Are you ready for a fresh start? The New Year is an excellent time to put your house in order and make plans for healthy, productive, and prosperous months ahead. You may be resolving to improve your fitness, pay off debt, or declutter. While you’re getting rid of old habits to make room for the new, why not keep today’s enthusiasm towards change alive with Catholic Gifts from Creator Mundi for an inspired new year?
We offer religious wall art, wearables, and small tokens you can take with you wherever you plan to go. So, you add a little more hope and inspiration wherever you find yourself along this next year’s journey.
Create More Mindful Spaces With Wall Crosses
Home decor says a lot about the people living there. It is a beautiful extension of self-expression. The way you decorate your space can also energize or relax you, making it the perfect tool for encouragement, inspiration, and mindfulness. Our lovely bronze wall crosses come in an array of artistic styles to express just the mood you’re aiming for in the new year.
We Are God’s Melody Cross – the perfect accent to a musician’s space or piano room. A reminder to use and grow our talents, musical or otherwise.
- We Join Our Hands Together Cross – a reminder to be there for one another and think outside ourselves.
- Labyrinth Cross – a symbol of transition and the growth we hope to experience during the new year.
Inspire Daily Gratitude With Catholic Crucifixes
Why not start and end your day in the spirit of gratitude? A crucifix gives us the ultimate focal point for grace and humility. It reminds us that no matter what the hours ahead or behind us hold, there is always something to be grateful for. Display these religious pieces in your bedroom, meditation space, or in an entryway where you will see it every time you leave or return.
- Resurrexit Bronze Cross
- Risen Christ Two-Tone Bronze Cross
- Universal Christ Cross with Bronze Corpus
Special Little Spiritual Reminders
Catholic pendants and pocket prayers make contemplation and encouragement accessible on the go. They are also perfect for busy students and children facing a new year of learning and trials. Remind yourself and those you love that you are not alone on the 12-month journey to come. Reach for knowledge, creativity, new skills, and more with hope.
- Scallop Shell Pilgrimage Pendant
- Cross of Equanimity Pendant
- Spirit of Creation Pendant
- Angel of Hope Pocket Prayer
Inspirational Art For Wherever You Work & Play
Prayers, mantras, guided meditation – words have power. Surround yourself, your students, coworkers, congregation, or family with only the best words. Our Christian wall plaques are minimal enough to enhance any type of decor while still being impactful in design and message.
Find a new motto for a new you or share the inspiration. You’re sure to find wall art that speaks to you among our carefully curated collection.
Inspiring Catholic Gifts, From Denver To Your Front Door
Place your order today and be ready to tackle your resolutions in no time. Or send uplifting artwork to help friends and family start January off on the right foot. We look forward to helping you discover Creator Mundi as your source for inspirational gifts to support a New Year full of possibilities.
Accent your home or office with one of the most heartwarming and iconic gifts of the holiday season – explore a nativity set (crèche) from Creator Mundi. We carry these lovingly crafted depictions of the Holy Family in a variety of materials and styles. Add to your collection, help a new couple start theirs, or create a Christmas decorating tradition for Catholic or Christian families and friends.
- Hand-Sculpted, Glazed Ceramic
- Hand-Carved, Hand-Painted Wood
- Solid Bronze & Dark Patina
- Warm, Lathed Natural Wood
- Unique Dolomite Stone
- Collectible Pieces & Full Sets
- Holy Family Plaques
- Church-Sized Crèches
- Compact Scenes For Smaller Spaces
International Artists, Heirloom Quality
Our Christmas nativity figurines, scenes, and sets are curated from all over Europe and include artistry from countries as diverse as Germany, France, and Italy. Create wonder with the sweet little sheep and bowed heads in our German 12 Piece Natural Lathed Wood set or elegant Nativitas Christi 12-Piece bronze set.
A Sacred Space – Even When You’re Short On Space
A tiny crèche doesn’t have to be short on beauty or quality. Treasured Christmas stories can come to life in spaces of all sizes. When you focus on the reason for the season, the birth of Jesus Christ, you’ll find that the Holy Family is a fantastic start to any nativity set.
- O Holy Night Freestanding Nativity
- Holy Family Nativity 16451 Series, Mary with Christ Child & Joseph
- Nativity Dolomite White Series – Infant Jesus, Virgin Mary & Saint Joseph
- Italian Holy Family
- Modern Holy Family Set
- Rejoice Holy Family
For The Nativity Collector
Do you remember your mother’s nativity set or a special grandmother’s? No matter how many lights get hung, gifts get wrapped, or the height of the tree, for many families, Christmas decorating just doesn’t feel complete without the angels, the star, the wise men, the animals, and the Christ child in a manger.
