Friday, May 23, 2008
Mother Teresa was an Albanian Roman Catholic nun who founded the Missionaries of Charity in Kolkata (Calcutta), India in 1950. For over forty years she ministered to the poor, sick, orphaned, and dying, while guiding the Missionaries of Charity's expansion, first throughout India and then in other countries.
By the 1970s she had become internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless, due in part to a documentary, and book, Something Beautiful for God by Malcom Muggeridge. She won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979 for her humanitarian work. Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity continued to expand, and at the time of her death it was operating 610 missions in 123 countries, including hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis, soup kitchens, children's and family counseling programs, orphanages, and schools.
Following her death she was beatified by Pope John Paul II and given the title Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.*
She is a well-recognized Spiritual woman that has made an impact on by her spirituality and sacrifices she made by helping the poorest and sick. She is a great example of the love for Our Lord .
I created this beautiful bracelet to give honor to a wonderful extraordinary woman. I used small porcelain vases and added a flower to each one. I also used other Patron Saints Medals; Sacred Heart of Mary, St. Therese, Miraculous Medal, which Mother Teresa was very deboutly to, Divine Mercy.
Many miracles attributed to her. Declared a Doctor of the Church in 1997 by Pope John Paul II.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Milagros "Miracles" are small devotional charms that are traditionally used in most Latin American Countries. These votives are placed in small shrines, church, nichos, retablos, saints or altars.
Milagros also refers to an ancient aspect of Hispanic Folk Culture: Small silver or gold votive offerings.
A person attaches a Milagro to a saint for a special request of a miracle for a particular aliment of the body.
I created this bracelet as a reminder that miracles do exist and with prayer and devotion God will grant you the miracle.
The center Milagro heart, represents the wounded heart of Our Blessed Mother, I also included a breast milagro, for breast cancer, a praying man, cat, bird and others.
I also added very colorful festive glass lampwork beads.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
He is known as Miracle Worker; Doctor of the Church; He is especially invoked for the recovery of things lost; as well as against starvation,; patron of amputees, animals, domestic animals, the elderly, expectant mothers, faith in the Blessed Sacrament, fishermen, harvests, horses, lower animals, mail, mariners, oppressed persons sailors, scholars, sterility, travelers
I created this bracelet in a vintage-style with a lovely large medal of St. Anthony with Baby Jesus. I added two handcrafted angels made with vintage lucite flowers, cream color pearls and crystals. I added other Saints medals including Miraculous Medal, St. Jude and others.
This bracelet I created it in honor St. Padre Pio
FATHER PIO ( visible sign in his body of Christ Passion)
In September 1918, while praying before a cross, he received the stigmata and the first priest ever to be so blessed.
I included a figural face of Padre Pio medal with relic
I also added pearls, black cathedral crystals, patron saints medals, including St. Benedict, St. Therese.
Monday, May 19, 2008
I just loved creating this bracelet. The inspiration came to me just picturing Our Blessed Mother in Her beautiful garden surrounded by flowers and nature, the beautiful colors of nature, admiring Her Baby Jesus that one day He will become Our Savior.
I added a vintage 2" acrylic cameo of Madonna of the Magnificat, replica from the famous painter Boticceli from the Early Renaissance (Cameo only is vintage from 1960's) I also added lucite flowers, orchid, trumpets, bells, lots of glas goldfoil lampowork beads and crystals to enhace the bracelet. There is such an uplifting feeling to it.
Patronage: Against blindness, eye disease, eye problems, salesmen, sore eyes, throat infections, writers, hemorraghes, authors
Rich, young Christian of Greek ancestry. Raised in a pious family, she vowed her life to Christ. Her Roman father died when she was young. Her mother, Eutychia, arranged a marriage for her. For three years she managed to keep the marriage on hold. To change the mother's mind about the girl's new faith, Lucy prayed at the tomb of Saint Agatha, and her mother's long haemorrhagic illness was cured. Her mother agreed with Lucy's desire to live for God, and Lucy became known as a patron of those with maladies like her mother's. Her rejected pagan bridegroom, Paschasius, denounced Lucy as a Christian to the governor of Sicily. The governor sentenced her to forced prostitution, but when guards went to fetch her, they could not move her even when they hitched her to a team of oxen. The governor ordered her killed instead. After torture that included having her eyes torn out, she was surrounded by bundles of wood which were set afire; they went out. She prophesied against her persecutors, and was executed by being stabbed to death with a dagger. Her name is listed in the prayer "Nobis quoque peccatoribus" in the Canon of the Mass. Legend says her eyesight was restored before her death. This and the meaning of her name led to her connection with eyes, the blind, eye trouble, etc.
* catholic forum
I was inspired to create this bracelet in honor of St. Lucy with bright colors, to give an uplift to this bracelet. I inlcuded eyeglases charm, angels, Patron Saints Medals including, St. Therese, St. John of God, St. Vincent of Paul, St. Louis, St. Benedict and a blue enamel medal of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The painting displays a traditional composition derived from the icons of Eastern Orthodoxy. The Virgin Mary is shown as the "Hodegetria" ("One Who Shows the Way"). In it the Virgin directs attention away from herself, gesturing with her right hand toward Jesus as the source of salvation. In turn, the child extends his right hand toward the viewer in blessing while holding a book of gospels in his left hand.
