The Look of Love
On the cross, Jesus’ holy face became disfigured. Yet it was all the more beautiful because of the love it showed forth. Women and men have capacity for great strength when the one they love is suffering. Let the knowledge that every blow on this face was taken out of love for you, help you see the love behind every wound and be a constant reminder of how much he loves you, and that your royalty has been won at the cost of his own life..
He had no majestic bearing to catch our eye, / no beauty to draw us to him. / He was spurned and avoided by men, / a man of suffering, knowing pain, / Like one from whom you turn your face, / spurned, and we held him in no esteem. / Yet it was our pain that he bore, / our sufferings he endured. Isaiah 53:2-4
Maria has tried to capture some of this beauty in this work, for No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13
Devotion to the Holy Face spread from the early years of Christians. “Those who will contemplate the wounds on My Face here on earth, shall contemplate it radiant in heaven.” Jesus told Sister Marie of St Peter, a Carmelite nun in Tours, France, in 1866. In another vision, Jesus Christ spoke to an Italian virgin Sister Maria Pierina De Micheli telling her: “Every time my Face is contemplated, I will pour out my love into the heart of those persons, and by means of my Holy Face the salvation of many souls will be obtained.”
Co-Creating with God
From His Heart to her heart…from His Hands to her hands…and now to yours.
Maria Franklin, founder and fine artist at Center Peace Works, finds joy in each handmade piece, witnessing to the healing Love that she herself has experienced.
Maria finds joy in each handmade piece, witnessing to the healing Love that she herself has experienced. Prayer is an endless source of inspiration and her deep personal well of empathy for her family and friends overflows into each creation. From her cliffside home studio in Southern California where she resides with her husband and children, Maria designs and details religious art painstakingly in wax, and then forges each unique piece in solid bronze, brass or sterling silver. The whole process can take months to perfect. In this exclusive collaboration, Maria has opened up her heart and hands to share her collaborative adventure with the Creator, and we invite you to join in. Each piece is meant to be used, loved, prayed with, treasured, gifted, and displayed as a constant reminder of grace and royalty.
CENTER PEACE WORKS X ROYALS
Three distinct pieces form our Center Peace Works x House of Royals art collection: a Face of Christ Upon the Cross, in brass inlaid on reclaimed California cedar wood cross frame, or Face of Christ Upon Veronica’s Veil in brass/white matted frame; a Royal Shield rosary chaplet with sword, shield, breastplate, helmet and belt of virtues inspired by Ephesians 6 with accompanying brass Holy Spirit hanger and option for Royal Shield chaplet with retablo shadowbox; and a brass Triumph Wing cross.
Maria is also periodically available for custom art by commission here.