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This week’s poem of the week comes to us from Mary Oliver, a beautiful poem called Summer Day. This poem continues with our theme of the importance of leisure to our spiritual lives. Leisure allows us to slow down and to see the countless ways in which the hand of God presents itself to us in all aspects of the overflowing bounty that is creation. It’s all there for us, if we only have eyes to see, this poem reminds us. The author sees God in the “complicated eyes” of the grasshopper, in the joy of spending a quiet day on a vast knoll. And finally, the poem turns to us and asks poignantly: “What is it that you plan to do / with your one wild and precious life?”
The Summer Day | a Poem by Mary Oliver
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
from New and Selected Poems, 1992
Beacon Press, Boston, MA
Greetings! Today, continuing our theme of the need to slow down to be able to tune in to the sacred that exists all around us like some unfathomable dance. Our poem of the week is called Prayer by Marie Howe. Do you empathize with her struggle in this poem? What do you do to peer through all the clutter to see God’s will?
Every day I want to speak with you. And every day something more important
calls for my attention- the drugstore, the beauty products, the luggage
I need to buy for the trip.
Even now I can hardly sit here
among the fallen piles of paper and clothing, the garbage trucks outside
already screeching and banging.
The mystics say you are as close as my own breath.
Why do I flee from you?
My days and nights pour through me like complaints
and become a story I forgot to tell.
Help me. Even as I write these words I am planning
to rise from the chair as soon as I finish this sentence.
Marie Howe, from The Kingdom of Ordinary Time.
St. Bonaventure, Franciscan and Doctor of the Church
St. Bonaventure, Franciscan and Doctor of the Church
Feast Day: July 15th. Lived: 1221-1274.
If you’re interested in celebrating the feast day of St. Bonaventure, see Creator Mundi’s beautiful, symbolically-rich St. Bonaventure Plaque.
Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Bonaventure. This great Doctor of the Church played an instrumental role in the prominence of the Franciscan Order. He was a a colleague of St. Thomas Aquinas, and in fact took his degree with Aquinas. However, he was very much his own thinker, taking influence from St. Augustine and Pseudo-Dionysius especially. His thought is a beautiful and edifying complement to the work of his peers such as St. Thomas Aquinas, who were more influenced by Aristotle. Bonaventure, on the other hand, represents a more mystical and Platonic worldview. The vast range of thought coming from this generation shows us what a rich and vibrant time this was in the history of the Church.
The Nourishing Writings of St. Bonaventure
St. Bonaventure’s writings still ring with truth and edifying joy today.
“A spiritual joy is the greatest sign of the divine grace dwelling in the soul.”
“Since happiness is nothing other than the enjoyment of the highest good and since the highest good is above, no one can be happy unless he rises above himself, not by an ascent of the body, but of the heart.”
“When we pray, the voice of the heart must be heard more than the proceedings from the mouth.”
One of our favorite quotes here at Creator Mundi:
” In beautiful things St. Francis saw Beauty itself, and through His vestiges imprinted on creation he followed his Beloved everywhere, making from all things a ladder by which he could climb up and embrace Him who is utterly desirable. If you desire to know … ask grace, not instruction; desire, not understanding; the groaning of prayer, not diligent reading; the Spouse, not the teacher; God, not man; darkness not clarity; not light, but fire that totally inflames and carries us into God by ecstatic unctions and burning affections.”
“There is more to life than merely increasing its speed.” – Mahatma Gandhi
Today’s quote of the day comes from Mahatma Gandhi, a quote that is pithy and speaks for itself. We rarely stop to think that in our rush for greater efficiency, connectivity, and productivity, something has been lost along the way.
Consider this: when you’re driving along on the freeway, a phenomenon known as “tunnel vision” occurs. When you are standing completely still, your field of vision is nearly a perfect 180-degrees, and you have the ability to pick out objects in the distance and see the relationships between them. Now, imagine driving at 75 miles an hour. Your vision cone is reduced proportionally to your speed. In addition, it is much harder to pick out individual objects; indeed, it is hard to do anything other than focus straight ahead at where you are going.
Often, the most important things in life turn out to be things that happened at the periphery of our vision. In retrospect, we are grateful that we were able to recognize the importance of these things. How much are we missing now that the pace of our lives seems to be exponentially increasing?
It may seem that we have no choice in the matter, but we do: we can exit from the freeway and take a side road that gets us where we need to go.
We can slow down by cultivating “seeing” and gratefulness for the unfathomable bounty of life and the richness of the universe. We can slow down by taking the time to pray from the heart. We slow down by renewing the bonds with our communities, our families, and our friends – which bonds are often the first to be strained by the speed at which everyone seems to be going.
