Hearing God

Hearing God

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My sweet sister and I sat in the car the other night and she asked me what it meant to hear God. And I said, “What the heck, lets just ask Him to speak to us.” We sat there, waiting on God and after not even 2 minutes she said, “Madi, God showed me a movie of you on a mountain surrounded by people who needed help and all you did was love them. I felt like God was saying that He is going to send you to all the people who are poor and tell their stories with your camera.” OKAY. My sister just prophesied and spoke life and a dream over me. This is real life. Arise. Go change the world.

One of the most powerful things we can do for another is to speak life over them, to call things into existence with life giving words, to remind one another who we are in our deepest identities and prophesy how the Spirit is moving in our lives.

For Lent each of us at My Saint My Hero are praying for one person every day. We invite you to join us, and we also invite you to take it a step further. Did you know you can hear God? Did you know He never stops speaking to us and that He WANTS you to know and hear His voice?? I invite you to ask God to speak to you for another, and then declare that word over the person you are praying for. It can be a picture, a word, a bible verse, even a song. So close your eyes and just rest, and don’t doubt that you can hear God. If my 10 year old sister can hear God, so can you.

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– Madi Myers Cook/Photographer, Storyteller, Missionary

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Redefining What Love Is

Redefining What Love Is

I mentioned this man last week who has been redefining what love is in so many ways… I have been blessed with the task to help him get to heaven, for how long? Only God knows that.

Hey there! How’s everyone doing this week? It’s the middle of week one of Lent. Did you have a chance to fill out the calendar and keep up with it? To be honest, it’s so much harder than I thought. I have had a really hard time balancing life right now and even more specifically my Lenten promises. I have been able to pray at least 15 minutes a day. I started a new devotional that has been amazing, and helped me stay on track. It’s called 31 Prayers For My Future Husband – don’t get too excited, I’m not engaged. But I do strongly believe in praying for my future husband. When I was in high school and went on retreat we had Jackie Francios as our speaker. She spoke about how you should write down a list of what you hope your husband will be like, not just tall and handsome, but other traits too. (I have tried to find the journal that I wrote my list in, but as of now its MIA.) I do remember I put silly and selfish things like tall, handsome, can grow a beard, servant of God, likes to do handy work (I would rather spend money on clothes than a handyman) and the list went on. Then she challenged us to pray for him- not just for him to come into your life, but to have the graces he needs to get through life until you meet, and then until your wedding day. I have gone through phases where I have been really good about praying for him, then not so much. I hope my future spouse is praying for me, I need all the prayers I can get.

For those of you who are single, dating, engaged or not really sure what’s going on in life, I challenge you to pray for your future spouse and vocation. It may be a challenge because you may be head over heels in love with a man and thinking right now, “but why? I found him; I know I am going to marry him.” Well in case you forgot, we aren’t in charge, the Big Man upstairs is. Let THY will be done, not MY will… He may have someone in your life to give you a taste of authentic love, but they aren’t yours. If they are or are not yours it’s your job to help them get to heaven while they are in your life. Pray for them and with them, because prayer does work!

As I look into the next week of Lent and what I have set as my daily sacrifices, I have been trying to make sure to set my days up so that I can accomplish them, and if I have to switch a few days around, then so be it, but I will make it happen!

Fearlessly,

Teresa

The Garden

The Garden

The Garden - First Sunday of Lent

The Garden. In the word, we see the Garden is the meeting place of God, where Adam and Eve walked with God without fear or shame, in pure intimacy with Him. It’s where Jesus knelt as the soldiers came and the deepest of darkness fell upon Him, where He chose us, to be our Redeemer, where heaven meets us. It’s where Mary Magdalene stood, weeping after she couldn’t find Jesus in the tomb when she heard the Gardener say her name.

God is always up to something new, He is always doing a new thing. As you lie in the garden covered in dirt, surrounded by the ivy and wildflowers and oaks of righteousness, listen for His voice. Hear Him call you back into existence, let His voice thaw out your frozenness, to reawaken your numbness. Let Him bring life to your body, your soul again. Listen to Him call your name, hear the voice that breaks the silence, that ignites fireworks in our chest, that makes our heart stutter. Come back into the Garden.

