Share Your #msmhstories

Share Your #msmhstories

Each of us is on our own journey as we walk this earth. Our goal is to find the path that leads us to perfect union with God and we are thankful for the saints that have gone before us to show the way. They exemplify the beauty of the diversity with which God has a personal relationship with each one of us. He knows how to meet us exactly where we are in every moment of our lives.

We are grateful to those who are open to sharing their story. Share your #msmhstories

Saints & Heroes Wear it. Be it. Give it.
Wear it – Choose your wearable blessing as a tangible reminder to pray
Be it – Be a blessing in the lives of your family, friends and community
Give It – Gift your wearable blessing as a sign of love and Pray it Forward.

 

We have created the Facebook group Saints & Heroes #msmhstoriesWe invite you to join this group, share your story and grow this community. 

Celebrating Mothers – Emily

Celebrating Mothers – Emily

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked some of our favorite bloggers and influencers from the My Saint My Hero community to share their thoughts on faith, motherhood, and the feminine genius.

Celebrating Mothers - Emily

When I was a junior in college I was invited to serve on a mission trip in the Dominican Republic by a FOCUS missionary. The mission provided several profound moments — encounters with Jesus through His people and through His Word. There was one particular moment that changed my heart forever.

Each day on the trip we had an hour of prayer set aside. One holy hour, I was praying with a passage in Isaiah. At this point in my life, I had built my identity completely around my social life, image, and grades. I had grown so dissatisfied with who I had become, without knowledge of who I was or what value my life actually had. I wondered if I had any worth. But in Isaiah, I was reading about the God of Creation, and our worth as children of God. 

“Thus says the Lord, your redeemer, who formed you from the womb:  I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens.”

“I have called you by your name, though you knew me not.”

“I am the Lord, there is no other, there is no God besides me.”

“Shall the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you doing?’”

“It was I who made the earth and created the people upon it; It was my hands that stretched out the heavens.”

The Lord spoke to my heart and said, “Who are you to say that what I have created isn’t perfect?” As I was praying with these words, my mind was filled with images of the people in the Dominican Republic I had encountered. There were few opportunities for education, many didn’t have much food or clothing, yet many exuded joy in their state of simplicity. I recalled a sweet grandmother who had a few people from our mission group over for lunch one day. She lovingly prepared a meal for us in her home made up of sticks and mud and said to us, “I feel bad for many Americans because they are spiritually impoverished. I know that I am rich in the Lord.” The people in this community knew their worth and identity as children of God, and rejoiced in that. How could I not live in joy and gratitude as well? How could I question who the Lord had created me to be or where my true identity was? During that hour of prayer, the Holy Spirit revealed to me my truest identity, and it forever changed the way I view myself and those around me. I am a daughter of God, beloved and treasured beyond my own understanding. 

Celebrating Mothers - Emily

A couple of years later I went back to that Bible passage in Isaiah and I felt the Lord tell me in prayer, “Just like your heart changed when you looked upon these words in Isaiah, your heart will change again when you have a son, ‘Isaiah’.” Fast forward a few more years, I am now married and expecting my first child, a son, this Mother’s Day. It was never a question when my husband and I found out that we were expecting a boy — His name is Isaiah. (I like to joke that maybe God will let us name the next one.)

As I reflect on these experiences in prayer, I see how through these verses in Isaiah, Jesus continues to call me back to Himself, and the truth that will never change:  I have worth and I am beloved because I am a daughter of God. Through all seasons of life, this is something that we as women need to be reminded of. Jesus delights in the beauty of His fearfully and wonderfully made daughters, and rejoices when we embrace who He created us to be. I see this in a special way as I prepare for motherhood.

Pope Saint John Paul II saw motherhood as the key to understanding the vocation of all women. Some women, he wrote, are called to grow life within them — and become biological mothers by accepting and nurturing the goodness of new life. But all women, even those without biological children, have a unique gift of being able to make space for others, of being able to accept others and to nurture others — which is at the heart of motherhood.

And we are able to do this only when we rest in the knowledge and trust that we are truly His. 

— Emily

Emily is wearing Greatest Love Deuteronomy 6:5 Bangle, Serenity, and Divine Blessings.


