In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

In the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

What Does it Mean?

My three year old is just now starting to master properly making the Sign of the Cross and his little one-year-old sister is trying her best to make some resemblance of what we do before every prayer. It’s adorable. I can only imagine how much it pleases God to see their purity and effort! The Sign of the Cross is one of the first prayers we teach our children. Yet when was the last time you thought about the words? Or about the meaning behind the action of blessing ourselves with a cross? What are we really professing when we make the Sign of the Cross?

Fr. Mike Schmitz from Ascension Press speaks beautifully about the 3 things the Sign of the Cross reminds us of, and the beauty and power of this simple yet profound action we do when we bless ourselves in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

3 Things to Know About the Sign of the Cross

 

1) The first thing, the most obvious thing is that God is a Trinity: a key core belief in our faith.

 

2) When you trace the sign of the Cross on yourself what you’re tracing on yourself is your worth: it’s your price tag.
How much are you worth?  A million dollars? A billion dollars?  The Sign of the Cross is your price tag. It’s how much you are worth according to God. You are worth His very life and His very death. As often as you make the Sign of the Cross you’re claiming your price tag.

 

 

3) It reminds you of why God made you. So often as you find yourself kind of not knowing the meaning of life, or not knowing if your life has a purpose, you can make the Sign of the Cross and it reminds you that you’re here for a reason. You’re here to know God, to love Him, and to serve Him in this life so as to live with Him forever in the next. That’s all wrapped up in the Sign of the Cross.

Final Thoughts

Wow! All this meaning behind such a simple yet powerful act of blessing ourselves in the name of the Trinity. How many times have we hastily or sloppily made the Sign of the Cross? With Trinity Sunday just around the corner, this is a wonderful opportunity to make our Signs of the Cross with deference to the meaning behind it. Discover our Trinity line of timeless pieces to surround yourself with the blessing of the Most Holy Trinity.

Claudia’s story

A few weeks ago a customer came into My Saint My Hero looking for a specific necklace for her daughter.  She asked for Claudia D. and so Claudia stopped what she was doing to talk with this customer who was asking for a Miraculous Mary medal. Since we do not have this medal on a necklace, Claudia immediately began to think, “What can we do?” So Claudia pulled out her own personal rosary and hanging as a charm was Miraculous Mary medal that Christine and I gave her after one of our pilgrimages.  Claudia immediately took it off her rosary, got some chain and created a necklace for this customer. The customer was brought to tears over how Claudia cared so much to give her one of her very own medals.  That is an extraordinary act of love out of an ordinary moment…

Sometimes we may get discouraged that our acts of kindness and love are miniscule and meaningless, however, it is little acts of kindness done with great love that make those moments extraordinary.

“Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.”
― Mother Teresa

May we all choose love – recognize it, accept it, and share it with everyone we meet!

With love,

Amy

Claudia

Claudia De La Torre is our Sales Order Clerk. She has been working with My Saint My Hero for almost 4 years. She has a loving husband and three beautiful children. During her free time she enjoys taking her three dogs to the beach and swimming in the ocean.

Bound Together in Prayer

Bound Together in Prayer

What is MSMH? We are one community bound together in prayer…

Last Saturday many of us joined together in prayer as we participated in the Celebration of Life for the son of one of our team members. His loss is tragic, he was too young to die – the perfect rain storm, the perfect accident, the transition to heaven. How do we make sense of it all? Sometimes we can’t – we just hold on tight, pray and ask for God’s unfathomable love to carry us through. It is not natural to make it through the death of your son, however with supernatural grace we do.

This is our WHY. This is why we all do what we do here at My Saint My Hero. GOD IS REAL, PRAYER WORKS and LOVE HEALS. In tragedies such as this, God’s strength is encouraging us all to lean into love, to choose love over anger, and to carry on. Every minute we have a choice to choose love. Let’s do it together. I CHOOSE LOVE

Thank you for your continued prayers for Robbie’s soul, his family, and our community.

