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!
Being a mom of three is the greatest gift God has given me. It has not only changed my perspective but showed me what matters. In the midst of it all, I am constantly seeking ways to strengthen my personal relationship with Jesus to, in turn, instill my faith to my children.
How are you being bold this Lent? This Lent we are being bold by doing things a little different. We are featuring YOU and your stories. We want to see how you are changing the world. Send in your photos, tag us on your socials and share your journey for a chance to be featured this Lent! ⠀
An icon is a “window into heaven” because it offers us a glimpse of what awaits us in eternity with Christ—it’s like a meeting between heaven and earth. As you look through this window, you are also being seen through the eyes of love by those pictured in the icon. In a way, you have become one with the image. God himself is the true artist and guides the painter’s hands. The iconographer does not take credit for the finished painting because it is truly the Holy Spirit that is guiding the hand of the artist. The artist does not sign the work. Instead, she writes on the back of the image “written by the hand of” and then fills in her name. The process of painting an icon requires prayer, humility, repentance, fasting, and holy communion on the part of the iconographer. Icons are more than art. They are a depiction of people and scenes in a heavenly light that is not of this world. Every brush stroke, every color has meaning. Almost everything painted on an icon has symbolic meaning. Christ, the Virgin Mary, the saints and the angels all have halos which represent the presence of the Holy Spirit. Color also plays an important part: gold represents heaven and eternity; red, divine life; blue, purity; and white the light of God. Light radiates from within the person painted because there is no darkness in them, only light. The eyes are larger because they have seen Heaven. The nose is long and narrow to denote they no longer smell the scent of earth, only heavenly scent. The mouth is small because through their lives they have fasted and no longer have need for food. Lastly the ears are larger because they have heard the Word of God. Icons are sometimes said to be “written” instead of painted because the artist is taking the Word of God and making it an image. They are exact representations of teachings of the faith, not an artist’s interpretation of a teaching.
Imagine sitting in deep meditation and prayer and being given the gift of seeing an image as it is to be written through your hands onto a canvas. It begins with the color green to represent all life and develops layer by layer with each guided brush stroke until the sacred icon appears before you. Heaven gives us these sacred tools as a window into heaven. Wear this sacred art on your wrist as your personal reminder that heaven is real and the veil between heaven and earth is very thin. May this piece be your window into heaven. We are honored to bring iconic jewelry into the 2017 collection.
ABOUT THE ARTIST An artist from Southern California, Vivian Imbruglia practices the ancient art of iconography. She learned the traditional techniques of writing icons from several master iconographers, thus merging her artistic abilities with her exploding Catholic faith. Iconography has become more than her profession, it is her ministry. Vivian’s commissioned artwork, both traditional icons and more contemporary sacred images, can be found in churches, abbeys, and private chapels throughout the United States and abroad. One image was given as a gift directly to the Holy Father Pope Francis. When writing original images, Vivian puts great emphasis on the eyes as that aspect most effectively draws in the viewer, encouraging prayerful reflection and meditation. As with all traditional iconography, Vivian never signs the displayed part of her work. Instead she includes on the back, “Written by the hand of Vivian Imbruglia.” At the same time Vivian has developed her own tradition of writing somewhere within every piece the letters “AMDG” which stands for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, explaining her ultimate purpose as working for the greater glory of God. Watch Vivian create Mary Star of the Sea.
Saint Thérèse reminds me to seek holiness in the smallest and most mundane things in life. To find any opportunity to share God’s love and mercy. Her story helped me realize that, yeah, I won’t be perfect on my path towards Christ but we have a loving and merciful Father who is always there to welcome us back with open arms.
I chose her as my patron saint because when looking at other saints I would get so intimidated or discouraged. I felt like I could never do the things they did, but Saint Thérèse made her ordinary life into something extraordinary. It was so humbling to hear her story and learn about her love. I chose her because she showed me that with great love even the smallest of deeds can change the world.
– Lizzy // University Student and My Saint My Hero Model
The first and only human being to simultaneously be SAINT AND HERO from the moment of her creation was Mary; our Lady, Mother of God, Queen of the Universe. This week we celebrate her birthday, a beautiful tradition which Christianity has universally shared with the world since the early 7th century.
In Mary, the God created the perfect vessel whose body as a young pregnant woman would later become the living temple of the God man. With the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, each one of us receives our royal dignity, an elevation of our humanity. But more importantly we receive a mother- and who could ask for a better one?
Here at My Saint My Hero, we are creating a community who support each other through blessings and prayer. We are united in striving to be heroes of today so that we can then become the saints of tomorrow. At any given moment in time, there are billions of people living this mutual call to holiness- working to live heroically with the potential for TRUE greatness.
Let’s ask our Lady, in honor of her birthday, to walk with each of us and our intentions in a special way. With her intercession, praying for us and obtaining special help, we too can become the saints of tomorrow.
We love when you share your My Saint My Hero stories with us in person, though social media and on your blogs! Thank you to new blogger Beeing Jess for sharing her story on her blog and allowing us to share it on ours!
I haven’t written in a while and it feels amazing to be back at it! This past month was challenging and it got the best of me. Life got a little hectic and I lost myself. Luckily, at a time when I was feeling my lowest my family decided to go on vacation.
We took a road trip to Monterey, CA and it was such a breath of fresh air. We drove through Big Sur and it was absolutely amazing. It was very over cast and all I could see was the beautiful clouds taking over the sky. I had such a feeling of inner peace as we drove through the clouds. It was quite the experience. This break from my reality was just what I needed to bring myself back to a happy place.
On the trip I came across this Breathe Bracelet. The purpose of it is to bring yourself back to a calm state of mind when life gets the best of you. It helps get rid of the negative energy that we sometimes let consume our lives. For me, it helps when my anxiety is at an all time high. Sometimes life seems suffocating and it feels like our souls can’t get enough air. This bracelet is a small reminder to breathe when you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders. When you breathe and let go of the negative you open up your soul for the positive in life.
Take a trip, go on a hike, take a walk on the beach; do something that gives you a break from your reality! The simplest things in life make all the difference. Sometimes you just need a break in beautiful place to figure everything out.
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Thy Will be done… This weekend’s Gospel reminds each of us that we are here to follow the will of God. I think that it is a great coincidence that this is the Gospel reading at the beginning of the World Youth Day pilgrimage for millions of Catholics.
I write this reflection from my plane as I begin my journey to Poland. As I have been preparing for this trip, several people have “warned” me that big things come from pilgrimages such as World Youth Day. In those conversations, each person keeps reminding me to be open to the will of God, that it isn’t about my plan but His. This week as millions of Catholics travel to Poland to be with the Holy Father, and many others who will watch from home, it is my prayer that we as one big family can stay open to the will of God in our lives. I challenge each and every one of you to deliberately pray and discern if your life reflects the plan God has created for you.
Please pray for all pilgrims making the journey to Poland to seek the mercy of Christ. We are all going to need your prayers of protection because Satan himself will target and attempt to steal any joy and happiness that is being found.
I will try to keep you all updated from Poland, but stay tuned for an abundance of stories upon my return stateside.
St Michael, protect us.
St. Pope John Paul II, pray for us
St. Faustina, pray for us.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.
Our Lady of Czestochowa, pray for us.
Sent with an abundance of prayers, and fearless love for our Lord,