Creator Mundi features blog posts with inspirational ideas and religious information.
When we think of mercy, we should be thinking first and foremost of a bond, an infallible link of love that holds the created and uncreated realms together. The mercy of God does not come and go, granted to some and refused to others. Why? Because it is unconditional—always there, underlying everything. It is literally the force that holds everything in existence, the gravitational field in which “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). Just like that little fish swimming desperately in search of water, we, too “swim in mercy as in an endless sea.” Mercy is God’s innermost being turned outward to sustain the visible and created world in unbreakable love.
~~ Cynthia Bourgeault, Mystical God: Trusting in the Mercy of God
|until 5-20-2018||Degas||Denver Art Museum||https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/degas-passion-perfection|
|3-7 to 4-11-2018||Spiritual Growth Classes on 5 Wednesdays in preparation for Richard Rohr’s April presentation (see under 4-21-2018)||Contemplative Outreach,||http://www.contemplativeoutreach-co.org/classes/other-offerings?id=79:spiritual-growth-group&catid=55:classes|
|3-15 to 3-18-2018||Los Angeles Religious Education Congress||Sponsored by Archdiocese of L.A.||http://www.recongress.org/|
|3-16 to 9-3-2018||Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit||Denver Museum of Nature and Science||http://www.dmns.org/dead-sea-scrolls/|
|3-22-2018||Exploring Racism & White Privilege with Rev. Jane Vennard||Spiritual Direction Colorado, Good Shepherd Church, Centennial||http://www.spiritualdirectioncolorado.org/event-2816772|
|3-25 to 7-22||Drawn to Glamour||Denver Art Museum||https://denverartmuseum.org/exhibitions/drawn-glamour|
|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||Noon to 4 pm; Creator Mundi Gallery, 901 Englewood Pkwy, #112, Englewood, 80110||http://www.creatormundi.com/|
|4-7-2018||LUX Women’s Conference||Light of World Parish||https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-lux-conference-tickets-37774608872?aff=es2|
|4-9-2018||Theology on Tap (Truth and Beauty over a Pint with Friends)||Irish Snug on Colfax, arranged by the Archdiocese of Denver||https://archden.org/eflm/dcya/theologyontap/|
|4-10 to 5-8-2018. Tuesdays||5-Week Easter Retreat||Ignatian Spirituality Program, St. Ignatius Loyola Church||https://ignatianspiritualitydenver.org/retreats/calendar/|
|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|
|4-28-2018||Catholic Women’s Conference of Denver||Our Lady of Loreto, Foxfield||http://denvercatholicconference.com/women/|
|5-3 to 5-6||Spring Weekend Intensive Retreat in Sedalia||Contemplative Outreach of Colorado||http://www.contemplativeoutreach-co.org/retreats/spring-weekend-intensive-retreat|
|5-14-2018-2018||Theology on Tap (Truth and Beauty over a Pint with Friends)||Irish Snug on Colfax, arranged by the Archdiocese of Denver||https://archden.org/eflm/dcya/theologyontap/|
|7-5 to 7-12-2018||General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Austin, TX||Episcopal Church||https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/17152|
Can you see Lent as an “interim time?” See how John O’Donohue speaks to you …
When near the end of day, life has drained
Out of light, and it is too soon
For the mind of night to have darkened things,
No place looks like itself, loss of outline
Makes everything look strangely in-between,
Unsure of what has been, or what might come.
In this wan light, even trees seem groundless.
In a while it will be night, but nothing
Here seems to believe the relief of dark.
You are in this time of the interim
Where everything seems withheld.
The path you took to get here has washed out;
The way forward is still concealed from you.
“The old is not old enough to have died away;
The new is still too young to be born.”
You cannot lay claim to anything;
In this place of dusk,
Your eyes are blurred;
And there is no mirror.
Everyone else has lost sight of your heart
And you can see nowhere to put your trust;
You know you have to make your own way through.
As far as you can, hold your confidence.
Do not allow confusion to squander
This call which is loosening
Your roots in false ground,
That you might come free
From all you have outgrown.
What is being transfigured here is your mind,
And it is difficult and slow to become new.
The more faithfully you can endure here,
The more refined your heart will become
For your arrival in the new dawn.
by John O’Donohue, To Bless The Space Between Us
Always in the big woods when you leave familiar ground and step off alone into a new place there will be, along with the feelings of curiosity and excitement, a little nagging of dread. It is the ancient fear of the Unknown, and it is your first bond with the wilderness you are going into.
RCIA, or Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is an exciting occasion for the new initiate and the Catholic congregation. Creator Mundi has the perfect gifts to mark this event. As we await Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday, we also celebrate how the body of Christ has grown. For adults entering the Catholic Church, the Easter season takes on a deeper meaning as they are welcomed into a new faith and a new family.
