In each of us there is a spark that can reverse the trends of violence and depression spiraling within us and in the world around us. By setting in motion the spiral of gratefulness, we begin the journey toward peace and joy.
~~ Br. David Steindl-Rast
Breath, the mindful breath,
the rhythm, out and in,
the wave that washes
through our days, creating
space for stillness, sorrow,
joy, or exaltation. Full,
then empty, ebb and flow,
breath accompanies each
step into the unknown.
In the breath, the soul
finds an opportunity to
speak. Images or intuition,
poetry or wordless wisdom
come and go – no effort but
to breathe and listen.
Danna Faulds, Go In and In
The Trip of a Lifetime — Passion Play 2020 Oberammergau!
Have you considered a pilgrimage to Oberammergau, Germany, for the 2020 Passion Play?
If you haven’t done so already, now is the time to make travel arrangements and get tickets! Here is the official website. Or contact your travel agent or one of the many religious tour operators in the US. Oberammergau is in the heart of Europe and easy to combine with other destinations, whether you travel by car, train or even via a river cruise!
Anticipation of this once-in-a-lifetime event is an integral part of it all! Prepare your spirit (or the spirits of family or friends who are going) with a prayer pocket piece to carry with you from now until you return home from the trip. Creator Mundi has designed a special pewter Oberammergau Passion Play 2020 medallion specifically for this purpose.
Note the Prayer on the back of the coin, one line from the popular medieval prayer Anima Christi.
To pray “Passion of Christ, Strengthen Me” is to ask Jesus, the Risen Christ, to give me strength to endure whatever trial may come my way, to accept the path of suffering and loss where no other path can be found, to find comfort in the Passion of Christ who suffered too, and who, though he was without guilt or sin, suffered for me and for all of humanity.
To pray “Passion of Christ, strengthen me” is to find comfort in the marvelous mystery and reality of God who desires only our freedom, our joy, our fulfillment, and our salvation.
To pray “Passion of Christ, strengthen me” is to admit our physical and emotional vulnerability and fragility and to reach out to the only true source of strength, the Christ, for help and support.
To pray “Passion of Christ, strengthen me” is to put myself into the life-giving flow of the Trinity.
To pray “Passion of Christ, strengthen me” is to know that God protects us from nothing as God unexplainably sustains us in all things (James Finley).
To pray “Passion of Christ, strengthen me” is to trust God’s mercy always and everywhere.
To pray “Passion of Christ, strengthen me” is to ask for God’s unfaltering support on the path of transformation.
To pray “Passion of Christ, strengthen me” is to seek the way out of negative attachment and addiction.
Below is the full text of the prayer in Latin, poetic English and in the translation of Cardinal John Henry Newman:
Anima Christi, sanctifica me. Corpus Christi, salva me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Passio Christi, conforta me. O bone Jesu, exaudi me. Intra tua vulnera absconde me. Ne permittas me separari a te. Ab hoste maligno defende me. In hora mortis meae voca me. Et iube me venire ad te, ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te, in saecula saeculorum. Amen
Poetic English Translation
Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within Thy wounds hide me. Separated from Thee let me never be. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me. And bid me come unto Thee, that I may praise Thee with Thy saints, forever and ever. Amen
Translation by Cardinal John Henry Newman
Soul of Christ, be my sanctification. Body of Christ, be my salvation. Blood of Christ, fill all my veins. Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains. Passion of Christ, my comfort be. O good Jesus, listen to me. In Thy wounds I fain would hide. Ne’er to be parted from Thy side. Guard me, should the foe assail me. Call me when my life shall fail me. Bid me come to Thee above, with Thy saints to sing Thy love. World without end. Amen.
The Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi is coming up on October 4.
Do you need a unique gift for that special Francis in your life, or for someone who is devoted to Saint Francis? Consider this whimsical original by Colorado artist Tom Sarmo!
This is a truly unique, one-of-a-kind work of art in an acrylic-on-wood medium. The artist used the Grisaille technique (gray underpainting with colored glazes on top) to create this true Saint Francis Original.
The Artist Explains His Inspiration for This Piece
“Saint Francis appeals to me for his personality and his message. He has always been one of my favorites. I chose him for my confirmation name. His message of peace, his ability to recognize his own faults makes him more accessible to all of us, and the fact that he was a joyful person. I wanted that joy and playfulness to come out. He is exuberant.”
Saint Francis of Assisi – “Il Poverello” (The Poor One)
Francis encountered God in all of God’s creation and is for this reason now honored as the patron saint of animals, ecology and the environment (as well as the state of Colorado, the Archdiocese of Denver, the city of San Francisco and innumerable other causes). The fact that Cardinal Bergoglio has taken the name “Francis” as his papal name seems to augur his intent to carry out a program of radical reform of the Church. For Christ spoke from the crucifix of San Damiano in 1204 to Saint Francis in a mystical vision and commanded him to “rebuild my church.”
Let us help you choose unique and meaningful sympathy gifts for those that are grieving. When a friend, loved one, or acquaintance is in mourning, it is often hard to know what to say. However, you still want to show they are in your thoughts. A condolence gift chosen with care will remind them that they are loved and not alone in this, their time of suffering.
