As we begin this new year, many of us may be making resolutions, lists and goals. Others may be avoiding these altogether and looking for one simple focus – the cross.
Remembering the cross in 2014 – with all its power, love and meaning – can be an amazing goal to focus on, on your own and with your family. In every milestone this year and every simple moment, the reality of the cross and the truth that God stepped down into our lives in such a human way can be a constant source of inspiration.
Although there are dozens of ornate choices for purchasing a cross, from wall art to jewelry, one of the most popular wooden crosses is the Comfort Cross. It’s been a top choice from The Printery House, a card and gift ministry of the Benedictine monks of Conception Abbey, for a long time – with some special reasons why.
Why is the Comfort Cross so popular among wooden crosses?
1. It’s made from wood from trees found in the Holy Land. For prayer or devotion, the truth that it’s made from olive trees from the hill country near Bethlehem and Jerusalem is definitely inspiring and unique.
2. The size is perfect for holding, and has a calming presence. The Comfort Cross fits easily in the palm of your hand, so it’s perfect for prayer walks, quiet devotionals, or times of anxiety and fear. It’s also great for keeping at your desk, your purse or your vehicle as a conversation starter.
3. It’s simple, beautiful and meaningful to anyone who receives one as a gift. This cross stands out from other wooden crosses because of its simplicity. Whether the recipient is Catholic or another branch of Christianity, its design appeals to everyone. It’s suited to all tastes because of its unique beauty and straightforward design. It also comes with a gift box and devotional card.
4. It’s part of the larger mission of the monks and artists of Conception Abbey to share what really matters – the love of Christ. This cross is special for so many reasons, but also because it helps promote the mission and ministry of Conception Abbey and to equip new leaders of the faith.
As noted in “My Utmost For His Highest,” there’s nothing that connects us to God like the hope of the cross, and especially when we communicate this through prayer. Why not make just one simple resolution this year: to remember the cross daily and to pray daily. The Comfort Cross from The Printery House can be the gentle reminder you need to make this resolution a reality – and to look forward to a year of hope like no other.