Christine’s List of Favorite Gifts This Christmas

Christine’s List of Favorite Gifts This Christmas

My Favorite

Honestly my favorite gift for everyone is the Benedictine Blessing Bracelet because, like we hear over and over, “there’s just something about this bracelet” that makes people feel different, and they never want to take it off. I have no doubt that it is the prayers said by the women weaving these bracelets in Medjugorje along with all of our daily prayers at My Saint My Hero. Prayer is powerful and even though we can’t see what our prayers are doing, there is something about wearing a tangible reminder on your wrist that allows you to live in the belief that there is something more that we cannot see with our eyes but we can feel deep in our hearts. 

Christmas Blessings

 

Something for Everyone

Joe and Christine. Photo credit: Lizzy Rich @justahandmaiden

I love that we have so many versions of this bracelet to fit everyone’s style and it allows us to be able to share a blessing with everyone in our lives. My husband loves wearing the Blessings for Him, but all his friends prefer the One Blessing bracelet. I love giving the Blessing Bracelets with both the Gold & Silver medals…. and a new favorite gift for a special occasion is the Stellar Blessing Bracelet (I love EVERY color combination of medals and crystals that we offer-see below). Also, they are perfect for all ages, from a teenager to an aunt or grandma!

 Discover Your New Blessings

Everyone Needs a Blessing….

Everyone needs a reminder that they are not alone and that someone is praying for them…  Everyone deserves to know that they are loved… and that’s exactly why there is no greater gift than the The Gift of a Blessing! TM

-Christine

Benedictine Blessing Bracelets

Amy’s List of Favorite Gifts This Christmas

Amy’s List of Favorite Gifts This Christmas

Christmas Blessings

Tis the Season for love, family, gatherings and gift giving. 

My favorite part of Christmas is gathering together as one giant family and spending days laughing and sharing. It is truly a time that we all treasure and hold sacred. A time to reflect on Christ born anew within our hearts and a time to love one another, and we all do our best to take the time off of work to dedicate to family. This Christmas is a very special Christmas for my family because we have two new babies to cuddle!  I am a great aunt twice-over and I am in awe of how much love a sweet little baby can inspire and spark! 

My Ultimate Favorite Gift to Give

When I think of gift giving, my favorite part of it is sharing a new discovery that has meant a lot to me and something I can’t wait to give. And EVERYONE gets a BLESSING!!! My family has a tradition of putting all the blessing bracelets in a basket at our Christmas Dinner table and everyone picks one with the intention of giving it to the person next to them (each person picks a partner to exchange blessings with). As they put the bracelet on the other, they say a little prayer or blessing for that person, and then the other person has their “turn” to give a blessing. My family loves to choose from the 10 medal Benedictine Blessing Bracelet, Serenity and Gratitude. We are united in prayer during our Christmas dinner and it carries a sense of being woven together that remains long after our Christmas time together comes to an end. I love looking at my blessing bracelet and feeling the love of my family.

Christmas Blessings

Blessings of Joy

My Favorite Picks This Year

In addition to Blessing Bracelets, a few items that I am excited to give this year is a set of lip gloss by 3 GRACES! They are made with amazing ingredients and each lip gloss has a bible verse and fun saying!  Everyone needs a little lip gloss to make them sparkle! 

I also LOVE my YETI 30oz mega cup, and that will be on my list for all my fellow heavy drinkers (water and coffee that is).

I love my comfy PJs by Cuddl Duds and Aragon MILK by Josie Maren

Ok now you have my secrets! I’d love for you to comment below sharing your favorite gifts to give! Merry and Blessed Christmas, my friends!

-Amy

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! 

Awaken Beautiful

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. 

Blessings of Joy

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.

The Greatest Love Deuteronomy 6:5 Bangle Collection

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.

Benedictine Blessing Bracelets

 

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.

ThanksGIVING & LoveGIVING

ThanksGIVING & LoveGIVING

The true gift of being a part of the My Saint My Hero family is the opportunity it allows us to bring gratitude, hope and most of all love into the world. We are not only changing hearts one person at a time all around our country with our wearable blessings, but we are changing actual lives all over the world with the work you are all providing by your sales.

