Newsletter: Easter to Pentecost 2016

The Fallen Angel and the First Woman

Image used with permission of the Artist, Sister Grace, of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey. To purchase a print: go to www.monasterycandy.com, under "Religious Goods" and then "Prints" Community: www.mississippiabbey.org

Image used with permission of the Artist, Sister Grace, of Our Lady of the Mississippi Abbey. To purchase a print: go to www.monasterycandy.com, under “Religious Goods” and then “Prints” Community: www.mississippiabbey.org.

“Now the serpent was more subtle than any other wild creature that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman,
‘Did God say, “You shall not eat of any tree of the garden”?’

And the woman said to the serpent
‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden; but God said, “You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.”‘

But the serpent said to the woman,
‘You will not die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.’

So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she also gave some to her husband, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed g leaves together and made themselves aprons.

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Newsletter: Christmas & New Years

HolyFamily-CatholicCoFor unto us a Child is born . . .

. . . to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore.

The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this. (Isaiah 9:6-8)

Beloved,

How late this newsletter is coming to you this Christmas!

Alas, to much of the world, Christmas is now long over. The thrill of the season, the anticipation of uniting with friends and family, of gift giving, of home-cooked Christmas traditions, decorations, music – the bells, lights and glee of the season – is, for many, a season past. I remember as a young Jewish woman in New York being enthralled by the beauty of the season, the Salvation Army bells, the hot pretzel and chestnut stands, the lights, the glimmer, the sense that there was purpose on earth for mankind. Certainly it wasn’t my holiday, but something was in the air, something magical it seemed, something that contained an answer to the misery and the mystery of life.

But what was it? How could the human heart ever be filled with what was simply passing on earth?

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Heaven Come to Earth

Beloved Family,

I am taking the liberty of sending you a second video just four days following that of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” on Christmas Eve – because I encountered on the New Liturgical Movement website (www.newliturgicalmovement.org) what is, to me, an exquisitely splendid film of a Christmas Eve Mass celebrated in 1962, in the “Extraordinary Form”, which was, of course, the “Ordinary” form of its day. It is, to me, simply Heaven on Earth – Heaven come to Earth.

Certainly, not all of us, coming from our multiple backgrounds and experiences, share the same sense and perspective of the Mass. Yet, as our culture has tended toward what is fast, instant and disposable, it has become increasingly difficult for many to enter into the comparatively lengthy, un-instant, un-disposable and indispensable depth of beauty and meaning that our Lord has poured into His creation – His new creation – demonstrated and lived in the video below.

In my youth, the Passover in our Jewish home took several hours. The dried lamb shank on our Seder Table merely pointed to the One who was to come. Should not the reality be greater than the sign? If we, as the Hebrew People of God, could spend two to three hours recounting the deliverance of our People from slavery in Egypt, should we, as Catholics – the new Israel of God – hesitate to spend such time at the Holy Mass which is the Passover fulfilled in the final Passover Lamb – the Lamb who delivered us from slavery to sin and gave Himself a ransom for many?

Beauty takes time – time to see, time for truth and grace to penetrate the soul, time for the things of Heaven to invade, dispel and sanctify the things of earth, most especially our hearts.

For those who love what you are about to see – and more, who take the time to enter in – I wish you every ounce and treasure of grace that the human body can hold.

My love to you on this Feast of the Holy Innocents. May you enter fully into the love and adoration of the Son of God, who is God the Son – the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

Christmas Eve Video From Mother Miriam

Beloved Family,

Can you imagine that you all have been on my heart non-stop – mainly because I have not yet been able to get our Christmas newsletter in the mail to you?! Oy!

However, just this morning – Christmas Eve – I received a most beautiful email with the video below from the incredibly talented group known as Selah. I immediately called their office to ask permission to send it to you – but, alas, they are closed for the Christmas Holy Days, as well they should be! So I am employing a bit of Jewish chutzpah and sending it to you. How could Selah not want the gifts our Blessed Lord has given them to be spread through the whole world for which He came?

