Christmas Blessings

Christmas Blessings

Christmas is a time to reflect on the true spirit of giving; a time to give what counts.

Sometimes it’s too easy to get lost in all the sales, checking items off our gift lists, meeting deadlines and the overwhelming amount of extra to-dos and obligations that seem to fall on our shoulders every holiday. It can leave us feeling burnt-out, guilty, stretched thin, overwhelmed, empty as much in our inner selves as our bank accounts. Although we begin well-intentioned and eager to be more Christ-like each year, it is ever so easy to lose sight of the true spirit of Christmas. We are only human after all.

So let’s take a moment to reflect upon what Christmas is really all about: it’s celebrating the birth of a baby, of new life brimming with hope, the coming of a Savior who will bring peace to our longing and tired souls. At Christmas time we give gifts because we, too, desire to emulate the greatest gift God has ever given: His Son! Our gift-giving is merely an extension, an outward sign, of the gift of ourselves, our love, our gratitude, our time and effort. We want the recipient to truly know that he/she matters to us, and that we love him/her. In the end what really matters, however, is not so much the gift, but the fact that we give of ourselves. Let us not forget that!

All this being said, sharing gifts is a lovely and important tradition that is beautifully and wholly human, and which makes each more like the Father. We are as much body as soul, and it is often through the physical gift that we comprehend the deeper spiritual gift.

“They bring me comfort and joy. I bless my family and friends with these pieces all of the time.” -Cheryn

Be the One to give a Blessing this Christmas.

Whether it be through one of our versatile and beautiful Blessing Bracelets (a great gift for everyone), or through another gift, I invite you to be the one to give a blessing this Christmas through your gift and presence. Be the vessel of God’s grace to those you gather with, the stranger you meet at the check-out counter, and most of all to those closest to you.

As you draw near the manger and kneel before the Infant King this Christmas, open yourself to the invitation to be an extension of the love brimming from the Christ-child’s heart. Be His hands, His feet, His voice and His arms to all those He came to save. May His personal love for you be the greatest blessing and gift you receive this Christmas.

Blessings of Joy

Wear this bracelet as a reminder that pure joy rests in the love of God. May you be surrounded by His unconditional love this Christmas Season, and always.

Advent Wreath: The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together

Advent Wreath: The Family That Prays Together, Stays Together

Today’s post and photos comes to you from our Brand Curator, Madi. A big thank you to her for sharing her experience and reflections with us! 

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Advent

Advent, which began on Sunday, is the beginning of the new year in the church. The word itself means coming. Oh the beauty of new beginnings, the freshness of new seasons. How beautiful is it that we have a church that starts its new year in winter, a season of darkness and nature taking its course to journey to new life. It’s so like Jesus to do that, to give us newness in the old, to come in the darkest night, the darkest time of the year, and bring His dazzling light in the form of a child in a manger in Bethlehem.

One way to prepare this Advent is to dive into traditions and prayer with the family. This season is such a sweet time of traditions, preparation, hope and the chance to start anew. 

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The Advent Wreath

Our My Saint My Hero Experience Boutique hosted an Advent Experience this past week. We gathered around the table in community to make Advent Wreaths, something we’d love to share with you in the hopes that you too can find renewal in the season with your family. If you wanted to make your own simpler Advent wreath, all you’d need  is faux eucalyptus garland around a gold wreath candle holder and Advent candles.

Why Have an Advent Wreath?

Our dear friend, Father Kalu, shared with us the meaning of this beautiful tradition, emphasizing “the family that prays together, stays together” (Father Patrick Peyton). He explained that there are four candles in an advent wreath, one lit each Sunday leading up to Christmas. Each candle symbolizes the four centuries of waiting before Christ’s birth. On the first, second, and fourth Sundays of Advent, the purple candles are lit, symbolizing prayer, penance and the royalty of Jesus. On the third Sunday, the pink candle is lit, symbolizing the joy of the Lord.

The Advent wreath is a beautiful opportunity for prayer as the candles are lit, especially together with the family. You could reflect on Scripture together or pray over a different person each week. Amongst the women that were there, we shared glory stories of the Lord’s faithfulness in prayer within our families – it is hard, vulnerable, and attacked, but the fruits of this prayer together are so worth it all. 

Let’s gather together this season, friends, and begin again this Advent season to prepare a way for the coming of our Savior. Let’s light the world up today with His love, especially amongst our families.

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Grand Opening of our Experience Boutique Store

Grand Opening of our Experience Boutique Store

Providentially, early this month, on the feast of All Saints Day, we celebrated the grand opening of our experience boutique store located in Rolling Hills Estates, California. It was a huge success and we thank each and every one who contributed in making this event an unforgettable experience, from our team members, to our families and friends, to our amazing support team…each of you!

