CORAGGIO Cedar of Lebanon Leather Card HolderCoraggio
This rustic leather card holder belongs to our Coraggio collection, and features our donkey design. This card holder is perfect compact size to take on every trip. With a 3.5 x 2.5" pocket, it's perfect to hold your business cards, credit cards, or even some cash! Crafted from 100% soft, genuine leather, each one comes in differing shades and patterns - no two are the same. They are designed and engraved in our Steubenville, OH workshop.
Hand-crafted in Honduras, these leather card holders were created by the individuals at Lazarus Artisan Goods. Through this ministry, men and women are taught to make high quality goods while receiving sustainable wages, health-care, and an education. Their goal is to not only help their workers financially, but to teach them to find dignity and purpose in all that they do. Both we at Catholic to the Max and Mission Lazarus thank you for helping support our teams of talented individuals.
[Coraggio Design - Cedar of Lebanon]
The Cedar of Lebanon is an important, but often times overlooked symbol for our Catholic Faith. These cedar trees can grow to live up to 3,000 years old and are also equipped with a special substance that allows their roots to anchor themselves deep into the rocky ground. The analogy here depicts that when we live by faith, we are enabled by God's grace to weather all forms of difficulty and blossom into the beautiful life God intended. Cedars of Lebanon also have a special characteristic that allows them to survive off neighboring cedars! When many grow in close proximity, often times their branches and foliage will intertwin and merge, meaning if one tree dies its limbs will be supported through the other tree. Lastly, these trees can grow to mighty heights! While they can stretch up to an astounding 120ft height, with 30-50ft branches, these trees grow extremely slow - only 6-12cm a year! This is also only made possible by what we don't see. For every foot of tree you see above ground, its roots below are equal or even doubled in size. This is a great symbol for our life with Christ. Just like any relationship, our lives with Christ takes time and work. It must be fostered, cared for, and cultivated each and every day. For we will only grow as tall as deeply as we are rooted!
Once, as Pope St. John Paul II battled illness, a Capuchin friar stood below his window with a fist in the sky and shouted, "Coraggio! (Courage!)" Inspired by this story, we at Catholic to the Max wanted to create a product line devoted to inspiring others to have courage and spark real life conversations about Christ. With this in mind, we've created a new set of designs that are Catholic, engaging, but also a little unclear. By stirring curiosity in others, our hope is when someone asks you about your shirt, journal, bracelet, etc, you have the opportunity and courage to proclaim the message of Jesus. You can learn more about the Coraggio brand by visiting our new website: livecoraggio.com.