“When I was 4 years old I dreamed… when I grow up I want to make jewelry… That was a dream… and now it came true… thank YOU!”

-YOUNG GIRL RESCUED FROM HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN CAMBODIA AND NOW WEAVING PEACELINKS FOR MY SAINT MY HERO

You matter! You are making a difference in the world! We are so grateful for you!


Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

-Christine & Amy

Thanksgiving: A Time for Family, Prayer, and Blessings

Thanksgiving: A Time for Family, Prayer, and Blessings

Home for the Holidays

Large families are a huge blessing, especially at the holidays! As the youngest of eight children I have many memories of waiting for family to arrive on Thanksgiving. I had brothers and sisters driving home from college and from their own homes (bringing my nieces and nephews that were like brothers and sisters to me as they were more my age than my siblings). The anticipation built in me as I waited for our quiet home to be transformed into hub of laughter, fun, singing, and lots and lots of sharing. When I was young I took all of this for granted, I don’t anymore.

Many things have changed since I grew from being the baby in the family to having a family of four children of my own. I realize now that the presence of one thing connects every thanksgiving I have celebrated over the last 50 years: PRAYER. Throughout the years there have been many different forms of prayer depending on the household hosting the gathering that year, but every meal has always started in a prayer of Thanksgiving for the food we were about to share, for all of our blessings, and a prayer of petition for all those that would not have all that we had that day.

I will never forget one prayer in particular as long as I live. It was the prayer my niece’s husband prayed at their home the year he found out he had A.L.S. There was not a dry eye in the backyard tent (like I said our family is large and most houses can’t accommodate all of us) as he read from the book of Psalms in his bible. The night ended with the whole family singing Hallelujah accompanied by another niece’s boyfriend on his ukulele and all I could think of was the multitude of prayers being sent to heaven for him as I was reminded of the saying, “singing is like praying twice!” Two years later he is miraculously still in amazing physical health despite his diagnosis. He has an army of family and friends praying for him and, whether his good health is due to these prayers or to modern medicine, EVERY day is worthy of thanksgiving prayers for him.

Thanksgiving This Year

Today I fly to Denver to be with a whole new family this year for Thanksgiving… the family of my future daughter-in-law. I am bringing along a bag full of Blessing Bracelets to share. My prayer is that every time we look down at these bracelets they will be a reminder of the love shared on this beautiful occasion and of being blessed, once again, as our family continues to grow.
-Christine

Benedictine Blessing Bracelets

 

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Gratitude and Thanksgiving

Gratitude for me is a supernatural grace that raises my heart and soul above the pain of suffering and loss, to a place of love and peace. It transports me to a place where I feel I can join my heart with others and mutually lift the other up, a place where loneliness can be healed by friendship, compassion, family and new life.

Gratitude takes me to a place where I feel held in God’s arms, protected in the mantle of Our Blessed Mother, and reminds me that my Guardian Angel is with me. It reminds me to call on Archangel Michael to protect me.

Gratitude reminds me what a gift it is to be united with Christ and that His light reignites and illuminates. It reminds me that one day, by God’s grace, I will be able to sit at the banquet in heaven with all my loved ones around me. For me this is the place of gratitude- a place where I look around the table and feel loved.

This Thanksgiving we will have the grace to be surrounded by all our loved ones, some physically, and others spiritually when we close our eyes and connect our heart with all our loved ones who are either away or have gone before us, and feel the love flow in the rhythm of our unified heart beats.

This is us last year, preparing our hearts and setting the table for our Thanksgiving meal.

This Thanksgiving, I am incredibly grateful to be here! I am grateful to experience gratitude and to feel loved! This year our Thanksgiving tradition will include my immediate family and our dear beloved family friends as we celebrate a weekend of holy matrimony in addition to Thanksgiving! We will celebrate this couple’s love, and the gift of two new grandchildren in our extended family this year. This Thursday we will join together to feast, seated along the benches among the fields as my husband cooks up the turkeys, and we string lights between the trees. The feast will continue as we partake in the Holy Mass, Matrimony, and celebrations! From my family to yours I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with supernatural gratitude that overflows with love! Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving!

-Amy

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