Dear Selah: God bless you – if we owe you royalty fees, just let us know. It will be a small price for the gift you have given the world through your music.

Selah has magnificently combined Israel’s national anthem, “HaTikva” (which means The Hope), with the song that echoes the cry of the Jewish people for centuries: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” – Who is the Hope of Israel, and of the entire world.

Alas, alas, Emmanuel did come – oh that the whole world knew!

Below is the video. Simply click on the picture, skip the ad as soon as possible, and enter into the beauty of this blessed presentation. We send it to you with gratitude to Selah and with our love and very best wishes for a most holy and blessed celebration of Messiah’s birth.

Our love and prayers for each of you this Holy Night and throughout the whole of Christmastide,

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

May God shower His blessings upon you as together we adore the Newborn King!
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Rosary Plea from Mother Miriam

Hello Beloved,

It is rare that I would send you an email pleading for all of us to pray the Rosary.

However, I indeed do plead for us to trust the power of Our Lady’s intercession through the “weapon” she has given us to defeat evil. Who among us is not keenly aware of the evil that has come, not only upon our nation and the world, but upon millions of souls caught in the deception, blindness, and utter destruction of this very present and growing darkness.

Dr. Mark Miravalle – husband, permanent deacon, and father of eight – is known for his international lectures on our Blessed Mother and a biweekly Mariology television show for www.airmaria.com. Dr. Miravalle is the author of numerous books, several of which helped me personally into the Church. I have met Mark and cannot recommend to you a more saintly and devoted heart for the Church and for Our Blessed Mother than this man of God.

Just yesterday, I came across Dr. Miravalle’s video urging us to pray a million rosaries for the defeat of ISIS. I signed up immediately and urge you to consider the same.

Below is Dr. Mark’s video, and below that, some quotes I have included from several holy Fathers, in addition to one from Sister Lucia herself, to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared. (Click on the picture to view the video.)

Our Lady of Fatima, June 13,1917

“Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.”

Conversation between Sister Lucy of Fatima and Father Fuentes, Dec. 26, 1957:

“The most holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy Rosary. With the holy Rosary, we will save ourselves; we will sanctify ourselves; we will console our Lord, and obtain the salvation of many souls.”

Pope Pius XI

“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”

Pope Pius IX

“Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been so favored by so many miracles as the Rosary devotion.”

Pope Leo XIII

“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.”

St. Dominic…

…prayed to Our Lady that she would force the devils who possessed a man to reveal the truth about devotion to her. The devils were forced by Our Lady to reveal: “Now that we are forced to speak we must also tell you this: Nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because she obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain God’s forgiveness and mercy.”

Miracles of the Rosary:

Battle of Lepanto, 1571 –

On Sunday, October 7, the Christian and Turkish fleets met in Lepanto Gulf, off the coast of Greece. The bitter battle finished with a brilliant victory of the Christians who were vastly outnumbered. That very evening Pope St. Pius V had at Rome a clear knowledge of this success. The same afternoon, the Confraternities of the Rosary, particularly in Rome, had marched through the streets in procession reciting the Rosary. This victory put an end to the naval power of the Turks and saved Christian Europe. To this day this victory has been attributed to the praying of the Rosary. The feast of “The Most Holy Rosary” is celebrated on October 7 now and the month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary.

Rosary Miracle at Hiroshima – August 6th, 1945

There was a home eight blocks (about 1 kilometer) from where the A-Bomb went off in Hiroshima Japan. This home had a church attached to it which was completely destroyed, but the home survived, and so did the eight German Jesuit missionaries who prayed the Rosary in that house faithfully every day. These men were missionaries to the Japanese people, they were non-military, but because Germany and Japan were allies during WWII they were permitted to live and minister within Japan during the war. Not only did they all survive with (at most) relatively minor injuries, but they all lived well past that awful day with no radiation sickness, no loss of hearing, or any other visible long term defects or maladies. Naturally, they were interviewed numerous times (Fr. Schiffer, a survivor, said over 200 times) by scientists and health care people about their remarkable experience and they said, “we believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home.” Of course the secular scientists are speechless and incredulous at this explanation – and they are sure there is some “real” explanation – but at the same time over 55 years later the scientists are still absolutely bamboozled when it comes to finding a plausible scenario to explain the missionaries’ unique escape from the hellish power of that bomb.

