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!
“In the torment of the insufficiency of everything attainable we come to understand that here, in this life, all symphonies remain unfinished.”
Karl Rahner wrote those words and not to understand them is to risk letting restlessness become a cancer in our lives.
~~ Ron Rolheiser’s reflection on Karl Rahner’s wise words. Here is the entire text:
At Creator Mundi of Denver, Colorado, we have been providing you with unique traditional Catholic wedding gift ideas for over 30 years. We carry beautifully crafted keepsakes sure to make any Catholic newlyweds’ special day unforgettable.
A Meaningful Gift For The Happy Couple
The sacrament of matrimony is a special and sacred event in the lives of the bride and groom, one that carries great religious significance. Creator Mundi offers wedding gifts that are not only thoughtful but inspirational, as well.
Gifts To Commemorate This Blessed Day
Wedding bells mark the beginning of a life of devotion and faith together as a couple. Just some of the unique gifts we carry to commemorate this blessed day include:
- God Bless Our Home Cross
- Wedding Crosses In A Variety Of Styles
- Loving Couple Figurine
- Relationship Cross
- Home Décor Candleholder
Religious Art From Around The World
At Creator Mundi, we bring together unique art from across the globe. Creations made by artisans from many different countries, fashioned from a variety of materials such as glass, wood, bronze, and enamel makes these wedding gifts one of a kind.
Sacred Reminders Of Devotion
Once the religious ceremonies are over, life for the happy couple usually steps into a regular routine. A Catholic gift from Creator Mundi serves as a reminder of the sacred vows made on the holy occasion of their wedding day.
From Wedding Gift To Heirloom
Artistically designed, these gifts not only inspire, but they also beautify the home. The high quality of materials and craftsmanship means they are sure to become heirlooms to pass on to future generations.
Catholic Wedding Gifts In Denver Or Online
The wedding celebration is only the beginning of the significant events that will bless the Catholic couple as they go forward in life. Whatever the sacred celebration or special occasion, Creator Mundi has the perfect gift for your loved ones.
We look forward to sharing in your joyful day and invite you to stop by Creator Mundi in Denver, Colorado to see the assortment of religious gifts we have available.
If you live outside the Denver area or prefer to do your shopping online, you can visit our website for traditional Catholic wedding gift ideas, or give us a call today.
The imagination works through suggestion, not description.
Description is always direct and frequently closes off what it names.
Suggestion respects the mystery and richness of a thing.
All it offers are clues to its nature.
Suggestion keeps the mystery open and extends us the courtesy
of inviting us to see the thing for ourselves.
It offers us the hospitality and freedom
to trust the integrity of our own encounter with a thing.
This is how a work of art can allow itself to be seen
in so many different and often conflicting ways.
It does not foreclose on the adventure of revelation.
~~John O’Donohue, Beauty: The Invisible Embrace (HarperCollins: 2004)
How is your summer going?
Our Summer plaque is a beautiful gift and expresses in bronze the warmth and vibrancy of summer. Bathed in the warming rays of the sun’s radiance, this plaque brings to mind warm summer evenings and the buzzing, chirping, exultant song of creation. This is life! Seize it now! This solid bronze plaque—like the hum and heat of long, hot summer days—invites us to celebrate and savor moments of rest and relaxation.