Another quote comes to mind on this topic, from the late author David Foster Wallace: “Destiny has no beeper; destiny always leans trenchcoated out of an alley with some sort of ‘psst’ that you usually can’t even hear because you’re in such a rush to or from something important you’ve tried to engineer.”
Greetings! We are launching our new series of blog posts, thought-provoking quotes, and celebrations of saints on their respective feast days. Today we feature some of the wide-reaching wisdom of St. Benedict, the founder of the Benedictine monastic order.
If you find these quotes inspiring and would like to share the gift of St. Benedict’s wisdom, consider giving one of our St. Benedict-related works of sacred art as a gift! We have plaques, statuettes, and more.
Feast Day of St. Benedict (480-550 A.D.), Founder of the Benedictine Monastic Order | July 11th
Here we celebrate some of the core values that St. Benedict espoused in animating the monastic life. We hope that you find these to be as inspiring and applicable to your life as we find them today as we think on them.
Awareness of God
“We believe that the divine presence is everywhere.” RB 19.1
“ . . . and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.” RB 72.12
“As often as anything important is to be done . . . the abbot shall call the whole community together and explain what the business is . . . “ RB 3.1
Respect for persons
“No one is to pursue what is judged best for oneself, but instead, what is better for someone else. “ RB 72.7
“Listen . . . with the ear of your heart.” RB Prologue 1
Dignity of work
“. . . they live by the labor of their hands.” RB 48.8
“Let all . . . be received as Christ”. RB 53.1
“Regard all utensils as if they were the sacred vessels of the altar.” RB 31.10
“Through this love, all . . . will now begin to be observed without effort, as though naturally, for habit, . . . out of love for Christ, good habit, and delight in virtue.” RB 7.68-69
“All things are done in moderation.” RB 48.9
“We intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service . . . We hope to set down nothing harsh, nothing burdensome. The good of all concerned may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.” RB Prologue 45-47
“. . . that in all things may God be glorified.” RB 57.9
Creator Mundi offers wholesale Catholic gifts to retailers and gift shops in the United States and Canada. Our massive inventory of Catholic gifts includes items such as crosses and crucifixes, liturgical art, and bronze religious art. In order to purchase Catholic products from us at wholesale prices, you must first meet our qualifications and sign up for a wholesale account on this website.
Who Qualifies For Wholesale Pricing?
To be eligible, you must be a retailer who sells merchandise in your online store or at your brick-and-mortar location. Each merchant must be registered in his or her state as a retailer and have a tax license to obtain a wholesale account. Individuals must be authorized by the company to conduct business and make tax-free merchandise purchases. Meaning that you will be collecting the tax on the items when resold in your store, and later paying the sales tax to the government.
Want To Be Invoiced?
A credit application must be completed and approved if you wish to be invoiced for your order. Upon approval, you may order online by check or be invoiced, but your first order must be pre-paid by credit card or check, and the total must exceed $250.
Wholesale Catholic Products For Every Occasion
Some of the products available at wholesale prices exclusively for retailers include religious gifts for every occasion and specialty items meant specifically for churches. We also offer custom art designs that can be commissioned specifically for you. You can find gifts for special occasions such as sacraments, confirmations, anniversaries, marriages, baptisms, and sympathy gifts.
Catholic & Christian Stores
The stores that typically resell wholesale Catholic gifts from Creator Mundi include gift shops, boutiques, online retail stores, church gift shops, and a variety of brick-and-mortar stores. We can provide your establishment with wholesale prices for top-quality religious merchandise after signing up for a qualified Wholesale Account.
Choose From Our Catalog Of Catholic Wholesale Items
Many Christian stores choose Creator Mundi as the supplier of top tier merchandise to place on their shelves, mail order catalogs, and online stores. The level of care and detail that goes into our entire collection far surpasses any other supplier in the industry. If you have a Christian store or gift shop, you may want to sign up for a wholesale account in order to purchase our products at discounted wholesale rates.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information. We are happy to address any questions you may have regarding your order or future orders.
At Creator Mundi, we take pride in our world-class collection of unique, hand-crafted, heirloom-quality spiritual gifts. In addition to our showroom and our website, we have a long history of working with organizations and communities to help express the sacred in a way that fits each unique community.
For the past 25 years and through today, we continue to:
- Consult and provide original artwork for liturgical spaces, hospitals and schools.
- Provide sacramental crosses to parishes and faith communities commemorating baptisms, first communions, confirmations and other parish life events.
- Work with universities and colleges in creating pieces which celebrate and send forth their graduates.
- Work with churches and organizations through our fundraising program.
- Provide our bronze artwork to church stores and other gift shops nationwide.
- Be a place where liturgical artists can display their work.
- Attend local and national conferences.
We will continue to make available our beautiful bronze crosses, plaques and distinct sacramental images as well as other unique works of sacred art on our website, www.creatormundi.com. We welcome your help in forwarding our website to those you know might welcome to know about us.