– Madi Myers Cook/Photographer, Storyteller, Missionary

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Ash Wednesday – #giveingiveup #itsallforhim

Ash Wednesday – #giveingiveup #itsallforhim

Oh boy! I can’t believe it, it’s ASH WEDNESDAY. Where has the time gone? To be honest, I can’t believe that it is already March. As I mentioned in my last post, this year I will be traveling quite a bit more for My Saint My Hero, bringing our Wearable Blessings to several events all over the country. I am home for two weeks (I actually put my suitcase away this time) and I couldn’t be happier that we are starting off the beginning of Lent.

I have been reflecting quite a bit about where I have been and where I am going. I have celebrated two years with My Saint My Hero and with that has come A LOT of growth, change, and its fair amount of challenges. But in all of it, God has continued to show me that He’s got me right where He wants me for now. As I prepared to start writing about my Lenten journey with all of you, it made me look back on this past year.

Last year during Lent I had just met someone who has since certainly swept me off my feet and changed my definition of love. Last Lent, I pledged to get to mass every day (except Saturday- that’s sleep in day) and to fast from red meat, every day. This person that continues to change my definition of love and challenge me in ways I never saw possible, happens to be one of the reasons why I’m doing what I am doing this Lent. He’s a theology teacher, and yesterday morning he texted me saying he needed me to help him with his Lenten plans for his students. I borrowed last week’s homework from a middle schooler I know and he made it apply to high schoolers. I then said “hmm, I think we should do this” and so here it is.

For the next 45 days I want to make a sacrifice, give someone something, and do something that is not only going to better myself, but also better those around me. I am also challenging myself to no less than15 minutes of personal prayer and weekly adoration.

I challenge you to print this calendar, and use it to write out what you are going to do. I am going to tape mine up in my bathroom as a reminder of what I have set out to do every day. I have also purchased a copy of the Life Teen and Blessed is She Lenten guides as tools to keep me diving deeper. I highly suggest you get these as well!Lent #giveingiveup #itsallforhim

Have a lovely Lent, share your pictures of your ashes and your Lenten challenge with us – just tag #giveupgivein #itsallforhim.

Fearlessly,
Teresa

Just Say “Yes” and He Will Do the Rest!!

Just Say “Yes” and He Will Do the Rest!!

Happy New Year, wow, it’s already the Second Week in Ordinary Time and with the blink of an eye January is almost over. The retail world has already moved onto Valentine’s Day, but dang it, the Three Kings just got to baby Jesus. Can we just slow down and enjoy the birth of Christ? Can we stop and thank Mary? I mean, she did carry this baby in her tummy for several months, and before she knew it she had to watch Him die on the cross for us. In reality it was 33 years, but liturgically in 6 weeks we begin to prepare for Easter.

My Saint My Hero at SEEK 2017

My Saint My Hero at SEEK 2017

My year has started off with very little time to sit and reflect, but sometimes working for God means you have to serve while others are resting. Hopefully with this new year I will be able to find more time to find a balance. I hope each of you can, too. Before we look at the readings for this Sunday, I thought I should share some pictures from what I have been up to. As I have mentioned before, I have the opportunity to travel to so many conferences, share the My Saint My Hero mission, and meet so many of you. Well 2017 has started with its first adventure and God willing 20 more! January 2nd a few team members and I hopped on a plane to San Antonio, Texas to hang out with more than 13,000 young adults at the SEEK conference hosted by FOCUS. The team and I set up the booth, slept very little, and shared our mission. It was worth every minute of it! While we were there we were able to attend a talk by Dr. Edward Sri as well as Fr. Michael Gaitley.