Russians Pullout of Austria, 1948 –

After World War ll, the Allies turned over Catholic Austria to communist Russia. For three years the Austrian people endured this tyranny. Then, a Franciscan priest, Father Petrus, remembered how the Christians although greatly outnumbered had defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto through the Rosary, and he launched a Rosary crusade. Through it 70,000 people, one tenth of the Austrian population, pledged to say the Rosary daily for the Soviets to leave their country. Austria was valuable to the Russians because of its strategic location, rich mineral deposits and oil reserves. Yet on May 13, 1955, the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, the Russians signed the agreement to leave Austria, and they did so without one person being killed and without one shot being fired. It is the only time that the militant atheistic forces of Marxism have ever peacefully left a country in which they held power. Military strategists and historians are baffled as to why the Russians pulled out. But we are not – it was the power of the Rosary.

The Country That Saved Itself – Brazil 1962 –

In 1962 there was a looming threat of communist takeover in Brazil. A woman there named Dona Amelia Bastos was known to have formed a Rosary rally among the Brazilian women there to do their part in opposing the looming threat. Their goal was simply to pray the Rosary in large groups asking the Virgin Mary for help in opposing the Communist takeover which the President of Brazil was leaning toward at the time. In Belo Horizonte 20,000 women reciting the Rosary aloud broke up a Communist rally. In Sao Paulo, 600,000 women praying the Rosary in one of the most moving demonstrations in Brazilian history, caused the President of Brazil to flee the country and not a single death was encountered, sparing the country from Communist takeover.

God bless and keep you,
Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

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Welcome to Our New Site

presentationBeloved, welcome to our new website! I have longed for us to have a live site through which we can grow together and encourage one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24). And I know that many of you have been waiting!

What is ahead is simply a start. We will continue to add articles, especially those pertaining to the restoration of the family – the core of our heart for this new congregation – and the strengthening of our faith against the many evils of our day.

Why the image to the left with Simeon and the Child Jesus in the Temple? Simply because it is one of my most beloved images and the heart from which our apostolate has grown.

To the right of the fuller image of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (above), is the Canticle of Simeon. It is the night prayer of the Church, prayed by every priest and religious and lay faithful who pray the Office of Compline each night. And it has become not only Simeon’s Canticle, but ours:

Now dismiss Thy servant, O Lord, in peace, according to Thy word:
For mine own eyes have seen Thy salvation,
Which Thou hast prepared in the sight of all the peoples,
A light to reveal Thee to the nations
and the glory of Thy people Israel.

A further explanation of the Canticle is included in the Introduction to our Charism. For now, it is enough to say that there is nothing that is Christian – indeed, that is Catholic – that does not have its roots in Judaism, that is to say, in the Law and the Covenants which God made, first with Abraham and subsequently through Moses.

How blessed and how rich we are the more we know our heritage, our true identity as a People fulfilled in the Messiah of Israel, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, that we might have life – life in Him – and have it to the full, both now and in eternity.

All of time and eternity could not explain or even describe the unspeakable mystery of God’s love, nor the life He came to give. But with hearts overflowing with endless gratitude, we wish to give our all to and for Him who gave His all for us. And we pray you will join us in holding nothing back from God – while there is yet time – that He may be known and loved, and that the earth may be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).

We pray you will visit our new site often and let us know what subjects and questions you would like covered, especially those that pertain to the family and religious life. Please feel free also to send us your prayer requests, as well!

Our love, gratitude, and prayers for you to stand tall, steadfast, and faithful in the fight against evil, and in the evangelization of all those who have yet to hear.