Please join us for our Spring Open House at the new Creator Mundi showroom in Littleton, Colorado. At our new location, we are open by appointment only. Take this opportunity to visit us during our open house at your convenience.
Saturday, April 12, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Palm Sunday, April 13 – 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5800 South Nevada Street
Littleton, CO 80120
Our large catalog of Catholic products has been hand selected based on the ability to energize one’s faith. We aim to make your shopping experience as pleasant as possible. Even thought we have an amazing selection of Catholic art, our collection of artwork and gifts are not limited to those practicing the Catholic faith. Our products and art will resonate with any member of the Catholic church or any Christian denomination from all over the world.
At Creator Mundi, we have worked hard to bring you a vast array of unique art pieces that will enrich you and your loved ones lives for many years to come.
Catholic Church Supply
Out team has put a ton of effort into bringing you a large selection of religiously relevant products for your home or church. We have bronze art, seasonal Catholic art, statuary art, wall decor, chalices, rosary, pendants, crosses and crucifixes and much more. All of our sacred artwork is specially hand-crafted with traditional or modern designs and the highest quality craftsmanship.
We have a large variety of different Catholic goods available, and we offer special pricing for wholesale and non-profit purchases. At Creator Mundi, we value all of our customers, and if you do not find what you need, we are more than happy to special order it for you.
Heirloom Quality Catholic Gifts
Creator Mundi is the ideal place to find all of your Catholic gift needs. We have a unique array of Catholic products and goods, so you are sure to find the perfect piece for your home, office, or place of worship. You will see as you search our website, we have made it a point to assemble our items in a manner that will assist you in finding that special Catholic gift that will enrich lives, for years to come. Many of the Catholic products we offer are perfect for baptisms, weddings, first communion, confirmations and nearly any other special occasion. We frequently add new products to our website so be sure to check back often.
Change is a central part of life, and Creator Mundi is in for a big change that we’d like to let loyal customers of our Denver Gallery know about. Some of you may have noticed that the storefront of our old location on 3rd Avenue is a little emptier than it used to be.
That’s because we’ve moved our Denver Gallery and converted it into our Showroom in our Littleton location. We will continue to offer hand-crafted sacred art of the finest quality from artists around the world and from here in Colorado at our new location, just as we have at the Cherry Creek location for so many years.
For the time being, our new Showroom in Littleton is by appointment only on Friday afternoons every week, so please contact us for more information or to set up a time to visit. Check back here on our website regularly for more information about hours, sales, and special events.
This relocation and conversion of our Gallery into our Showroom gives us the opportunity to sincerely thank each and every one of our customers who have supported us at our Cherry Creek location over the years. We’ve gotten to know some of you quite well, and others we’ve only seen a few times, but you all have a warm place in our hearts. Thank you for helping support sacred art the way it should be – hand-crafted (not mass produced), heirloom-quality works of artisanship that are theologically sound and Biblically resonant. We hope to continue to serve you online at www.creatormundi.com or see you at our new Showroom in Littleton!
Thank you, and we look forward to being with you as we start this new phase of our existence – and to help you through whatever changes life brings you as well.
The Staff at Creator Mundi
Are you looking for ideas regarding a catholic gift for a friend or loved one? Would you like to find unique catholic religious gifts from around the world? If you answered yes, then this is the right place for you. Creator Mundi carries one of a kind collections of sacred art from Germany; hand carved nativities from Italy, and hand-crafted dolomite statuaries from France. Some of these pieces come from Monasteries or artist workshops that the founder of Creator Mundi visited as a child.
A Wide Range Of Gift Ideas
Our collection of religious artwork offers is comprised of a variety of several of one of a kind art pieces, inexpensive gifts, and cards. Helping to come up with a few catholic gift ideas shouldn’t be too difficult. Please keep in mind that our gifts are not just for Catholics. These gifts are a great way to reach out to others ecumenically. We can offer you religious items geared toward any sacrament; Anointing of the Sick, Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion, Marriage, an Ordination of a new priest or nun, and even reconciliation gifts.
A Gift For Any Occasion
Our gifts are not just for the sacraments. A housewarming is a perfect time to shop for catholic religious gifts. Graduations, Anniversary’s, Mother’s day, Fathers day, and birthdays all are perfect occasions to purchase a gift for anyone. Catholic tradition calls for the celebration of many feast days; we celebrate the lives of a Saint daily. Each feast and Saint holds a different meaning. We have the largest selection of culturally authentic multi-denominational religious gifts appropriate for the celebration of any special day.