Sympathy Gifts That Last Longer Than Flowers
Grief is so personal. Even if you have suffered a similar loss, no two people ever experience the same loss. A bereavement gift shows you care without feeling like you have to stumble over words or force your company on someone who may just need to be alone for a while. Some of our truly unique, sacred art sympathy gifts include the following options:
- Farewell Monument Statue
- Trust In Me Cross
- Child In The Hand Of God Cross
- Angel Of Hope Pocket Prayer
- Cross Of Promise
- In The Hand Of God
- Your Custom Design: Call Us!
Condolence Gifts That Comfort
The loss of a child. A stillbirth. Losing a parent to age or a spouse to cancer. These are all unthinkable to many of us. Something other people go through. When someone close to us is the one who is grieving, we often grieve with them. We want to share the burden but don’t exactly know how. Spiritual bereavement gifts say “I don’t get it, but I know who does.” They let your recipient know that you realize their pain and healing is best placed in the hands of the master comforter.
Let Them Know They’re Not Alone
We offer Christian inspired artisanal gifts that will let your friend or loved one know that you are here when they are ready for company, but in the meantime, they are never alone. Pieces like the Farewell Monument Statue or the Child in the Hand of God Cross, show both a deep reverence for the loss of a child along with the hopefulness that this precious being is now in the hands of their Heavenly Father.
The Cross of Promise and In the Hand of God piece are both reminders that your loved one is not alone in their grief. These spiritual sympathy gifts nurture feelings of order during what can be an emotionally chaotic time. They offer a lifeline and an answer to someone who may be feeling lost and wondering where to turn for answers.
A Sympathy Gift That Says What You Can’t
To find beautiful, one-of-a-kind sympathy gifts for those that are grieving in the Denver area, visit us at Creator Mundi today. We offer sacred artwork, prayer and devotional gifts, and so many more items that can calm and nurture both mind and spirit. If you have something special in mind to comfort your recipient or to memorialize a loved one, call us to find out more about a custom or personalized gift.
Chicago, Holy Name Cathedral, September 17, 2018:
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Casey processing out after his episcopal ordination with his new Tree of Life crozier from Creator Mundi – Distinctive Sacred Art & Gifts.
“Cookies of Joy” and Saint Hildegard of Bingen
The feast day of Saint Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179) is coming up on September 17. We consider her the patron saint of Creator Mundi! But is she also the patron saint of chefs and people who work with food in the widest sense? Read on to find out from Loyola Press (and then check out the recipe for her Cookies of Joy!):
“St. Hildegard is not officially the patron saint of anything. But a mystic nun who wrote recipes and developed a nutritional philosophy belongs on any list of Catholic saints associated with the culinary arts.
St. Hildegard’s interest in the healing properties of food makes her a very modern saint. To promote health and cheerfulness and to slow the aging process, St. Hildegard recommended a diet high in foods she considered most nutritious (spelt, fennel, chestnuts, chickpeas, meat from animals fed grass and hay, certain fruits and vegetables) and low in harmful ones (strawberries, eel, refined sugar, and sausage, to name a few). Among her dietary principles were that breakfast should be eaten late and served warm, and that a walk should be taken after dinner.
A brilliant woman, she also invented an alphabet, composed sacred music, founded monasteries, wrote books on medicine and botany, spoke out against corruption, travelled through Germany as a preacher and healer, and corresponded with popes and emperors. Never formally canonized, St. Hildegard was recently named by Pope Benedict a Doctor of the Church, one of only four women to be so named.
St. Hildegard’s recipe for “Cookies of Joy” is still used today. She encouraged bakers to eat the cookies often: “They will reduce the bad humors, enrich the blood, and fortify the nerves,” she wrote.”
And here is the recipe for Hildegard’s “Cookies of Joy!”
In our society, there is so much fear, suffering, violence, despair, and confusion.
But there is also, at the same time, the beautiful blue sky.
Sometimes it reveals half of itself,
sometimes just a little bit of blue peeks through,
and sometimes none at all.
Storms, clouds, and fog hide the blue sky.
The kingdom of heaven can be hidden by a cloud of ignorance
or by a tempest of anger, violence, and fear.
But if we practice mindfulness,
it’s possible to be aware that even if the weather is very foggy, cloudy, or stormy,
the blue sky is always there for us above the clouds.
~~Thich Nhat Hanh,
Fear – Essential Wisdom for Getting Through the Storm
Prayer for the Life of the World
Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face
in the light of the moon and patterns of the stars
in scarred mountain rifts and ancient groves
in mighty seas and creatures of the deep.
Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face
in the light of eyes we love
in the salt of tears we have tasted
in weathered countenances east and west
in the soft skin glow of the child everywhere.
Whichever way we turn, O God, there is your face
there is your face among us.
John Philip Newell, Praying With the Earth
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St. Joseph’s Hospital in Denver dedicated its new baptismal font on Friday.
About a year ago, they contacted Creator Mundi’s founder and owner, Hildegard Letbetter, to help them with finding a replacement for their old baptismal font. Hildegard viewed the hospital’s chapel and immediately knew that Sondra Johnson of Cambridge, Nebraska, would be a great artist for this project.
