It includes freedom from negatives such as oppression, anxiety and fear, as well as the presence of positives such as health, prosperity and security. Shalom thus includes a social vision: the dream of a world in which such well-being belongs to everybody.
Fr. John Fullenbach, SVD – Kingdom of God as Principle of Action in the Church
Advent is a time of waiting — in the widest sense. Be blessed!
A Blessing for Waiting
by Jan Richardson, Circle of Grace
for the night
for the night
in the hospital room
in the cell
who wait in prayer
for the phone call
who wait for a word
who wait for
who will come home
who will not come home
Who wait with fear
who wait with joy
who wait with peace
who wait with rage
who wait for the end
who wait for the beginning
who wait alone
who wait together
what they wait for
should not wait
when they should be
when they need
when they need
to set out
for the end
for the fullness
“We are called, then, to draw near to the poor, to encounter them, to meet their gaze, to embrace them and to let them feel the warmth of love that breaks through their solitude. Their outstretched hand is also an invitation to step out of our certainties and comforts, and to acknowledge the value of poverty in itself.”
Pope Francis on the First World Day of the Poor, November 19, 2017
Ron Rolheiser OMI writes in his May 1992 blog that “To be a saint is to be motivated by gratitude, nothing more and nothing less. Scripture, everywhere and always, makes this point.” Read the full reflection below.
There’s a Jewish folk-tale which runs something like this:
There once was a young man who aspired to great holiness. After some time at working to achieve it, he went to see his Rabbi.
“Rabbi,” he announced, “I think I have achieved sanctity.”
”Why do you think that?” asked the Rabbi.
”Well,” responded the young man, “I’ve been practising virtue and discipline for some time now and I have grown quite proficient at them. From the time the sun rises until it sets, I take no food or water. All day long, I do all l do all kinds of hard work for others and I never expect to be thanked.
“If I have temptations of the flesh, I roll in the snow or in thorn bushes until they go away, and then at night, before bed, I practice the ancient monastic discipline and administer lashes to my bare back. I have disciplined myself so as to become holy.”
The Rabbi was silent for a time. Then he took the young man by the arm and led him to a window and pointed to an old horse which was just being led away by its master.
“I have been observing that horse for some time,” the Rabbi said, “and I’ve noticed that it doesn’t get fed or watered from morning to night. All day long it has to do work for people and it never gets thanked. I often see it rolling around in snow or in bushes, as horses are prone to do, and frequently I see it get whipped.
“But, I ask you: Is that a saint or a horse?”
This is a good parable because it shows how simplistic it is to simply identity sanctity and virtue with self-renunciation and the capacity to do what’s difficult. In popular thought there’s a common spiritual equation: saint=horse. What’s more difficult is always better. But that can be wrong.
To be a saint is to be motivated by gratitude, nothing more and nothing less. Scripture, everywhere and always, makes this point.
For example, the sin of Adam and Eve was, first and foremost, a failure in receptivity and gratitude. God gives them life, each other and the garden and asks them only to receive it properly, in gratitude—receive and give thanks. Only after doing this, do we go on to “break and share” Before all else, we first give thanks.
To receive in gratitude, to be properly grateful, is the most primary of all religious attitudes. Proper gratitude is ultimate virtue. It defines sanctity. Saints, holy persons, are people who are grateful, people who see and receive everything as gift.
The converse is also true. Anyone who takes life and love for granted should not ever be confused with a saint.
Let me try to illustrate this: As a young seminarian, I once spent a week in a hospital, on a public ward, with a knee injury. One night a patient was brought on to our ward from the emergency room. His pain was so severe that his groans kept us awake. The doctors had just worked on him and it was then left to a single nurse to attend to him.
Several times that night, she entered the room to administer to him—changing bandages, giving medication, and so on. Each time, as she walked away from his bed he would, despite his extreme pain, thank her.
Finally, after this had happened a number of times, she said to him: “Sir, you don’t need to thank me. This is my job!”
“Ma’am!” he replied, “it’s nobody’s job to take care of me! Nobody owes me that. I want to thank you!
I was struck by that, how, even in his great pain, this man remained conscious of the fact that life, love, care, and everything else come to us as a gift, not as owed. He genuinely appreciated what this nurse was doing for him and he was right— it isn’t anybody’s job to take care of us!
It’s our propensity to forget this that gets us into trouble. The failure to be properly grateful, to take as owed what’s offered as gift, lies at the root of many of our deepest resentments towards others—and their resentments towards us.
