Conference Spotlight: Pio Prints

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Today’s guest post was written by Maria Garabis Davis.

My mom was busy. And by busy, I mean that she had nine kids busy. For as long as I could remember, she was always cleaning something, cooking something, or
holding someone. Her days were full of constant activity and I rarely, if ever, saw her sit down. Except for Sundays.

On Sunday afternoon you could always find my mom sitting at the kitchen table, catching up with her “correspondence.” Equipped with her address book, and surrounded by cards, she wrote messages of love, hope, and consolation to those who needed it. Recipients ranged from family members to acquaintances and everything in-between. She even wrote to the author of a compelling article she read in a magazine, expressing her appreciation for her sharing her story and empathizing with her pain.

As a child I just couldn’t grasp the purpose of such a seemingly boring and out-dated practice. But as I grew older, I began to understand. By sending a card, a small and simple gesture, my mom was sending a powerful message of affirmation and love to each person. She was acknowledging that the milestone they were grieving or celebrating was worth the joy or sorrow that they were feeling. She was saying, I am here and I stand with you. You are not alone. Right now, as I write this card, I am thinking and praying for you.

When my mom died, I was approached by a friend of my oldest brother. He told me how moved his wife was by a recent card that she had received from my mom. He said that, of all the things given to her after the untimely passing of her father, the thing that was most comforting and most touching was a card with a note that was sent to her by my mother. “They just don’t make women like your mom anymore, He lamented. “So classy.”

They don’t make women like my mom anymore, and I want to be one.

In this age of the internet, we are losing the art of personal contact and the power of the impact of a handwritten message. At Pio Prints, we hope to make this old-
school practice, new-school.

Pio Prints was created with the purpose of updating the religious greeting card to appeal to the modern world. It is our mission to spread the message of the Saints to encourage, inspire, comfort, and congratulate. Our name is in honor of the great Saint Padre Pio of Petricila, and our motto we take from his beautiful wisdom: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” Our hope is that, in all moments of life, we may extend this message, and the message of the Saints, to people everywhere.

Visit Pio Prints’ table at the conference and you will be able to purchase and order their cards. A small sampling of these unique and modern cards are shown below.

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