I’m Emily, and I love combining beautiful art with handwritten calligraphy. I am inspired by organic and unique designs. Trained in art, advertising, and design, I create artwork, brand stories, and wedding stationery.  Have a look around, and fill out the contact form for questions, pricing, custom design or collaborations.
A little more about me on a personal level, I’m small town farm girl, married to a man with an international heart. We wed in Miami and are expecting our first child very soon. I’ve bounced around from living in Nebraska, Arizona, California, and settled (for now) in Colorado. I love folk music, puns, meeting people, exploring new places, and the feeling of a paintbrush in my hand. My work is an expression of my heart, and it is my hope that it will open the eyes of your mind to something beyond the everyday.
Follow Emily on her blog and website, Emily Rachelle and on Instagram.
Celebrating Mothers – Lizzy

Celebrating Mothers – Lizzy

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked some of our favorite bloggers and influencers from the My Saint My Hero community to share their thoughts on faith, motherhood, and the feminine genius.

Before I knew anything in this world, I knew a mother’s love. A self-sacrificing, unceasing, and incomprehensible love that overwhelms my soul and frees me from every fear. A love that wakes up earlier than everyone else to make me a lunch and a coffee before school and holds me all night while I cry and makes me laugh uncontrollably and places me before the Eucharist when my anxiety is so bad I can’t think straight. Most importantly, a love that taught me self-love through the eyes of the King and inspires me every day to live out the most beautiful aspects of my femininity.

I am so blessed to have a mother who lives out her faith in such a raw and authentic way and it has inspired me so much in my own faith.

She has shown me the freedom that comes from fully trusting in God’s will and how to speak boldly in a way that glorifies God. She has taught me to live humbly and serve others and she has done all of this with very few words and a lot of action.

In the way that she does so much for our family without expecting any praise or thanks. In the way that she fearlessly leads a faith-based company. In the way that she places the lives of her whole family in the hands of Momma Mary and this is a result of the example her own mother played in her life.

Celebrating Mothers - Lizzy

My mom has always told me of the profound and humble faith of my grandmother. A woman who prays the rosary every day and goes to daily mass but never forced the faith onto her children. She taught her children to live a Christian life by continually trusting in the Father’s will, even when she lost those she loved the most, and by loving those she met unconditionally. The cheesy Sunday morning church song, “They Will Know We Are Christians by Our Love,” becomes a reality when you look at the life of Eleanor Kendrick. Her trust in Him is so profound that she is actually excited to pass away so that she may live fully in His presence; now, that is not something you hear every day.

My mom and my grandma are the types of women who exemplify the perfect woman, Mary. They are the perfect combination of tenderness and power and one day I hope to be the same example for my daughters.

Mommy and Grandma, I love you so much and I owe my whole self to how you raised me and the prayers you prayed for me.

In Him through her, Lizzy

Lizzy Rich is a university student and blogger and daughter of MSMH Co-Founder/CEO Christine Rich. You can follow Lizzy on her blog, Just A Handmaiden Living Out Her Yes and Instagram
Celebrating Mothers- Maria

Celebrating Mothers- Maria

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked some of our favorite bloggers and influencers from the My Saint My Hero community to share their thoughts on faith, motherhood, and the feminine genius.

Every time I think God has stretched my heart to its fullest, to the point at which I am sure that I don’t have any more room to love, to give, He seems to laugh. And He keeps on stretching.

I had never been happier or more fulfilled in my life than when I finally met my soulmate. My heart was brimming over and I felt a deep peace in my soul. My restless heart had finally found its missing half, the beautiful person God had chosen to partner with me on this journey towards Heaven. I didn’t think I could possibly have more love to give…that is, until I became a mother…twice. Each time my heart felt like it burst open with new rooms and crevasses to fill with love for this tiny little human being in my arms. It is truly indescribable. I fail to find the words.

He chooses to work with each of our souls in the way that’s best for us. With me, He gently calls me to love, over and over again, because He wishes to draw me to Himself, He who is Love Incarnate. He calls me to love with all the finesse and exquisiteness of my femininity.

I truly believe that God has seen it fit to grant women a special and deep capacity for genuine love, and in my mind, it is from this special gift whence flows the feminine genius we speak of. God urges me to use this gift of love as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister in the family and community in which He has placed me. My feminine genius lies in my ability to love in the littlest of details, to love through patience and kindness, through listening, caring and serving in the hidden tasks that keep the household running, to love by sacrificing my image in order to be fully present for my children, through expressions of love and charity to those around me. My feminine genius shines most brightly when I use my creativity and talents to love the family and mission God has entrusted to me. It is by means of this genius and God’s grace that I can truly fulfill my vocation: to be the beating heart of my precious family, our domestic church.