A large statue or sculpture would look beautiful in a garden grotto. We carry monuments, statuettes and figurines. Creator Mundi has a collection of catholic religious gifts you will not find anywhere else. These pieces are more than just religious art. They each make a statement about the dedication we have for our faith. Each piece that we offer is beautifully artistic and relevant. The treasures that wait for you at Creator Mundi are distinctive, authentic culturally; sacred, and biblically based. When, you are searching for the perfect catholic gift idea, choose Creator Mundi. Place your order online or call to today for help completing your purchase.
As our year comes to an end we return these moments of our life to God.
They are filled with our diaries,
with our thoughts,
with our questions
with our goodness
with our failures.
We thank God for
With our hearts and hands wide open
we stand in front of You
to receive a new Year:
Bless us, oh Lord, and all your gifts,
that we are about to receive.”
Sunday Gaudete (Rejoice), the third Sunday in Advent of 2012, our nation and many hearts all over the world grieved in memory of the little children and their educators who had died in one of our towns just two days earlier. I was visiting in Seattle. As we approached St. James Cathedral on Sunday morning we were greeted and embraced by all the bells that are able to ring in the Cathedral’s bell tower. All we wanted to do was stand there and listen, and listen some more…. What meditation and prayer had not been able to achieve, the sound of the chorus of bells did. Peace came over me and ever since, when the tears in my heart dwell, I recapture this moment of acoustic beauty and blessing, having been embraced and consoled by a very special sanctified and grace-filled space in the world.
Following 9/11, I remember a television commentator asking a religious leader, “What do parents tell their children when they come home from school today?”
I will never forget the Rabbi’s answer: First, shut off the TV. Second, gather at the table tonight and share a meal. Make space for questions. You don’t have to have an answer, simply give the gift of listening. Then if you are a family of faith, say a prayer… Pray for the victims. Pray for the ones that caused this terrible deed. Next light a candle. Tell your children that this horrible event was planned in the dark. Let your children and teenagers know they are the light. Keep gathering, listening, praying and lighting a candle. Each and every day as your sons and daughters leave the house, remind them they are the light (of Christ) in the world that helps the world and a community heal.
Rocky Mountain Synod Minister for Special Projects
THROUGHOUT TIME the tradition of gift giving has woven itself into the fabric of most cultures and civilizations. In ancient Rome , the Latin word ‘donare’ was coined to designate this custom of giving a gift.
The English language has welcomed this foreign word into the bosom of it’s vocabulary as ‘to donate’. To donate incognito is giving a gift in its purest form.
It means to give freely and without expectation of benefit or reward or public acknowledgement. Today it often seems that we have lost this integrity of truly giving a gift as a one way kindness, a pure gesture of the heart. We instead have settled for ‘exchanging’ gifts. We draw names in order to be more efficient about this business of kindness and generosity. It is still a friendly way to be, if we do not count and calculate and set limits up or down. But often it seems like just making a deal. We have settled for becoming traders.
Doesn’t ‘exchanging a gift’ limit the spirit of this unbelievable feast? Expectations and sometimes disappointments and other human limitations sneak in and somewhat pollute the noble custom of gift giving.
As I search for the gift that will complement your life, please do not measure my generosity or lack thereof. I promise that I will not measure your gift should you give me one.. My joy in having the privilege of choosing a gift for you, is your gift to me. The value of your gift to me lies in the precious fabric and moment of the resolve in your heart to complement my life.
Shall we recapture the true essence of ‘donare’? If we do this well, then perhaps some day soon, we as a nation and as individuals will give to others without expectation of return, no strings attached, for The art and joy of Giving has it’s own rewards such as: ‘PEACE ON EARTH, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN’
What’s in a logo? The word “logo” has its roots in the Greek verb lego, which means “to count, to tell, to say, or to speak.” In today’s fast-paced culture, we use logos as a way to speak with few words, to convey meaning that can be absorbed intuitively and at a glance. Our logo is no exception, we hope it conveys where we came from, where we stand, and where we are going, all at the same time.
“Creator Mundi” is Latin for “Creator of the World.” By using Latin we hold dearly our Catholic heritage, roots and traditions while reaching out ecumenically.
The silhouettes of two spires rise up in the middle of our logo. This image calls to mind the two majestic spires that adorn the Cathedral of Cologne, Germany, the city where Hildegard was born and raised during World War II. As a child, during a time of physical devastation, Hildegard was supported by her Catholic faith, finding beauty, solace and peace through the historic sacred art within the Cathedral. Art whose purpose was to open the mind into the splendor of the divine and to open the soul onto the numinous mystery of God – a mystery beyond words, time, and all contingent things.
Our distinctive sacred art is artistically beautiful, culturally authentic and biblically based, creating long lasting heirlooms for the family. We offer exceptional gifts suitable for every occasion, season, recipient, and sacramental celebration. We hope that you may find much in our collection of distinctive religious sacred art that stirs and awakens your mind and your soul.