I no longer live, but Christ lives in me…

Whenever my little ones, ages 3 and 2, spot a statue of a male saint, they almost always excitedly mistake his identity; “Loooooook, it’s Jesus!” I often laugh and correct them, but recently I thought, perhaps in their innocent mistake is hidden a glimmer of truth.

According to Wikipedia, saint (also historically known as a hallow) is a person who is recognized as having an exceptional degree of holiness or likeness or closeness to God. 

So essentially the measure of saintliness is the equivalent to how much you are like Jesus. Perhaps my children’s pure souls saw beyond what our adult eyes could perceive: seeing Jesus shining through the person of the saint.

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”– Galatians 2:20

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi is one of those saints my children have on many occasions mistaken as Jesus, perhaps because he so closely resembles Him who St. Francis loved and served so faithfully throughout his life, so much so that he was able to be another Christ for those around him. His feast day has greater significance this year as we currently mourn the terrible event in Las Vegas. In a world so full of strife, let us pray that he can guide us to become instruments of God’s peace.

St. Francis’ Great Love

I greet you, Lady, Holy Queen, Holy Mary, Mother of God, Virgin who became the Church, chosen by the most holy Father of Heaven; consecrated to holiness through His most holy and beloved Son and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter. In you was and is the whole fullness of grace and everything that is good. – St. Francis of Assisi

Like Jesus, who loved His mother with such devotion and tenderness, St. Francis too, had a deep love and devotion to Mary: a trait shared by all the saints. The Franciscans friars and sisters embrace this devotion not only in their prayer life but have incorporated it into their habit so that it may also be on their person at all times, and serve as a reminder and a blessing to themselves and all around them.

“Both friars and sisters wear, on the side of the heart, the miraculous medal. Both are cinctured by a hemp-colored cord with four knots which symbolize the vows which we profess: unlimited consecration to the Immaculate, obedience, chastity, and poverty. The rosary, attached to the cord, is the “Franciscan crown”, a particular devotion from the Franciscan tradition which contemplates the mysteries of the seven joys of the Blessed Virgin Mary.”MaryMediatrix.com 

I like to think of our Blessing Bracelets as a kind of like their habits in today’s world. Its 10 beads or medals make up a decade of the rosary that can be prayed anywhere and at anytime. Most of us here at My Saint My Hero wear at least one bracelet every day, and it is an expression of who we are and reminds us of our mission in life. It helps us to remember to pray for others and to keep Our Lady very close to our side as she is our best advocate and example of sainthood and heroism.

Benedictine Blessing Bracelets

Salutation to the Blessed Virgin Mary by St. Francis of Assisi

Hail, holy Lady, most holy Queen,
Mary, Mother of God, ever-virgin;
Chosen by the most holy Father in Heaven, 
consecrated by Him
with His most holy and beloved Son 
and the Holy Spirit, the Comforter.
On you descended 
and in you still remains 
all the fullness of grace and every good.
Hail, His palace.
Hail, His tabernacle.
Hail, His robe.
Hail, His handmaid.
Hail, His mother.
And hail, all holy virtues,
who by the grace 
and inspiration of the Holy Spirit
are poured into the hearts 
of the faithful so that, 
faithless no longer, 
they may be faithful servants of God through you. 

Amen.

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