My husband and children continually challenge me to love more, love fiercely, love protectively, love generously, love humbly, love more purely. Together we are leading each other to sanctity in a beautifully organic and wholesome way. Thanks, in great part, to the Feminine Genius which is a mother’s gift.

Discover your Feminine Genius – Maria is wearing Benedictine Blessing Bracelet, Divine Blessings Bracelets,  and Brilliance Crystal Drop Earrings.


Photos and Blog – Maria Brown @citygirlislandboy.com 
Maria Brown is a wife, a mother of two, co-owner of Island City Creative as well as a web/graphic designer and WordPress content manager, a lover of all things creative and beautiful, and a student of philosophy, theology and psychology. As an influencer with a passion for all things parenthood related, she launched her lifestyle blog as a platform to share the best of parenting, style, travel, spirituality, food and creative ideas with her readers.
You can find Maria on Facebook and Instagram 
Celebrating Mothers – Jessica

Celebrating Mothers – Jessica

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked some of our favorite bloggers and influencers from the My Saint My Hero community to share their thoughts on faith, motherhood, and the feminine genius.

Celebrating Mothers - Jessica

Celebrating Mothers - Jessica

My vocation has changed so much. I was delivering babies and now I’m a full-time mom, a full-time wife, and raising my own little church. That has become my “yes” and while some people ask, “Do you miss work or the adult interaction,” and I do, but raising good catholic men and women with a foundation of faith that I know to be true is so much bigger than me.

I feel like being a mom and a wife has totally groomed my femininity. In Pope Saint John Paul II’s, “Letter to Women,” he says that we find true fulfillment in this complete gift of self and I’ve found that when you marry someone you get a glimpse of that. You completely give yourself to someone else and through that communion, you bear this fruit of life.

You completely give yourself to someone else and through that communion you bear this fruit of life.

To me feminism is a little bit more than standing up and speaking out for what we want. It’s living it, it’s being an example and if I can be that example to my daughter Luna and the people who follow me, then that’s how I can reach out and change the world in my little way. I can’t really leave my kids to go to the march or go speak in front of people right now but if I can inspire women through my posts and the little messages that come to my heart through prayer, during the rosary, or in meditation then I feel like that’s what I’m called to do

There are times when I’m at the depths of despair and my kids have run me ragged and I have to stop and look at my statue of Mary and be like, “Mary I’m sure Jesus was a handful at one point, help me through this.” As a mom and as a woman, when you feel like you’re failing it’s emotional and physical and everything on top of you and sometimes all you can do is cry and pray to gather yourself back up and keep going. In any situation, whether you’re a mother or a student or a full-time worker in any situation it’s good to be able to fall back on Him and I think that’s my strength, honestly, He’s my strength. – Jessica

Discover your Strength – Trinity in Strength Collection, Wear these pieces as a reminder of the armor of strength from our good and loving Father.


Photos and Blog – Lizzy Rich @justahandmaiden.wordpress.com Thank you for Just a handmaiden living out her yes and Jessica for sharing this inspiring blog with us!
Jessica started off as a labor and delivery nurse, and always thought that was her yes to God until she became a wife and a mom. You can find Jessica on Instagram 
Celebrating Mothers – Kinya

Celebrating Mothers – Kinya

In honor of Mother’s Day, we asked some of our favorite bloggers and influencers from the My Saint My Hero community to share their thoughts on faith, motherhood, and the feminine genius.


 

 

With a pastor as a father, my mother learned the importance of faith, fellowship, and love at an early age. She passed down those same key values and principles, which has become the foundation of my life. Some of my mother’s favorite bible verses, “faith without works is dead” (James 2:24-26) and “put God first In everything you do and He will crown your efforts with success” (Proverbs 3:6-8) are ones I always remembered as a child that provided guidance and clarity throughout the challenging times of my life.

It taught me to be a strong steward in faith, always keeping God first while being a blessing to others.

– Kinya

Some of Kinya’s favorite pieces are Brilliance Blessing Bracelet, Benedictine Blessing Bracelet, Blessings in Faith Bracelet


Kinya Claiborne is the Founder & Editor-in-Chief for STYLE & SOCIETY Magazine. An influencer with a major passion for all things communications-driven, she launched the Los Angeles headquartered online publication as platform to share the best of entertainment, fashion, lifestyle, travel, food and events with her readers.
Kinya is also Co-Executive Producer and TV host of ‘The StyleList’, a weekly TV series covering hottest fashion, trends and pop culture on ONX, an online platform delivering the best in video content for the multicultural millennial.
What Has Always Been Right in Front of Me

What Has Always Been Right in Front of Me

What is Right in Front of Us - Triduum

What is most important in our faith… what is most real, is that any moment can be the moment that our eyes are opened just a little. 