Invariably when we are angry at someone, especially at those closest to us, it is precisely because we are not being appreciated (that is, thanked) properly. Conversely, I suspect, more than a few people harbor resentments towards us because we, consciously or unconsciously, think that it is their job to take care of us.
Like Adam and Eve we take, as if it is ours by right, what can only be received gratefully as gift. This goes against the very contours of love. It is the original sin.
Fill this holiday season with something sacred and special when you choose from our collection of religious Christmas gifts. Creator Mundi strives to procure products that bring both beauty and richness to people’s lives. Some of our favorite Christmas gifts include:
- The Original Catholic Prayer Cube
- Nativity Scene With Star
- Angel Of Love Ornament
- Rejoice Holy Family With Moveable Jesus
- 12 Piece Painted Lathed Wood Nativity
- Advent Candle Box Set
- Advent Calendar: Star Of Bethlehem
The Original Catholic Prayer Cube
This simple yet beautiful birchwood prayer cube is made in Germany and is a perfect stocking stuffer for the young person working on learning their basic Catholic prayers. It’s a fun and engaging way to create a practice of family prayer.
Nativity Scene With Star
Our solid bronze nativity scene is a precious and compact addition to any table, desk or nightstand. Made in the Old-World style in Germany, this small piece relays the incredible story of the Nativity to bring hope and reverence this holiday.
Angel Of Love Ornament
Honor the holiness of the Christmas season with this luminous, colorful ornament. Handmade in Thailand this beautiful piece will bring grace to any tree.
Rejoice Holy Family With Moveable Jesus
Hand-carved by Italian master carvers, this solid Maplewood piece is certain to become a family heirloom enjoyed for generations. Let the Holy Family bring unity and unshakable peace to a home this holiday.
12 Piece Painted Lathed Wood Nativity
Especially popular with families, this nativity scene is a delightful way to set the tone for the Advent and Christmas season. A wonderful tradition embraced by many, displaying the nativity in your home is a time-honored way to evoke sacredness and celebrate the birth of Jesus.
Advent Candle Box Set
This traditional set includes three purple and one pink Advent candle. The lighting of an Advent candle each week is rich with symbolism and anticipation as we honor the four virtues Jesus brings us: Hope, Love, Joy, and Peace. The candle ring is sold separately.
Advent Calendar: Star Of Bethlehem
Another treasured family favorite, this whimsical Advent calendar will bring joy and delight to the home. Made of fabric, this item comes with detachable velcro-backed stuffed figurines meant to be fit in a pocket for each day of Advent.
Religious Christmas Gifts For Everyone
If you’re looking for the perfect religious Christmas gift, look no further than the selection at Creator Mundi. We have a wide variety of spiritual gifts for everyone on your list. Browse our selection today to find the best present for your friends and loved ones.
Remember the Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador, who were killed 28 years ago today.
Below is an excerpt of a reflection by William Bole on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the events.
It was one of the most glaring and brazen human-rights crimes of the late 20th century. In the predawn hours of November 16, 1989, an elite battalion of El Salvador’s military forced its way into the Jesuit residence at the University of Central America, or UCA. The university, led by its president, Father Ignacio Ellacuría, SJ, had become a stronghold of opposition to human rights abuses committed by the U.S.-backed military.
On that night, soldiers dragged five priests out of their beds and into a courtyard, made them lay facedown on the grass, and fired bullets into their heads. They went back inside and killed another Jesuit. Then, searching the residence further, they found a housekeeper and her teenage daughter crouching in the corner of a bedroom, holding each other. The gunmen shot them too.
Twenty-five years later, many are still waiting for justice in the case of the murdered Jesuits and women. None of the top military commanders who issued the orders to kill was ever prosecuted for the crimes.
“Being Trees in Autumn”
by Stephen Garnaas-Holmes
These trees in Buddhist saffron robes,
becoming naked without fear,
in wind that is a part of them,
disclose a beauty in this death,
become new shapes, interior.
To live they cannot hoard;
this losing, too, is growth.
New shapes emerge,
new vision clears.
Surrender strengthens in the soul
This emptying is confidence
in spring, but more – a faithing
in the growth that’s come before,
a counting of the gifts
and then releasing one by one,
so as to give again,
knowing growth is not a season,
but is in the root of things.
