“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
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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!
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
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
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
“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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
How Are You Changing the World?
When I was younger, I knew I was made for something “more,” something “larger than life,” something great. I wanted to change the world and thought that would be brought about by fame and riches, particularly as an actress. I had been acting and singing on stage since I was 5. My family is very musical, and we had been involved in a lot of musicals together, whether acting, singing, or building sets. However, God’s plan for me was not to be an actress. His plan for me to be “great” was not about me, but about Him. When I was 18, I fell in love with God. My faith went from being about “rules” and “just saying no” to sin out of fear of hell, to being a love story where the goal is to spend eternity with God in heaven. And when someone falls in love, she can’t help but tell everyone about it! I knew that I wanted to change the world not for my glory, but for His! I wanted everyone to know about God’s beautiful, life-giving love! That started with my family, my friendships, my local church, and turned into my ministry as a speaker and songwriter/worship leader. Now (16 years later) it is also as a wife and a mother. I am changing the world not because I am so great, but because God is. I am changing the world because I am being who God created me to be—a daughter who rests in the peace and joy of her Father—Our Father. I am changing the world not only because I get to be on a stage in front of 5,000 people preaching and singing about God’s love, but because I try to live a life of loving God, my neighbor, and myself even when I am home with my kids in the messiness and busyness of everyday life.
How have you seen God show up in your life?
Five months before I graduated college, I had a job lined up as a youth minister where I got to live a few miles from the beach in a house owned by the church where I only had to pay a very small amount for rent. My dad (who had tried to dissuade me from the financially ruinous and non-upward mobility-ness life of a youth minister) couldn’t believe that I had gotten such an amazing job and housing situation especially well before I graduated college. He said to me, “Wow. You live a charmed life!” My reply to him was, “No, dad, it’s because I trust in God!” Now, I’m not saying that God is a genie or an ATM or that if we believe in Him we will always be financially fit. But, God is my provider. He is a Father who loves His daughter. When I call, He answers me. He has always provided for me. He has provided Godly friendships when I needed them in my life. He has provided opportunities for me to serve Him (whether in exotic destinations like New Zealand and Australia, all the way to third world countries where the original squatty potties exist). He has provided for my humility in the form of break-ups and persecution and accountability-based growth. After 10 years of prayer, he provided an amazing husband who is beyond what I could have imagined. He provided us with a place to live. He gave us three beautiful children (who keep us on our toes, test our patience, and make us love like never before). God has shown up in my life over and over again in prayer, relationships, ministry, etc. By His grace, I will always trust in His love, His care, and His providence. – Jackie Francois Angel/jackieandbobby.com
WHO IS SAINT BENEDICT?
“And let them first pray together, that so they may associate in peace.” –St. Benedict
Benedict of Nursia was born into a wealthy family around 480 AD. After studying in Rome, unnerved by the worldly events of the time and watching his fellow students fritter their lives away, Benedict fled the city for life as a hermit. This, however, was not his calling. After years of prayer, Benedict’s holiness became well known and monks came to seek his guidance. Though he had warned the monks that he would be too strict, they attempted to poison him while under his tutelage. Benedict prayed over the cup of poison (now pictured on the front of the medal) and the cup shattered. Before too long, Benedict of Nursia had more monks requesting to follow him and 12 monasteries were formed making St. Benedict the father of the Monastic Order. “The Rule” written by St. Benedict became a guide to a prescribed life of prayer, study, moderation and manual labor. During the Middle Ages, monasteries in the west adopted the Rule of St. Benedict. (Fun Fact – His twin sister is also a saint called St. Scholastica!)
“Listen and attend with the ear of your heart.” –St. Benedict
THE SAINT BENEDICT MEDAL
Each one of us has the chance to make our world a better place every single day. We do so by choosing to do what is right and good and choosing to avoid what is wrong. God has given us an internal sensor that helps us seek good and avoid evil; it’s called our conscience. He has also given us the Holy Spirit to keep our conscience strong and clear, but we still find it hard to say no to temptation and sin. This bracelet is an extra help in your battle to make the world a better place and follow the path to heaven. It’s like a secret weapon. In Christian tradition, the Benedictine cross is one of the Church’s most powerful signs of divine protection. It was created in the mid 600’s as a symbol of the spiritual truths that enabled St. Benedict and his many followers to resist evil and do good. “The Holy Cross be my Light,” is written in Latin on the front of the cross, which is used all over the world to help spread Christ’s Kingdom of love and light. Wear this ancient symbol to help protect your soul, your loved ones and your home from anything contrary to God’s love. – Father John Bartunek, LC ThDRCSpirituality.org
ST. BENEDICT ON THE FRONT OF THE MEDAL
On the front of the medal, we see St. Benedict holding the Rule of St. Benedict in his left hand and the cross of St. Benedict. Behind him is the cup of poison.
THE POWERFUL PRAYERS ON THE BACK OF THE MEDAL
On the back of the medal are two prayers that can be recited daily. The first prayer: Crux sacra sit mihi lux! Nunquam draco sit mihi dux! Translated, it means: The Holy Cross be my light; Let not the dragon be my guide.
The Meaning of the Symbolism on the Back of the Benedictine Medal
The second prayer with which St. Benedict prayed over the cup of poison: Vade retro Satana! Nunquam suade mihi vana! Sunt mala quae libas. Ipse venena bibas! Begone, Satan, Do not suggest to me thy vanities! Evil are the things thou offerest, Drink thou thy own poison!
Wear your bracelet as a tangible reminder each day of the power of prayer, the power of faith and remember you are loved!
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