Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Dark Night of the Soul

How many times we feel pain and despair in our lives that we don't understand the reason for this suffering.

I feel so blessed to be able to come across Dark Night of the Soul by St John of the Cross book,Spanish mystic, Carmelite friar and priest.  I also came across these videos that has opened my soul to understand the time for soul purging in suffering

St. John of the Cross continues his description of the soul's journey, the "dark night" to the "Divine union of
the love of God." To read the book by : Christian Classics Ethereal Library


I hope it brings the reader or viewer comfort in their journey of Divine Union of the Love of God.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Saint Claude de La Colombière and the Sacred Heart Devotion

The Jesuit Priest St. Claude de la Colombière was the first to believe in the mystical revelations of the Sacred Heart given to St. Margaret Mary in Paray le Monial Convent, France. Thanks to his support, St. Margaret Mary’s superior also believed, and propagation of the devotion to the Sacred heart was started.

St. Claude not only believed, but dedicated his life to propagate the devotion, always spiritually united to St. Margaret Mary and trusting her discernment.

Prayer of Confidence

My God, I firmly believe that Thou watchest over all those who hope in Thee, and that we can never want for anything when we rely upon Thee in all things; therefore I am resolved to live in the future with no anxieties, and to cast all my cares upon Thee . . . Let others seek their happiness in their wealth or their talents; let them trust in the purity of their life,  the severity of their mortifications, the number of their good works, the fervor of their prayers: "For Thou, O Lord, singularly hast settled me in hope."

As for me, Lord, in my very confidence lies all my hope. Such confidence can never be in vain. "No one has ever hoped in Thee and has been confounded." Therefore I am assured of my eternal happiness, because I firmly hope for it, and all my hope is in Thee. "In Thee, O Lord, I have hoped; let me never be confounded." I know, alas! I know all too well that I am frail and changeable; I know the power of temptation against the strongest virtue. I have seen stars fall from heaven and pillars of the firmament totter; but these things do not alarm me as long as I hope in Thee. I am sheltered from all misfortune, and I am sure that my hope will endure, for I rely upon Thee to sustain my unfailing hope. 

Finally, I know that I can never hope too much in Thee, and that I will never receive less than I have hoped for from Thee. Therefore, I hope that Thou wilt sustain me against my evil inclinations; that Thou wilt protect me against the most furious assaults and cause my weakness to triumph over my most powerful enemies. I hope that Thou wilt love me forever, and that I will love Thee also, unceasingly. And to carry my hope all at once as far as it can go, I hope for Thee Thyself from Thee, O my Creator, for time and for all eternity. 

Saint Claude de La Colombière

Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary Bracelets

Today I was inspired to create these bracelets honoring Our Blessed Sacred Heart of Jesus and beautiful Immaculate Heart of Mary

I try to capture the Love I feel when creating these bracelets and convey it so the wearer may feel that special Love

On this bracelet I used a vintage cameo of Our Sacred Heart of Jesus adorned with Czech. rhinestones, beautiful large heart beads and a stunning heart with rhinestones charm.

Medals used are St. Charbel, Archangel St. Raphael, Divine Child, St. Anthony, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Dymphna and St. Damien of Molokai

On this bracelet honoring the Immaculate Heart of Mary I used a stunning porcelain cameo adorned with Czech. rhinestones and stunning vintage beads.

Catholic medals used are Our Lady of Miraculous Medal, Divine Mercy, St. Michael, St. Therese, St. Charbel, Mother Teresa and Holy Child of Atocha

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Charm Bracelet


 O Most beautiful flower of Mount Carmel, fruitful vine, splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea, help me and show me herein You are my Mother.

O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech You from the bottom of my heart to succor me in this necessity. There are none that can withstand Your power.

O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

O show me herein You are my Mother. O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in Your hands.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in Your hands.

Sweet Mother, I place this cause in Your hands. 

As we will be celebrating Our Lady of Mt. Carmel's Feast Day on July 16th, I created this beautiful bracelet in Her honor.

I used a stunning porcelain cameo with an image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel from an antique image.

The whole bracelet has been created with vintage and new beads, pearls and chain.

I added several oxidized Italian medals of Our Lady of Loretto, St. Padre Pio, Divine Mercy, St. Barbara, Sacred Heart of Jesus and St. Dymphna.  I also added four Olive Wood from Israel beads.

I wanted to create this bracelet a bit nostalgic therefore, adding several vintage pearls and a stunning embellished resin cameo of woman on center of bracelet and adorning cameo with vintage rhinestones