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Holy Cards, Your Bible and a Rosary: Creating a Prayer Corner

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It has been said that a person will be no more powerful for Christ in public than they are with Him in private (through prayer and bible study). We want to be these kinds of powerful witnesses for Christ, but most of us struggle.

Establishing a prayer habit is a spiritual endeavor but, in fact, it is a habit that can be formed just like any other habit. Conventional wisdom says that it takes 30 days to form a new habit. Thus, with a little forethought and planning a new habit of devotion can developed in just about a month.

Some people are morning people and some are night owls. It doesn’t matter what time of day you choose but in order to make your prayer time a regular habit, it needs to be a time of day when you can be faithful. For most people, early morning will be the best time for a regular prayer appointment.

Once you’ve chosen when to meet God in prayer, you can next choose an appropriate place. The Lord admonishes us in Matthew 6 to have a quiet and private place for prayer. That doesn’t mean that we have to go into a literal closet, but it does mean that our prayer time needs to be protected from outside disturbances.

A prayer closet, or prayer corner, is the place you set up to help you make prayer a regular habit.  Maybe it’s a comfortable chair in the living room. Perhaps it works best for you to have your prayer time sitting in bed before you get up or just before you go to sleep. Some have their prayer time at a desk each day. It just needs to be someplace that you designate as your regular meeting place with God.

Wherever you establish your prayer corner, it needs to have a few things handy. On a table, in a drawer or in a basket on the floor nearby, you will want to keep your Bible, a pen, a notebook and other helps like a rosary or Holy Cards. Then have a plan for how you will use these things to help you become more prayerful.

You could have a schedule of 15 minutes spent reading the Bible followed by 10 minutes of prayer each day. You could choose one day to pray from the book of church prayers. Some people pray the words from a hymnal or Psalter. Holy Cards are great devotional aids, since they often not only have the stories of inspiring saints, but words of prayer as well.

The important thing is to have a special place and time where you have an unbreakable appointment with the Lord. Write down the things that are burdening your heart and the things for which you are thankful in your notebook. Read the prayers of others. Say aloud the rosary.

If you are looking for helps in strengthening this all-important spiritual discipline, visit The Printery House today. There you’ll find rosaries, journals, Holy Cards, books of prayer and so much more. The important thing is to take action. Before long your act of discipline can become your greatest delight and a source of spiritual strength.

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Share Inspirational Greeting Cards to Show Someone You Care

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The gift of language is a remarkable one. Words help us convey thoughts and feelings that go beyond what we can demonstrate through actions alone. Well-chosen words can give courage and hope, they can brighten the heart, they can soothe a troubled heart. The idea of sending words to loved ones in the mail to show them how we are feeling toward them is more important today than ever, with fewer people taking the time to send this type of message.

Most people still prefer to receive a card in the mailbox, even if its arrival is a bit delayed. And inspirational greeting cards help you find the words that match what you are feeling, helping you bless, comfort, sympathize, thank or congratulate with the unfading words of God.

When a friend or loved one is ill written words of encouragement are a blessing to them. Get well cards splashed with sunflowers and the words of 3 John 1:2 I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health really says it all. Just a line or two from you is all that is required. Or a card with a ‘feel better soon’ prayer and the words I am the Lord who heals you from Exodus 15:26 might be a gentle reminder to turn to God and lean on Him.

Inspirational greeting cards also help you find the right words when life demands some changes.  Change is difficult for most of us. Things like retirement, a move or job transfer require us to face new and unknown frontiers, and that can be scary. Receiving a card with the words “Today Is a Day for New Beginnings” along with the promise of Psalm 121:8 The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in both now and forevermore could inject some courage into your loved one’s heart. Or how about a card which speaks faith into the future with words like May Your New Home Be a Place Where the Lord is Glorified and His Presence Blesses All Who Enter?

Sometimes we don’t have any particular reason to send a card, besides wanting our friend to know that today we counted their friendship as one of life’s blessings. Inspirational greeting cards sent to friends for no reason other than expressing appreciation for them shows them just how much we care. God has given words like Philippians 1:3 I thank my God every time I remember you that are perfect for sharing with treasured friends.