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

P.S. – Our first blog entry is our long-awaited newsletter below! If you are new to our site or apostolate, you are welcome to click on the Newsletter heading above for all of our past newsletters and mailings.

Newsletter: Summer 2015

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Prayer of Jesus of Nazareth:

“O Father, here I am…I come to do Thy will.”

Oh that every breathing soul would echo our Lord’s words. Oh that His will would be our food!

I am writing to you, dear Family, after so so long (the first since our Christmas newsletter!), and on the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling on so-called “same-sex marriage.” I highlight “so-called” because that is what it is – simply “called” marriage. But, we know, in fact, that there can be no marriage between two parties of the same sex.

What a tragic day for the (again “so-called”) United States of America – which are hardly “united” in this imposed, Godless, evil decision to turn our nation yet further from God and put countless souls on the road to perdition. The Apostle Paul’s words in his letter to the Romans might have been written today:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles…

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“Mother Miriam’s Heart for the Family and Church”

Interview by Jim Graves of Catholic World Report, July 06, 2015

The founder of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope discusses her conversion from Judaism, religious habits, family life, and current social upheaval.

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Left: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (www.motherofisraelshope.org); right: Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B. on Sept. 8, 2011, when the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope became a public association of the faithful under Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa.

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B. is founder of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope (www.motherofisraelshope.org), a new religious congregation currently headquartered in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, under the leadership of Bishop Edward Slattery. The former Rosalind Moss was born into a Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York, but converted to evangelical Christianity and then to Catholicism. She worked on the staff of Catholic Answers in San Diego for nine years, before leaving to found her religious congregation.

Mother Miriam spent a year in Europe living with women’s religious communities to learn the basics of religious life, and is now interviewing candidates for her new community. She has had more than a thousand queries from interested women; she plans to select six by the end of the year who will join with her in establishing the community.

Mother Miriam spent a year in Europe living with women’s religious communities to learn the basics of religious life, and is now interviewing candidates for her new community. She has had more than a thousand queries from interested women; she plans to select six by the end of the year who will join with her in establishing the community.

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Church Teachings on the Family

Pope Francis

Pope Benedict XVI

Saint John Paul II

Paul VI

Stain Pius XII

Pius XI

Leo XIII

A Prayer for Marriage and the Family

Almighty God, author of life and author of marriage, we pray that you preserve and protect the sanctity of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony from all of the cultural and legal attacks waged against it.

We invoke the intercession of your martyrs, St. John the Baptist, St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, who all willingly gave their lives in testimony to the sacredness of married love.

May what you have joined together as true marriage in the natural law, one man and one woman, be forever known to this and all future generations as the only authentic definition of marriage.

No matter what counterfeits may be proposed and promoted by foolish social trends and short sighted governments, let your faithful followers boldly proclaim and live the truth.

Give the leaders of your Church the courage and wisdom to defend and uphold your law, and not cower to the unjust laws of man and the persecutions that may come from resisting them.

When you joined Adam to Eve, you declared it “very good,” for this was your plan for humanity, that they may be fruitful and multiply, birthing new lives that would forever glorify and praise you.

Your Divine Son, Jesus, came to save us and also to teach us about selfless love as He laid down his life for His bride, the Church.

By Our Lady’s prompting He performed His first miracle at Cana, giving His presence in the celebration of marital love as a joyful new wine to married couples.

May the Lord Jesus, our Bridegroom, once again shower grace upon this fallen world and reveal the holiness of marriage as intended from the beginning of creation. Amen.

– Pedro de la Cruz

“12 Tips for Praying the Family Rosary daily (Attention Catholic Dads)”

familyrosaryby Dr. Taylor Marshall at taylormarshall.com

The Family Rosary is one of those bedrock devotions for the family recommended by the saints and spiritual masters. The Blessed Virgin Mary herself asked all Christians to pray the “one third {i.e. 5 decades} of the Holy Rosary daily” [1] in her message at Fatima.