This is what happened to St. Ignatius of Loyola and this is what I pray can happen for you in these next few days as we celebrate the Passion of Christ through Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Sometimes things become so familiar that we forget how amazing they are. This happens with the people closest to us in our lives as well as the practices in our faith. We take them for granted and become blind to what is right in front of us.

Use these last days before Easter Sunday to ask God in a very humble way to heal you of your blindness. Enter the age-old celebrations of the Last Supper, Washing of the Feet, the Stations of the Cross, or even just praying one Our Father with the expectation that God will surprise you. Ask God to open your eyes just a little, and to make it very clear in the way He does it. And once your eyes are opened, take note of it, hold on to that one thing that God shared with you and use it. Use it to rediscover the depth and the beauty of your faith, or the blessings in the people He has surrounded you with. Use it to rekindle your hope in Him and your hope in mankind and remember you don’t have to fight so hard for, throughout His Passion, Christ already won the greatest prize for us, our salvation.

May God bless you in a very special way through the light He will share with you,

The My Saint My Hero Team

Magdalena Bracelet Giveaway!

Magdalena Bracelet Giveaway!

We are grateful to Nia Peeples for opening her heart and sharing her story. Many of you have shared how you have been touched, and we will continue to update you on Nia’s faith journey. It is a gift to be able to give some very special wearable blessings that Nia carried with her on this journey to the Sea of Galilea. It is our prayer that they will accompany you on your own journey. Don’t forget to share your story

Nia Peeples Magdala Bracelet My Saint My Hero Giveaway

I once asked a Spiritual Guide from Israel what was so significant about the Sea of Galilee. His response? “This is where all the prayers on Earth ascend to the Heavens.” Then he gave me instructions to say my prayers and set my intentions, duck my head into the water three times, then swim in the sea underwater with my eyes open. The journey these bracelets have taken is extraordinary. Inspired by the ancient symbol on an altar in Magdala, created by a weaving of thread and prayer in Medjugorje and Los Angeles then carried back to Magdala and the Sea of Galilee for a final prayer and a swim in the Sea where it is said that all of our prayers ascend. My prayer for you? That you know and embody the love that is you, your true design.

I’m so excited for you to have the chance to enter to win these blessed bracelets before they’re available to the public. There will be 8 lucky winners – best of luck! – Nia ** THIS CONTEST IS OVER AND WINNERS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED**

While the bracelets are not available yet, you can still experience the Magdalena Medallion.

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Each of us is on our own journey as we walk this earth. Our goal is to find the path that leads us to perfect union with God and we are thankful for the saints who have gone before us to show the way. They exemplify the beauty of the diversity with which God has a personal relationship with each one of us. He knows how to meet us exactly where we are in every moment of our lives and we are grateful to those like Nia who are open to sharing their story.
Share the story of YOUR journey here or by tagging #MSMHstories on your social media.
“Lord, help me to simplify my life by learning what you want me to be and becoming that person.” St. Thérèse of Lisieux
Awaken the Beautiful Truth of Who You Are

Awaken the Beautiful Truth of Who You Are

New Magdalena Medallion Necklace

Our most sacred symbol, the Flower of Life, is a celebration of the women who wear it.
Three women, two pilgrimages, awoken by the beautiful truth of who they are.
"Be exactly who God created me to be"

“Be exactly who God created me to be”

I think God brought me to Magdala to culminate my launching into my mission as a storyteller by bringing me to the place of His ministry, His story on earth, His miracles, to witness for myself almost His homeland, where He loved to escape, where He loved to adventure, where He loved to change people’s lives, like Mary Magdalene. On a recent podcast called “Abiding Together,” a dear friend and mentor of mine, Michelle Benzinger said that when we “receive His grace, receive His calling, receive His spirit, He invites us into His story of redemption and restoration that are the best stories you could ever imagine.” I think God is unfolding how my life and story and gifts are a testament to that. I am a humanitarian photographer- I tell the stories of the forgotten, invisible, orphaned, widowed, poor and broken. I want to tell the stories of women like Mary Magdalene, the miraculous stories of redemption, of hope against all hope.