This is no losing,
but a becoming.
Coveting such openness
of limb and heart and hand,
such bareness in the singing,
I only now discover that I want
this wind, blowing where it will,
No matter how much light I carry within me, there will always be times of feeling lost, being confused, seeking direction. It is the way of the human heart.” ― Joyce Rupp, The Star in My Heart: Experiencing Sophia, Inner Wisdom
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It’s All Saints Day! So: Who cares about the saints?
Here is what James Martin, SJ has to say: “I found companions among the saints — friends to turn to when I needed a helping hand. My novice director told me that he thought of the saints as older brothers and sisters to whom one could look for advice and counsel. The Catholic theologian Lawrence S. Cunningham, in his book The Meaning of Saints, suggests that the saints also serve as our “prophetic witnesses,” spurring us to live more fully as Christian disciples.” James Martin, SJ My Life with the Saints
… and take a look at this short video! James Martin’s Introduction to “Who Cares About The Saints?”
At Creator Mundi, we know that buying a religious holiday gift for your mother, grandmother, sister, wife, daughter, or other females in your life that glorifies God is one of the best choices you could make this Christmas. Creator Mundi has many items for women that can serve as wonderful gifts of faith for any age. We’ve picked out a few special items that you may find perfect for the important female in your life, but please feel free to check out our entire collection of religious holiday gifts, we know you’ll find the right one. Some ideas to choose from could include:
Joie de Vivre Figurine
The Joie de Vivre Figurine is French for the joy of living. What better way to express the love of Jesus on Christmas than to signify it with a figurine that reflects the joyful yearnings of our hearts? Imagine how the woman in your life might display it: on the dresser in her bedroom, the mantel in the living room, or in another location that has significance to her.
… these things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:11)
Giving her a Christmas gift that celebrates the joy of living will be a delicate reminder for her, on good days and bad, that she is a joyful part of your life and you appreciate the part she plays in it. At Creator Mundi, we choose only heirloom quality religious items that can be given to show appreciation for the people you love.
The Pocket Angel in Matchbox
Creator Mundi wants our customers to know that God is always around us. The Pocket Angel In Matchbox is a charming solid bronze angel inside of a delicately made 2-inch box is a gentle reminder that even in the most trying times, we are never alone. The inspiring messages on the sides of the box will touch the hearts of young or old. It’s a sweet Christmas gift for a goddaughter, godmother, mom, or grandma.
A lovely prayer piece, it’s an ideal complement to the women in your life. They may want to keep it with them in their car, desk, purse, or perhaps in their pockets to keep it at the ready when they need it throughout the day. The messages on the outside of the box remind them that God is always there for them. The top of the matchbox reads: “At times, you need an angel.” The back of the box reads: “Angel of God, be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, and guide.” When you lift the angel out of the box, the following saying is revealed: “May you be blessed with a wonderful angel—for good thoughts by day and for your dreams at night.” Bless a woman in your life with this beautiful angel this Christmas.
Hand-Burnt Wood Cross Pendant
Popular with youth groups and Sunday school classes, this elegant Hand-Burnt Wood Cross Pendant is a beautiful way to express God’s love at Christmas for the women near and dear to you. Its smooth surface makes it soothing to hold while in prayer or when you need to be reminded that God is never far away. The hand-burnt surface is covered with a smooth and shiny lacquer that makes the cross reflect the light and produce a gentle glow that signifies the light of the Lord during this Christmas season. This wood cross pendant comes with a tasteful nylon cord, or you could upgrade it and pair it with one of Creator Mundi’s 18-inch bronzed or silver-plated pendant chains to complete the gift. Inexpensively priced, this is a great item for Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders, and anyone else you want to bless with a token of God’s love this season.
Religious Gifts For Her From Creator Mundi
For the perfect religious gift for her, browse our collection at Creator Mundi. We’ve offered just a few ideas for the important women in your life this Christmas. Check out our jewelry and pendants or selection of wall art today.
