What’s new for My Saint My Hero?

What’s new for My Saint My Hero?

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My Saint My Hero was founded on the belief that God is real, prayer works, love heals and miracles really do happen. Throughout history we have been left with sacred symbols and tools (often referred to as sacramentals) that help us stay connected to one another, our divine source of love and all that is true, good and beautiful. We incorporate these tools into all our pieces, bringing the sacred to now through wearable fashion.

My Saint My Hero began with an inspiration to bring the stories of the saints to the youth as a reminder that we are all called to be saints. Saints were real people who walked this earth in union with Christ and miracles happened. Together we make God’s love visible and our Wearable Blessings™ remind us of our true calling. 2019 is the year to make kindness a trend—with our Wearable Blessings we encourage everyone to “Wear One. Share One.” Join the trend and empower people around the globe with kindness, while you are empowered by the love and prayer that is infused into each piece. Each time you purchase a piece, you are making a difference. Our Peace Link collection is beaded in Cambodia by a community rescued from human trafficking. Our Blessing collection is handwoven in the sacred site of Medjugorje and empowers villages with meaningful work. All of our medals are hand cast in Italy and all our threads are hand dyed. We are purpose-driven fashion infused with intention. May the light within you shine so bright that it ignites the light in others.

What’s new for My Saint My Hero? We are so excited to bring you new pieces from our Share the Love Bracelet selections by John and Caitlin Stamos, our new Empower assortment by Nia Peeples, and of course, our new gemstone bracelets, woven in the sacred site of Medjugorje. My husband and I traveled to Medjugorje in the spring, and together with the community of weavers, we created the Wake Up and Pray pieces—our first ever gemstone incorporated into a blessing bracelet!

This past summer my family and I went to Italy to visit with the beautiful family that is hand casting all of our medals. Italy is where My Saint My Hero was born and continues to inspire me with love of family, food and beauty. Many of our new additions are inspired by the light and beauty of this world. As we draw close to this intention, you will see wonder and sparkle come through our Wearable Blessings, with the beauty of Swarovski.

Our team here at My Saint My Hero is a family built with passionate, creative and brilliant people. Enjoy the collection and may you receive abundant blessings and graces! Thank you for making kindness a trend. — Amy/Founder My Saint My Hero

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May Love Grow

May Love Grow

Advent is the season of the seed. The seed He said, “is the Word of God sown in the human heart.” It is also the seed of life brought forth from God through Mary, in the form of Jesus the Christ.  Mary brought forth the savior of the world through the seed of LOVE, her fiat—through the mother comes the King.

It is interesting that today’s gospel reading mentions four women, four mothers, that brought forth life to continue the lineage of God’s divine love. This is a very important realization because at the time women were very rarely named when proving the lineage of prophets.  These four women show that there is a new place for women under the New Covenant, as bearers of love and light.

Advent is the season of divine love growing within, not because of what you can do, or what you can give, but simply by saying yes to this seed of new life.  Advent is a time of growth—we must believe that He is growing in our lives. Allow time to spend in quiet contemplation and prayer to remember the presence of Christ within.  He is here… He is in our families, He is in our friends, He resides within us and surrounds us all throughout our lives. We must simply remember to recognize Him. As we go about our day encountering challenges or feelings of uselessness, may we remind ourselves to trust that maybe, just maybe, this is all a part of God’s plan. Our work allows for Christ to work through us, our words may let Christ speak through us, and our compassion may bring Christ’s compassion back to the world.

It is not by chance that just recently an amazing discovery was made in the Christian world. The first altar that Christ ever preached from was unearthed along the coast of the Sea of Galilee. In the center of this stone altar was emblazoned a very new symbol for that time—it was the Seed of Life. Circle upon circle, this symbol represents the significance of women in the New Covenant. May love grow and may God be fully alive within each one of us during this Advent.  Blessings and Love, Amy

 

Love so Bright the Whole World Can See

Love so Bright the Whole World Can See

 

Dear friends,

Christ loves us so much and He longs for a personal relationship with each one of us. All He asks is for our love in return. He is not interested in how many tasks we complete in a day, but rather how we loved today. I imagine Him standing beside us, reaching out His hand and asking us to walk this life with Him as our guide. I love the verse, “knock and the door will be open.” I imagine knocking on doors of heaven and being flooded with renewing love as they open.