Written in sincere prayer,
Amy

God will make a way

God will make a way

Right after Christmas I had the opportunity to attend Emily Wilson’s wedding. It all kind of came together in an interesting way. I truly didn’t know Emily that well. She had come and played music for My Saint My Hero at our mass right before our company Christmas party. She and I had talked, but nothing deeper than a casual conversation. I had seen her around, I admitted to being obsessed with her song “Joy Will Be Yours” but that’s about it. The next thing I knew I was attending her wedding ceremony, and all I can say is… God had a plan.

I asked Emily to share her love story on our blog, because I think it is a great reminder that finding a man to meet you where you are and to allow you to be a holier person is possible now. I think it is quite ironic that I am giving the women’s session talk shortly after attending her wedding, and Valentines Day weekend, the weekend that always tends to remind those who are praying and longing for their future spouse to come into their lives tends to sting a little bit more. So here is Emily’s Love story…

There’s one truth that stands from the beginning of my love story…If God designed it to happen, He will make a way. God always makes a way.

In April of 2013, I traveled to the Netherlands to sing and speak at a conference for youth and music ministers. Upon my arrival (on my first ever international trip), the other presenters and I were picked up at the airport by one of the conference presenters named Daniël.

On the first day of the trip, while the others in the group had meetings to attend, Daniël was given the job of taking me to sightsee around Holland. The first place he wanted to show me was his favorite basilica in a nearby city. If you have not been to Europe, you must know…the churches will take your breath away every single time. We walked into Mary, Star of the Sea Basilica and I was totally floored by its beauty. We walked in and Daniël asked me if I wanted to pray in their chapel. We prayed together for the first time that day, and unbeknownst to me in that moment, we would end up praying together every single day after that.

Daniël and I spent time getting to know one another throughout the weekend of the conference, and I was incredibly moved by how strong, generous, faithful, giving, and kind of man he was. When I returned home to America, I knew God was doing something big but I was clueless as to the extent of the adventure that was beginning. Daniël sent me a letter expressing the same things I was feeling – that somehow, He knew that God was calling him to pursue me rightly, even if from 6,000 miles away.

A man in the Netherlands pursuing a woman in California…a scenario only possible for God. He always makes a way.

We began calling one another on Skype, getting to know one another, and praying about what God was calling us to, and discerned that it was best for me to return to Europe to explore what God was doing. I returned in June of 2013 and after taking me on a few dates, even though the prospect of dating across an ocean was overwhelming, we decided to begin formally dating.

Daniël pursued me from half a world away, on a 9-hour time difference, for 2 years. Our relationship was beautifully blessed, but a very challenging road. We had to learn to show the other love with only words and prayer – date “nights” on weekends meant spending time on Skype on my Saturday morning and his Saturday night, always finding new things to talk about. God’s hand made way for every visit (about every 2 months), and our dedication to keeping Christ at the center of everything was what carried us on with hope and deep purpose in our relationship. We committed to walking the road together daily.

God continued to make a way.

Daniël secured a graduate school internship in Laguna Beach, California, so that we could discern marriage in the same city together. We continued to fall in love, and Daniël continued to show me his heart of deep goodness and his firm foundation of faith and virtue. He never ceased to impress me by the core of who he was and the way he honored me. Daniël proposed in February 2015, and were married on December 30th, 2015.

I now look at my sweet husband across the dinner table from me, and reflect on how we are a living, breathing sacrament together. We are living in the center of God’s promise that nothing is impossible for Him. We are living the fulfillment that comes with dedicating our life and love to God – living the fulfillment that comes with our waiting for one another – living the fulfillment that comes from professing a vow and trusting Christ to give you the strength to fulfill it.

God made a way for us, and He makes everything beautiful in His perfect timing and perfect power. True love is possible, and it is alive and well in this world. May we celebrate this Valentine’s day believing in the goodness of true love and the power that it has to change this world.

Emily and Daniel on their wedding day

Emily and Daniel on their wedding day

I hope that you enjoyed this story, I am off to join over 100 teens in prayer this weekend, I will carry each and everyone of you with me. I ask you to say a prayer for me, the other leaders and the teens that the Holy Spirit is truly present this weekend.