One of the oldest documents from Jasna Góra states that the picture travelled from Jerusalem, via Constantinople, to finally reach Czestochowa in August 1382. The Black Madonna is credited with miraculously saving the monastery of Jasna Gó ra (English: Bright Mount) from a Swedish 17th Century invasion, The Deluge, which actually changed the course of the war. This event led King Jan Kazimierz to "crown" Our Lady of Czestochowa ("the Black Madonna") as Queen and Protector of Poland in the cathedral of Lwó w on April 1, 1656. This legend was however created much later than the actual events, as in reality the icon had been taken away well in advance so as to prevent it from falling into the hands of the advancing Swedish army.
Another legend concerning the Black Madonna of Czestochowa is that the presence of the holy painting saved its church from being destroyed in a fire, but not before the flames darkened the fleshtone pigments. The legend concerning the two scars on the Black Madonna's right cheek is that a Hussite robber drew his sword upon the image and inflicted two deep strikes. When the robber tried to inflict a third strike, he fell to the ground and squirmed in agony until his death. Despite past attempts to repair these scars, they had always reappeared.*
I created this necklace to give honor to Our Most beloved Virgin Mary, Madonna of the Magnificat by famous painter Botticelli from the early Renaissance era. Set in a beautiful ornate goldplated setting.
To give this necklace a different unique look, I added large jasper square beads, golden pearls, and vermeil style beads to enhance the cameo.
I really love the outcome of this necklace.
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Our Lady & Star of the Sea Patroness of Sailors Invoked against the Stormy Seas of Life
O Mary, Star of the Sea, light of every ocean, guide seafarers across all dark and stormy seas that they may reach the haven of peace and light prepared in Him who calmed the sea.
As we set forth upon the oceans of the world and cross the deserts of our time, show us, O Mary, the fruit of your womb, for without your Son we are lost.
Pray that we will never fail on life's journey, that in heart and mind, in word and deed, in days of turmoil and in days of calm, we will always look to Christ and say, "Who is this that even wind and sea obey him?" Bright Star of the Sea, guide us!
Pope John Paul II
I created this bracelet to express your faith and devotion.
I used a well-detailed 2 inch resin 3D cameo of Jesus Christ with crown of thorns- Ecce Homo.
I added vermill-style beads, lampwok glass heart beads to represent His love for us.
Medals include St. Therese, St. Jude, St. Ann, St. Christopher, Miraculous Medal and Sacred Heart of Jesus
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Our Lady of Lourdes: France, 1858
Our Lady appeared to 14 year old Bernadette Soubirous in Lourdes, France, 18 times from February through July, 1858. During the apparitions she told Bernadette to dig a hole which later in the day produced a stream of water, bringing about thousands of spiritual and physical cures even to this day. Mary pleaded for "penitence! Penitence! Penitence!" and urged us to "Pray to God for sinners". She called herself the "Immaculate Conception".
I created this bracelet inspired by flowers being associated with Our Blessed Mother and the Rosary, which I added a polymer clay flowers one decade rosary attached to this charm bracelet.
The word Rosary is derived from the Latin word rosarium meaning a crown of flowers which is a sacred devotion to Our Blessed Mother Mary and Our Lord Jesus Christ.
I added a beautiful glass lampwork heart bead holding water medal, pearls. Patron Saint medals include Padre Pio, St. Therese, Our Lady of Czestechowa, Pope John Paul II, Divine Mercy, St. Monica.
As messangers of God and executors of His orders, the angels exercise a great empire over our souls and bodies and over the material world.
The special object of the angels' care is the human race which they are apponted to guard.
St. Rose of Lima, the first American blosson of sanctity, upon whom Holy Church, conferred public veneration, lived a life of great purity and innocence. From early childhood she was priviledged to hold familiar intercourse with the holy angels. From numerous difficulties and dangers she was delivered by hter holy angel and she once declared that her Guardian Angel did whatever she asked him to do.*
* St. Michael and the Angels, Compiled From Approved Sources Book by TAN
"The Blessed Virgin was standing on a globe, and her face was beautiful beyond words. Her fingers were covered with precious jewels whose light dazzled me. And I heard: 'Behold the symbol of the graces I shed upon those who ask for them!' Then an oval frame formed around the Blessed Virgin and I read in letters of gold: 'O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.' The vision reversed and I beheld the letter 'M' surmounted by a cross, at the foot of the cross, a bar, and below all, the Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns, and the Heart of Mary pierced with a sword. A voice said to me, 'Have a medal struck after this model. Persons who wear it will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck.' "Sister (now Saint) Catherine Labour".
THE RAYS BEING DISPERSED BY OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL CAME FROM THE GEMSTONES ON HER FINGERS
I created this bracelet inspired to surround Our Blessed Mother with color, flowers, crystals and pearls.
I added Lucite flowers, glass pearls and lampwork beads.
Monday, May 12, 2008
This bracelet was inspired by St. Philomena's youthfullness and bright in Spirit. I was also inspired by the Heavenly Realm that surronds her now in Our Lord's presence.
I included a St. Philomena Relic, porcelain angels a handcrafted angel made with Natural Rose Quartz Callalilly Flower, beautiful ornate butterfly and surrounded by Our Blessed Mother, Miraculous Medal, Sorrowful Mother, Holy Family, St. Jude, Holy Spirit, Infant of prague. I also added more natural rose quartz beads.
This is a beautiful colorful bracelet inspired by cultural colors and also colors very well liked by Our Lady of Guadalupe.
It was also inspired to be a reminder that She is always with us by our side. I included gemstones to enhance this bracelet. Includes Green Jade, lucite flowers and lots of crystals. The center medal is a stunning piece made in Mexico which is a replica of the original picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe, surrounded by goldtone frame. Includes other medals with Immaculate Heart of Mary, Divine Mercy, Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Michael.