During Advent, let’s open the door to our hearts so wide that God’s love comes bursting through. You are His light in the world because He lives within you.

Let’s pray together: Heavenly Father, Blessed Mother and all the angels and saints in heaven; we come before you now and ask you to hold our hands as we walk together in this season of Advent towards the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. Lord, we thank you for the longing in our hearts to encounter Jesus in a new way this Advent season, and we ask that His love awakens within us. May the celebration of His birth be a new birth within us, and may the spark in our hearts ignite into a flame for Christ—a flame of love so bright the whole world can see. Change me Lord, renew me Lord, make me an instrument of your LOVE today and always.  AMEN

“Virgin Mary birthed Him into the world the first time and will make him burst out everywhere the second.”  St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort

Together in prayer,

Amy

Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast 2018

Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast 2018

About 2,000 fellow Angelenos and I spent the morning in prayer at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. We began at 6:30 am with the rhythm of the Rosary. We heard angels’ voices coming through the Carmelite Sisters as they sang us through Mass. Truly the choir of angels came out during the communion song when the granddaughter of two of the original prayer breakfast organizers sang “How Beautiful,” in memory of her grandfather. She was a conduit of God’s love and she touched our souls through the vibration of sound – a beautiful way to begin this very special day.

Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast Program

As the morning continued we all gathered in the Cathedral Courtyard to enjoy breakfast. After Archbishop Gomez blessed the One Nation Under God United in Prayer Bracelets that we gifted each person in attendance, the event’s keynote speaker Bishop Barron spoke about the longing of the heart. His words were so impactful that I scribbled notes on my paper napkin so I could share them with you.

Notes Taken During Bishop Barron's Keynote Speech Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast

“BECAUSE YOU HAVE MADE US FOR YOURSELF, AND OUR HEARTS ARE RESTLESS TILL THEY FIND THEIR REST IN THEE.” – St. Augustine.

This my friends is truth and as St. Thomas Aquinas shared, as humans, we try to fill this longing of the heart with substitutes for God. However, the more we try to fill it with substitutes, the more empty we feel and it becomes a chase, an addiction, rather than peace and fulfillment. The four substitutes St. Thomas Aquinas identifies are wealth, power, pleasure, honor. We say to ourselves, “If I fill my life with enough of these things I will be happy.” But it becomes an infinite cavern. The more we dump in, the more we lose and we run faster, scared to run out, chasing for more. Yes, wealth makes us wealthier, power makes us powerful, fame makes us famous, but happiness only comes when we surrender to the will of God and allow God to seize us and use us as His instrument of love. According to Bishop Barron, “Thomas Aquinas said that if you want to see the perfect exemplification of the beatitudes, you should look to Christ crucified. The saint specified this observation as follows: if you want beatitude (happiness), despise what Jesus despised on the cross and love what he loved on the cross.”  Come seek the will of God and when you do, you will be grounded in God and in the will of Christ. From this point, you will know what to do with wealth, power, pleasure and honor – surrender to the will of God, allow Him to flood your heart with love and then you will live in true freedom, free from attachment, free from addiction, free to be who you are born to be, free to become a summit of divine grace. – Amy

 Come seek the will of God and when you do, you will be grounded in God and in the will of Christ. From this point, you will know what to do with wealth, power, pleasure and honor - surrender to the will of God, allow Him to flood your heart with love and then you will live in true freedom, free from attachment, free from addiction, free to be who you are born to be, free to become a summit of divine grace. – Amy

 

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Trust In It. And Awaken Anew!

Trust In It. And Awaken Anew!

“It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” – Elijah

A few weeks ago I was sitting in Sunday Mass and the reading was 1 King 19. Elijah was questioning his life, “It is enough; now, O LORD, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers.” Elijah the great prophet thought of his life as worthless in that moment! I know this feeling of worthlessness, when everything around us comes crashing down, suffocating us in a dark storm. In these moments, I feel as though I cannot fix it, and I begin to tell myself that it is my fault and maybe if I weren’t here it would be better. WOW, a spiral of doubt and darkness takes over – and to think this is normal. Even Elijah felt it. What did he do? He prayed. He surrendered. He fell asleep and allowed God to surround him with angels, to renew him and nourish him. When he awoke he was restored, for he felt new, energized and went on to be a major prophet for God sharing light with the whole world!

