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Today, we celebrate Saint Margaret of Antioch, our patron of fertility. Saint Margaret’s medal is one of the first ones we ever started hand-painting and she has always been very popular. On more than a few occasions we have received notes from women (and men) who believe our Saint Margaret medal helped with their pregnancy plans. 

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Something happened to me. It was the strongest feeling of Faith I had ever experienced in my life. To say it was emotional is quite the understatement. It was definitely conversionary. My pilgrimage to see Our Lady of Medjugorje was the most profound I have ever experienced. 

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Today, we celebrate Saint Genesius, the patron of actors and theatre goers. Trending on Twitter today, are stories about “Call Me By Your Name” and “Dune” actor Timothee Chalamet, who, during the Academy Awards last night was being hailed as “Best Dressed.” That’s not hard to believe, though we did not see what he wore. 

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Can you imagine a friend who could shoulder, alter, and take away 7 of your innermost thoughts and fears? One who is always there “in times of trouble, hours of darkness, bouts of broken heartedness, and enduring those dark and cloudy days? Mary was always there for Jesus and she stuck with Him until the bitter end. Is it any wonder Saint Mary Magdalene was Jesus’ BFF and there for him,  Bae. 

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Saint Teresa of Avila was a strong, ambitious, and persuasive woman. Her writings are legendary. When Saint Edith Stein, also known as Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was pondering her Jewish life with uncertainty, she once read books from Saint Teresa and exclaimed, “Eureka, I found it!” meaning she had finally discovered she wanted to become a Carmelite Nun. We’ll talk about Saint Edith in one of the 19 days of Lent still to come.

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Saint Therese of Lisieux, the “Little Flower,” had this all figured out years ago. Therese found joy in doing the laundry and washing dirty dishes. That kid who won “American Idol,” Scotty McCreery, actually wrote a song about the beauty of dirty dishes. It’s nice he did that. We all need contemporary reminders every now and again, and again….

 

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Here is our “Hot Off The Press” (Ahem …. For the youngsters, back-in-the-day, way before Sirius All News All Day and Cable Television, “hot off the press” meant some big hot news was coming out about something so the publishers would rush to get it written, printed and then distributed to the people). The news would be literally and figuratively, hot off the printing press.

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The first medals we sent out came with a message on the card. It said “Wear this medal and then share it with someone you love.” The idea was to wear the medal outwardly, and then, if and when someone noticed it, to take it off from around neck and give it to them! We called it “Serenity for Sharing.” It was meant as a bit of a message that our medals were not so much about religion, per se. Instead, they were “Tokens of Hope” to offer one another, friends and strangers, alike.

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Cosmas and Damian were brothers, twins and Doctors. They were well known as healers and were one of the earliest organ transplant surgeons…. who performed their surgeries for free! Cosmas & Damian were nicknamed the “Moneyless or Silverless,” probably because of their generous spirits.

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The message offered here is to celebrate, not denigrate, each others’ differences. No one is wrong for being the way they are. We’re all here and we all have value. Once Martha accepted this reality she was able to reap benefits from her sister Mary. Both sisters could teach the other a thing or two. And with the acceptance of the differences, their bond became stronger and brought deeper love, care, and compassion into their hearts. Martha was proud of Mary and Mary was proud of Martha. Their relationship kept growing and became more meaningful day after day.

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Saint Expedite is very popular in New Orleans. His story is very unusual and it’s actually not certain he is an Official Saint. Some doubt he ever existed at all, but there are some Holy Ladies in New Orleans who would offer debate.

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Many say Saint Anthony was a brilliant speaker. So brilliant, in fact, that when he would preach by the sea, all of the fish would stand up on their tales to hear his Sermons. 

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Saint Raphael is well known as the Patron of Health, Healing, and Love. Archangel Raphael is called the “Healer of God” and known for bringing about many happy meetings, and he certainly did! He is also one of the Messengers of God.

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Gabriel is quite naturally the patron saint of the United States Post Office, Fed Ex, UPS, and Amazon. He gets all of their messages and sends them where they need to go. Gabriel is obviously the patron of cable and television broadcasters, and philatelists (better known as “Stamp Collector") are very fond of Archangel Gabriel. 

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 Michael, along with GabrielRaphael, and Uriel, is exalted above all the other Angels and Cherubs. His medal typically displays Saint Michael brandishing a sword and shield, as well as defeating Lucifer, the Devil, who is most often presented as a defeated dragon underneath his feet.

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