“Mainly the vision was a sacred space…and it’s an experience boutique, somewhere people can experience their own dignity as daughter or son of the King. All the aspects of the space from the raw, cracked floor with silver lining, to the deep, starlit ceiling, are meant to elevate people to majesty beyond ourselves…a place to connect heaven and earth.” -Christina Yep (chief store interior designer)

The starlit ceiling while it was being completed.

We hope you can relive this incredibly blessed day through these videos and photos, and invite you to come experience the store firsthand. It truly is an experience! Our prayer and hope is that you may tangibly feel God’s presence and your worth and dignity as His daughter/son. Know you matter and make a difference in our world. God is real, prayer works, and love heals. You are called to be an instrument of God’s love: first to experience it deeply, and in turn, to share that love in your daily life.

Fr. Francis blessing the store.

 

 

We are not like any other store because our mission reaches far beyond numbers. We know the spiritual and missionary aspect of the My Saint My Hero business model is what drives, moves, and leads us, and ultimately is the goal and measure of our success.

Louisa DiBernardo, our store manager, shared these thoughts with us and it beautifully illustrates the spirit behind all that we do here.

The beginning of every month I worry how will we achieve our goals. The only answer I come up with is “Only by the grace of God.”  He sends us a balance of customers to achieve our goals. We touch souls, we spread our mission, we pray with those in need.  HE gives us our balance and we need to make sure that we hear Him.

 

May you be blessed. Join the #BlessingRevolution.

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Share One: Jennifer

Share One: Jennifer

Today is #GivingTuesday. The natural response to feeling deep gratitude is to pay it forward. So after a long weekend of celebrating the gifts in our lives, and thanking God and each other for these gifts, it is beautiful to have a day where we stop to think of others. Gratitude is a virtue that grows in the measure it is given away, and the result is happiness.

Each of us is called to be a force of good in the world, and each in a unique and personal way. The Holy Spirit guides our hearts and show us how.

Jennifer shares how she personally felt called to share the gift of a blessing through our Blessing Bracelets. She jokes if she gave them away every time someone complimented her on them, she would have none left. However she does reflect that, “If we have received any of that comfort, then guess what He does? He turns us to another person and then we can be the arms and legs of Jesus to that person during that time…It kind of gives me an idea that when I walk besides someone who is going through an especially difficult time, maybe that’s the time I’ll share it.”

Today is a wonderful reminder and opportunity for us to share, to give this gift of a blessing. Use the promo code: SHAREONE to receive 60% off selected pieces on our website.

Gifting with Meaning, with Blessing

Gifting with Meaning, with Blessing

When it comes to gifting, especially to our family members, I find that one of the biggest challenges is finding something meaningful to both you and the receiver, and that it adequately expresses your heart. It’s about finding that special something you hope they will treasure and keep coming back to time and time again.

Carol shares how she so beautifully found that perfect Baptism gift that continues to bless both the baby and his parents.

“The greatest gift I can give is to encourage his parents to remember their purpose…I wanted to get his mom a bracelet so that every time she was holding him, rocking him, taking care of him…that she could look down and remember that her greatest mission aside from being a follower of Christ, is to raise this baby in the way of the Lord. Fast forward a year and a half, she wears that bracelet every single day. It’s been real special for me to be able to encourage a young woman in that way.” 

The Gratitude Blessing Bracelet

As we enter the time to reflect on the true spirit of giving and begin to make our lists of the gifts we will impart this Christmas, consider gifting the gift of a blessing through our various blessing pieces.


Giving, Gathering, Gratitude

Giving, Gathering, Gratitude

With the start of this beautifully crisp month of November most of us begin thinking about preparing and decorating for the holidays. I love these next few months because of the emotions, the festivities, and the traditions that are brimming with meaning, reminding us why these days are so special. These months are times of gratitude and love, of family and friends, of light and warmth.

Do something special this year.

Instead of place cards, gift your loved ones with a personalized Gratitude Bracelet: a keepsake they can wear that will remind them of your love all year long. As we set the table we lovingly think about each person by name because each of them is precious to us, each one has been invited into our home and hearts by name. This year, as your loved ones gather around the table, let them know with an extra special detail that your gratitude for their presence in your life is something you want them to remember long after the turkey is gone and wherever they may find themselves in the future.

Touched by a Saint

Touched by a Saint

Today’s guest blogger is a dear high school friend of mine who is absolutely brilliant in every sense of the word, and like a sister to me. She had the incredible gift of having met St. John Paul II, whose feast day we celebrate this Sunday, October 22, and today, she has generously opened her heart to share her experience of meeting a saint with us.