 Fr. Michael Gaitley

Fr. Michael Gaitley author of 33 Days to Morning Glory

There were so many amazing speakers, it was like living in Catholic nerd heaven. I highly suggest checking it out next year. Time and time again, I am in awe when I walk into a room of thousands of young adults on their knees during Adoration. I was able to snap a picture at the end of Adoration, as we followed in a procession behind the Blessed Sacrament as it was taken to the chapel for the rest of the conference.

Everyone sang as if they were still in the arena and He was still on the altar, it was simply magical.

I was reading the readings for this Sunday and I found it so perfectly placed. At SEEK I was reminded of what is being portrayed in the first reading. All you need to do is give God a small “yes.” It doesn’t need to be Huge, it doesn’t need to be a “yes” to something that is going to change the world. He is just looking for your “YES.” Once you give Him your simple “yes,” He will do AMAZING things. At the conference there were 13,000 young adults who when they said “yes,” had no idea what God would do. They just knew to say “yes,” which is great because He knows exactly what He is doing with each one of us. This week, take time to look back and see what He has done with a “yes” that you have given Him.

Look at what He is working on, and appreciate each one of those things. It can be very easy to get caught up in the day to day and forget all the good.

This week I challenge you to stay grounded in the good, to offer up the lack of trust, and to say “yes” to one more thing He is asking of you. It may not be something you think you’re good at but just say “yes” and He will do the rest!!

Fearlessly, Teresa

He Gently Reminded Me I Wasn’t Alone On This Journey Towards Heaven

He Gently Reminded Me I Wasn’t Alone On This Journey Towards Heaven

I’m currently studying abroad in Rome and traveling just about every weekend. Yes, it’s exciting but it’s also very challenging at the same time. Too often things don’t go as planned and is often stressful.
But through the chaos, one way God has made Himself known to me was through the little My Saint My Hero Bracelets I never take off. One on my left hand. Another on my right. They are a constant reminder to be God’s and to be courageous.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Him to use it in the ways He has had. And I want to tell you three stories of that…

He gently reminded me I wasn't alone on this journey towards heaven.

Story Three – Switzerland

I was at lunch and there was a group of American girls sitting next to us. I noticed one of the girls next to us was wearing a MSMH bracelet. I got so excited. I had to talk to her! When I leaned over her face lit up. She said, “My mom gave this to me before I left to study abroad. She said it was for protection, I think. Is that right?”

Ah. It was clear to me she didn’t really know much about it. But honestly that was besides the point. I could obviously tell how special her bracelet was to her.

I could imagine her aching mom thoughtfully and lovingly picking out the MSMH bracelet for her daughter. I could imagine her mom sitting at home, maybe with her own MSMH bracelet praying intently for her.

I explained to her what the Benedictine medals meant, and I told her the meaning of the bracelets I was wearing too.  I couldn’t help to take in that moment. Here I was thousands of miles away from home, talking about God’s protection and mercy over lunch. He gently reminded me I wasn’t alone on this journey towards heaven.

He gently reminded me I wasn't alone on this journey towards heaven.

– Julie Lai/Student, Writer, Social Media Whiz, and a Trendy Coffee Shop Enthusiast

 

Read Story One – My First Day in Rome

Read Story Two – Mother Teresa Canonization – Connecting through Blessings

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store…”

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store…”

“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a bit more!”

 

I think to myself, “Finally! A weekend to relax and recover from the previous weekend that was Thanksgiving and watch How the Grinch Stole Christmas on replay.” Then in that same moment I realize Christmas is right around the corner; then comes New Year’s Eve, then the new year begins… There is no time to relax! Ok start planning. What am I going to get my family and friends for Christmas? How many people are showing up for dinner that night…? The list goes on.

It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We are quickly consumed with planning and preparing. Whether it is getting ready for a house full of visitors and preparing the Christmas dinner or tracking down the perfect gifts for under the tree, we get so mixed up in the chaos that we forget to take a step back and remind ourselves what it is to “celebrate” Christmas.

Today is December 3, and the Advent Season has begun. Yes, this month is a time of preparation; not only to enjoy family, food, and gifts, but mostly to prepare our hearts for the most important guest this world has ever hosted.