Fearlessly,
Teresa

#istandforlife

#istandforlife

Happy Tuesday! I hope you are having a wonderful week. I wanted to share about what our Team was doing this past weekend. If you follow our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter you probably saw that we were all over Los Angeles, joining the fight for life, not only for the unborn, but all life. Archbishop José Gomez and the Los Angeles Archdiocese hosted the 2nd annual OneLife LA with a short walk,  similar to the Walk for Life in San Francisco and March for Life in Washington D.C.

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Archbishop Jose Gomez addressing the crowd at One Life LA

This weekend started off with a National Day of Prayer for the unborn on Friday, which was great, because snow or shine, hundreds of thousands of people gathered together to stand up for Life. We stayed on the West Coast and avoided the snowstorm… Keep reading to hear about our weekend.

As thousands participated this weekend various walks to defend life, we were in Los Angeles with Archbishop José Gomez and the community of Los Angeles. The speakers spoke about how important their journey has been and their testimony about why they are Pro-Life. The speakers who brought me to tears were Jenna Gassew and Dan Haley, parents of the Bucket List Baby. I am sure several of you saw their story on Facebook,  if you have not heard about the Bucket List Baby, take some time to read about their journey. Listening to two of my peers, and what they did to preserve the life of their son was so inspiring and a great reminder that all things are possible with the help of God.

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200 Candles at the Requiem Mass to symbolize the lives lost on Jan. 23, 2016

Saturday night some of our team went to the Requiem Mass for the Unborn at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels with Archbishop Gomez. Here is what Vanessa had to say about her evening: the requiem Mass was a beautiful time for the community to come together and pray for the 200 babies that Saturday who never got a chance to live and for their parents who remain with us. May those moms and dads know the healing love our God offers them and may those little souls rest in the heavenly Kingdom! Prayer works.

A few other team members went to see Matt Maher at the Christ Cathedral, where we had the opportunity to pray, sing our hearts out, and were reminded to be the face of Mercy, to have Mercy, and to do the will of God.

Matt Maher at Christ Cathedral January 2016 - mysaintmyhero.com

Matt Maher with Jackie and Christine, I’m on the left.

Sunday morning, I had the opportunity to go to San Francisco and meet with Students for Life at their national conference, themed “Born to Win.” My Saint My Hero made the official prayer bracelet for this event and sponsored their youth rally.  It was inspiring see hundreds of middle,  high school, and a few college students in a room learning how to face the issues that come with having a Pro-Life club on campus and how Students for Life is helping make it possible for each of them. The conference ended with a presentation from David Daleiden, who exposed planned parenthood for the trafficking of Baby Parts. If you have not seen the videos- be sure to take a look.

After going to three cathedrals in 24 hours, I was exhausted and really not sure how to tell each of you about how inspiring everyone in this fight is to me. Lila Rose, another Pro-Life speaker said, “each of us have a role in this movement, it’s a fight and a marathon not a sprint.” Lets come together in prayer to fight the fight, and protect life from the moment of conception to natural death.

Lila Rose and Teresa at the Students for Life Conference - mysaintmyhero.com

Lila Rose and me at the Students for Life Conference

What did you do last weekend to stand up for life? Comment below.

Fearlessly,
Teresa

Blessed is She Retreat- Beauty for Ashes!

Blessed is She Retreat- Beauty for Ashes!

I am sure several of you saw the teases on snapchat today. So here is the official lowdown…

WE ARE THE OFFICIAL SPONSOR FOR:

BLESSED IS SHE RETREAT- BEAUTY FOR ASHES!!!!!

Teresa holding retreat poster

See you in 61 Days! Until then we are praying for each and everyone of you.

Blessed is She… Where to begin? Not too long ago this community of women appeared in my newsfeed and I knew it was an answer to so many prayers. Talk around the office continually consisted of “did you see what Blessed is She posted today?” It wasn’t just once in a blue moon, it became the topic of many conversations. I fell in love with their website, their devotions, ordered a few shirts, gave some as gifts, and told myself, “We are going to join them, these two communities of prayer are going to unite in God’s army.”