Trust In It. And Awaken Anew! Elijah - My Saint My Hero Blog Writer Amy D'Ambra in Prayer

Prophets and saints are not perfect, their life sucks at times too. It is what they do and how they react when they find themselves in that downward spiral, that I want to learn from. Elijah felt the emotion of severe depression, to the point of begging God to take his life. He was down and out, and he turned to God. I love this! When we can’t get ourselves out of darkness and despair …

Pray, surrender and rest! Don’t run faster, try to fix it, or numb out. Sit still, give it up to Him, rest and allow His miraculous love to renew, transform and regenerate us!

Just imagine the angels re-wiring us, re-aligning us towards God’s love, light, and joy. We almost need to be asleep for them to do this with ease. Trust in it. And awake anew! Maybe, just maybe, in the new day, you will be the light that changes the world! You will be the one that brings hope of God to others. Just like Elijah; better yet, just like YOU! –Amy

 

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My Saint My Hero Founder Amy D’Ambra’s Travel Must-Haves

Each year our jewelry lines are renewed, colors enhanced, and new designs are created through inspiration, travel, and collaboration.

My inspiration is thanks to my love and passion for the sea and its wonders for all of God's divine glory. The Island of Ischia inspires, love speaks, and creativity abounds.

My inspiration is thanks to my love and passion for the sea and its wonders for all of God’s divine glory. The Island of Ischia inspires, love speaks, and creativity abounds.

Each year our jewelry lines are renewed, colors enhanced, and new designs are created through inspiration, travel, and collaboration.

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Written inside these doors of St. Antonio cathedral in Ischia, a saint considered a "wonder worker," are the words "Si Quaeris Miracula," which translates to "If thou seek miracles. May we all say YES to our unique call to be acts of wonder for the world to witness Christ through our actions of love.

Written inside these doors of St. Antonio cathedral in Ischia, a saint considered a “wonder worker,” are the words “Si Quaeris Miracula,” which translates to “If thou seek miracles. May we all say YES to our unique call to be acts of wonder for the world to witness Christ through our actions of love.

 

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Thank you for joining our pilgrimage of love and our mission to live life fully alive. We exist to make God’s love visible. Our Wearable Blessings™ are tangible reminders of the supernatural in the natural, of the wonder of life, and our intimate call to be light in the world. – Amy D’Ambra

 

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Walking the Camino de Santiago

Walking the Camino de Santiago

The Camino

In celebration of a personal milestone last year, I chose to walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago in Spain with my family. Along with my husband, our four children, a future son-in-law and daughter-in-law, and our family priest, we walked just under 100 miles in 7 days.

Just like life itself, the Camino de Santiago is a journey that can only be completed by taking one step at a time. When we began, it was hard to imagine reaching our destination…and along the way it was hard to recognize all the little blessings…but looking back we realize it is a journey we will never forget!

The greatest gift was the growth of our family, with Johnny’s fiancée, Ashley, and Elle’s fiancé, Joseph, along with the addition Fr. Jim, walking every step of the way with us. We never know what tomorrow may bring so thank you for sharing in today with us – you are a blessing in our lives!

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A New Walk

As I begin a new walk in 2018, I know I will continue to draw from my experience on the Camino de Santiago. I believe that St. James will continue to work on my heart and keep guiding me and my family towards a closer relationship with Christ. In fact, I started this New Year in a different way. Instead of ringing in the new year at a party with friends, I sat outside of St. James Church in Medjugorje praying a rosary with my husband; offering many prayers for all those whom we had promised to take with us to this sacred place. As I walked into the church and saw the statue of St. James on the altar, I was reminded of his example to walk the extra mile to boldly share his faith. That’s what saints do, they set the bar a little higher for us. This year it is my prayer to follow the example of St. James to share my faith without hesitation and with great love!

God bless,
Christine

Benedictine Blessing Bracelets

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!

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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