How are we to live as faithful Catholics in a world going astray?

Beloved,

I just now watched, for the first time, the interview of John-Henry Westen with Bishop Athanasius Schneider on the survival of the family.* Every word from Bishop Schneider’s mouth is from his heart – and from mine. I don’t know that we will ever hear a clearer, more focused, more faithful message on God’s design for the family and for every soul He brings into the world.

Here is the interview from Lifesite News from the Rome Life Forum of 2016. It is worth every second of your time.

From our Priory (yet in Tulsa!) to your homes, we send our love and keep you daily in our prayers,

Mother Miriam and Daughters

*12 steps to surviving as a Catholic family in a heretical wasteland

Bishop Athanasius Schneider

 

Confidence in the Mercy of God in the Face of our own Helplessness and Unworthiness

Beloved, as I think about the present state of our community in Tulsa – still without (knowledge of) a future home! – I want to tell you that, the more time passes, and with one mysterious “unhappening” after another, I, for one (and I can confidently say, the women with me) are growing more confident in our Lord’s leading and in His utter faithfulness to work all things together for good.

Faith is a gift. The more we trust God, through whatever trials, sufferings, and uncertainties He deems to send our way, the more our confidence in God (not in circumstances) is strengthened. In fact, we feel honored to be so tested in order that we may please His Heart by our trust and love.

Just today, I came across the excerpt below from the book, “The Art of Loving God,” written by our first and very beloved patron, St. Francis de Sales,[1] who, in time, led us to St. Benedict! I do hope you are encouraged and strengthened by the wonderful words of this unique and saintly Doctor of the Church! His excerpt follows . . .

You ask me if a soul sensible of its own misery can go with great confidence to God. I reply that not only can the soul that knows its misery have great confidence in God, but that unless it has such knowledge, the soul cannot have true confidence in Him; for it is this true knowledge and confession of our misery that brings us to God.

All of the great saints–Job, David, and the rest–began every prayer with the confession of their own misery and unworthiness. And so it is a very good thing to acknowledge ourselves to be poor, vile, abject, and unworthy to appear in the presence of God.

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Update from Mother Miriam . . .

Beloved,

This post and excerpt from the wonderful speech of Chief Justice John Roberts at his son’s 9th grade commencement should be heard not only by your middle, high school and college-age graduates, it should, in my opinion, be heard by every child (and adult!) above the age of 10.

Our deep gratitude to The Loop from Catholic Vote for posting it, and to all who are fighting the good and necessary fight to restore the family and especially our youth for the future of the Church and the salvation of mankind.

Our love to each of you and prayers for our Lord’s continued guidance and blessing on your families,

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

Update from Mother Miriam . . .

Beloved,

Greetings to you in this most holy month of the Precious Blood of Our Lord!

For those who are keeping up with our progress, just a note to let you know we will be heading out of town this coming week to explore a few possibilities for a future diocese and home. Please know that we are so very grateful for the prayers, calls and notes so many have sent to us. Our Blessed Lord will make His will known in His way and time – we would want it no other way.

Before we head out, I wanted to post this blessed treasure of our most holy Church – devotion to the Precious Blood of Our Lord, highlighted especially in this month of July. Here is a brief description of its history from Catholic Culture’s most excellent website, https://www.catholicculture.org/culture/liturgicalyear/prayers/view.cfm?id=760):

Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. Like the Sacred Wounds of Jesus, His Precious Blood deserves special honor because of its close relation to the Sacred Passion. That honor was given to it from the beginning by the Apostles who praised its redeeming power. (Rom. 5:9 “we are justified by His blood”; Heb. 13:12 “and so Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people by His blood, suffered outside the gate”; 1 John 1:7 “and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.”)

In recent times the devotion has been encouraged by Blessed Gaspar Buffalo, founder of the Congregation of the Precious Blood of Jesus Christ. When Pope Pius IX was in exile from Rome in 1849, he had as his companion Don Giovanni Merlini, the third general of that Congregation. This saintly priest suggested to the pope that he make a vow to give the feast of the Precious Blood to the entire church, if he should regain the papal territory. Without binding himself by the vow, the pope immediately extended the feast to the whole Church. On the old calendar it was celebrated on July 1, but Catholics may still continue this tradition by increasing their devotion to the most precious Blood throughout the entire month of July.

