Newsletter: Pre-Advent 2017

Beloved Family,

We have missed writing to you and, after numerous complaints have begun posting somewhat regular updates on our website. Alas, we are still in Tulsa and continuing to seek a new home. Although we have not been able to move forward with our apostolate to the family in Tulsa, we are at peace in Our Lord’s blessed will and growing in grace and in the sweet assurance of His perfect ways and providence.

Earlier this year, we listened to the outstanding messages from the 2017 fourth annual Rome Life Forum, whose theme, “The family under attack: protecting parents as primary educators,” is very dear to our hearts. The Forum, co-sponsored by Voice of the Family together with Associazione Famiglia Domani, Family Life International New Zealand, Human Life International, LifeSiteNews and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, was held May 18-19, and featured utterly outstanding men of the Church.

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Real Catholic family life is the road

out of apostasy

His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Beloved, as we continue to search for a new home outside of Tulsa, Oklahoma, I want to tell you all that you have been very much on my heart – and that we, as a community, have been offering our daily Rosary for each and all of you, and especially for the restoration of the family.

In our update of June 22 below, I wrote of the Rome Life Forum, sponsored by Voice of the Family, which took place in May of this year under the theme, “The Family Under Attack: Protecting Parents as Primary Educators.” As much as I desired to urge every soul, especially every parent, either to watch the video presentations or to read the transcripts of the talks, I would guess that only a few of you were able to take the time to do so.

I just relistened to one most outstanding talk by His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider who spoke on, The family: the first encounter with the beauty of the Catholic faith.” Bishop Schneider is Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan. I cannot recommend this holy bishop and his message to you highly enough. I pray you will take the time to listen to His Excellency’s talk below.
                                                                                God bless you,
                                                                                Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

 

 

 

Our Lady of Fatima is the Mother of the Messiah!

Beloved, I just today received the short video below from our dear friends at The Coming Home Network International and thought, in light of the 100th Anniversary of the Blessed Virgin’s appearance in Fatima, I would share it with you. Perhaps some of our non-Catholic Evangelical friends might begin to think about the Mother of God in a way that can open their hearts to experience the Son of the Mother, our Divine Redeemer, beyond what they have yet known.

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, OSB

(https://chnetwork.org/2017/10/06/insights-mary-mother-god/)

As a Jewish girl turned on-fire Evangelical, the thought of using a term like “Mother of God” in reference to Mary seemed blasphemous to Mother Miriam, who was then known as Rosalind Moss.  However, pondering the words of Gabriel in Luke 1, she began to realize how similar they were to the language used to describe the Tabernacle in the Old Testament.

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God is the foundress of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope.

Read her full conversion story: From Jew to Evangelical to Catholic Nun

Feast of St. Michael the Archangel

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our defense against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray,
and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.

One day, after celebrating Mass, the aged Pope Leo XIII was in conference with the Cardinals when suddenly he sank to the floor in a deep swoon. Physicians who hastened to his side could find no trace of his pulse and feared that he had expired. However, after a short interval the Holy Father regained consciousness and exclaimed with great emotion: “Oh, what a horrible picture I have been permitted to see!”

He had been shown a vision of evil spirits who had been released from Hell and their efforts to destroy the Church. But in the midst of the horror the archangel St. Michael appeared and cast Satan and his legions into the abyss of hell. Soon afterwards Pope Leo XIII composed the following prayer to Saint Michael, which is the original version:

Original – Prayer to St. Michael

“O Glorious Prince of the heavenly host, St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in the battle and in the terrible warfare that we are waging against the principalities and powers, against the rulers of this world of darkness, against the evil spirits. Come to the aid of man, whom Almighty God created immortal, made in His own image and likeness, and redeemed at a great price from the tyranny of Satan.

“Fight this day the battle of the Lord, together with the holy angels, as already thou hast fought the leader of the proud angels, Lucifer, and his apostate host, who were powerless to resist thee, nor was there place for them any longer in Heaven. That cruel, ancient serpent, who is called the devil or Satan who seduces the whole world, was cast into the abyss with his angels. Behold, this primeval enemy and slayer of men has taken courage. Transformed into an angel of light, he wanders about with all the multitude of wicked spirits, invading the earth in order to blot out the name of God and of His Christ, to seize upon, slay and cast into eternal perdition souls destined for the crown of eternal glory. This wicked dragon pours out, as a most impure flood, the venom of his malice on men of depraved mind and corrupt heart, the spirit of lying, of impiety, of blasphemy, and the pestilent breath of impurity, and of every vice and iniquity. 

“These most crafty enemies have filled and inebriated with gall and bitterness the Church, the spouse of the immaculate Lamb, and have laid impious hands on her most sacred possessions. In the Holy Place itself, where the See of Holy Peter and the Chair of Truth has been set up as the light of the world, they have raised the throne of their abominable impiety, with the iniquitous design that when the Pastor has been struck, the sheep may be. 

“Arise then, O invincible Prince, bring help against the attacks of the lost spirits to the people of God, and give them the victory. They venerate thee as their protector and patron; in thee holy Church glories as her defense against the malicious power of hell; to thee has God entrusted the souls of men to be established in heavenly beatitude. Oh, pray to the God of peace that He may put Satan under our feet, so far conquered that he may no longer be able to hold men in captivity and harm the Church. Offer our prayers in the sight of the Most High, so that they may quickly find mercy in the sight of the Lord; and vanquishing the dragon, the ancient serpent, who is the devil and Satan, do thou again make him captive in the abyss, that he may no longer seduce the nations. Amen.

V. Behold the Cross of the Lord; be scattered ye hostile powers.
R. The Lion of the tribe of Judah has conquered, the root of David.
V. Let Thy mercies be upon us, O Lord.
R. As we have hoped in Thee.
V. O Lord, hear my prayer.
R. And let my cry come unto Thee. 

Let us pray.
O God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon Thy holy Name, and as supplicants, we implore Thy clemency, that by the intercession of Mary, ever Virgin Immaculate and our Mother, and of the glorious St. Michael the Archangel, Thou wouldst deign to help us against Satan and all the other unclean spirits who wander about the world for the injury of the human race and the ruin of souls. Amen.” 

(With gratitude, from Tradition in Action: http://www.traditioninaction.org/religious/b009rpMichael.htm)

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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