Last week I went out on a limb and emailed Jenna (the founder of BIS) about being a sponsor for their upcoming Lenten retreat. After amazing prayer, conversation, and the gut feeling that we are doing what the Saints and Angels have planned, I dotted my i’s, crossed my t’s and said we are in!

We cannot wait to meet all of the women attending Beauty for Ashes. It will be a perfect preparation for Easter and an amazing community. Make sure you visit Blessed is She to find out more about the retreat and to delve deeper into this fabulous community of prayer! Leave a comment below and tell us why you are joining us all on this retreat and share which product you would like us to bring as a memento of this beautiful event!

Fearlessly,
Teresa

 

Pope Francis’ Prayer for Jubilee Year of Mercy

Lord Jesus Christ,
you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,
and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.
Show us your face and we will be saved.
Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;
the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;
made Peter weep after his betrayal,
and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:
“If you knew the gift of God!”
You are the visible face of the invisible Father,
of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:
let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.
You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness
in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:
let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,
so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,
and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,
proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,
and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,
you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.
Amen.

Divine Mercy Sunday – April 12th

Fr. Michael Gaitley, a member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, describes mercy as, “….“love’s second name. It’s a particular kind of love, a particular mode of love when it encounters suffering, poverty, brokenness, and sin. Divine Mercy is when God’s love meets us and helps us in the midst of our suffering and sin.”

This year the feast of Divine Mercy is celebrated on Sunday April 12th, the 8th and final day of Easter, known as the Octave of Easter. A day that is celebrated for the beauty of bountiful graces poured out from Jesus. His great Divine mercy flows out from his heart and washes over those who have submitted  trust and given over reliance to His eternal love.

Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalski (1905-1938) was a Polish nun, who in prayer with Jesus, received messages prompting her to bring forth an image to the world that would depict God’s great mercy for us.  The painted image shows Jesus standing in a white robe with rays of red and white light beaming from His heart. Sr. Faustina had to get many artist renderings because none of the paintings revealed the beauty she saw when she had the vision. I imagine, such a glorious vision that human artistry could not capture the beauty!

On that day (Divine Mercy Sunday), the very depths of My tender mercy are opened. I pour out a whole ocean of graces to those souls who approach the fount of My mercy…

Divina_Misericordia_(Eugeniusz_Kazimirowski,_1934)Many people have been called to conversion discovering our Merciful Savior in the prayers and Image of Divine Mercy. Trust in Him, experience His blessings and love and you will receive His great Mercy.

We share the Image and inspiration through our My Saint My Hero Divine Mercy Bracelet which includes the simple yet powerful words, “JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.”

Click here to pray the powerful The Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Celebrating Saint Patrick

St Patrick, a 5th century warrior of God and Ireland’s Patron Saint, once wrote: “Christ in the heart of every person who thinks of me, Christ in the eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me,” He was captured and sold into slavery in Ireland as a teenager. During his captivity he devoted himself to prayer.  He escaped, but he dreamed Ireland’s children were calling to him, and returned to Ireland as a missionary. He is known to be responsible for converting Ireland from paganism to Christianity and establishing the Church. He was a unifying symbol for Ireland and true hero to admire.

The path to holiness has been clearly marked out by the saints. May we all continue to learn and heed the calling of the Holy Spirit in our lives!

The shamrock, a distinct 3 petal clover, helped St. Patrick explain the Blessed Trinity – The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

Prayer for the Faithful

May the Strength of God guide us.  May the Power of God preserve us.  May the Wisdom of God instruct us.  May the Hand of God protect us.  May the Way of God direct us.  May the Shield of God defend us.  May the Angels of God guard us – Against the snares of the evil one.

May Christ be with us! May Christ be before us.  Christ be over all!  May Thy Grace, Lord, Always be ours, This day, O Lord, and forevermore.                                  Amen

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