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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Many years ago, when I was trying to come up with a name for my production company, without missing a beat my mother said, “Call it St. Amos.” Neither of us knew that there was a real saint by that name—we just thought it sounded cool.
Well, not only was St. Amos cool, he was humble. A “saint for the people” spreading the word that God’s love was not just for prophets and kings, but for every woman and man. My wife and I had the thought, how can we spread love and pay our blessings forward? We decided to partner St. Amos with My Saint My Hero to do just that.
I’ve been wearing My Saint My Hero bracelets for years. I often find myself giving them to friends, fans or sometimes I get a vibe that someone just needs to be acknowledged, to let someone know they’re special. And who knows the impact of what a gesture like this can do? Wear one, share one and tell us your stories so we can continue to share the love forward. #StAmosJewelryStories —JOHN STAMOS
With this purchase, you’ll also participate in helping victims of child abuse. 100% of the Stamos family net proceeds from the St. Amos bracelet will be donated to Childhelp.
St. Amos Love Bracelet for Men & Women – We want to share our love with you and those you love. Wear one, share one. – Caitlin & John Stamos
A Real Presence, A Real Grace
The Sacraments have always personally marked a huge spiritual milestone for me. I remember around the time of my First Holy Communion, when I was about 7 years old, I was really struggling with jealousy. My little sister, at least to my eyes, was the perfect angel and she was always favored over me. I resented that it seemed so easy for her to listen to our parents, and was so nice about sharing, while it was like pulling teeth for me, and I sure vocalized it too. Deep in my heart I knew it was wrong and I desired to be a more loving and obedient girl, I just didn’t know how.
Thanks to my parents’ prompting, I remember writing a card to Jesus before my First Communion to thank Him for the gift of Himself and to ask for a very special grace. I asked that as He entered my heart that He take from me this jealousy. And He did. It was like night and day for me afterwards. I sometimes still felt the pangs of jealousy but now I had the strength, the grace to fight it.
A Transforming Love
Our Lord is truly there in the Blessed Sacrament, always present and His grace can truly transform us and work miracles. Listen as with each beat of His heart He professes His love for you.
“I love you”.
“You are precious to me.”
“I would do it all again for YOU (with your full name) alone.”
“Come, rest in me.”
“Let me heal your hurting…your burdened heart.” He will heal, transform, comfort, and strengthen us if we but come to Him and allow Him.
“If angels could be jealous of men, they would be so for one reason: Holy Communion”.
-St. Maximilian Kolbe
Celebrating First Holy Communion
First Holy Communion is one of the sacraments we especially celebrate this month. We celebrate and rejoice that these little children are receiving a gift not even the angels are privileged to enjoy. It is a reminder for us what a tremendous gift the Eucharist is, and an invitation to keep our hearts like little children!
Our First Communion Rosary and Bracelet Gift Sets, specifically designed for children, are a beautiful way to celebrate this Sacrament of love! The rosaries are light enough for children to wear/carry, yet sturdy enough to accompany their daily adventures. They are sure to be a gift which keeps giving. Our Lady always leads us to her Son and through each bead, each Hail Mary, she will guide them time and time again back to His loving arms. Be sure to visit our store and order this Blessing gift today!
“I want to encourage everyone to visit- if possible, every day- especially amid life’s difficulties, the Blessed Sacrament of the infinite love of Christ and his mercy, preserved in our churches, and often abandoned, to speak filially with Him, to listen to Him in silence, and to peacefully entrust yourself to Him.” – Pope Francis, Message to the 2016 Eucharistic Congress.
We are one world woven together through love and prayer. As you wear this bracelet, you join the victory of women rising above poverty and having their dignity restored, changing their world one bracelet at a time. Beaded in Cambodia, woven in Medjugorje…worn worldwide.
BEADING // Senhoa Foundation in Cambodia
Thank you for your purchase. Your support helps combat human trafficking through empowerment, advocacy and prevention programs. Together we are restoring dignity, one bracelet at a time.
WEAVING // Medjugorje Artisans
Handcrafted with love in the town of Medjugorje, may you be blessed by the prayers of those making each piece and the love and prayers of My Saint My Hero. Your purchase helps transform the lives of women in war-torn Medjugorje through meaningful work.
Fr. Michael Gaitley, a member of the Marians of the Immaculate Conception, describes mercy as, “.love’s second name.” It’s a particular kind of love, a particular mode of love when it encounters suffering, poverty, brokenness, and sin. Divine Mercy is when God’s love meets us and helps us in the midst of our suffering and sin.”
This year the feast of Divine Mercy is celebrated on Sunday April 8, the eighth and final day of Easter, known as the Octave of Easter; a day that is celebrated for the beauty of bountiful graces poured out from Jesus. His great Divine Mercy flows out from his heart and washes over those who have submitted trust and given over reliance to His eternal love.
Sr. Maria Faustina Kowalski (1905-1938) was a Polish nun, who in prayer with Jesus, received messages prompting her to bring forth an image to the world that would depict God’s great mercy for us. The painted image shows Jesus standing in a white robe with rays of red and white light beaming from His heart. Sr. Faustina had to get many artist renderings because none of the paintings revealed the beauty she saw when she had the vision. I imagine such a glorious vision that human artistry could not capture the beauty!
On that day (Divine Mercy Sunday), the very depths of My tender mercy are opened. I pour out a whole ocean of graces to those souls who approach the fount of My mercy…
Many people have been called to conversion discovering our merciful Savior in the prayers and image of Divine Mercy. Trust in Him, experience His blessings and love, and you will receive His great mercy.
We share the Image and inspiration through our My Saint My Hero Divine Mercy Bracelet which includes the simple yet powerful words, “JESUS, I TRUST IN YOU.”
Click here to pray the powerful The Divine Mercy Chaplet.
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!
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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!
Lent begins in just a week
Are you ready?
We’ve put together this guide with some of our favorite tools to help us along this blessed 40 day journey. What helps you to live Lent more consciously?
See below for links.
Blessed Is She
My Saint My Hero
Best Lent Ever
Bishop Barron Lenten Reflections
In the weeks leading up to this week of Advent we’ve focused on our misery, the darkness we live in, the need for our redemption, and the desire of our hearts to be rescued by a Savior.
This week, however, just as the colors of the candles on the Advent wreath, our reflections take a turn, from longing to rejoicing. Gaudete! This week is all about the joyful hope that springs from our faith that He, our Savior, is indeed coming among us! The reading today (Song of Songs 2: 8-14) is absolutely gorgeous.
“Hark! my lover–here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping across the hills.”
Our Lord is the Ultimate Romantic
” My lover speaks; he says to me,
“Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one,
When was the last time you allowed Our Lord to romance your heart? To allow yourself to be washed by His merciful love, let His love heal your heart, fill the voids and chase away the darkness of fears, doubts, and sin? He longs for you today,
“O my dove in the clefts of the rock,
in the secret recesses of the cliff,
Let me see you,
let me hear your voice,
For your voice is sweet,
and you are lovely.”
Do Not Be Afraid
Do not be afraid of such love, for your heart was designed for it. That longing in your heart was put there by God Himself for Him to fill. His love is beyond our comprehension and stronger than death, doubt, or any fear. But He waits for you, until you open the door of your heart, even just a crack, because of His love and respect for you. He desires you to desire Him.
This Christmas He is born for you. He comes as a tiny, helpless babe so you can let down your guard. He calls to your heart and yearns to be nestled in your arms. Let this love melt away any hardness and draw your heart to Him in gratitude.
This article was originally written for and published on uCatholic as part of their Advent Reflection Series.