A couple weeks ago I told you that I placed a big order through the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Hope Catalog. The proceeds from all Hope Catalog orders go directly towards helping St. Jude provide care to thousands of children suffering from cancer and other catastrophic blood disorders — regardless of the patients’ ability to pay for the services. This is a truly important cause, and I am proud to be a supporter.
Anyway, I wanted to post a follow-up here about one of the products I ordered. It’s called the Humanity Bracelet (pictured above), and I just love it! In fact, I haven’t taken it off since it arrived.
The bracelet itself is available in two different materials, pewter and silver. I opted for the silver one, and am happy with that choice. As you can see from the picture, the Humanity Bracelet consists of seven linked discs, each inscribed with two different words on the front and back, for a total of 14 words in all: Courage, Love, Trust, Honor, Family, Truth, Charity, Loyalty, Unity, Passion, Joy, Kindness, Humor, and Hope.
According to the booklet that accompanied my purchase, these are “words to live by,” and in the booklet, there are nice little essays explaining why each concept is important. For example, here’s what the booklet said about Charity:
Thomas Aquinas calls charity “The greatest of all virtues.” It is a gift of love that comes from the heart; the source for all affection. Charity is an unselfish outpouring of goodwill and affection for the needy among our fellow men.
Charity takes many forms: gifts of money directly to those in need or through charitable organizations. Or in gifts of our personal time working with those in need. Mother Teresa was one of the greatest examples of a human possessing incredible charity.
The “love” of charity is unlike any other. It is a perfect love with a divine character. And its rewards in human satisfaction and joy are the richest anyone can receive.
If we all would give generously from our hearts to our neighbors in need, we might never need costly government welfare programs.
The explanations of the other words and concepts follow a similar vein, and many are based in scripture.
As I said, I really like this bracelet and am glad I bought it. I think it would make a wonderful gift as well, and I’ve already got a couple of people in mind who I think would also enjoy it.
Please consider giving the Humanity Bracelet or another product from the Hope Catalog to a loved one on your next gift-giving occasion so you can help the children of St. Jude in the process!