Feast Day: July 11
I imagine this is how each one of us is listed in St. Peter’s large book at the gates of heaven. It doesn’t matter what our occupations are here on earth, God calls us all to be the best version of the person He made us to be… He calls us all to get up each day and try and try again… He calls us all to sainthood.
It is no coincidence that St. Benedict is one of the patron saints of My Saint My Hero. It is not us that chose him; he chose us! He made sure the women of Medjugorje were weaving the bracelets with his image and crest when Amy first went on pilgrimage there. It was also no coincidence that God had timed this while our Pope at that time was the great theologian, Pope Benedict XVI.
St. Benedict laid the groundwork and the inspiration for Ora et Labora (prayer & work) at My Saint My Hero. Prayer is a simple conversation (in relationship) with God. There are good practices & habits in prayer, but there is no right or wrong way to pray, for it’s as unique as the person that is practicing it. The important thing is to actually pray. Benedict taught us to make all we do an act of prayer. He also made it one of his rules that his brother’s prayed in community EVERY day to maintain brotherhood and peace.
We invite you to take an experiment in prayer: at home, in your car and in your work. Start with just one simple prayer together every day in your home as a family and say one simple prayer before you start each day at work. Remember to also experiment in praying for those that you are sharing our wearable blessings with. Take a leap of faith and let us know what changes you notice.
Christine and Amy
God exists; that is the real message for Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed. (Pope Benedict XVI)
This is the true gift of our faith; to know that God is real. From this comes a hope and a burning in our hearts so bright that nothing or no one can take it away. We can live in the knowing that no matter what we do He will always be there to make sure we know we are always forgiven and deserving of His love. This is what shapes how we spend every day, and even how we make every decision within those days.
Today we get to joyfully say, Alleluia! We have missed this joy for the last six weeks. It is our sincerest prayer that, whether this is the first time you will celebrate mass for a long time, or whether you go every day, may Jesus Christ who is alive in you in a very real way today, share one light with you that will set your heart on fire.
Pope Francis expresses this so perfectly, “Christian hope is a gift that God gives us if we come out of ourselves and opens our hearts to Him. Today is the celebration of our hope, the celebration of this truth”; nothing and no one will ever be able to separate us from His love. (Rom 8:39)
May you feel His streams of grace and mercy in a tangible way this Easter.
Sent with a sincere prayer of gratitude that you share in our family at My Saint My Hero.
Christine and Amy
We love that we gather outside the doors of the church carrying palms and enter the sanctuary together as one community, reenacting the very moment when the community flooded the gates of Jerusalem proclaiming Jesus as the Messiah.
We all know the suffering that took place days after this proclamation and we know the TRUE victory HE won for us all on EASTER.
-Amy and Christine