Investing in the detail, care, and craftsmanship of a collector’s quality set might just make your nativity the one that’s remembered and looked forward to year after year. When you collect, piece by piece, you can create a scene you love that’s unique to your preferences, personality, and style.
- Bernardi 4″ Series, Infant Jesus
- Bernardi 4″ Series, Saint Joseph
- Bernardi 4″ Series, Virgin Mary
- Bernardi 4″ Series, Shepherd Boy with Lamb
- Bernardi 4″ Series, Gloria Angel
- 5″ Series, Baby Jesus with Cradle
- 5″ Series, Virgin Mary
- 5″ Series, Joseph with Cane & Lamp
- 5″ Series, Shepherd with Goose
- 5″ Series, Angel, Vertical with Fanfare
Nativity Sets You’ll Enjoy For Generations
At Creator Mundi, we invite you to see what’s new in our nativity selection this year. Bring home a new, hopeful focal point to the Christmas festivities or plan ahead for a lovely addition to next year’s giving and decorating. We look forward to helping you find beautiful, Christ-centered home accents year-round. Contact us to place a special order or find out more about our artisans and collections.
Thank, celebrate, and appreciate the people on the front lines of COVID-19 with religious gifts for first responders from Creator Mundi. These times can be confusing and scary for many people around the world. Seeing everyday people caring for the most vulnerable among us and putting themselves at risk is incredibly inspiring. First responder appreciation is all about saying “Thank you!” for their sacrifice and the hope and comfort they instill in each of us.
Our Heroes & Helpers
You don’t have to have the coronavirus or know someone who does to appreciate all the ways our medical and emergency personnel are making a difference. They have been there from the beginning, making sense of ever-changing information and trying to “flatten the curve” of the increasing number of cases across the nation. They are offering words of comfort day in and day out. Here are some of our heroes to be honored and thanked:
- 911 Dispatchers
- EMS Personnel
Meaningful Thank You Gifts
Our first responders are looking out for us, but who is looking out for them? Religious gifts are a great source of comfort for people of all faiths and walks of life. They symbolize hope, sacrifice, and assurance that we’re not alone. Christian and Catholic gifts are all about love, comfort, and peace and can range from wall crosses to plaques, figurines, and pocket-sized pieces for a little grounding no matter where they go.
If honoring first responders is something you want to do as a family, a congregation, or as a personal thank-you, we have many beautiful gifts and gift basket ideas to help you show your appreciation.
- I Am Always With You Cross
- Saint Christopher Car Plaque
- Standing Firm Plaque
- Guardian Angel of Well-Being
- Angel of Resilience Figurine
- Pulling Together Plaque
- Pewter Thank You Token
- Pocket Cross of Comfort
- Good Samaritan Plaque
Don’t Forget Your Essential Workers
When selecting thank you gifts for first responders, don’t forget about our essential workers, the people who are showing up to work each day to keep our lives moving as smoothly as possible. You see them at the grocery store, the post office, in the classroom, and in so many other positions that were easy to take for granted before this worldwide pandemic.
Order First Responder Gifts Today
At Creator Mundi, we look forward to being a part of your efforts to honor first responders through religious gifts. We invite you to browse through our selection of Christian and Catholic art and place your order today.
At Creator Mundi, serving you in Denver, Colorado, we have a wide variety of prayer and scripture gifts. Each piece is uniquely suited to create a spiritual connection or memory for yourself or your loved one. We understand that you are looking for a meaningful and beautifully crafted prayer aid or scripture gift. You are sure to find the perfect piece in our gallery.
Gifts For Every Occasion
Celebrate the baptism, confirmation, or marriage of your loved ones with the perfect Christian gift from Creator Mundi. Prayer and scripture gifts are versatile and meaningful for any occasion. Whether you are searching for a gift for a child, an adult, or a teenager, the gentle, encouraging reminder that God’s love is available is something that your loved one will cherish for years to come.