Of course there are inspirational greeting cards for all those other life events as well. Cards are there for expressing sympathy over loss, wishing birthday or anniversary blessings, congratulating on births, graduations and promotions. Even if you do send a digital greeting, following it up with an inspirational handwritten card will mean a lot. God has given the gift of words. Inspirational greeting cards help you use those words well by incorporating His words. Take a look at the complete selection of cards offered by The Printery House and stock up today so you can show your loved ones how much you care.

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Want to Inspire? Send Religious Greeting Cards Made by Monks

 

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Order monastery-made cards now from The Printery House, and you’ll be ready when you want to send a quick note to encourage someone.

Regardless of instant texts and emails, there’s nothing like the feeling of dropping a handwritten card into the mailbox knowing it’s going to brighten someone’s day soon… or finding a card underneath your typical bills or junk mail pieces. It instantly brings a little joy to your day.

In this fast-paced life many of us live, there’s something that’s extra special and inspiring about sending religious greeting cards that are monastery-made, with artistic input from monks who are living their faith daily. One source, The Printery House, is still creating cards with the ideas and talent of the monks of Conception Abbey.

For 60 years, The Printery House has been creating cards at the shop in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri, which supports the monastic work of the Abbey. Monks have incorporated lettering, artwork, writing and production tasks into their daily routines for decades and the messages are more like works of art than just mere religious greeting cards. The concept of monks working to help support missions and causes is far from new; it’s an ancient practice and can have very modern twists, such as a monastery in France that donates hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to area charities from serving guests at an upscale restaurant.

Unlike basic cards you might find at a grocery store checkout, somehow these cards seem inspired, and it’s certainly fun to ponder about the monks or artists who design them. No doubt silent prayers of hope, peace and encouragement have been completed as a monk or staff member puts the finishing touches on a design or a message. This produces not only a beautiful card but also brings with it extra care and prayers.

The desire for quality and faith-based messages remains strong today, as it was in the creation of The Printery House, with team members continuing to share their talents to lift people up while helping spread the Gospel. Take a minute today and check out the assortments and collections for religious greeting cards, Holy cards, prayer cards and other unique gift items offered by The Printery House – it’s truly a way to “send something you believe in” that will stand out to friends and loved ones.

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Holy Cards: Feed the Need to Inspire and Give Hope

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While many of us have gathered around a rack of cards that sing popular songs and other noises, sometimes a card that’s artistic, personal and faith-filled is what the moment calls for. Holy Cards fit the need. They’re small (think vintage Valentines), beautifully created and full of faith with prayers to be treasured. Send some this summer, and you’ll be sending something that’s actually part of a centuries-old tradition.

As early as the 15th century, Catholics were sharing Holy Cards with one another, circulating artistic paintings of their icons of faith while also creating what many consider a very valuable piece of cultural history. Sometimes flowers or keepsake items were attached to them, and they were even sent to children. Today, many Holy Cards show an image of a Saint and also offer a prayer that can be recited.
You can you use Holy Cards to inspire and send a message of hope and here are just a few ways you can do that:

A Baby’s Baptism

Send a beautiful Holy Card for a baby’s baptism, and you’ll know that the family will likely press it alongside other keepsakes into a baby’s album of this wonderful day.

For a Memorial

A Holy Card is often used to send a treasured prayer to honor a loved one or a friend’s passing, and these remain a meaningful part of the memorial process for many Catholics today.

For Confirmations

Celebrate and honor a confirmation with a beautifully-created Holy Card, sure to be tucked away into a memory box. Many feature delicate renditions of the Saints.

For a Religious Anniversary

Holy Cards are perfect for thanking and commemorating a person’s service anniversary to the church or their entrance into a faith profession. They’re small enough to place in a frame near a work desk, for example, serving as a constant inspiration.

For Artistic Works at Home That Share Your Faith

Decorating with Holy Cards can be a fresh new way to use these historic pieces. Place several in a windowed frame for an eye-catching collage. Create a “wallpaper” border of the Saints with several Holy Cards placed together in a continuous stream of faith. Press them into clear-coat for a beautiful table top.

As you look for new ways to send something you believe in, look for unique Holy Cards created by the monks and artists at The Printery House. Your purchase helps support the centuries-old tradition of Holy Cards, and supports our work of Conception Abbey – a monastery nestled in the rolling hills of northwest Missouri.

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