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

Expressing The Divine

Expressing The Divine

RSVP BELOW TO RESERVE YOUR SPOTExpressing the Divine - With Nia Peeples, Drew Brophy and Amy D'Ambra

Join Founder and CEO of My Saint My Hero, Amy D’Ambra, as she hosts actor, author Nia Peeples and legendary surf artist, Drew Brophy for a magical afternoon of Expressing the Divine.

Spend the afternoon in the beauty of the Terranea Resort, sipping free champagne and perusing their latest works of inspiration: Nia’s precious children’s book, Drew’s Sacred Surfboards, and Amy’s newest Wearable Blessings.™

Journey with them as they share the stories that brought them here.

Join in on the conversation as Amy, Drew and Nia discuss Expressing the Divine.

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Wake Up and Pray!

Wake Up and Pray!

Introducing Wake Up and Pray Meditation Bracelets

Wake Up and Pray Mediation Bracelet

Morning Meditation

Use these 10 gemstones and Benedictine Cross to guide you during your meditation. Run your finger along each gem and begin a conversation with God.

Offer God: Your day. Your prayer. Your works. Your joy. Your suffering.

Ask God for His: Love, Wisdom, Peace, Protection, Hope.

Pause at the Benedictine Cross and breathe in His love as He receives your gifts. Feel His embrace as He promises to remain with you always.

New My Saint My Hero Wake Up and Pray Meditation Gemstone Bracelets

Wear this bracelet as a reminder to spend the first few minutes of your day with God. As you create this daily practice, your heart opens to the abundance of love, gratitude and compassion.

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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!

 

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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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To Inspire. To Encourage.

To Inspire. To Encourage.

Every day you inspire us… Today we are honored to share some of you and your stories with the community. Please take a moment to sit with these World Changers who encourage, who inspire. Let’s change the world through love!

Keep Fighting - Jessica Rodarte

9.10.18 World Suicide Prevention Day
Every forty seconds, of every minute, of every hour of every day. Someone attempts to end their life. 800,000 people die by suicide every year.

This has to change. We have to come together and speak about the importance of mental health. Suicide is real! It’s not something to take lightly. We see it too often now on the news that people are taking their own lives. As someone who battles with mental illness, I have been in those dark places with thoughts of suicide. Every time I hear of another death it hits so close to home. Because, I can only imagine what was going through the heads of those people that felt they could no longer go on. It is just absolutely heart breaking. And to think that maybe if someone reached out the outcome may have been different.

Take a minute: to listen, to hear, to understand. You never know the battles people are facing. Educate yourself and know the signs. It’s so important that we check in with one another! One message, one call, one smile can make all the difference. We need to have these discussions and end this stigma. Together we can save lives!

To anyone who is experiencing a difficult time and feel that you can no longer go on, please do not lose hope. Know that you are loved and you are important. You are not alone in this world, there are people here for you. Put your hand over your heart and realize that you have a purpose! When you feel like you are just up against a wall, remember this life is worth living; keep fighting. 💚
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 – Jessica Rodarte + Beeing Jess

 

More Mary Less Martha - Jordan Renee Jones

I’ve spent my whole life as a Martha. ⠀

I like to get things done – but now and as best as I can.⠀
I like to work – but I can always do more/better.⠀
I like to serve – but the “how” can get in the way of my “why.”⠀
I like to be recognized – but I will never get enough “gold stars.”⠀

I may have the best intentions, but so often times I’ve found myself doing things because I “have to” or I “should.” I always feel like there’s more I can do, and of course, there’s never enough time.⠀

And so I find myself head down, busying my way through life, distracted by of these self-inflicted “urgent” priorities, when all I need to do to get things right is lift my gaze up to Jesus.⠀

If you know the story of Mary and Martha, you may have found yourself identifying with Martha, and yet immediately knowing Mary had it right all along. Every time I read this passage in the Bible, I’m reminded of how easily I let my worries and distractions get in the way.⠀

I don’t know about you, but it’s crazy how fast I can fall right into Martha’s mindset of annoyance, of frustration, of disappointment when I don’t live up to my own self-imposed perfectionism. ⠀

It’s easy to get so focused on the details – and expect everyone else to follow our same way of thinking – yet ultimately just lose sight of what really matters.⠀

I don’t know about you, but I need a little more Mary in me.⠀

Because I need a LOT more Jesus in me – and Mary knew that is found by laying your life at the Lord’s feet.⠀

// Luke 10:38-42 – Jordan Renee Jones + Living For More With Less

 

See Your Light of Faith – Sarah White

The deepest and truest call for us is the pursuit of holiness. And yours m a t t e r s. You never know who will see your light of faith. Friend, you were meant to show His goodness. – Sarah White + The Millennial Fiat

 

Grateful for This Truth - Valerie Delgado Grace Painted

 

“How good it feels to come back to Him whenever we are lost! Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking His mercy. Christ, who told us to forgive one another “seventy times seven” (Mt 18:22) has given us His example: He has forgiven us seventy times seven. Time and time again He bears us on His shoulders. No one can strip us of the dignity bestowed upon us by this boundless and unfailing love. With a tenderness which never disappoints, but is always capable of restoring our joy, He makes it possible for us to lift up our heads and to start anew. Let us not flee from the resurrection of Jesus, let us never give up, come what will. May nothing inspire more than His life, which impels us onwards!” /// Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam // all for the greater glory of God. I’ve been reminding myself of this lately, that no matter what my responsibilities are, do it with the Lord. Do it for the Lord. Anything—any task, any conversation, can become prayer if it is offered for the Lord, out of love. Grateful for this truth. – Valerie Delgado + Grace Painted

 

Today on the National Day of Encouragement and EVERY DAY We encourage YOU all to be WORLD CHANGERS! Please comment below with your stories!

