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Feast of St. Benedict

Today we celebrate the feast day of St. Benedict of Nursia, the founder of western monasticism and the creator of St. Benedict’s Rule, a guide to monastic life in which the monks of Conception Abbey follow.

During his life, St. Benedict was known to have performed numerous miracles, including breaking a glass full of poison with the Sign of the Cross, saving a man from drowning by briefly becoming another person, reading the minds of his monks, bringing a child back to life, exorcising a demon and more.

Although St. Benedict lived for several years in solitude, many people found his miracles alluring and began to follow his teachings.  He went on to establish 12 monasteries, each with 12 monks, and himself in general control of all. One of St. Benedict’s greatest achievements was his Rule, a guide for the government and the spiritual and material well-being of a monastery. His Rule is said to be one of the most influential religious rules in Western Christendom.

Here at The Printery House, we offer a unique selection of St. Benedict products, including rosaries, jewelry, icons, cards, books and more. Click the link below to see our full collection:

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The Printery House: Send Something You Believe In!

As we come together this week to celebrate our nation’s independence we are reminded of the freedoms we enjoy and the rights we share as citizens within the United States.  We remember those fought, and are currently fighting, for our country so that we can be free from tyranny and truly pursue happiness.

On 4 July 1776 the United States was born by declaring its independence from Great Britain.  The preamble of the Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”  We as a nation have struggled over the years when trying to truly understand what a “right” is, and what is self-evident.

In November 1863 President Abraham Lincoln gave his famous Gettysburg Address, which began: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” President Lincoln reminded us during the Civil War that we as a nation had not lived up to the belief that all men were created equal.  He reminded us “that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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I Have a Dream prayer card

One hundred years later, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I have a dream speech” He makes reference to the Emancipation Proclamation given by President Lincoln calling for freedom from slavery in the United States.  Dr. King in this speech was harkening back not only 100 years, but 187 years to when the Continental Congress declared independence.  King writes:

“When we allow freedom to ring – when we let it ring from every city and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, ‘Free at last, free at last, great God almighty, we are free at last.’”

 

My brothers and sisters, may we take a moment this July fourth to remember our 242-year history.  May we remember that we have not always gotten it right.  May we remember that men and women have given their lives so that we can have freedom of speech, to vote, to truly live in the pursuit of Happiness.  May we take a moment to pray this July fourth.  Pray for those who are persecuted in our country; pray for those in our military protecting our freedoms; pray for each other; pray that we may let go of our prejudices, so that, we can truly be “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

 

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A Word From The “New Guy On The Block”

While I’ve never lived with the thought that I am defined by my career, I have always been blessed to be in a position I am proud to hold. I see work as a means to support my family, but I also see my work as an avenue to serve the Lord. If you’re able to do something you love that’s just icing on the cake.

I’ve spent the last 10 years of my professional career writing for local newspapers in my hometown community. It’s been a wonderful experience getting to share stories of great moments that impact people’s lives. I decided to make a professional shift in order to get hours that are closer matched to my family’s in hopes to spending more time as a husband and father.

Living in rural Missouri I never imagined that I’d be fortunate enough to step out of the newspaper gig and land in a similar position.  Finding myself at the Conception Abbey and The Printery House doing something just as fun – assisting in card development and marketing through graphic design – I have found that God truly does works in mysterious ways.

As a Christian I’ve always enjoyed touting that I am “spreading the good news” through my job as a reporter. While not every story was Christian-based, they were always positive in spirit and brought joy to the reader.  This stands in contrast to the news we have become accustomed to from things like TV and social media. I told my editors that I refused to be an “ambulance chaser” that reported on things like wrecks. While reporting in this way may increase readership, I never wanted to portray the worst experiences in someone’s life. I did unfortunately have to cover some big events in the community that had a negative impact, but with the caveat of how someone is making the best of the situation or used my platform to assist that individual through their hardship.

As I begin this new chapter in my career working at The Printery House, I can continue to boast that I help spread the good news, but this time it can be the Good News of our salvation through Christ. There is a joy and peace knowing that I am part of something that can have such a great impact in someone’s life.  My hope is that you will also feel that joy when you purchase something from us.

I look forward to working with you, our friends, and hope to hear from you all as I continue to work on stationery customization through graphic design here at The Printery House.

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

What better way to see the goodness of the Lord than through the beauty of nature. Whether you have a vegetable garden, flower garden, or just a serene spot near a field or meadow, consider adding a bit of spiritual decoration to your space with our new garden gift items, including two new wind chimes, a planter pick, garden stone, and Irish solar angel. Don’t forget to share the blessings with friends and family, as these items make perfect birthday or special occasion gifts! Click here to shop our Home and Garden gift selections: www.printeryhouse.org

 

“For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those whose sake it is tilled, receives a blessing from God.” Hebrews 6:7

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