Prayer Cubes, Crosses & Rosaries
We have beautiful home decor, small treasures, and so much more, for you to choose from. Each piece is a work of art. Here are just a few of the perfect gifts with an emphasis on prayer or scripture that we have available:
- Pocket Angel In Matchbox
- The Original Mindfulness Prayer Cube Limited
- Prayer Of St. Francis Cross
- Good Morning, God & Good Night Cross
- Rosary Of The Word, Rose Quartz Beads
- Be Not Afraid Cross With Black Patina
- Trust In Me Cross
The Gift Of Peace With Meditation & Prayer
Encourage quiet reflection with the Holy Spirit through prayer gifts such as a unique rosary or prayer cube. Prayer aids are the perfect Catholic gift. They can serve to enhance the relationship between our Creator and your loved one.
Scripture, Reminders Of God’s Love
Scripture gifts offer your loved ones gentle reminders of God’s love. The simple bible verse engraved on a cross or artistic sculpture breathes a whole new life and energy and peace into the home.
After a long day, your friend comes home tired and anxious. He sees the cross that tells him to “Trust In Me.” Knowing this bible verse gift is the word of God, he closes his eyes and says a quiet prayer.
Later on, he calls you one more time to thank you for the gift. He is blown away by how often that one simple piece of scripture helps him to recenter and see the world as God sees it.
Creator Mundi Has Your Perfect Gift
At Creator Mundi, we are your go-to store for beautiful, quality spiritual gifts. Offering free shipping on orders over $50, 10% discounts for nonprofits, and specially commissioned pieces, we guarantee satisfaction. Call, email, or stop by our store in Englewood and let us help you pick the perfect gift today.
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.
The Advent and Christmas season is such a special time for Catholics and Christians everywhere. Celebrate with those you love with gifts that add depth and meaning to the season. Some of our favorite sacred 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.
Catholic 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 and makes a perfect gift for Christmas.
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.
Inspired 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.
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
|11-30 to 12-3-2017||Advent Weekend Intensive Retreat||Contemplative Outreach||http://www.contemplativeoutreach-co.org/retreats/advent-intensive-retreat|
|12-13-2017||Meditation and the Brain||Contemplative Outreach, Bob Mischke||http://www.contemplativeoutreach-co.org/classes/other-offerings?id=257:meditation-and-the-brain&catid=55:classes|
|12-16-2017||Half Day of Prayer||Contemplative Outreach||http://www.contemplativeoutreach-co.org/days-of-prayer/half-day-of-prayers|
|3-15 to 3-18-2017||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|
|4-10-2018||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 4-15-2017||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|
|7-5 to 7-12-2017||General Convention of the Episcopal Church, Austin, TX||Episcopal Church||https://extranet.generalconvention.org/staff/files/download/17152|
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Creator Mundi can help you find perfect religious gifts for him with this handy 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 and encourage him in his faith.
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? We’re here to help. Since he probably doesn’t carry a purse, getting your guy something pocket-sized is a wonderful and thoughtful gesture. He can pray 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. These are perfect gifts for the catholic men in your life or any men of strong faith. You might find one of these will make a wonderful gift for those who travel frequently.
- 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. Our gifts are also perfect for men from any denomination.
Christian & Catholic Gifts For Men
Christian and Catholic 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 for Christian and Catholic men 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.
Even as I continue to search for answers I become more certain the radical call is to our humanity.
I like Walter Brueggeman’s concept of “calling” which he articulates in the dedication (to his new grandson) of his collection Prayers for a Privileged People:
“We are born into some privilege, and invited (called) to a life of reflection, yielding, and glad obedience.”
Reflection on the ultimate questions… Who am I/who are we… Why am I here/why are we here.
Yielding… to the reality that we are not our own… we are the Creator’s people.
Glad obedience… to the Creator’s large, deep oaths and purposes…
Thank you to Stewart Meagher for sharing his thoughts. What does it mean for each of us to be gladly obedient, to yield to the reality of our givenness? We are not our own…
The tree of life is a powerful Christian symbol, representing both our pristine pre-fall condition and Christ’s cross.
Pope Francis has said: “What counts is being permeated with Christ’s love, allowing oneself to be led by the Holy Spirit, and grafting one’s own existence onto the tree of life, which is the Cross of the Lord. . . .”
Recent discoveries and insights are leading scientists to envision life on earth as a tree with several trunks and all the varied life-forms growing as limbs from these trunks. This vision began with Charles Darwin, who wrote that the “great Tree of Life fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the earth, and covers the surface with its ever branching and beautiful ramifications.” (For more, click to read “Scientists Unveil a New ‘Tree of Life'” in The New York Times.)