Recently, Pope Francis reminded us that Advent should encourage us to reflect on the final visit of our Lord when Jesus “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead.” While the end of the world is definitely something I do not want to think about during “the most wonderful time of the year,” it absolutely is something we need to be reminded of.

Remembering What is Important This Advent Season

It is completely true that often times I get caught up in the pretty colors and lights that this time of year brings and lose sight of what is really important. So, this year instead of worrying about what to add to our wish list, maybe we can challenge ourselves to go to confession, attend Mass more than we usually would, pray with a friend, forgive, and love deeper than we ever imagined we could; to truly prepare our heart and be an example to those around us of the true meaning of Christmas, the advent of Jesus.

– Jacqueline Cantu/ My Saint My Hero Guest Blogger

 

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Mother Teresa Canonization – Connecting through Blessings

Mother Teresa Canonization – Connecting through Blessings

I’m currently studying abroad in Rome and traveling just about every weekend. Yes, it’s exciting but it’s also very challenging at the same time. Too often things don’t go as planned and is often stressful.
But through the chaos, one way God has made Himself known to me was through the little My Saint My Hero Bracelets I never take off. One on my left hand. Another on my right. They are a constant reminder to be God’s and to be courageous.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Him to use it in the ways He has had. And I want to tell you three stories of that…

Julie Lai - Saint Teresa of Calcutta Canonization

Story Two – Mother Teresa Canonization

I was waiting in 97 degree heat, shoulder to shoulder to the people next to me while waiting hours for Canonization Mass to start. Next to me were two older women who were pointing at my friends and whispering. Confused, I gave them a smile. They smiled back and one asked, “Sorry I was just noticing your bracelets…” She begun to ask me questions about them and was in absolute admiration. She wrote down the My Saint My Hero website.

I told them with all the eagerness in my voice of the story of MSMH I told them about how it supports the women of Medjugorje who literally weave each bracelet with prayer.

We ended up having an entire conversation with each other learning about each other’s lives and sharing stories.

Julie Lai - Saint Teresa of Calcutta Canonization

I would have never talked to these women. But just like that. God connected women who are generations apart over a little bracelet.

– Julie Lai/Student, Writer, Social Media Whiz, and a Trendy Coffee Shop Enthusiast

 

Read Story One – My First Day in Rome

Read Story Three – He Gently Reminded Me I Wasn’t Alone

God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

Julie Lai Rome -God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

I’m currently studying abroad in Rome and traveling just about every weekend. Yes, it’s exciting but it’s also very challenging at the same time. Too often things don’t go as planned and is often stressful.
But through the chaos, one way God has made Himself known to me was through the little My Saint My Hero Bracelets I never take off. One on my left hand. Another on my right. They are a constant reminder to be God’s and to be courageous.
Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Him to use it in the ways He has. And I want to tell you three stories of that…

Julie Lai Rome -God is constantly trying to make Himself known to us. That’s one thing I’m learning.

Story One – My First Day in Rome

One word: insane. I spent the day running to almost-missed flights and experiencing a major earthquake. I was full of anxiety of the unknown. A new culture. A new language. I had lots of, “what the heck am I doing?!” moments.

I was at my new school’s orientation and I felt so little in midst of hundreds of strangers. As I nervously looked around the room looking at these unfamiliar faces, God had given me just what I needed.

I saw one girl wearing a MSMH bracelet. And I looked to her friend and she was wearing one too. And the brunette girl across the room. And another who just walked in. As I scanned the room, there had to be dozens of girls wearing MSMH bracelets.

Perhaps this may sound like a no big deal. But in that moment it was what calmed my anxious heart. God reminded me I wasn’t alone. He had not left me. He made me feel secretly bonded with these new sisters of mine.

– Julie Lai/Student

 

Thank you Julie for sharing your story with the My Saint My Hero community!

Read Story Two – Mother Teresa Canonization – Connecting through Blessings

Read Story Three – He Gently Reminded Me I Wasn’t Alone

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