The Popes have also attached a “plenary indulgence” to those who pray 5 decades of the Rosary “as a family” (when the other usual conditions are met*). This plenary indulgence cannot be obtained by private recitation – only in the context of a “family” recitation. This stipulation demonstrates that the Catholic Church privileges praying the Rosary as a family. The reason for this is that the Rosary is the “rose garden” of sanctify for children. As the Holy Spirit teaches us: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

Please continue reading this article by Dr. Taylor Marshall: http://taylormarshall.com/2010/09/12-tips-for-praying-family-rosary-daily.html

[1] Note from Mother Miriam: For those who now pray all 20 mysteries of the Rosary (as we do at the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope), 5 decades would be one-fourth of the Rosary daily.

 

“Let it be to me according to your word.”

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)

For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful. Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well; my frame was not hidden from thee, when I was being made in secret, intricately wrought in the depths of the earth. Thy eyes beheld my unformed substance; in thy book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are thy thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. When I awake, I am still with thee. (Psalm 139:13-18)

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Human Life and Dignity

From the USCCB – the U.S. Bishops’ collection of Church teaching on every matter of human life, from conception to natural death – begins:

For the Church, there is no distinction between defending human life and promoting the dignity of the human person.

Pope Benedict XVI writes in Caritas in Veritate. . . that “The Church forcefully maintains this link between life ethics and social ethics, fully aware that ‘a society lacks solid foundations when, on the one hand, it asserts values such as the dignity of the person, justice and peace, but then, on the other hand, radically acts to the contrary by allowing or tolerating a variety of ways in which human life is devalued and violated, especially where it is weak or marginalized.'” (no. 15).

As a gift from God, every human life is sacred from conception to natural death. The life and dignity of every person must be respected and protected at every stage and in every condition. The right to life is the first and most fundamental principle of human rights that leads Catholics to actively work for a world of greater respect for human life and greater commitment to justice and peace.

Writings on the Church’s teachings on every matter of human life can be accessed on the Bishops’ site here.

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Newsletter: Christmas 2014

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A letter from Mother Miriam…

Dear Beloved Family,

A most blessed and holy Advent and Christmas to you all! Finally and most happily, I have taken the opportunity of this Christmas newsletter to display my most beloved image of the Lamb of God – the two Lambs – on the cover. The picture took my breath away when it was first given to me by a dear friend some years ago. I later learned that it is an inset from a larger painting, Lorenzo Lotto’s ‘Adoration of the Shepherds’, believed to have been painted around 1530. It is a portrait of the Son of God who came to take away the sins of the world – not only by taking upon Himself our nature and flesh, but by becoming the Lamb – the Lamb of lambs. He, the very Son of God, who knew no sin, became a sin offering for us, offering to God what no Old Testament four-legged creature could – the only acceptable sacrifice for sin, that we might be reconciled to God.

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Newsletter: Paschaltide 2014

Greetings from Mother Miriam from France!

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Beloved Family,

Christ is risen, risen, risen, risen. He is risen indeed!

I know that you know and believe that! And I know and believe it. But I don’t know that I will ever get over it. How can the finite (and sinful) mind of mere creatures conceive of a God who would become one of us – knowing that, in becoming vulnerable to our depravity, we would nail Him to the Cross?

But He rose, He rose, He rose – from the dead to give us life. He knew the Father would raise Him from the dead – He came to die (as we wrote over and again in our Christmas newsletter). Yet that “plan from all eternity” did not lessen His sacrifice for us, nor the unfathomable truth that “For our sake (God) made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

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Newsletter: Christmas 2013

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Beloved Family,

Salutations de France! (Greetings from France!) We send our boundless joy, our hope for all that lies ahead in the One who works all things together for good, and our ceaseless prayers for you this Blessed Advent and Christmas.