So the tree of life may be seen as a symbol for all life; it is also an archetypal symbol appearing throughout the world’s religions; and, for Christians, of course, it is a testament to the ever-growing, timeless love of God. Christ’s cross is the tree our hope hangs on.
The tree of life is the love of God.
-St. Isaac the Syrian
Glass is a miraculous substance: a liquid turns to a solid but in its solid state can be as transparent as the clearest water. Made of silica, the primary component of sand, glass is manipulated in its viscous molten stage—it may become a window, a graceful bowl, a piece of art.
Glass, highly fragile, and beautiful, might be seen as a symbol for the fragility and beauty of human nature. When our fragility rests with God, though, it rests in God’s nature, and reflects strength, not weakness. We are fragile beings, but we’re not alone in our fragility.
If we toughen ourselves and cannot admit our fragility, our beauty may be hidden from others, for fragility is intertwined with human beauty. Allowing ourselves to be fragile, too, can open us more fully to God; when we admit to our powerlessness, we invite God’s healing, saving power.
The Gospels are full of stories of our fragility: Jesus shepherds the wandering and weak sheep, he takes pity on the suffering and on the sinner. The strong, the wealthy, the winners among us are not motivators for his compassionate action. The truth is, we are all fragile, we only imagine sometimes that we are not. Ironically, it takes strength to admit it.
“When Jesus heard this, he said to them, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick; I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’” (Mark 2:17)
“Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
“When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ But when he heard this, he said, ‘Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, “I desire mercy, not sacrifice.” For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.’” (Matthew 9:11-13)
“Your fragility is also your strength.”
– Pina Bausch, German dancer
The ephemeral beauty of a delicate flower, of a tiny bird, of a humble man or woman imbued with God’s peace inspire wonder and admiration. A stained glass window gracing a church is beautiful in part because of its fragile nature.
Creator Mundi’s new glass pieces bring together beauty and fragility, reminding us of our reliance on God.
Let their love be a seal upon their hearts,
a mantle about their shoulders.
Bless them each morning, each noon, each night!
Walk with them and send Your angel before them.
The Covenant Cross, above, can be found here.
We set stock by the steps we take between life’s seasons. Kids graduate from preschool and move on to kindergarten. Teens graduate from high school and go on to college or career. Adults might graduate from childlessness to parenthood. We graduate from one job to another and then many of us graduate into retirement.
In our spiritual lives, we hope to graduate from infant’s milk to solid food (Hebrews 5:12-14 and 1 Corinthians 3:2). We graduate by the grace of God and our own yearning and cooperation. Father Thomas Keating tells us “The chief act of the will is not effort but consent.” Let us consent to each of our graduations as we walk the journey of transformation.
Do we need to graduate from fear to trust?
How about graduating from lack of confidence to confidence in God and God’s purpose for us?
Maybe we yearn to graduate from an ankle-deep religion to a life-changing, loving commitment?
Keating tells us God wants “our consent to his love of us.” This is the key to our transformation.
Graduation is a movement forward, even when accompanied by uncertainty (let us consent to trust!).
We love to mark life’s transitional moments. Let’s celebrate life’s graduations, big and small. It’s been said that we do not ask enough of God. Let’s ask God for a lot. Pope Francis has said, “Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you! Do not be afraid to dream of great things!” Dream big, dream with God.
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The Grace Presbyterian Church logo was designed by Rev. Matthew Syrdal in the spirit of the Celtic tradition. Matthew’s desire was to capture the power of the icon, what is known in many traditions world-wide as a mandala (a quadrated circle)–a symbol of wholeness and a pedagogical tool for a Celtic and Reformed theology of creation.
The cross inside the circle is a symbol of Christ as the archetypal self, the soul of the cosmos. The four cardinal directions represent the four seasons of spring, summer, fall, winter, as do the four “leaves” emanating from the central “tree of life.” The four directions also represent the life cycle of human development through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and elderhood. The four leaves contain within them an ichthus or “fish,” symbolizing the four gospels and the feeding of the four-thousand, bringing spiritual sustenance to the four corners of the world.
The tree is also the chalice of the sacramental life of communion, the body and cup of the mystical Christ at the heart of creation, forming a labyrinth to the center of the Godhead. On the right hand side, between the leaf and the chalice is a “mistake,” an open area signifying the beauty of imperfection.
This logo is in the center of the cross above the chancel in the sanctuary at Grace Presbyterian Church in Highland’s Ranch, Colorado, as a witness to the fullness and wholeness of the journey of discipleship on which we are called.