Wear One. Share One. Let’s change the world through love… one Blessing at a time! 

 

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The Redeeming Power of Simple Kindness

The Redeeming Power of Simple Kindness

We are honoring the second Feast Day of Saint Mother Teresa and reposting our blog from last year. Mother Teresa, Pray For Us!

originally posted 9/5/17

The Redeeming Power of Simple Kindness

Today, on the feast day of St. Teresa of Calcutta, fondly known to us as Mother Teresa, we stop to remember the humble yet powerful way she loved Jesus: through serving and loving the poorest of the poor. We, at My Saint My Hero, are so honored to carry a blessing piece especially dedicated to her memory: Be The One bracelet. May it remind you and give you the courage to be the one to love that neighbor, to be the one who is courageous, to be the one who is humble, to be Jesus for others just as St. Teresa was to every soul that she met. 

Be the One Blessing Bracelet Written in Mother Teresa's Own Hand - My Saint My Hero

With grace-filled smiles and Christ-like hard work, Mother Teresa and her sisters globalized hope, and self-forgetfulness, and the redeeming power of simple goodness. And their revolution is still underway today.

This little Albanian nun had no idea what God would do with her generous surrender to His will. She simply knew He was asking her to start changing the world by picking up a broom, to use one of her famous phrases. Even if our efforts are just a drop of water in the ocean, she used to say, without that drop the ocean would be smaller. Even if she were the only one to answer Christ’s call, she was determined to be that one.

Be the one who offers hope; be the one who gives a hug or shares a smile; be the one who brings light into the room; be the one who loves.

Father John Bartunek, LC ThD
RCSpirituality.org

Be the One Blessing Bracelet

Be The One Bracelet

Written in her own handwriting, “Be the one” is an inspiring phrase of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, as she encouraged us all to be the one to love God by loving others. Wear this bracelet as a reminder that with God’s help, you can be the one.

 

 

Be the One Blessing Bracelets in Silver and Gold

Made with love in the small pilgrimage town of Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina; may you be blessed by the prayers of those making each piece and the love and prayers of My Saint My Hero. Your purchase enables us to use the power of giving to help transform lives and make the world a better place.

 

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Meet the World Changer – Chika Anyanwu

Meet the World Changer – Chika Anyanwu

Meet the World Changers - Chika Anyanwa - Wear One. Share One.

Meet one of our World Changers – Chika Anyanwu

I just left a beauty supply store where the owner was helping me find the products I needed to get my hair done. She was looking for a product and was worried that she had run out of it, but when she found it, she exclaimed, “Praise God!” It was with such sincerity that I knew she wasn’t just saying it flippantly; she meant it. So I responded “Amen!” and her face lit up! As I was checking out, she noticed my bracelets and said…“Oh, they are so beautiful! Is that Mother Mary? My goodness! So beautiful!” I told her about My Saint My Hero, and she was impressed by the beauty and quality of the bracelet. I looked down at my bracelet and for a brief moment felt an attachment to it but then remembered the slogan, “Wear one, share one” and I knew that I had to give her my bracelet. I told her that she could have mine and it could be her reminder to be a saint. After refusing for a period of time, she finally accepted the bracelet and was proud to share with me that she was Catholic and loved our Blessed Mother so much. She even gave me a magazine about our Lady.

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Meet the World Changers - Chika Anyanwa - Wear One. Share One.

Wearing the bracelet gave way to a moment of shared joy and gratitude. I’m grateful that I wore it and it was a visible sign of the Catholic community. I hope the store owner knows that blessed me just as much as I hope that I blessed her!

Chika Anyanwu / Motivational Speaker and Writer + Click Here to Order My Encounter

 

Thank you, Chika for being a World Changer, changing the world through love one Blessing at a time! Share your story below, how are you changing the world?

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Meet the World Changer – Kinya Claiborne

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Meet the World Changer – Kinya Claiborne

Meet the World Changer – Kinya Claiborne

God shows up in my life every single day, every minute, every second.

I’m actually a survivor of the Route 91 mass shooting that happened in Las Vegas. It was the largest mass shooting in modern-day American history, and that day, I went to celebrate my birthday in Las Vegas. It was really the unthinkable. In fact, when the shooting happened, no one even realized it was a shooting because it was just the unthinkable. Of course, I had my My Saint My Hero bracelets on me because I wear them every single day. I never take them off. Immediately, when the shooting began and I realized it was gunshots, not fireworks or part of the show, everyone ran. I immediately was separated from my friends. I was separated from them for about eight full hours before I was able to connect with them, see them, hug them, cry with them and pray with them. When I was able to reconnect with my friend Danielle, we looked down and noticed that we both had My Saint My Hero bracelets on.

 

ABOUT KINYA

I am the founder and editor-in-chief of Style and Society Magazine. I am also the host and co-executive producer of a show on ONX called “The Stylist.” And how I’m changing the world? I’m a world changer because through my platform, the online magazine, I’m able to write content I’m super passionate about. So it’s passion, it’s entertainment, it’s lifestyle, it’s travel, it’s food. I really want to be an inspiration to others. I want others, especially women, to feel empowered through the work that I do.