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Some of the Best Catholic Jewelry Boxes

Have you been putting your treasured items into a desk drawer or leaving them out in the open? This might be something that is unwise to keep doing. The solution to all of your problems could be a jewelry box. Jewelry boxes come in many different shapes, sizes, and makes. A particular favorite though has been Catholic jewelry boxes that depict scenes from the Bible. Many of these Catholic jewelry boxes also have God, Jesus, Mary, and the Holy Spirit shown on the front of them. They tend to play some kind of music you would hear from Church when you open them, and they can be nice to own or give as a gift to a loved one. Now that you know all about these boxes you have a lot of options to consider before you actually purchase one. Here are some ideas that might help you on your way.

1.) Guardian Angel Jewelry Box – If you need to give a Baptism, Communion, or Confirmation gift to give a loved one you should really consider getting them a Guardian Angel Jewelry Box. The box would work as a gift to any loved one, but a child about to receive a religious sacrament would be best because of the intricate scene that inhabits the front side of the box. Surrounded by golden trim, the scene shows two young children who look scared trying to cross a very old, unstable bridge. The bridge is over a big waterfall and the children look to be in grave danger, but floating above them is their guardian angel. This scene is truly heartwarming and comforting.

2.) Ecce Homo Jewelry Box – The Ecce Homo Jewelry Box has a great velvet inside that will take care of all of your favorite belongings you plan on keeping safe in there. Extremely fragile objects will be completely safe inside of the jewelry box so you can rest at ease. It is made out of the finest oak and has a nice finish on the outside. The top of the box is the best part because of the beautiful picture that is there. Jesus is on the front with a crown of thorns on his head. This was right before he was put on the cross and he is in deep suffering. He is looking upwards though trusting God that this is what needed to happen. It is truly a stunning scene. When the box is opened you will be able to listen to “Ave Maria”.

3.) Immaculate Conception Jewelry Box – This is another musical box and is also filled with the softest velvet to keep your valuables safe. A mother would be glad to receive this for a gift on either Mother’s Day or after she has a child. The Virgin Mary is on the front of this box and she is surrounded by children. This signifies her as the Mother of all Catholics, and she is on a cloud in the picture showing that she looks over all of life.

4.) Holy Family Jewelry Box – The Holy Family Jewelry Box would make a really awesome gift for new parents or a couple being married. The scene on the front has Jesus, Mary, and Joseph on it all in prayer. Their heads are surrounded by halos and they all look extraordinarily tranquil and calm. Joseph has a large number of flowers held in his left hand, and in front of Jesus there are more flowers. Jesus is a young child in this picture, which is another reason why this box is so great. There are not too many depictions of Jesus as a young child, most are just him as a baby or him as an adult. This box plays music when it is opened, and is truly a great jewelry box.

History of the Miraculous Medal

Saint Catherine Laboure was shown the plannings for the Miraculous Medal, also called the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, through one of the many holy visions that she had a on regular basis. The particular vision that brought the world the Miraculous Medal took place in Paris, France in the year 1830.

The visions that Saint Catherine saw on such a frequent basis were typically of different saints or of God. She even sometimes saw Jesus, but that was on a less regular basis than the other visions she received. In 1830, Saint Catherine saw Mary for the very first time though and this is the vision that brought us the Miraculous Medal.

The Virgin Mary appeared to Saint Catherine with a white sphere at her feet and a hand covered in rings made of beautiful jewels. These jewels were shining extraordinarily bright and it was truly a sight to see. Mary talked to Catherine saying that the shining lights were all the people who had asked Mary for help through prayer. Mary said that those who asked her for help would receive the grace they needed to be successful in their endeavors. However, some of the stones seemed to not be shining, and Mary explained the reason behind this. She told Catherine that all the people in the world who were suffering and not asking Mary for grace or help were represented by the jewels that were dull and not shining at all. An oval of bright light then encompassed Mary and lettering appeared in the air underneath her. It said, “O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to you”. Mary made sure to state to Catherine that she wished for a medal to be made in this image that Catherine had in front of her. Mary’s intentions were that people would be reminded by the medal to pray to her and ask her for grace.

The Virgin Mary then disappeared and Catherine was left by her lonesome. Catherine saw an image on a table in the room though, and she quickly hurried over to see it. On the table she saw a large M with a cross through it, and below that there were two hearts. These two hearts are the hearts of Jesus and his mother Mary. This image is where the backside of the Miraculous Medal comes from.

Mary wanted herself in the image that she chose to be on the front side of the medal because she just wanted to have a way to get more people to pray to her and ask for grace. Mary just wanted to help people live their lives with as much grace and dignity as possible.