Touched by a Saint

In January 2001, I had the opportunity of greeting Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. I knelt before him for a few seconds, grasped his hand, received his blessing. I walked off the platform still in a daze. Had I really been blessed by the Pope?
As the Church would later confirm when it first beatified, then canonized John Paul II, I had not only been blessed by a pope, I had been touched by a saint.
In 2001, I was floored that I had been able to meet John Paul II. I was excited and grateful. Over time, I began reflecting more on the significance of that encounter, apart from checking something exciting off my bucket list and having a neat story to tell.

I had been touched by a saint. What did that really mean?

It meant that sanctity was a reality. In real time. I could no longer associate holiness only with far off stories of medieval Europe, or martyrdom and imprisonment. Holiness exists in the world today, in people we can come in contact with. People with likes and dislikes, struggles and hopes.

It meant that I felt challenged. I felt personally connected with someone who had responded to God’s call to journey closer to him. God relentlessly pursues mankind, faithfully, eternally. Some individuals respond by relentlessly pursuing God. They are called saints. Coming in contact with one of them stirred within me the awareness that I too should be relentlessly pursuing God.

It meant that I had to figure out what holiness actually means. Holiness isn’t something we can accomplish or produce. We can open our hearts to it, but we cannot command it. I finally found a description of holiness that resonates with me (thank you, Benedict XVI!), and that I return to from time to time:

Holiness does not consist in never having erred or sinned. Holiness increases the capacity for conversion, for repentance, for willingness to start again and, especially, for reconciliation and forgiveness. (…)Consequently, it is not the fact that we have never erred but our capacity for reconciliation and forgiveness which makes us saints. And we can all learn this way of holiness. (Pope Benedict XVI Jan 31, 2007).

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I appreciate Benedict XVI’s emphasis on the importance of ongoing conversion and forgiveness. Holiness is not something we attain, but a way of life that we strive for anew every day.

It meant that life would be OK. I was 15 when I met Pope John Paul II; he was 80. His wrinkled hand, blessing my forehead, caressing my cheek, was the same hand that had rescued a starving 13 year old Jewish girl during the holocaust. John Paul II saw more of life than most of us ever will. He understood human experience, deeply, and he lived in hope. Without knowing what my own life would have in store, as I clasped that hand, I instinctively knew that life was worth living.

Pope St. John Paul II, pray for us.


Ellen Mady lives in Pittsburgh, PA, where she spends her time working for the local Church and raising her three crazy and adorable children. She enjoys writing on faith and family topics when she has some downtime in the evenings. 

A Prayer of Hope for a Cure

A Prayer of Hope for a Cure

In this month of October we join hands and hearts as we come together to continue our prayers for a cure for Breast Cancer. Most of us know at least second hand, if not personally, someone who has been affected by this kind of cancer. This pink bracelet reminds us that we are united together in praying for healing, for peace, for hope with the faith that when two or more are gathered in His name, He is there in our midst. (Matthew 18:20)

To those who may be suffering at this moment, know you are not alone. Together we hold in prayer a future that is Cancer Free! 5% of Net Proceeds from our Pink Blessing for a Cure Benedictine Blessing Bracelets is given to City of Hope, Breast Cancer Research. | cityofhope.org

“More than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors live in the U.S. They are survivors of the second most-common cancer in women, behind skin cancer, and survival rates continue to climb due to better treatments and increased screening that finds cancers when they are most treatable.” –City of Hope 


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“Be the One” Reflections: Sarah

“Be the One” Reflections: Sarah

Today’s post comes to you from a reflection by Sarah Erickson. We asked her what “be the one” means to her. Below is her answer. Thank you for sharing, Sarah!

My recent conviction of “be the one,” when I think about the one person, the one collection of human beings in the world that needs this love that doesn’t have bounds, conditions or strings attached is young women. I don’t see a more broken group of people.

I see, being in college, young girls looking to be known and loved in their relationships with men. Our culture pushes this need to be in a relationship, to always be pursued to be in that picture perfect relationship that is, in today’s terms, “goals.”

Be the One Blessing Bracelet

Therefore I am so convicted that I need to love them through sisterhood and remind them of the greatest pursuit: that of the man on the cross. We are so broken and we crave the affection of a father, the affection of that man on a cross who romances us through His blood.  

So I think, when I hear, “be the one,” the first thing that comes to mind is to be the one to stand by those women who may be held captive, whether they know it or not. Their femininity is most treasured when it is centered at Calvary, with Mary, hand in hand in front of the Lord: the King of kings who is bleeding out for that woman.

So that is the image I keep getting, to bring those girls back to their roots, back to the beginning, back to where their freedom comes from, to where their salvation comes from. Because it is there where we can see glimpses of the Father’s love and know the greatest man’s affection. We don’t have to earn it. It was within us when we were born into the world. 

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