Prayer:

Most Precious Blood of Life Eternal, price of sinful man’s redemption, by whose saving streams the thirst of souls is quenched, and their stains are washed away, Thou Who dost plead the cause of man before the throne of infinite mercy, from the depths of my heart I adore Thee and desire, as much as lies in my power, to make atonement for the injuries and insults that are constantly offered Thee by mankind, and especially by those who rashly dare to blaspheme Thee. Who will not bless and praise this Blood of infinite value? Whose soul would not be inspired with love for Jesus Who shed It all for us? What would be my fate, had I not been redeemed by this Divine Blood? And what drew Thee from the veins of my Saviour even to the last drop? It was love! O boundless love, which has given us this saving balm! O priceless balm, welling from the fount of immeasurable love! Grant that all hearts and tongues may praise Thee, magnify Thee, and give Thee thanks, now and throughout all ages. Amen.

God bless and keep you all close to His Sacred in the most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar,

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

Update from Mother Miriam . . .

Beloved Family,

Greetings from the Priory of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Tulsa! I did not mean for us to disappear on you. We wrote in our last (Christmas) newsletter that the new Bishop of Tulsa does not wish us to move forward with our community in Tulsa and that we are, therefore, in search of a new bishop and diocese. That search has continued until now with yet no clear indication of our dear Lord’s will.

So, to answer the many letters and calls we’ve received, yes, we are still in Tulsa, a situation which we hope will be resolved soon – all in our Blessed Lord’s time and will. His will is indeed our food and the life of this community.

As soon as we have a new address, we will send out a newsletter to bring you up to date re our future home. In the interim, a most beloved son of the Church and dear friend of our community and apostolate to the family sent us a generous donation for the specific purpose of keeping our website current in between newsletters!! We are so very grateful for such a gift and heart, and are most happy to post this first update!

We have been listening to the magnificent talks given at the recent Rome Life Forum sponsored by Voice of the Family, a most outstanding apostolate of lay people who desire, as we do, not only to preserve the family, but to restore it in God’s design. There simply is no future for the Church or for the world without the family, the very cell of human society.

Here is the logo for that wonderful apostolate. If you click on it, it will take you to the website and Forum talks.

The fourth annual Rome Life Forum was held from 18-19 May to discuss the theme:

“The Family Under Attack:
Protecting Parents as Primary Educators.”

I pray that every husband and wife, every father and mother, and every bishop and priest – entrusted with the care of the human family – will take the time to watch, listen to, or to read the transcripts of these talks. They are filled with the truths of our Faith, address the current state of the Church and the world, and discuss how we can begin not only to preserve the family but recover from the devastation many are living through in this day.

We’ll be back with you soon . . . God bless and keep you.

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

Newsletter: Advent and Christmas 2016

Come, thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free; from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

Born thy people to deliver, born a child and yet a King, born to reign in us forever, now thy gracious kingdom bring.

By thine own eternal spirit rule in all our hearts alone; by thine all sufficient merit, raise us to thy glorious throne.

ONE VERY HOLY DAY, about 2,000 years ago, an Infant was brought to the Temple in Jerusalem. He was held in the arms of His Mother, Mary (her Jewish name was Miriam), who, together with her husband, Joseph (Yosef), had come, according to the Law of Moses, to offer Him to God. In the Temple that day was a righteous, devout Jew named Simeon. It had been revealed to Simeon by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Messiah, the very consolation–the hope–of Israel. Seeing Mary and Joseph with the Child–the very One for whom Simeon waited–Simeon took the Infant in his arms and praised God in these immortal words recorded for all time in the Gospel of St. Luke (2:29-32):

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.

Simeon’s prayer has been recited and sung through the ages by millions of the faithful together with religious, priests, bishops and popes. It has become the night prayer of the Church known as the Canticle of Simeon or by its Latin title, Nunc Dimittus, taken from the rst two words, “Now dismiss…”

The holy Infant brought to the Temple in Jerusalem that day was, and is, GOD.

I will never forget a shopping trip to a supermarket in New York just a few weeks after I came to believe…

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Newsletter: Easter to Pentecost 2016

Two Angels and Two Women who Changed the Course of History

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.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Thy faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23)

The Fallen Angel and the First Woman

“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.’

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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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