Saint Catherine did just as Mary instructed her to do. She had the medal made with the back as what she saw after Mary had departed, and the front as the image of Mary she had ingrained into her mind. The medal began being sold to the masses and more people became mindful of praying to Mary.

Pope Pius XII found it fitting that Catherine be canonized for bringing the Miraculous Medal to everybody. This took place in July of 1947.

The Top Five Religious Statues You Should Own

So you’re looking to add some decoration to that room in your office or house that is just plain boring? Well look no further because a nice religious statue could be just what you have been searching for. These statues can be modestly priced and look great in almost any kind of setting. There are a plethora of options to choose from as well, like a statue of any patron saint, Jesus, or Mary. To help you on your way to choosing one you here are five pretty awesome statues you may want to consider.

1.) Sacred Heart Statue – Jesus is depicted in this piece wearing a white and red robe. He is shown with the holes in his hands from his death on the cross and has a shining red heart coming from the center of his chest. This piece is a great idea for anywhere in a house or office because it holds a true meaning that everybody will be able to look at and comprehend. Let’s be honest here, who couldn’t use a little reminder of our savior Jesus during their day?

2.) Virgin Mary Statue/Our Lady of Grace Statue – Mary was the mother of Jesus, and this statue does her justice in depicting her as the mother of the Catholic Church. Mary is standing with her arms raised at her sides looking tranquil as always. She is dressed in a long dress that is white, covered by a blue cloth over the top. This statue will make a great piece for any room in your house and will be sure to catch visitor’s eyes. However, it is nothing over the top and can be discreet if it needs to be.

3.) Saint Joseph Statue – Saint Joseph was the father of Jesus, he raised him from a newborn with Mary and taught him how to be a good man. He played a vital role in Christ’s life and this is a very important thing that people should remember. Joseph is holding Jesus in this statue and in his other hand he holds flowers. A statue of both Jesus and Joseph is a very nice thing to find because it depicts two very important people from the New Testament of the Bible at once.

4.) Saint Jude Statue – Saint Jude was one of Jesus’ Apostles, and his is shown in this picture with a flame on his forehead. This is to symbolize Pentecost when the spirit came down upon the Apostles and allowed them to speak in tongues and communicate with all people to spread the word of God. Saint Jude is almost always shown with an image of Christ on his person, and this statue follows that tradition with a picture of Christ being held close to Jude’s chest.

5.) Saint Michael Statue – Saint Michael was the Archangel who led heaven to victory in the battle against Satan. He is a hero and this statue does him justice. He is shown in this piece with great shining angel’s wings and a shield of armor across his chest. Many people are unaware of Saint Michael and the great win he helped bring for heaven so this statue could be a nice conversation piece to have in your house or office.

Religious Wedding Gifts You Should Know About

Ever have problems trying to pick out an appropriate wedding gift for the couple, the bride, the groom, or anybody else involved in a wedding? Many people have before, so if you’re searching for some answers you may want to look into a religious wedding gift. Going with a religious wedding gift can really show that you care about the couple and their future together. What is meant by a religious wedding gift? You might want to try out a couple of these ideas because they are sure to be loved by whoever receives them.

1.) Rose Quartz Rosary Wrap Bracelet – The best person to give this gift to would be a bridesmaid, the bride herself, or a mother because it is very feminine. This bracelet is made of light pink quartz beads and golden beads with a cross on the end. It is indeed a rosary but it can be worn around the wrist, and would be a perfect accessory for Sunday mass. A gift box is included in the price of this piece and serves the purpose of storing this great bracelet when your loved one is not wearing it.

2.) Tree of Life Crucifix – This gift could be appropriate for many different people. It would be best suited to give to a father, groom, or best man though. This piece is made of sterling silver and is a necklace that the owner will be sure to love. Instead of a traditional cross with Jesus on it, this piece is a little bit different. Jesus is shown exactly like he would have been if he was on a crucifix, however he is attached to a great tree. The trees branches serve as the cross and this necklace is really cool. The tree that Jesus is on really is shown in great detail and it is really cool.

3.) Wooden Wedding Box – This is one gift that should definitely be given to the bride and the groom together because it is really meant for the two of them. The wooden box is very nice looking and is genuinely hand-made. There is a space on the top of the box to place a 4×6 picture of the couple. The box is perfect for putting wedding memorabilia inside or putting other valuable objects in. On top of the box there are two silver rings to remind the couple of their undying love.

