31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Beauty (Day 8)

31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Beauty (Day 8)

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

-John Keats

Keats may have coined the phrase, but I first heard it from Mary Poppins. Anyone else??

My relationship with beauty is somewhat, um, complex. I don’t think I ever truly appreciated beauty it in all its various and sundry iterations until recently. The topic is probably best saved for an more in-depth post on another day. That being said, I do have a great appreciation for beautiful art, especially sacred art, which has had a profound impact on me and my ministry.

Fast-forward to today, and I am blessed to share something beautiful with you, dear readers, and offer you something unexpected – an opportunity to partake in the beauty shared! What joy!

Saints for all Occasions notecards are based on a collection of vintage holy cards belonging to Fr. Eugene Carella and meticulously curated by Barbara Calamari and Sandra DiPasqua of novena.com.

One of the great things about these notecards, other than their striking beauty, is that there are an assortment of saints suitable to send for various occasions. Is your daughter going off to college? Give her St. Joan of Arc, patroness of bravery.

St Joan of Arc

Or send St. Monica, Patron Saint of Mothers to your Mom as a pick-me-up. Or you could send (Feast Day alert) St. Teresa of Ávila (invoked for healing), St. Thomas Aquinas (Patron of Students), St. Vitus (Patron of Laughter – who knew?), St. Julian (Patron of Hospitality),

St. Julian

and many more. Each of the 20 cards features a different saint and comes with envelopes in a gorgeous foil-stamped box.

Saints for All Occasions

Can’t wait to get your hands on them, can you? Well, please be sure to follow this blog if you don’t already and comment below for your chance to win your own box of notecards! The first 50 commenters* on this post, will also receive the novena app (for iPhone) for free, through the kindness of Sandra diPasqua, who is probably one of the most generous people I’ve never met in real life! Thank you so very, very much, Sandy!

I’ll announce the notecard winner on October 15th, in honor of St. Teresa of Avila’s Feast Day. Purchase now on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Until tomorrow, God bless y’all!


*One entry per individual, please.


34 thoughts on “31 Days of Unexpected Joy: Beauty (Day 8)

    1. They’re taken from some really old holy cards, so they are genuinely vintage! I like that there’s some unusual saints, too.

  1. Those are beautiful Heather! I love the vintage look. Where do you like to get your sacred art? I was really loving the work from Monastery Icons but then someone told me the church doesn’t approve them because of some wonky ceremony they use when they make them. This makes me sad because it was a great (and affordable) way for me to get Catholic art.

    1. Hello! If I had to choose, I’d say our local Catholic bookstore, because I love the proprietor and she is so helpful!

  2. I am so excited about these cards! I love having good, Catholic art cards to send to people. Sending notes is becoming a lost art in itself. Thanks for alerting us to their existence, and I am definitely going to get a set!

    1. Totally agree, Jeannine! BTW – heard you on Mater Dei yesterday; you did a great job! ??

  3. These are incredibly beautiful, I would to display these in my home. Many thanks for this giveaway!

  4. Wow, these are beautiful, thanks for holding the giveaway! And that is very generous of Sandra DiPasqua. 🙂

  5. I need to get these!
    They’d also save me from needing to spend so much time in the card aisle with a 2 & 4 yr old waiting ever so (un)patiently.

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