What is RCIA?
Participating in this ritual is how adults become full members of the Catholic Church. Typically, these are people who come to faith later in life, officially called catechumens. They could also be adult believers, those who previously made a profession of faith in Jesus within another Christian community who wish to convert to the Catholic Faith — officially known as candidates. Though their journeys to faith and the Catholic Church differ, both groups undergo the same initiation process.
The rite takes place on Holy Saturday during the Easter Vigil. During the ceremony, RCIA catechumens and candidates receive the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Eucharist. After a long period (sometimes years) of prayer, study, and spiritual preparation, the initiate is now recognized as a fully-fledged member of the Catholic Church.
Thoughtful Gifts To Honor RCIA Initiates
Like all rites of passage, RCIA symbolizes transformation, a spiritual one in this case. Gift-giving is a way to celebrate this transformation and the beginning of a new chapter. It’s also a golden opportunity to equip the new initiate for their spiritual journey, perhaps literally in the form of a rosary or in less tangible ways like a message of encouragement.
What’s available at Creator Mundi?
We offer a wide selection of artwork, jewelry, and religious accessories that will suit a variety of tastes and budgets. Here are some items that are appropriate for RCIA:
- Wall art to proudly display at home.
- Religious pendants and jewelry to express their new faith.
- Greeting cards to deliver messages of encouragement.
- Prayer Devotionals the recipient can carry with them wherever they go.
Find The Perfect Gift
If you know someone who will be participating in RCIA this Easter season, celebrate with a unique gift from Creator Mundi. Browse our store and place your order today.
The great challenge is
living your wounds through
instead of thinking them through.
It is better to cry
than to worry,
better to feel your wounds deeply
than to understand them,
better to let them enter into your silence
than talk about them.
The choice you face constantly
is whether you are taking your wounds to your head
or to your heart.
In your head you can analyze them,
find their causes and consequences,
and coin words to speak and write about them.
But no final healing is likely to come from that source.
You need to let your wounds go down to your heart.
Then you can live through them
and discover that
they will not destroy you.
Your heart is greater than your wounds.
Henri J.M. Nouwen, The Inner Voice of Love
Let Creator Mundi help you prepare for the Lent and Easter season. You may ask, how should we as Christians prepare our hearts for this holy season when there may not be strong family or church traditions to guide us? Here we present a few Easter ideas you can use this year and in the future.
Little Ways You To Prepare
There are many little things you can do to prepare yourself for the religious gatherings of the Easter season.
- Lenten Meditation & Texts
- Practice Centering Prayer
- Have Family Discussions About Easter
- Remember Holy Week Events & Services
You could read works of theology that might be on a Reading List or even practice listening to silence as a way to center oneself. Practicing centering prayer or mediation is a wonderful way to get in touch with your faith and the spirit of Easter.
Mark Your Calendar For Holy Week
A good way to prepare for Easter is to plan for attending your church’s Holy Week services. This isn’t just Palm Sunday and Resurrection Sunday, it also includes Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. It’s a good idea to mark those days on your calendar so you can schedule around them. Marking these days with worship alongside your church family will help make your Easter celebration all the more joyful.
Many Christians give up something for Lent and may fast in the days before Easter. Others add volunteering activities or service-oriented tasks that help others during Lent. Either way, Lent is an opportunity to focus on prayer, mindfulness, reflection, and service to others.
Families can spend devotional time together to help each other prepare for Easter. If you have young children, consider reading one part of the Holy Week story together each day. If you have older children, you can read through the Gospels during Lent. It’d be a fun challenge to see how much each person read by Easter.
How Creator Mundi Can Help
At Creator Mundi, we offer a wide selection of distinctive religious art and gifts. Incorporating our unique pieces into your Easter decorations and activities will inspire and encourage you. Browse our collection online or stop by our store in Denver today and see how Creator Mundi can help make Easter memorable. While you’re here, sign up for email updates and stay up to date on sales and new arrivals.