4.) Sterling Silver Claddagh – This claddagh medal is made up of a set of hands, holding a heart, with a crown on it. This has a great meaning behind it and it applies directly to marriage. The heart stands for love, the hands stand for friendship, and the crown stands for loyalty. This medal would make a lovely gift for the bride.

5.) Bridesmaid Heart Necklace – This is simple piece, and you should know who should be receiving it just by the name. This necklace is a sterling silver heart that can be worn on the wedding day, and really on any special occasion. It is very pretty but isn’t anything too much. A great way to make this gift special to all the bridesmaids is to have this gift engraved with their name on it. This way you can still have each of them feel like they got something special made just for them.

Six of the Best Baptism Gifts Ever

The first sacrament a Catholic boy or girl gets to take part in is being Baptized. Baptism is a really meaningful sacrament because it vanquishes original sin and welcomes us into the Church. Most people are too young to remember being Baptized, which makes it that much more important to get them a great gift they can appreciate later in their lifetime. There are many different ways that you can go about getting a wonderful Baptism gift, and there are many choices to pick from as well.

1.) An easy way to give a great gift for a Baptism and start teaching a child about Jesus is to get him or her a Jesus Loves Me nightlight. This gift has a reasonable use (who doesn’t want a nightlight when they are one or two years old?) and is also still religious at the same time. These lights come in blue or pink depending on if you are buying for girl or a boy.

2.) Guardian Angel Crib Medals can also be a great idea for a gift. These medals can be attached to any child’s crib and they come in a boy’s and girl’s version. These medals feature an angel and either pink or blue depending on the gender of the child. Once the child grows out of the crib, you can keep the medal as a keepsake just because it is so nice to look at. So this gift is one that can be enjoyed for life.

3.) A very nice boxed set that could definitely make a high quality gift that both a child and their parents would love is a My First Rosary and Crucifix set. The crucifix is very nice and would look great on the wall of a bedroom or any room in a house. It is elegant, yet simple enough not to be too much. The rosary is great because it is a real rosary and getting a child a rosary at a young age can only lead to good things. Also, the rosary is very colorful and is made of wooden beads so it is safe for a child to hold onto and play with if they wish. You really get the best of both worlds with this gift box.

4.) Another set of less child-like rosary beads could be a great idea for a Baptism gift as well. The child may not be able to really have any interaction with the beads until they grow a little bit older, but it does not change the fact that this rosary set is very nice. It includes a picture of a guardian angel on it and is really neat. This Guardian Angel Cross and Rosary set also comes with a cross that matches the rosary set. It includes a hook so you can hang the cross up where you want in the house.

5.) You can also go the route that many people have gone before and choose to give your loved one a medal or pendant for their Baptism. While is has been done before there is no shame in being unoriginal. You can still give a great gift by getting a pendant or medal because there are so many unique ones to choose from. Some have images of kids praying on them, while others say only Baptism. And don’t forget; you can always engrave a medal or pendant and that makes it one of a kind!

6.) There are so many different kinds of picture frames that are made especially for Baptisms. These can make really cool gifts. There are just plain baptism frames, and other special frames that are supposed to be from the godparents to the child, and grandparents to the child. These frames are all very nice looking and can end up being something that the child will keep for years to come.

The Most Popular Patron Saint Medals Today

Patron saint medals have been a popular accessory to wear for quite some time now. They are also nice to just have in your pocket or on you all the time. People get a feeling of comfort knowing that they have their patron saint with them at all times. People wear medals for all sorts of reasons, some because of their name, some because of their occupation, and some for no reason at all. Whatever the case may be there are certainly some common medals that you see on a more daily basis than some other ones.

5.) Saint Patrick – Saint Patrick was born in Britain to two wealthy parents, however he is known for his work in Ireland and for being the patron saint of the the country as well. Saint Patrick’s feast day is one of the more widely celebrated ones of all patron saints. It happens on March 17th each year and is more widely known as Saint Patrick’s Day. When Patrick was only a teenager he was taken by Irish Druids from Britain. They took him back to Ireland with them where he was forced to labor for them and he was treated very poorly. Patrick became very spiritual during his years in Ireland, he prayed day and night and became closer with God than he could have ever imagined before. God told him in a dream one night that he must flee to the coast, which Patrick did. At the coastline he found British sailors who brought him home to Ireland finally. He found sailors there who took him home to Britain. Patrick went home and got ordained into the priesthood. Not too long after that Patrick would become a bishop. Patrick wished to go back to Ireland and try to help the people their see the ways of Christianity, which he did to a great extent. Saint Patrick utilized the shamrock to teach the Irish people the Holy Trinity.

