The saints are our family.
These men and women had such diverse personalities, circumstances, gifts, foibles, and missions.
And they lived real, complicated lives, working and praying and failing and repenting and suffering and loving, just like us. What gave them the greatest happiness and fulfillment, and what draws us to them now, is how they loved God with everything they had and were.
St. Joseph has long been a favorite of mine. He wasn't perfect, but he was humble, strong, and faithful. I love how he lived a simple life with Jesus and Mary, providing for them through the work of his hands.
For years, I asked for his intercession, praying and hoping for some kind of work that was creative and let me work with my hands. There were plenty of ideas that didn’t pan out, but I kept bothering St. Joseph for one that would. And then one day during prayer, the idea for CORDA was born.
The name means “hearts” and comes from the Mass when the priest says, “Lift up your hearts.” In Latin, that’s “sursum corda” and literally it means “Hearts up!” I love, too, how the heart is a source of strength and courage. The name also gives a nod to how I proudly make everything by hand in the heartland, where I was born and raised.
It took more than seven months and exhaustive testing to take CORDA from an idea to the launch of the first products: candles with scents directly inspired by saints and the faith.
Each scent combination is the fruit of love and prayer, and their inspirations come from the day to day lives and heavenly patronages of these holy men and women. Our faith gives us so many things that make concrete and visible an invisible reality, and my hope is that CORDA candles do the same.
The candles are carefully crafted at every step, from creating the unique scents, making my proprietary wax blend, pouring with careful attention, designing and applying the labeling, and then packaging them up just for you. And I hope that you can feel the love and care as soon as you open your package.
It's an honor that you want CORDA to be part of your home and your life. In enjoying these products, you support this small business and bring a bit more light into the world. Thank you! Hearts up,
- Anna Camacho, owner and maker