Life is a journey. Every day we face twists and turns along the way and we must decide which direction to go. Our compass is the Cross. Jesus is our true north, the singular guide for navigating life. Wear this bracelet and allow your inner compass to gently lead you on…one sure step at a time.
Our Compass is the Cross
Christ’s Cross summarized everything Jesus taught, did, and suffered, all for our salvation. When we were baptized, the sign of the cross was traced for the first time on our heads and our breasts so that the Lord’s wisdom would inspire our hearts and minds throughout our life’s journey.
It is the sign of the Cross that continues to accompany and inspire us every step of the way. For the Cross, accepting the Father’s will even when it was difficult, was Christ’s own path in life. So it must also mark the path of every Christian. Our Savior taught us to pray to God our Father, “Thy Kingdom come!”
At every turn in the road, at every intersection and every stop along the way, this must be our motto: “Lord, what do you want me to do? How do you want me to live?” We must learn to ask that question, deep in the core of our being and hear the Holy Spirit’s answer, guiding us from within.
“Go forward bravely. Fear nothing. Trust in God; all will be well.”
-St. Joan of Arc
When God Calls You to Greatness
There are undoubtedly times in our lives when God is clearly urging us to take on a leadership role, to make a leap of faith in commitment, or step outside our comfort zone to help just one or hundreds of people in need. The Holy Spirit speaks to our hearts through prayer, through a conversation, events or even personal joy or sorrow- tugging at our hearts, calling us to action.
St. Joan of Arc was just a simple peasant girl from France. In an age where women were mostly confined to the matters of the home, Joan was called to politics and the battlefield. Three saints appeared to her to speak to her of God’s plan for her life. She could have brushed it off, hid behind false humility, and chosen to say no.
However, despite what others thought of her when accusing her of witchcraft and lunacy, she stood steadfast and unwavering before God’s mission for her life. That is true courage. When she had earned the trust of the King of France, she did not stray from God’s mission by seeking her own glory and honor, but stayed true to the mission. That is true courage. When she was willing to sacrifice everything, even her own life to remain true to God’s message and will, she lived out true courage. That is why she is such a shining example of courage to us today, especially to us women. In a world where feminine genius is overlooked, seen as weakness, or interpreted through a political lens for personal advancement, St. Joan is a reminder that true feminism is living in truth and union with God, and the strength that comes from being a humble servant.
Patron Saint of Courage
Joan of Arc is the patron saint of courage. More than bravery, her courage was that of giving herself whole-heartedly to God’s will. Wear this necklace and be inspired, like Joan of Arc, to repeat throughout your day, “I was born for this!”
Prayer to St. Joan of Arc
St. Joan of Arc,
I implore you in the name of God
to intercede on my behalf and guide me.
Help me to be strong when people are against me
and question my belief in God.
Help me to stand by my faith and
my decisions concerning my faith.
I wish to do only God’s will, and I beg of you,
O patron saint, to help keep me on His true path,
and guide me in His will.
I need friends now, more than ever before,
and I choose God as my first and foremost best friend,
above all others.
But I also choose you as a close and special friend
to relate to and to talk to.
Please counsel me by any means necessary
that is in the will of God to do.
A big thank you to Maria Franklin for organizing and sharing her experience of this wonderful event!
How wonderful to be able to share my reflections on this day – both Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday.
The new My Saint My Hero classes bring women together looking to deepen their faith and enjoy creative fun within the intimate space of our Experience Boutiques – It’s part of the blessing revolution beginning to take shape in the community!
For two days last week we were able to offer 20 women the opportunity amidst our busy lives, to slow down and learn about the meaning of Lent with Fr. Charbel of Saints Peter and Paul Church in Wilmington. He spoke about being attentive to our own patterns and triggers that distance us from God. While shaking a water bottle with dirt in it, he attempted to look through the cloudy murky water; he could not see through it. However, when he sat the bottle down, the dirt settled to the bottom allowing clear vision through the bottle. I grasped the meaning of this imagery: that the busier I am the harder it is to see through and really examine my life. I must be still – only then will I see clearly to take inventory of my ways, reactions and intentions. I realized my need to slow down and make a commitment devoting time to Jesus this Lent.
Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. James 4:8
We then painted our own beautiful journal covers guided by the talented local watercolor artist Suzy Cyr. Each of us left ready to begin our own “journaling pilgrimage”, learning ways to create a daily routine to meditate, write and reflect on our lives and open our hearts to hear His word….
Speak Lord your servant is listening. 1 Samuel 3:10
I was fortunate to be part of these evenings offered; laughing, learning, and stretching not only our artistic abilities but together also stretching our faith encouraging each other to walk closely these next 40 days with Jesus.
BE AWARE OF HIS PRESENCE THROUGHOUT THESE NEXT 40 DAYS!