Last week some of our Creator Mundi staff attended the Los Angeles Religious Congress, an annual gathering of Catholics from all continents and many countries. As in years past, we had been asked to exhibit our symbols of faith, anticipating that some of the 40,000+ attendees would find us in the large convention exhibit space.
People came in droves, complementing us, thanking us for continuing to offer authentic symbols of our Christian faith made by artisans who receive just compensation for their work and who work in safe environments. Some have visited us for many years. I commented that we had grown older (old) together. We received many gestures of love and respect, hugs and kisses, blessings and encouragement, dinner invitations and more.
Along the way, some of our customers performed miracles:
We invited Father Chris for dinner. He and some of his guests joined us for the evening. We were totally surprised when we found out that he had arranged with our waiter beforehand to treat us.
After an intimate conversation, Ray, a Professor of Theology, left saying: “You are so good to me.” Later in the afternoon he returned: “This is my favorite candy, please accept this.”
One mid-morning I noticed among our displays what I thought did not belong there. “Whose bananas are these?” I asked. Guia, our longtime friend and helper, beamed. “Fr. Pat brought them . . . and coffee.”
Bishop Barnes in the booth next to us greeted us warmly every morning with a solid handshake, which became a hug before long. This L.A. Archdiocese, its people and guests, is awesome, one big family–all races and nationalities together. Everybody is invited to participate in journeying along with the presenters, the bishops, the clergy, exploring fresh ways of being church, of receiving God’s love. Our customers were from Ireland, Taiwan, South Korea, Canada, Brazil, France, Greenland, Japan
. . . will you come next year?
P.S. Father Pat’s Twitter address is @mythguidedlife.com
Hildegard established Creator Mundi in 1987 and continues to find joy in discovering distinctive sacred art and gifts for Creator Mundi’s followers.
Pope Francis has declared this a year of mercy. We all need mercy. And we need images of mercy and comfort that remind us of God’s constant forgiveness, love and presence.
“Etymologically, ‘mercy’ derives from misericordis, which means opening one’s heart to wretchedness. And immediately we go to the Lord: mercy is the divine attitude which embraces, it is God’s giving himself to us, accepting us, and bowing to forgive. Jesus said he came not for those who were good but for the sinners. He did not come for the healthy, who do not need the doctor, but for the sick. For this reason, we can say that mercy is God’s identity card. God of Mercy, merciful God.”
“The most important thing in the life of every man and every woman is not that they should never fall along the way. The important thing is always to get back up, not to stay on the ground licking your wounds. The Lord of mercy always forgives me; he always offers me the possibility of starting over. He loves me for what I am, he wants to raise me up, and he extends his hand to me…. For as long as we are alive it is always possible to start over, all we have to do is let Jesus embrace us and forgive us.”
Just as He extends his hand to us, we extend a hand to others, we embrace and forgive others.
“Jesus sends forth his disciples not as holders of power or as masters of a law. He sends them forth into the world asking them to live in the logic of love and selflessness.”
- Pope Francis, The Name of God is Mercy
At times, we find ourselves in the presence of a Burning Bush in the middle of daily life. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Perhaps you’ve encountered a person with awe, who transformed the moment you met, the here and then, into a sacred space. Perhaps you witnessed the beauty of spring, the loveliness of fall, the rising sun, the star-spangled night sky and you instantly knew that you had been invited to be in the presence of the Divine.
In my home country of Germany, every Saturday evening at 7:00, Catholic and Protestant churches, cathedrals and chapels ring their bells–usually in harmony with each other. To me, it seems that every corner of the country that these beautiful sounds touch becomes sacred space. The land and its people are reminded of the presence of the divine.
The locals say THE BELLS ANNOUNCE THE SUNDAY. The bells guide the nation into God’s embrace.
Creating Our Own Sacred Space
Perhaps you have decided to remake your home as a sacred space. You may choose to set aside a room for a house chapel, your Sanctuary, where you will rest and strengthen body, mind and soul, where you will find silence, beauty and comfort. Or you may dedicate a special corner for times of prayer and contemplation.
Perhaps each room in your home will become sacred space, displaying symbols of the divine throughout, complementing these symbols with compositions of musical masters, creating an ambiance of heaven?
Hildegard established Creator Mundi in 1987 and continues to find joy in discovering distinctive sacred art and gifts for Creator Mundi’s followers.