IT’S A FACT! If you want a new habit to take shape in your life, practice for 40 days straight and it will become a habit! This is a scientific fact and it just happens to be perfect timing – we have an opportunity right now! We have 40 days of Lent, time to wash away anything that no longer serves you and bring in the best aspects of you!
One of the best practices that I want as a habit in my life: take 5 minutes every day in silent meditation and prayer. Just with God, to sit in His arms, rest, breathe… just be.
This is my Lenten promise… I will WAKE UP AND PRAY, 5 minutes every morning just with you God, and gradually I will add a few minutes with the hope of allowing 30 minutes in quiet prayer a day. Imagine starting each day with God! Imagine Him reminding you that you have everything you need within you. Imagine feeling loved beyond belief and being flooded with hope. The time is now to WAKE UP AND PRAY. Join me as we pray for 40 days… and forever.
An inspiration blows in like the wind, catches you by surprise, takes your breath away, your heart falls in love and races all in the same moment, and then it grabs a hold and doesn’t let go. It is undeniable yet at the same time a bit scary, and as soon as you say YES, it takes you by storm and everything in the world around you seems to point in the direction of the inspiration. This is what happened to me over 10 years ago with My Saint My Hero, the inspiration came flooding in, my heart was changed forever and still to this day, I dream and daydream of new “Wearable Blessings” to make God’s love visible and to remind us all that each and every one of us is a VITAL part of God’s amazing symphony of life. We are all called to be saints and we are all called to walk in union with God to allow miracles to happen! This is truth, this is good, this is beautiful and this is YOU! This is my call and I am incredibly grateful for every single day, every twist and turn along the way. Every time I hear a story of the Blessing Bracelet being a tangible tool for something wonderful in the world, I am in awe and grateful beyond words to be a small part of this wonder. On a personal note, my hubby and 3 kids are my daily dose of God’s unwavering LOVE! Just the other day I got a text from a girl at my son’s school. She said my son Anthony stood up for her in a time of need and became a reminder that she is strong, she is good, she is beautiful, and she is true. AMEN to all of you who share your love and light so beautifully! YOU ARE THE LOVE WE NEED NOW! If My Saint My Hero allows one of you to share your love in a tangible way… thank you! Happy 10th Year Anniversary My Saint My Hero! Thank you team, thank you friends, and thank you family! May God Bless us all…. AMEN
Coming Soon to My Saint My Hero Boutiques and the My Saint My Hero Website
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
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
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
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.
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 speakerBishop 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.
“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
“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!
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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!