Joyce Rupp’s Reflection – February 2018
“Come to the root of the root of your Self.”~ Jalaluddin Rumi (Divani Shamsi Tabriz, #120)ComeEvery moment of every day the Holy One extends an open invitation to come closer, to enter further into an lasting relationship. Now is the time to shake off the interior and exterior clutter that prevents this communication and clear seeing, to release what causes us to stumble on the path of loving and blocks our ability to be our truest self. Now is the moment to accept the invitation to be more completely transformed into Christ-like virtues, to heed the summons by ceasing worthless endeavors and distracting trivialities that keep us from an in-depth way of living.to the rootSink into a quiet space for a restorative time each day. Anchor yourself there. Let your roots of faith be strengthened by a graced encounter with Enduring Love. Assimilate the wise insights and inspiring aspirations found in the soil of prayer. Receive this spiritual nourishment so your ability to be a conduit of genuine goodness does not topple over from weakness, like a tree with a failing root system.of the rootGo even deeper in relationship with the Beloved. Accept the storehouse of spiritual nutrients found in connection with this Primary Root. Allow the relationship to energize your life. Like a vigorous root feeding and keeping the tree flourishing, absorb the spiritually enlivening qualities found in the life and teachings of Jesus. Read a Gospel slowly. Let the life-giving messages you find there flow with dynamic energy into each part of your day.of your SelfThere, at the core of your being—the true Self where the divine and the human meet in undivided union—rest in the rootedness of a Love too large and unconditional to fully comprehend with the human mind. Set aside egoic demands, nursed grudges, endless discouragement, leftover regrets, and stale excuses. Receive this love with the intuitive heart. Become one with the Divine Root, a source of what best serves to restore the neglected and famished parts of the soul. Then go forth and exhale this Love like a healthily-rooted tree breathing oxygen into the lungs of creation.My hope for each of us in the coming liturgical season of Lent is that we will “return to the root of the root of the Self.”Abundant peace,Joyce Rupp
Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day fall on the same day this year. But it’s not a matter of celebrating one or the other. How about focusing on giving an extra portion of love to all those around you this Lent?
To say that I am made in the image of God
is to say that Love is the reason for my existence…
Love is my true identity…
Love is my true character.
Love is my name.
The Jesuit Post, by Colten Biro, SJ on Jan 23, 2018
With two simple questions, Google’s Arts and Culture App sparked a fascinating trend:
“Is your portrait in a museum?”
“Take a selfie and search thousands of artworks to see if any look like you.”
The 2-year-old App began as an attempt to offer tours and artwork from over 1,000 museums, but the recent feature immediately made it one of the most popular Apps in both iOS App Store and Google Play. But, why?
The Face Match feature invites users to take a selfie of themselves, then it compiles a list of artworks similar to your face—offering percentages of how similar the artwork is to the selfie. These side-by-side comparisons have gone viral often because they capture so striking a resemblance or because App’s limitations make the comparison at times so comically wrong.
Yet, this doesn’t quite explain the popularity of the trend—unless it’s about something more than just a selfie game. Perhaps, this is about appreciating our own beauty. Maybe we are fascinated by this side-by-side image of a selfie and a work of art, because we all want to believe deep down in our very bones: each of us is a work of art.
This isn’t just something similar to the #nofilter movement offering a raw glimpse into a moment, but the side-by-side comparison of selfie-vs-artwork makes a value statement: we stand beside art, or stated differently—we are more than the selfie; we are works of art.
In the same way, the artwork in the Google Arts and Culture App seeks to inspire a deeper appreciation of the power that art and beauty have to move us. It reminds us that “art” does not contain some sort of simple quantifiable value; it is a matter of appreciation, wonder, and awe. And perhaps, that is the most amazing thing about this trend: it invites the us to look at ourselves and others as more than objects or portraits, but to see ourselves and others in comparison to artwork.
Despite our minor flaws, smudges, and even our shortcomings, we are more than just the images we post to Instagram. The very act of creating a pairing or comparison between ourselves and works of art, reminds us of something that we don’t often think or hear enough: we are beautiful and we are loved.
In some way, this trend might even invite us into a small understanding of the way in which God views us. As Anthony de Mello, SJ once encouraged: “Behold God beholding you… and smiling.” Imagine if we loved ourselves and others as much as God loves us, as wonderful works of art.
So, we can laugh at the comparisons. We can pause at the resemblances. We can giggle at the percentages. But hopefully, the trend invites us into a deeper understanding of the art of creation encapsulated not just in a museum but within ourselves.
Will you engage this moment
with kindness or with cruelty,
with love or with fear,
with generosity or scarcity,
with a joyous heart or an embittered one?
This is your choice
and no one can make it for you.
If you choose kindness, love, generosity, and joy,
then you will discover in that choice
the Kingdom of God,
It is your choice
just where you will reside.
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice
Without realizing it, we fill
important places in each others’ lives.
It’s that way with the guy at the corner grocery, the mechanic at the local garage,
the family doctor, teachers, neighbors, coworkers. Good people who are always “there,”
who can be relied upon in small,
important ways. People who teach us,
bless us, encourage us, support us,
uplift us in the dailiness of life.
We never tell them.
I don’t know why, but we don’t.
And, of course, we fill that role ourselves. There are those who depend on us,
watch us, learn from us, take from us. And we never know.
You may never have proof of your importance,
but you are more important than you think.
There are always those who couldn’t do without you.
The rub is that you don’t always know who.
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.
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