The Feast of St. Joseph is March 19th, so now is a good time to think about ways to honor that day. Devotion to Saint Joseph has always been strong among the monks of Conception Abbey. The example Joseph set of faithful service and labor dovetails with the Benedictine model of “ora et labora” (“pray and work”). The Printery House offers this statue of St. Joseph holding his carpenter tools. This sculpture makes a bold statement in its simplicity, depicting the tenderhearted father and faithful guardian of Jesus. The Printery House also offers several cards to honor St. Joseph’s Day. This card shown (CB1921) features a beautiful sentiment:
As Joseph gently guided and taught Jesus, and supported the Holy Family by the work of his hands, may we, whose hands do the work of the Lord, be inspired to follow his example with faith, love, and devotion. Thinking of you on this special feast.
That first contact with someone who has experienced a family tragedy can be difficult especially when you run into him or her unexpectedly and you don’t have the right words to say. It’s totally natural because you don’t want to say the wrong thing. In many cases, you don’t have a clue what the right things to say might be.
Think about the times in your life when you have lost someone you care about or maybe just went through a personal crisis and were feeling distraught. You wanted comfort from your friends and instead were met with silence because they didn’t know what to say. What words of comfort did you want to hear?
Some of the most difficult times in a person’s life is when they experience the death of a loved one. The bereaved struggle with depression, guilt, anger and a variety of emotions that are difficult to live with. The bereaved often feel isolated and alone. It’s important for those who count themselves as friends of the bereaved to reach out in any way they can.
Having the courage to reach out is difficult, but it can be as simple as dropping a note in the mailbox. A note, even from a stranger, can plant a seed of hope in an otherwise bottomless pit of despair. An inspirational card can be the catalyst for a turning point where grief is replaced with hope.
An inspirational card might contain one sentence, but a powerful one that says you’re thinking about that person or that you are happy that person is a part of your life. A note that tells them you’re there to listen is also a powerful message – sitting in silence and listening to what the bereaved have to say is something that psychologists say is an important step in helping someone who is going through a tough time.
An inspirational card is something that can be sent over the long haul as a person goes through the grieving cycle and needs the continued support of friends. You don’t have to come up with just the right words, the card conveys that you care, that you are thinking about them and that you are lifting them up in prayers.
The Printery House offers cards and gifts for every occasion, including for someone who is grieving. The company offers sympathy and condolences that focus on God’s peace in difficult times. The monks and employees of Conception Abbey produce beautifully crafted cards featuring contemporary religious art that will bring a message of cheer to someone who is hurting.
As nice as it is to get a surprise text from a friend during the day or discover an encouraging email in our inbox, there is still something extra-special about receiving a card in the mailbox. Perhaps we never fully outgrow our thrill over receiving gifts or maybe it’s just because cards and letters are expressions of love we can hold in our hands, but the fact remains – giving and receiving cards is meaningful in a way that digital communications may fall short.
When we want to let that other person know we are thinking of them and hope to breathe some new life into their heart, religious greeting cards can be just what the doctor ordered. Because they contain the life-giving words of Scripture, they contain powerful messages of love, hope or courage all on their own. Our few penned words jotted on the inside just seem to help the person take the eternally true Word of God into their heart as a personal gift.
One of the blessings of sending religious greeting cards is that it isn’t about us knowing exactly what to say, it’s about putting God’s words in another person’s path. Sometimes we don’t know what to say when a person has lost a loved one, has a family crisis or is dealing with challenges at work. But sending a card with God’s truth is much like taking our friend’s hand and placing it into the hand of God. We give them someone strong to hold onto when there are no human answers.
Other times people just need a good smile. When we can’t be there in person to produce a smile, cards can do the trick. Christian cards are not always serious; sometimes they are whimsical and funny. Oftentimes they can be sent for no other reason than to enclose a little ray of sunshine in an envelope to brighten another person’s day.
If you are looking for a way to minister God’s truth and hope to others, starting a card ministry could be one avenue for outreach. A card ministry can be formalized, meaning there is a group of people committed to card-writing with a system for who will write to whom and when. But a card ministry can also be a solo operation. Just you, your pen and a roll of stamps!
Maybe it’s been on your heart to take on a more active role in your church or community, but you weren’t sure what it might look like. It could be that God has a card ministry in mind for you. If you’re looking for religious greeting cards to send, The Printery House offers a wide range of cards for all sorts of occasions. Take some time to browse our site and with a few clicks of the mouse you will be set for an exciting ministry that touches lives with the hope of Christ.
Sending Holy Cards is one way that Christians can help one another to regain a sense of heritage and continuity with those who went before. Holy cards first became popular as far back as the 15th century. Since then, images of Christ, the Blessed Mother, biblical characters and saints of the church have graced the cards making them a great way to keep the story of God’s work on earth a present matter of thought.
Holy Cards sometimes bear the images of biblical accounts. Cards depict scenes from the bible such as King David playing psalms upon a lyre, Jesus as the Good Shepherd, the Last Supper or the risen Christ appearing to Peter to ask him “Do you love Me?”
Other cards represent ancient saints of the church. St Anthony of Padua with the infant Jesus or St Francis of Assisi preaching to the birds are popular themes. Oftentimes, holy cards with icons of the saints include a brief biographical history of the saint on the inside. When they don’t, it is a great opportunity for the sender to enclose a little bit about the saint for the recipient to read. Think of it as curating church history.
Since church history is an ongoing tale, some Holy Cards have to do with more modern church figures such as Popes or even modern visitations like Our Lady of Korea. The story of the church extends back to the Garden of Eden when God first called men into fellowship with Himself, it became formalized when Jesus was raised and sent His Spirit to earth and it continues down to today through the lives of church leaders and individual members.
Sending Holy Cards is also a great way to pass along well-loved prayers of the saints. Many believers who went before us penned words of devotion and commitment that still find an echo in believing hearts today. It is also a great chance to remind one another of the creeds which guide us in faith and practice. Too many modern-day Christians don’t know the words to the Nicene Creed and the Apostle’s Creed – statements which have for centuries united Christians everywhere.
The Printery House invites you to take a look at their extensive selection of Holy Cards and icon reproductions. They would love to join with you in passing along the baton of faith and church history. Do something a little different. Do something a little more meaningful. The next time you want to send a card – send a Holy Card.