A Woman’s Courage
Adoration of the holy face of Jesus finds its traditional roots in beautiful, courageous, Veronica, who defied the powerful Roman execution squad to offer her own veil to wipe the bloody, sweaty, bruised face of our Lord on the way to His crucifixion. Tradition holds that in gratitude for her deep love, Jesus imprinted his own suffering face onto her veil.
“Tradition has bequeathed us Veronica. Perhaps she is a counterpart to the story of [Simon] the Cyrenian. As a woman, she could not physically carry the Cross or even be called upon to do so, yet in fact she did carry the Cross with Jesus: she carried it in the only way possible to her at the moment and in obedience to the dictates of her heart: she wiped his Face. Tradition has it that an imprint of Christ’s features remained on the cloth she used. This detail seems fairly easy to explain: since the cloth was covered with blood and sweat, it would preserve traces and outlines.” St. John Paul II, Way of the Cross at the Colisseum, Good Friday 2003
A Beautiful Face
It is hard to look upon a suffering face, or a person who is disfigured. Yet, 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 us, help us see the love behind every wound. Since that initial miracle, the devotion to the Holy Face spread. “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.