At Creator Mundi, we can help you find the perfect religious gifts for him with this spiritual gift guide. Whether you’re shopping for your husband, father, grandfather, son, or brother, we have the perfect gift of faith for any occasion. We are here to offer an array of ideas for the special men in your life. Find the perfect cross or crucifix, prayer devotional, rosary, or statue, and he’ll be delighted every time he sees it, just knowing how much you care for him.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to shop for men, even if you know their interests well. What to get for the guy who seems to have everything? Creator Mundi is here to help. Because he probably doesn’t carry a purse, getting your guy something pocket-sized is a wonderful and thoughtful gesture. He can pray wherever he is on the go with one of our prayer pieces such as:
If you have a son, grandson, or man who is transitioning into the world of adulthood, starting a new job, or moving away from home, Saint Christopher, the patron saint of travelers, can protect and guide him during this phase of his life. It is common to place a plaque of Saint Christopher in cars for protection during travels. You might find one of these will make the perfect gift for your traveling man:
- Saint Christopher Car Plaque
- Saint Christopher Oval Car Plaque
- Magnetic Saint Christopher Car Plaque
- Saint Christopher Square Keychain
Finding The Perfect Gift
Even the most discerning person of faith will find something they love at Creator Mundi. We have a wide range of devotional items catering to multiple denominations. Celebrate the faith of your husband, father, or brother by finding the perfect religious gift for him. We suggest browsing our selection of birthday, anniversary, and wedding gifts or even our collection of saints where you’ll be sure to find something, even for the man who can be difficult to shop for.
Get Your Religious Gifts For Him
Religious gifts for him can be found at Creator Mundi. Help deepen his relationship with Christ by offering a special gift of faith. As the men in your life live up to their vocations as fathers, husbands, and men of God they should be honored. Let them know how much you care and support them by browsing our collection of religious gifts today.
If you have a friend or loved one for whom you need the perfect religious birthday gift ideas, nothing quite compares to the gifts of faith we offer at Creator Mundi. Share the gift of love and light for this special occasion, and give your nearest and dearest something that will continue to bring joy to their life day after day. Below you can find some of our favorite suggestions.
A powerful symbol of hope through times of transition and growth, this bronze pendant is hand-crafted in Germany and adds a delicate grace to any neckline. This piece comes with a nylon cord, although a chain may be purchased separately.
Celebrating God’s creations and the joy they bring, this solid bronze wall cross is divided into four panels representing the vast array of His goodness. From church and the life-giving sun to the bounty on earth and in the sea, this cross is a joyful celebration of all that we have.
This artisanal solid bronze piece is made in France and admired by all ages for its Old World beauty and religious significance. Inlayed with blue and red enamel, it is both a daily testament to faith and a reminder of the gift we’ve received from Christ.
Perfect for the introspective and growth-oriented loved one in your life who is always seeking their truest self. Solid bronze with graceful lines, this work of spiritual art poetically captures the act of self-awareness and transformation. Crafted by hand in Germany.
Handcrafted in a monastery atelier in France, this simple piece is a constant reminder of the splendor found in peace. Made of dolomite stone and resin, this powerful biblical symbol is something that will be cherished as a family heirloom throughout the years.
For the free-spirited person in your life who casts off their bowlines and lets God guide them through all that comes. The sailboat symbolizes freedom—the freedom
that comes from following the Spirit. A perfect reminder to trust and let go! Made of solid bronze this plaque is certain to be a blessing in any space.
Birthday Gifts Of Faith
Religious birthday gift ideas are abundant at Creator Mundi. We have the widest selection of faithful gifts for many different denominations. Find out why our collection of crosses, pendants, wall art and more will be the best place to discover the next birthday gift you purchase.
Celebrate one of the greatest gifts humankind has ever received through the Resurrection of Christ with this simple yet stunning Glass Cross With Bronze Corpus. Our imperfect selves are made pure and clean and beautiful once again as we step into the glory of Christ’s saving grace, and Creator Mundi is pleased to offer this richly symbolic piece as a part of its collection.
Give A Gift Of Faith
Timeless and appropriate for so many occasions, this exquisite glass cross depicts the Risen Christ in glory. Whether for yourself as a daily reminder to remember the truth of Christ’s passion and his promise, or for a loved one with a shared appreciation for meaningful faith-based art, this gift is one that will be a welcome addition to any home or office.
Grace Your Space With Beauty And Reverence
- Bronze Corpus affixed to a transparent glass cross
- 7 x 5 inches
- Limited Quantity Available
- Designed and cast in Germany
- Gift Box Included
The cross is an important sign to Christians and Catholics as a sign of both Christ and his sacrifice, and this beautifully crafted wall cross makes a lovely statement of faith. Religious decor such as this can be transformative in its own right, allowing us–even encouraging us–to draw Jesus and all he represents deeper into our lives.