4.) Saint Thomas Aquinas – Saint Thomas Aquinas was one of the best theologians the Church has ever seen. He is known as the patron saint of students and universities because of his great passion for education and knowledge. Saint Thomas’ feast day is celebrated on January 28th. Thomas was given a great education from a young age, and he certainly took full advantage of his opportunity. Thomas decided, when he was of age, that he wanted to pursue life as a monk. His family strongly disapproved of his choice and tried to talk him out of it, but he would not change his mind because he knew what was right. Saint Thomas went on to become a member of the Order of Saint Dominic and would study under the incredibly smart Saint Albert the Great.

3.) Saint John the Baptist – Saint John the Baptist was the final prophet of the Old Testament and was also the last one to come before Jesus Christ, the son of God. Saint John’s parents were named Elizabeth and Zachary and the couple was extraordinarily old when they found out Elizabeth was pregnant with John. Gabriel was sent by God to tell John and Elizabeth of this before it happened, so they knew just what to expect. Saint John is best known for baptizing many people in the Jordan River. He even baptized Jesus there! John knew Jesus was the Messiah and spread word of it all the time. The ruler at the time, Herod, did not like the sway John had over all the people at that time so he had him arrested for no apparent reason. He then had his head chopped off to end what he saw as a threat to his power.

2.) Saint Michael – Saint Michael the Archangel is the patron saint of policemen because he was one of the angels who protected heaven in its battle versus Satan. Michael was actually the archangel who took charge and was responsible for the victory in that battle. He is a great protector and that is why he is the patron saint of policemen. His feast day is on the 29th of September every year.

1.) Saint Christopher – Saint Christopher died for his faith in Christianity just like many other martyrs of the Church. His death took place in the third century. One of the many stories of Christopher’s life is one that deals with him unknowingly carrying Christ across a terribly dangerous river. Christopher carried Christ and felt the weight of the world on him just as Christ always does. Christ appeared to him in the form of a boy though, so Christopher was really stumped as too why the boy weighed so much when he went to take him across the river. However, he did not ask questions or quit because it was too hard. Christopher made it across the river and told the boy he was very heavy. The boy told Christopher then that he was Christ and that he had just served the son of God. He thanked Christopher for his service and disappeared. Christopher appears on the most medals out of any patron saint. He is pictured on almost any sports medal that you can think of, and that is why he is number one on this list.



Good Gift Ideas for Your Grandson’s Confirmation

The day has finally come, your grandson will be receiving one of the most important sacraments the Catholic Church has to offer, Confirmation. This day should be one that he will remember for years to come. Your grandson will be formally accepted as an adult as far as the Church is concerned and you want to congratulate him with a nice gift he will remember. There are an abundance of choices you will have to choose from to find the right gift for your grandson, which can prove to be tougher than it sounds. So here are some choices to think about before you make any sort of decision.

Rosary beads will always be a wonderful Confirmation gift! They are especially great for somebody who has just been Confirmed because that person has just been welcomed into the Church as an adult. This gives them more responsibility in their life and also means they should try to become closer with God. One of the best ways to do that is to pray the rosary! Rosaries are also very nice to have because of how nice some of them look. There are many different kinds of rosary beads out there, they come in all shapes and colors, and there are even some that are made specially for those who have just been Confirmed.

For any special occasion in the Catholic Church, a go to gift to give has always been a necklace of sorts. Now for a Confirmation one may want to consider a Holy Spirit necklace. These necklaces are shaped like a dove to show the coming of the Holy Spirit to the recently Confirmed. Some other types of Confirmation necklaces include crosses with a dove on them somewhere. These necklaces typically come in gold or silver and can be engraved. Engraving is another way to make the gift you give unique. Putting your grandson’s name on the necklace can make it very special to him because it is personal. Putting on the day, month, and year of his Confirmation could also be a nice idea because he will then be able to always remember the day of Confirmation and who gave him that awesome gift.

Another choice to consider for a Confirmation day present would be a cake topper. This gift serves two purposes, it decorates the cake that celebrates your grandson’s Confirmation and makes it look nice and it also provides him with a keepsake to hold onto and remember his special day. Many Confirmation cake toppers are shaped either like a cross or a dove to represent the sacrament, and they usually have some sort of message on them as well.

Another great gift that comes to mind when thinking about ideas for a grandson’s Confirmation would be a Confirmation photo plaque. These plaques can either be flat or have two parts that open like a book. The text usually is some sort of prayer or congratulatory note to your loved one. A space is left for a picture to be put into the plaque, and this is where you can personalize this present and make it really special. Placing a picture of you and your grandson in the plaque will give him something to look back on when he is older.