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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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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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 – Jackie Francois Angel

Meet the World Changer – Jackie Francois Angel

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

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New For Summer –  Heavenly Sky Necklace

New For Summer – Heavenly Sky Necklace

New Heavenly Cross Necklace in front of a beach setting

PETITE OPAL CROSS NECKLACE

May the light of the cross be your guide and may love surround you always. Wear this necklace as a reminder to look up to the heavenly sky and feel the wonder of God’s infinite love.

Heavenly Sky Necklace - Petite Genuine Opal Cross Silver

UNIQUE JUST LIKE YOU

The petite cross is made from genuine opal gemstone – each cross is slightly different and varies in color.

 

Introducing the New Heavenly Sky Petite Opal Cross Necklace

May this petite cross necklace offer a beautiful reminder of God’s love, as His love is reflected in you and all that surrounds you. As an opal sparkles with tiny crystals that reflect light and illuminate in varying colors, may your inner light be illuminated.

 

Designed with love, may you be blessed by the community of love and prayer at My Saint My Hero.

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The Most Powerful Medal – The Benedictine Medal and St. Benedict

The Most Powerful Medal – The Benedictine Medal and St. Benedict

WHO IS SAINT BENEDICT?

“And let them first pray together, that so they may associate in peace.” –St. Benedict

Two girls in a city, laughing, wearing My Saint My Hero Benedictine Blessing Bracelets 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

My Saint My Hero Benedictine Blessing Bracelet

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. Shop Now - My Saint My Hero Benedictine Blessing Bracelets 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 Meaning of the Symbolism of the Front of the Benedictine Medal

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 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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The Story Behind the St. Amos Love Bracelet

The Story Behind the St. Amos Love Bracelet

John Stamos St. Amos Love Bracelet

 


Let 'em know they're loved, John Stamos

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.

St. Amos Love Bracelet for Men and Women

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

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Caitlin and John Stamos with My Saint My Hero Founder Amy D'Ambra

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.

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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

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My Saint My Hero Founder Amy D’Ambra’s Travel Must-Haves

My Saint My Hero Founder Amy D’Ambra’s Travel Must-Haves

Each year our jewelry lines are renewed, colors enhanced, and new designs are created through inspiration, travel, and collaboration.

My inspiration is thanks to my love and passion for the sea and its wonders for all of God's divine glory. The Island of Ischia inspires, love speaks, and creativity abounds.

My inspiration is thanks to my love and passion for the sea and its wonders for all of God’s divine glory. The Island of Ischia inspires, love speaks, and creativity abounds.

Each year our jewelry lines are renewed, colors enhanced, and new designs are created through inspiration, travel, and collaboration.

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Written inside these doors of St. Antonio cathedral in Ischia, a saint considered a "wonder worker," are the words "Si Quaeris Miracula," which translates to "If thou seek miracles. May we all say YES to our unique call to be acts of wonder for the world to witness Christ through our actions of love.

Written inside these doors of St. Antonio cathedral in Ischia, a saint considered a “wonder worker,” are the words “Si Quaeris Miracula,” which translates to “If thou seek miracles. May we all say YES to our unique call to be acts of wonder for the world to witness Christ through our actions of love.

 

My Saint MY Hero Founder Amy'D'Ambra's Travel Must-Haves

Thank you for joining our pilgrimage of love and our mission to live life fully alive. We exist to make God’s love visible. Our Wearable Blessings™ are tangible reminders of the supernatural in the natural, of the wonder of life, and our intimate call to be light in the world. – Amy D’Ambra

 

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Welcome to the blessing rEVOLution

Welcome to the blessing rEVOLution

Imagine a world where light is bright, love is deep and kindness is abundant. Together we restore dignity, together we rise by reminding one another that we all matter. This is the blessing rEVOLution!

WELCOME TO THE BLESSING REVOLUTION! • TOGETHER LET’S CHANGE THE WORLD ONE BLESSING AT A TIME!

My Saint My Hero Blessing Revolution Champions with Nia Peeples

How to Change the World –

WEAR ONE:

Wear this bracelet as a reminder that God has given you a mission to make the world a better place and you can use your hands to do good!

BE ONE:

Feel the love and prayer that has been woven into each bracelet. Your bracelet is infused with love. As you put it on your wrist, you say yes to being an instrument of peace, an instrument of change and an instrument of love.  Together we are the Blessing rEVOLution. You are a vital part of the wave of love. Your love is the spark the world is searching for!

SHARE ONE:

Be rEVOLutionary! Share your blessings with someone you know or someone in need of a spark of joy. Invite them to be part of the Blessing rEVOLution! One simple bracelet can change their world. She matters, he matters, you matter!

REPEAT!

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