My journey in life has always included art and my Catholic faith. Both elements have given me an avenue of expression and strength. I am grateful for the gift of artistic talent that was nurtured by a Mother and Father that also were artists. As a child I drew and painted and had a concentration of Art classes in college. Being creative has always been like prayer and meditation, a relaxing activity where I loose track of time.
My husband Kevin and I have been married for 27 years. We have two teenage daughters. Our oldest Allison was adopted as an infant from Guangdong Province in China. We feel blessed that Allison's birth Mother chose to place her infant where she would be found safely. It was a very brave thing that she did. Our youngest Juliet was adopted from Pusan, South Korea. Juliet had a Catholic birth Mother that wanted her infant to be raised in a Catholic home. A highlight of our becoming parents was baptizing our daughters into the Catholic church. My husband and I are so blessed to have these bright and beautiful daughters to raise.
Almost ten years ago my family moved to the Pacific Northwest. Three years ago I joined a prayer group that met weekly through my parish St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic church. I was so blessed to be a part of this prayerful group of women. We pray the rosary, study spiritual books, and the Catholic Bible. We also pray intercessory prayer and have a Miracle Mission prayer. The mission prayer is for the conversion of sinners and salvation of souls. I will share this prayer on my website.
A year ago Our Lady's Prayer group made our Consecration to Jesus through Mary following the St. Louis de Montfort Consecration devotion. Our priest blessed us in the beginning and then at our final consecration to Our Lady. A prayer sister presented me with a scapular of the Grace and Mercy medal hand done exquisitely. I was very touched and will share the scapular photo sometime.
Almost two years ago I had the traveling statue of Our Lady of Fatima from the Legion of Mary. I was praying with her and I had an instantaneous inspiration to design the Grace and Mercy Catholic Medal. Everything about this Catholic medal came at once the shape of the medal being a shield. The Greek cross in the center with a symbol of one of each of the four mysteries in the corner of the cross. The name Grace and Mercy Catholic medal was applied at a later date. My prayer sisters through a spiritual experience told me of their knowledge of Gratia et Misercordia. This Latin term means Grace and Mercy. I then told them that I had named this Catholic medal" Grace and Mercy". Graces and Mercies flowing from the Holy Spirit down to God, Jesus and through the Blessed Mother. Gratia et Misercordia is on pressed into this Catholic medal on top.
Having the inspiration for the Grace and Mercy Catholic medal has truly been a blessing. This Catholic medal being an outward sign of faith and the shield of protection. The Holy Rosary speaks so eloquently about our Catholic faith and the life of Jesus and Mary. May this Catholic medal be your source of inspiration as well.
Recently I have become a member of the Legion of Mary and find a great blessing in saying the prayers.
This October of 2012 I made my consecration to my Guardian Angel through a years formation with Opus Angelorum. At Queen of Angels a beautiful ceremony concluded this lovely promise. Fr. Wolfgang Seitz was the celebrant.
Blessings to all that wear this Catholic medal. It is a Catholic medal for these times that we live in now!