On the last night of my time in Magdala, I just wanted to be alone with God and hear His voice, so I went to the same spot where Nia and I had prayed earlier that day, overlooking the field of yellow wildflowers, the Sea of Galilee, and then the mountains on the other side, as the sun was setting. I worshiped and worshiped while the wind blew and the trees swayed until it got dark, really dark, and the lights around the sea began to flicker. I looked behind me and saw the Boat Chapel through the huge floor to ceiling window, and something gold sparkling upon the altar. As I drew closer to see what this gold sparkle was, I realized it was Jesus in the Eucharist, and my heart skipped a beat. Oh how sweet He was to be looking upon me as I offered Him everything I had! This was the moment of Jesus saying the same message to me as He told Mary Magdalene…  “This is what I made you for, to spread my glory and love upon the whole world, to penetrate the darkness with my light, to destroy death with my resurrection power. So go, worship, dream, adventure through all the earth, capture my beauty and be a prophet to the nations. Tell my stories of hope against all hope, of restoration, of life, of power, of love.” And as I was worshiping out into the world, Jesus was pouring His Spirit through me from my back and over all the earth. Oh how sweet He is to bring me into the place of His life-changing ministry during His time on earth, to root me in who I am as a woman, as a daughter, in order to send me out on my mission. But I think the profound thing about it all is that I just have to BE exactly who God created me to be, and He will change the world. – Madi

“When I hold the piece I am brought to Divine Union”

Holding my beautiful Magdalena piece I am transported back to the magical place of Migdal. The transformation that happened there, within my heart is profound, it continues today.  I feel forever changed. The blueprint for Divine Union is there.  When I hold the piece I am brought back to Divine Union. I am eternally grateful. There is a deep knowing within me that we, each of us, can embody that truth anytime, anywhere… the beautiful necklace helps me to remember that. – Barbara

The feminine symbol carries a message of softness and strength as everything originates from the seed of life.”

Medjugorje was a magical trip in so many was… life changing on so many levels! So grateful for being given the opportunity to experience this beautiful miraculous place where Heaven touches the Earth!

One of the blessed evenings after a long few days of travel and trekking up Cross Mountain, we gathered as a group for dinner. As MSMH usually does, they encouraged each of us to share our experiences of this trip to get to know one another better and unite us. They also selected a prayer partner for everyone in the group from within the group to also bring us a little closer. Mine was Barb, Amy’s sister who visited Israel with Amy and Nia before joining us in Medjugorje. 

During the trip, I had noticed Nia Peeples wearing this beautiful necklace, I was very drawn to it, in an intriguing way …. as this pendant just illuminated and pulled me in. I had to understand what it was, so I had asked her what it was and the significance behind it. Once she told me the story behind this piece, I loved it even more. Nia proceeded to share with me that it was called the Magdalena or flower of life and that it was a feminine symbol and how they discovered this symbol when excavating the Holy Land where Jesus preached in Israel. She also noted that this symbol was also found in Russia and another country which is very interesting to me. I believe this symbol is now being discovered during a period of spiritual awakening, after being hidden for 2,000 years!!

This feminine symbol carries a message of softness and strength as everything originates from the seed of life. I also believe that there are no coincidences…. 

Honestly, I was in awe with Nia’s personal connection to the seed of life and coming together, with meeting Amy and Christine who had just discovered the Magdalena and the symbol was one and the same?!?!

Anyway, that night before we sat down to dinner, my prayer partner pulled me aside with so much love and excitement! She told me she had prayed about this and handed me “the necklace” ….. I was immediately drawn to tears and in disbelief as she just purchased the necklace as a souvenir from her journey to Israel?!  I told her I could not accept this as it was so beautiful and meaningful to her that I just couldn’t accept it. She then proceeded to grab my hand and tell me she understood what I was saying, and wasn’t sure she wanted to give it up either…. but she prayed about it and was told I needed this piece and asked me to put it on. I was blown away with her graciousness and felt honored to have received this beautiful piece. Once we returned to the hotel, Nia noticed that Barb had gifted me the necklace and had proceeded to give her another one to replace the one she had given away… which was such a beautiful exchange of love and giving, exemplifying the meaning behind the piece.

I have gone on to read more about this symbol and believe it there is going to be a big shift taking place and excited to be a part of it and feel that My Saint My Hero has already started contributing to this major shift that is taking place. – Tamara

 

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