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.
“If we deny our happiness, resist our satisfaction,
we lessen the importance of their deprivation.
We must risk delight. We can do without pleasure,
but not delight. Not enjoyment. We must have
the stubbornness to accept our gladness in the ruthless
furnace of this world.”
A quote from Jack Gilbert’s poem “A Brief for the Defense”
We remember and deeply appreciate the ultimate sacrifice of our fallen friends.
- “Our nation owes a debt to its fallen heroes that we can never fully repay, but we can honor their sacrifice.” –Barack Obama
If you’re looking for unique gifts for all 7 sacraments, look no further than Creator Mundi in Denver. We offer a variety of Catholic art pieces hand-crafted by European and American artisans. We look forward to helping you celebrate your special someone during this sacred time.
Symbols For Each Sacrament
Sacred symbols are at the heart of the unique artwork we sell. While many pieces would make suitable gifts for multiple occasions, sometimes you’re looking for a gift for a specific sacrament. Here are some of our products that can resonate with one of the seven sacraments each in particular:
- Good Shepherd Cross
- Round Holy Spirit Dove And Branch Pendant
- Bread of Life Cross
- Resurrection Standing Cross
- Wedding Wall Cross
- New Beginning Cross
- Angel of Remembrance Pocket Prayer
The Sacraments Of Initiation
These religious ceremonies mark the beginning of one’s journey with Christ. Baptism is how the stain of original sin is washed away and become part of God’s family. Scripture compares believers to sheep with God as their shepherd. It makes sense that baptism gifts use the same image to welcome a new member to the flock.
Confirmation is when the person receives the mark of the Holy Spirit. Artists have often used a dove to represent the Holy Spirit since this was the form God took at Jesus’ baptism.
For Christians, the symbolism of the bread and the cup are self-explanatory. These images, as well as grapes and wheat, are frequently used in first communion gifts to celebrate the reception of the body and blood of Christ through the Eucharist.
Commitments To Service
The simple dignity of the Resurrection Standing Cross reflects how sometimes the most obvious choice for an ordination gift can be the best. The cross is the center of our faith and now the center of the new priest’s life.
Two rings are a universal symbol of marriage. The rings interlock, symbolizing the bond between husband and wife. The cross symbolizes how this bond was sealed by God and how He has given them the grace needed to serve each other.
Symbols Of Healing
The more serious the sin, the more meaningful the sacrament of reconciliation becomes. This imagery of a new sunrise takes on a religious meaning when you realize that the sun also represents God the Son and how, through reconciliation, He brings renewed hope into a person’s life.
Anointing of the sick is perhaps the most somber of the sacraments. Angels play many roles — protectors, guides, heralds, and ministers. An angel figurine, like our small Angel of Remembrance, can assure the sick and her family of God’s watchful presence.
Place Your Order Today
The holy sacraments mark the stages of our natural lives and milestones on our spiritual journey. A gift from Creator Mundi in Denver will be an unforgettable reminder of how far the recipient has come and help them draw closer to God. Browse our catalog of unique gifts for all 7 sacraments and place your order today.
The three months of Spring are the season for renewal. With everything flourishing, the world is full of life. To accord with the season, go to bed a little later, and get up a little earlier. Be patient and let things grow. Go for a stroll in the courtyard, loosen your hair, relax your body and freshen your mind. Enjoy the season and do not do anything harmful to your health. This is the way to cultivate the Qi of Life in Spring.
The Yellow Emperor’s Classic on Internal Medicine
Don’t miss the movie on Pope Francis! It opens on Thursday evening, May 17, at Chez Artiste, 2800 S. Colorado Blvd. in Denver.
Here is the trailer.
Below is a letter by German filmmaker Wim Wenders:
Pope Francis – A Man of His Word
by director Wim Wenders
March 13, 2013, was an exciting day. Not only that we had a new pope and that the Cardinal of Buenos Aires, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, became the 266th pontiff of the Catholic Church. But he was the first pope from the Americas, the first from the Southern hemisphere, the first Jesuit as bishop of Rome, and most of all, the first pope to have chosen the name of Francesco! Saint Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) was one of the most revered Christian saints and reformers who had dedicated his life to poverty, and his deep love of nature and for all living beings on Earth is still exemplary. Many people on our planet, not just me, had the highest hopes for the pope who had chosen a name that in itself was a promise.
From the beginning, Pope Francis – A Man of His Word was supposed to be a personal journey with Pope Francis rather than a traditional biographical film about him. I wanted the pope’s ideas and his message to be the centre of this documentary, his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions.
I imagined the visual and narrative concept to engage the audience face-to-face with the pope, creating a dialogue between him and, literally, the world. Taking questions from people from all walks of life, Pope Francis responds to farmers and workers, refugees, children and the elderly, prison inmates and those who live in shantytowns. All of these voices and faces are a cross-section of humanity joining in a conversation with Pope Francis.
The Vatican made it very clear to me that I’d have carte blanche and very privileged access to the archives, in addition to final cut. They let us shoot without interfering. We had four long interview sessions with Pope Francis, on four afternoons spread over two years. We shot three of them indoors in various places in the Vatican and one outside in a garden, but still inside the walls of the Vatican. You don’t just go out to a park somewhere to shoot with the pope.
We shot with several cameras, the main one with an “Interrotron” in front of it, a sort of “reversed teleprompter,” which allowed Pope Francis to see me on a screen and look me in the eyes while we spoke, but at the same time look straight into the lens and thereby into the eyes of everybody watching the film. In these four long talks, Pope Francis was utterly spontaneous, direct and open in all his answers.
In an era of deep distrust of politicians and people in power, when lies, corruption and fake news are the order of the day, our film shows us a man who lives what he preaches and who has gained the trust of people across the world, from all religious, cultural and social backgrounds. That’s why I think this is not just a film for Catholics or Christians. Pope Francis – A Man of His Word helps to do away with certain prejudices and misunderstandings. The pope, literally, has his arms wide open for everyone.
Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers of the world! We wish you love, health and happiness!
Be silent in your mind, silent in your senses,
and also silent in your body.
Then, when all these are silent, don’t do anything.
In that state truth will reveal itself to you.
It will appear in front of you and ask,
“What do you want?”
We must be aware of the problems of the world.
Then, with mindfulness, we will know what to do and what not to do to be of help.
If we maintain awareness of our breathing and continue to practice smiling,
even in difficult situations,
many people, animals and plants will benefit from our way of doing things.
Are you massaging our Mother Earth every time your foot touches her?
Are you planting seeds of joy and peace?
I try to do exactly that with every step,
and I know that our Mother Earth is most appreciative.
Peace is every step.
Shall we continue the journey?
Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace in Every Step, 1991