This rustic journal cover belongs to our Coraggio collection, and features our Cedar of Lebanon.
For the writer in all of us, this 5.75" x 9.25" journal cover is the lifelong companion you can use for all your future journals. Measuring 9.25" tall, and 11.75" when opened, this cover comes with an internal journal, and then can be refilled with a new one when you're ready! With a wrap-around leather strap, each journal cover includes a strap that is used to keep it held together while you travel! Crafted from 100% soft, genuine leather, each one comes in differing shades and patterns - no two are the same. The included inside journal comes with a tag of the artisan’s name that personally crafted your journal and has around 100 pages of standard-ruled paper. They are designed and engraved in our Steubenville, OH workshop.
Hand-crafted in Honduras, these leather journals 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.
These journals are only available while supplies last.
[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, Catholic to the Max has partnered with the Lazarus Artisan Shop in Honduras to bring you this fair-trade, hand-crafted leather item. May it give you the courage for the adventure of an authentic Christian life!
Both we at Catholic to the Max and Mission Lazarus thank you for helping support our teams of talented individuals.
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*Please Note: Due to the handcrafted nature of these leather items, our partnering supplier Lazarus Artisan Goods, may brand their logo variously across products. Our picture mockups show the most relevant branded variation, but may be subject to change.