See what Sondra created!
Ab. Fisichella: ‘Death penalty against human dignity’
An amazing simplification comes
when we “center down,”
when life is lived with singleness of eye,
from a holy Center
where the breath and stillness of Eternity are heavy upon us
and we are yielded to God.
Some of you know this holy, recreating Center of peace and joy
and live in it day and night.
Some of you may see it over the margin
and wistfully long to slip into that amazing Center
where the soul is at home with God.
Be very faithful to that wistful longing.
It is the Eternal Goodness calling you to return Home.
It is the life beyond fevered strain.
We are called beyond strain,
to peace and power and joy and love
and thorough abandonment of self.
We are called to put our hands trustingly in God’s hand
and walk the holy way,
in no anxiety assuredly resting in God.
Thomas Kelly, A Testament of Devotion
(abridged and adjusted)
From our gallery in Denver, at Creator Mundi, we partner with artists from around the world to offer you stunning and meaningful blessed Virgin Mary gifts. Among our unique collection of Christian gifts, are treasures that feature the most important woman in the Bible. See how they can bring joy to you and the special people in your life.
Honoring Mary Through Art
Virgin Mary, Mary Immaculate, or just Mary, Mother of Jesus; we know her by many names, but all Christians honor Mary and the critical role she played in God’s story. From statues and plaques to ornaments and pendants, our collection of Blessed Virgin Mary gifts covers a range of sizes, styles, and prices to fit the individual taste of your specific recipient. Here are some highlights from our collection:
- Virgin Mary of the Annunciation Statue
- Mother of the Messiah Plaque
- Madonna Monument Statue
- Mary, Working Mother Plaque
- Mary of Nazareth Statue
Remembering Mary At Christmas
You won’t find a shortage of nativity sets, statues, and plaques at Creator Mundi. Our Guiding Star Nativity is a modern rendition of the Holy Family made out of a single piece of bronze. We also have ornaments that feature Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus, like the colorful Away in a Manger Ornament. Any one of these will make a special addition to your family’s Christmas decorations.
A Mother’s Care At Easter
Mary isn’t discussed much around Easter, but the Bible points out that she was there at the Crucifixion. Our Mary and John Crucifix depicts a powerful scene at the foot of the cross, where Jesus tells John to take care of Mary. She mourned the death of her son with His disciples and shared in their joy at His resurrection. Including her in your Easter decor and Lenten devotions will add a deeper layer to this holy season.
Honoring Our Mothers
Mother’s Day and birthdays are when we take the time to show our mothers some well-earned appreciation. A Virgin Mary statue or plaque would make a thoughtful gift, symbolizing how Mom has helped you grow as a person and in your faith.
Thanking Spiritual Mentors
Confirmation is a traditional gift-giving occasion for many congregations. While it’s often the candidate who is receiving gifts, it’s also an opportunity for the candidate to thank her spiritual mentors. A Virgin Mary pendant, like our Mother of God Pendant, is a small way you can show your spiritual mothers how much you value their inspiration and guidance.
Artistic Depictions Of Mary From Creator Mundi
At Creator Mundi in Denver, we invite you to browse our catalog of Christian and Catholic gifts to see our full selection of sacred art and discover which depictions of Mary touch you. Place your order of blessed Virgin Mary gifts today.
Howard Zinn on Hope in Bad Times
TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.
All this time
The Sun never says to the Earth,
“You owe me.”
With a love like that,
It lights the whole sky.
~~Daniel Ladinsky, The Gift: Poems by Hafiz
Only Grain and Goats
by George Longenecker
In Knossos there was no way to write love,
for written language was only used by scribes,
to keep tabs on grain and goats,
no written words for doubt or fear,
for hate, war, devotion, charity or loyalty.
There were no poems, no plays,
no epic dramas — at least not in writing —
no threatening letters, no marriage proposals,
birthday cards or tweets —
as though today only accountants could write,
and had words only for buildings,
cars, cash, coal and oil.
There were no pronouns;
only in person could you say:
I love you
I want to kill you —
if you could write
and send a love letter:
Three goats, ten bushels of wheat,
one house, two people.
AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL (1,3)
Katherine Lee Bates
O beautiful for spacious skies
For amber waves of grain
For purple mountain majesties
Above the fruited plain!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife
Who more than self their country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
(excerpt from an explanation on the Chopra Center website)
This Sanskrit word brings about the essence of oneness, and an understanding of the true nature of reality.
At the base level, namasté is a salutation of respect and reverence. A traditional Indian greeting, it literally translates to “I bow to you” (namah or namas, meaning bow, te meaning you).
One of the most common translations of namasté is “The divine light in me bows to the divine light within you.” However, a simple Internet search provides many beautiful meanings and translations of namasté, such as:
- I honor the place in you where the entire universe dwells.
- I bow to the place in you that is love, light, and joy.
- When you and I bow to our true nature, we are one.
- My soul recognizes your soul.
- We are the same, we are one.
- I honor the place in you that is the same as it is in me.
We bow to the place in you that is love, light and joy!