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There are many important times in the life of a Catholic when Catholic gifts are appropriate including christening or baptism, confirmation, first communion and the celebration of saint’s days. Christmas is also an important time when a religious gift is welcome. There are rosary beads and bracelet, saint medals, crosses and crucifixes all of which come in beautifully crafted jewelry in gold and sterling silver as well as stainless steel and porcelain.

 

A rosary bracelet is an alternative to a traditional rosary for counting prayers. They are short, usually having only one decade of beads. It looks beautiful for daily wear and is good for travel. It is one of the best Catholic gifts for first communion or confirmation. Another good gift item is the saint medal. Wearing these medals give solace and protection to many people. There are saints that represent every aspect of human life and the right one will feel like a blessing. For example, St. Michael for policemen, St. Francis of Assisi for animals and the environment, St. Joseph for the family and working man, St. Anne for mothers. 

 

The ultimate of Catholic gifts is the crucifix. From the sixteenth century they have represented the meaning of salvation for Catholics and are also very trendy today. They have become associated with an edgy lifestyle including rock stars, surfers and motorcyclists. Usually, the people pursuing this lifestyle prefer the heavy stainless steel or silver crucifixes often shown with a skull. Whether you like this or prefer the more delicate gold jewelry, this is the gift that will please a religious person. They are available as pendants, charms, on rosaries, lapel pins and brooches.

 

A very special medal is the miraculous medal. It represents the most important part of a Catholic’s faith. It used to be called the medal of the Immaculate Conception but was renamed because it was associated with so many miraculous conversions. It depicts Mary’s vision and many believe it is a great blessing for those who wear it. It is foremost among Catholic gifts and should be given for first communion or conformation.

 

Just for men Catholic gifts include lapel pins. Angels are the messengers from God. They know God and can protect men. The angel lapel pin is a small but powerful symbol that we are not alone on earth and that help and comfort are here. They also may represent a loved on who has passed away but one feels is still close. There are also the traditional cross lapel pins that quietly and elegantly express your faith. The fish, an ancient Christian symbol, is also a delicate lapel pin that is less obviously Christian, except to those who know the symbolism, which is as true today as it was two thousand years ago when the symbol was used to identify early Christians who were hiding from the Romans. There are other gifts for Catholics such as books, devotional pictures, wall crosses and statues of saints which will be welcomed at any time of the year, but jewelry is especially appreciated because it will last a lifetime and can become an heirloom for generations.

This article was published on Saturday 31 October, 2009.



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