Sometimes it’s good to remember our story; to look back at where we started, how far we’ve come, and through it all, see God’s hand at work. Because despite the daily distractions, in the end, when all is said and done, it is for His Kingdom that we do what we do. Our mission makes no sense if we don’t do it all for Him, through Him, and in Him. The Holy Spirit was the inspiration which began My Saint My Hero, and we pray, He will always guide us in the light of truth, and that we will have the grace to be open and obedient to His Way.
Thank you Venture with Virtue for allowing Christine to share the My Saint My Hero story with your listeners! The interview will be live on their website for a few weeks, so head on over there to give it a listen!
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Ah isn’t love such a wonderful thing? I dare to say that love, by far, is the most Godlike ability and identity we have as human beings. We were created by God, who is love Himself, for love. In choosing to love, which is the gift of oneself to another, we live up to our fullest potential as people and children of God.
There are countless ways to profess and express our love to those dear to us. Gifting is one excellent way. The definition of a gift is: a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present. A gift expresses how we feel about the other person and we want it not only to be pleasing and precious to the recipient, we also desire it to carry significance- to let it be a unique expression of our love.
Amore Stellar Blessings
The Amore Stellar Blessings Bracelet is crafted with rows of genuine ruby Swarovski beads, five 1cm gold tone Benedictine medals, and a gold tone My Saint My Hero logo tag. This sparkling limited edition bracelet is a gorgeous way to remind your beloved one not only of your love, but also of God’s eternal love, and their own calling to love. This bracelet is perfect for St. Valentine’s Day. This year, why not give the Gift of a Blessing? ™
Medals made in Italy. This bracelet comes on woven cording with a sliding slipknot for an easy fit. 9″ when fully opened. Stellar Blessings Amore comes in a box with an inspirational card. SHOP NOW.
Angel sent by God to guide me, Be my light and walk besides me, Be my guardians and protect me, On the paths of life direct me. Amen.
Each and every one of us has been given a guardian angel from God, a pure spirit, to light and guard, to rule and guide. Wear this necklace as a reminder that your angel is with you always.
These wings, that you can see and touch, can remind you of things that you can’t see and touch: of your guardian angel, of the spiritual journey that is the essence of your life, and of your final destination on the other side of this thin earthly veil of time and space. They can even remind you of God himself. Wear these wings well, and smile when they catch your eye and when you touch them. Let them be a constant reminder that you are covered by an attentive, eternal love. “Under His wings you will find refuge…” Psalm 91:4 –
I consider the My Saint My Hero Iconic Jewelry Collection one of our most unique and stunning. The iconic image imprinted on each cuff you wear is literally a prayer written through images that has been inspired by the Holy Spirit.
“Icons are actually called prayers. So we’re actually wearing a prayer. While I’m working, my prayer is always that the eyes will draw you into a deeper devotion…” -Vivian/Iconographer
Did you know icons in the Orthodox Christian tradition are written, not painted? The process of making icons is considered more a form of prayer than art, and it is believed that the iconographer’s hand is guided by God. Each brush stroke is a form of meditation and prayer. You can read more about it here.
“Guide the hands of your unworthy servant”…I am not worthy to write this but the Holy Spirit guides me through these images.” -Vivian
An icon is a “window into heaven” because it offers us a glimpse of what awaits us in eternity with Christ—it’s like a meeting between heaven and earth.
ABOUT THE ARTIST An artist from Southern California, Vivian Imbruglia practices the ancient art of iconography. She learned the traditional techniques of writing icons from several master iconographers, thus merging her artistic abilities with her exploding Catholic faith. Iconography has become more than her profession, it is her ministry. Vivian’s commissioned artwork, both traditional icons and more contemporary sacred images, can be found in churches, abbeys, and private chapels throughout the United States and abroad. One image was given as a gift directly to the Holy Father Pope Francis. When writing original images, Vivian puts great emphasis on the eyes as that aspect most effectively draws in the viewer, encouraging prayerful reflection and meditation. As with all traditional iconography, Vivian never signs the displayed part of her work. Instead she includes on the back, “Written by the hand of Vivian Imbruglia.” At the same time Vivian has developed her own tradition of writing somewhere within every piece the letters “AMDG” which stands for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, explaining her ultimate purpose as working for the greater glory of God. Watch Vivian create Mary Star of the Sea.
Archangel Michael is known as the leader of the heavenly armies, the one that God has sent to protect each one of us from anything unlike love. Wear Archangel Michael as a reminder that you are never alone, you are protected by God’s great angels, and you are part of a bigger story.
Archangels help guide the children of God along the path of lasting happiness and help protect us against wandering off our holy path. When you put on this icon, join your own prayer to the prayer that inspired it – ask the Lord to keep you safe and spiritually aware as you continue your life’s pilgrimage. Your life too is, in fact, a holy icon in the making. -Fr. John Bartunek, LC ThD
Sacred icons date back over 1,000 years and are said to be a spiritual window through which we feel heaven. Each icon is infused with prayer and carries a story.
Saint Michael Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snare of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power of God cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who wander throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.