July 22, 2016 was the first official feast day of St. Mary Magdalene and the first day Nia Peeples walked into our office. We had never met, yet our hearts felt a kindred spirit. Truly a supernatural understanding of each other was awakened by the Holy Spirit in every cell in our being. Our hearts expanded as we began to journey together through conversation to the town of Magdala where the sacred “Flower of Life” symbol was recently discovered. My Saint My Hero’s new Empower Seed of Life Collection, inspired by the sacred symbol, is so meaningful to Nia, to me, and to My Saint My Hero. To look at the carving of this Flower of Life dating back over 2000 years and to know that Christ himself preached from this very place in Magdala is enough to make one’s heart dance with joy.
Together, we now bring this sacred and beautiful truth as it is embedded in this symbol to you. We invite you to journey with us to the town of Magdala. Nia Peeples and I journeyed here and immersed ourselves in the sacred waters of the Sea of Galilee, we walked the footsteps of Christ and prayed in the very synagogue that the Empower symbol was emblazoned on the first altar. We prayed there and pray now that you and all people wearing this symbol may feel the love of being linked together on earth as it is in heaven. Wear Empower and be empowered through the unfailing love of God! – Amy
We have an intuitive knowing of those who have walked before us. We are all linked together like the circles in the seed of life. We are not alone. We are divinely connected.
Sister, daughter, mother, grandmother—may we empower one another as we link heart to heart and celebrate all the revolutionary women in our lives. Today we celebrate you. May this piece empower you to be revolutionary!
When I met my husband, I wasn’t praying for love. I wasn’t praying for a boyfriend or a relationship. I was praying to draw closer to the Lord. I was at a crossroads in my life, and my prayer was simply that the Lord have His way in my life and that He turn my heart towards Him. Little did I know that He’d answer my prayer by bringing Pete into my life. Meeting Pete radically changed my life. It was a true turning point in my faith. He’s shown me love and faithfulness like I never could’ve imagined in a man. He was the first person to show me a devotional and ask me to read the bible with him. He’s challenged me to walk out my faith in big bold ways and all of the small, every day, in-between ways.⠀
In every step of the way, through every act of love, he’s pointed me back to Jesus… I’ve been praying for simplicity, to shed the weight of the distractions in this world so that I can make more room for Jesus. I want Him to be the center of everything I do – how I serve my clients, how I treat my friends, how I love my husband. Today I’m reminded that it all comes back to one thing: love.⠀- Jordan Jones/ Living For More, With Less Blog
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“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!
“Prayer changes everything”
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!
Christine Rich on Venture With Virtue.
Stellar Blessings Bracelet
Only a few left in stock available for a limited time from February 1-4. Shop now to claim one for your Love.
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.
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Angel Wing Protection
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.
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 –
Fr. John Bartunek, LC ThD