Indeed we miss you all! Yet our Blessed Lord has confirmed over and over again His generous and perfect will in bringing us to this most excellent community of Benedictine Sisters in Angers, France. I am more confirmed in my heart than ever before that our coming under the guidance and example of the Servantes des Pauvres (Servants of the Poor) this year will give us the formation in religious life necessary for the building of our new foundation, and in a way that will bring honor to the One to Whom all honor is due. From time to time, we are able to connect to the internet and to see what is taking place in the United States. Our beloved country appears to be taking a most grievous path, and with increasing speed, toward the destruction of the family, the country, and even our very faith.

What to do? How do we remain faithful in the midst of such evil and even apostasy? And how can we make a difference?

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Newsletter: Fall 2013

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Beloved Family,

Look what our Blessed Lord has done – He has given our new community the inestimable gift of being formed by a wonderful Benedictine community in France, the Servantes des Pauvres (Servants of the Poor) who have graciously invited us for a year of formation.

But Mother Miriam, what about all you have planned to do in Tulsa – helping families, teaching the faith, reaching out through the streets?

I know, dear Zelda. We wish indeed to do all that, to help families to know, love and live the faith at home, to help parents to impart our very identity and vocation as Catholics to their children, and to reach out to every soul. And our blessed Savior is leading us to do just that, even more wonderfully than we had imagined, through the building of a solid and deep foundation.

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Newsletter: Pentecost 2013

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Dear Mother Miriam, I know that Pentecost celebrates the birth of the Church, but I was taught also that the Church was born from the pierced side of Christ on Calvary. Can it be both?

Perhaps in a sense, dear Zelda. Just as with human birth, life begins at the moment of conception in the mother’s womb. Yet the fullness of its manifestation, so to speak, takes place nine months later at the birth of that child from its mother’s womb.

In his encyclical, Mystici Corporis Christi (the Mystical Body of Christ), Pope Pius XII, quoting Leo XIII, writes: “The Church which, already conceived, came forth from the side of the second Adam in His sleep on the Cross, first showed Herself before the eyes of men on the great day of Pentecost.”

Saint John Chrysostom, in his teaching on the power of Christ’s blood, writes: There flowed from His side water and blood…symboliz(ing) baptism and the Holy Eucharist. From these two sacraments the Church is born: from baptism, the cleansing water that gives rebirth and renewal through the Holy Spirit, and from the Holy Eucharist. ( Liturgy of the Hours, Vol. II, p. 474)

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Newsletter: Christmas 2012

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Beloved Family,

How wonderful it is to be able to send you this Advent-Christmas newsletter after so many months and so very many happy developments here in Tulsa at the new Priory of Our Lady of Guadalupe! And what blessed joy it is to share with you the glories of this most miraculous season and the never-ending wonder of the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who entered time and history – and became Man.

Oh, if only the whole world knew. If only they knew the Heaven that has been given to us on earth. In looking for a cover for this newsletter, I came across the one before you in my new home Cathedral – Holy Family Cathedral – in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The image in stained glass is, of course, The Nativity. But it is so much more. Here is a brief description sent to me by Mike Malcom at the Cathedral:

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Newsletter: Easter 2012

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No… could it be true? The Tomb is empty? He’s not there? What happened?! What does she mean, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb.”?

Wait! …didn’t He say something about rising on the third day? But it’s impossible, isn’t it? How could He be alive? They crucified Him. And they buried Him – we know that. Oh our hearts… John, wait up!

They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying and the napkin which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that He must rise from the dead (John 20:4-9).

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Newsletter: Christmas 2011

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Dear Mishpoca (the Yiddish way to say family),

What do you think? It took us 11 months – between last Christmas (when we left St. Louis) and last month when we at last were able to mail our first newsletter from Tulsa and with its thrilling contents of the ceremony of the “Rite of Clothing of the Holy Habit” with Bishop Edward Slattery and Father Mark Daniel Kirby. We are still basking in the beauty and happiness of that glorious day.

Now, only one month later, you are receiving our second newsletter of 2011. How could I let pass this most glorious season of the year without thanking you with all my heart for your share in this most thrilling venture for our King and His Kingdom? Oh the ceaseless wonder of the coming of the long-expected Messiah – of He who is eternal yet entered time; He who is Spirit, yet became Man; He who is the Creator of all that is, who created the Woman from whom He would take flesh and blood, in the fullness of time, and in fulfillment of all that the prophets spoke – for us, for us, for us – that we may live with Him forever.

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Newsletter: Fall 2011

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THE RITE OF CLOTHING IN THE HOLY HABIT, AND THE PROFESSION OF TRIENNIAL VOWS OF MOTHER MIRIAM OF THE LAMB OF GOD
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ACCORDING TO THE RULE OF OUR HOLY FATHER SAINT BENEDICT,
AND THE USE OF THE
DAUGHTERS OF MARY, MOTHER OF ISRAEL’S HOPE
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In the Presence of the Most Reverend Edward James Slattery, Bishop of Tulsa
In the Oratory of the Monastery of Our Lady of the Cenacle
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Thursday, September 8th, A.D. 2011
The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Newsletter: Advent/Christmas 2010

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And the Lord said to Abram:
‘Go forth out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and out of thy father’s house, and come into the land which I shall show thee. And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and magnify thy name, and thou shalt be blessed. I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee . . . and IN THEE shall all the kindred of the earth be blessed.’ (Genesis 12:1-3)

The seed of Abram did not begin with Abram…. That seed had its beginning in the Garden some 2,000 years prior when, in consequence of Adam and Eve’s disobedience, God promised to send a redeemer, a deliverer, one who would come from the union of Adam and Eve to reverse the curse that separated them, and all of mankind to follow, from God and from blissful union with Him with whom they walked and talked in the Garden of Eden. And God said to the serpent in the Garden: “I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed….

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Newsletter: Summer 2010

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En Route from Tyringham!

Beloved Friends,

It is, as I write, just ten days prior to my departure from this most blessed Novitiate year with the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. The pictures to the left from their website are a glimpse of the beauty of this holy place tucked into the Berkshires.

Although by the time you receive this newsletter the Feasts of the Visitation (May 31), Corpus Christi (June 6), and the Sacred Heart (June 11) will have passed, I did not want to miss pointing out the glorious connection between the three which struck me so wonderfully as I shared in their celebration with the Sisters in Tyringham.

What a glorious twosome…

  • the Feast of Corpus Christi and…
  • the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth!

Who knew? ☺

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Newsletter: Easter 2010

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Beloved of God,

I am writing to you (yet) from the Visitation Monastery in Tyringham, Massachusetts, as I near the end of what has been a very wonderful novitiate year. The Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary have begun, together with over 150 Visitation Monastery’s throughout the world, the celebration of the 4th Centenary of their founding by St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal in Annecy, France, on June 6, 1610. I am very much looking forward to sharing in the celebration of their historic anniversary and most especially to the Holy Mass that will be celebrated by Bishop Timothy McDonnell, here at the monastery in Tyringham, this June 6, 2010!

The Catholic Observer, the newspaper of the Springfield, Massachusetts diocese, in honor of the Order’s 400th anniversary, published a beautiful insert, a copy of which is enclosed for you. You can see that I had the enormous gift of being with the Sisters on their trip to Annecy last July, and join them daily here in their beautiful chapel (last white veil on the right ☺) for the Liturgy of the Hours, Holy Mass, Holy Hours and other prayer times. I could fill half a book with the story of how I came to spend this year with this particular Order, but, for now, just a couple of happy recollections.

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Advent/Christmas 2009

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O Little Town of Bethlehem…

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2)

Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.”
When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ (Messiah) was to be born.

They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it is written by the prophet: ‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who will govern my people Israel.’

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Summer 2009

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Beloved Family and Friends,

How happy I am at last to be sending you this first newsletter–this first communication of any kind since moving to Saint Louis last summer! How I have longed to write to each of you individually. Alas, what did our Lord have in mind in giving us only 24 hours in a day? Oy!

Let me begin to catch you up on the development and events of our new community by way of an article published in the Winter-Spring 2008 issue of The Hebrew Catholic: The Making of a Jewish Nun!

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