Beloved, our Advent/Christmas newsletter (our first newsletter since last Christmas!) will be in the mail by the end of next week. It will include the attached product brochure – a 50-70% off sale on all items!
As you can guess, we will not be making a profit on any of the items, but in the process of unpacking at our new location in Winnsboro, we realized that we yet have quite a supply of wonderful books, CDs, DVDs, holy cards and other items that are of no use to anyone if they stay with us. So we’ve put together this brochure to send them out to as many as wish them, as long as the supply of each item lasts. You will see that the DVD of the highly acclaimed film, “Unplanned,” is free – because we received a large quantity of them as a gift!
Our website is not yet set up as a “store”; so we need to do this the old-fashioned way of printing out the brochure and mailing it to us at our new address together with your check or credit card information. If you do not have the ability to print it out, simply use any paper to list what you wish and mail it to us with your check or credit card information asked for on the brochure.
You will see that we’ve somewhat categorized the products (e.g. Christmas, Easter, etc.); however, the products can be used as gifts (or for yourself!) for multiple purposes and seasons (especially the Easter products while yet available at these prices).
You are in our prayers for a most blessed and holy Advent, followed by a blessed and holy Christmastide. Our newsletter, coming soon!, covers the whole of Advent through the beginning of Christmas on Christmas Eve all the way to its traditional end on the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (Candlemas) on February 2nd.
We are the richest people in the world to have the faith that has been freely given to us. A thousand eternities would not be sufficient to thank the Divine Infant who came to die . . . for us, and for our salvation. I pray we will use every circumstance, especially the increasingly dark and evil circumstances of our day, to spread the whole Gospel to the whole world, and to every soul who comes our way.
Our love, prayers, and deepest wishes for a most blessed Holy Season for you and your loved ones,
Beloved, you are probably aware by now of the Holy Father’s removal of Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas, which took place last Saturday. As a relatively new religious congregation invited to the Diocese of Tyler by Bishop Strickland a little more than a year ago, we are understandably sick at heart. But we know that it is Christ Who is building His Church, against which the gates of hell will not prevail.
Among the numerous articles, posts and podcasts that have circulated this week, I wanted to be sure you watched the one below. I have been in Tyler long enough now and have been with Bishop Strickland often enough to know the truth which Deacon Keith Fournier speaks. One can match any article or podcast against this one, spoken by one who is closest to Bishop Strickland and seconded by all who love and truly know this holy man of God.
Please do pray for Bishop Strickland, his successor, and the sheep of his diocese who are downtrodden at present by a hierarchy who seems bent on promoting those in grave sin and destroying those who are strong, orthodox and faithful to the teachings of Christ.
May Our Lord and Our Lady be honored by our love and trust as we await His Holy Will. Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.
Beloved, Our Lord has given us a shepherd with the heart of the prophet Isaiah who, in anguish, cannot cease to speak until God’s Word and Name be honored again among His people.
Here is the interview with His Excellency Bishop Joseph Edward Strickland only 6 hours after he was removed this past Saturday as Bishop of Tyler, Texas, by Pope Francis. God alone has raised up this humble and holy prelate to shepherd His flock, just as He has raised up countless others to lead His people in the midst of the enemy’s strategies to destroy His Church. No One can destroy what God has built – not from without, not from within. The gates of Hell will not prevail.
Adversity does not change us; it shows what we’re made of. It does my heart good, with no surprise whatsoever, to see and hear the beautiful and solidly-Catholic heart of this Successor of the Apostles as he models for us what truth and commitment to the truth, or as the Bishop himself would say, to “Truth Incarnate”, means.Please continue to pray for Bishop Strickland and, as he himself asks, for Pope Francis. May God’s Name be praised in all He allows and in His ways of bringing good out of evil.
With our love and prayers for our true Shepherd, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.
Beloved, many of you know that I believe that the family is God’s number one design to build His Kingdom and, therefore, the enemy’s number one target to destroy. All the degradation in our world — and, sadly, in our Church at present — has as its aim the destruction of the family. It is a painful situation and time to be living in.
I have anguished trying to figure out what we can do, how we can help families, and one another, to truly be in the world and not of it. I know that many of you, especially with children who are fighting through this battle daily, are anguishing as well.
I do not know another or greater solution for the survival of the family — of our families — in the anti-Catholic and increasingly evil culture of our day than Michael Matt’s talk in the video below. I pray you will forward it on to as many as you can. I do not think it far-fetched to say that our very salvation and the salvation of civilization is at stake.
With our love and daily prayers, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.
Beloved Family, I just now watched the conversion story of Father James Mawdsley and cannot keep it to myself. Many of you have already known of him and of his conversion to the Catholic Church, especially those who have attended the Catholic Identity Conference. The rest of us must. That is my opinion, of course, but I see no other hope for the Church in this dark night than holy, courageous priests who are willing to give their all for the One Who gave His all for us.
Perhaps, through his message, each of us might be willing – or converted – to truly be who God has called us to be, without hesitation, without compromise.
“Now to Him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20,21)
Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God made the solemn profession of her final vows before Bishop Joseph Strickland on August 15, the feast of the Assumption, at St. Joseph the Worker parish in Tyler, Texas. The first member of her community to take final vows, Mother Miriam began the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, in 2008 and leads the community as its Prioress. Watch now in this exclusive feature presentation from LifeSiteNews the moment in which Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God takes her final vows before Bishop Strickland.
Beloved, I imagine that many of you have already learned about the wonderful miracle of Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster, Foundress of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, whose body was found to be fully intact only last week on the Solemnity of the Ascension, four years after having been buried on the same Solemnity in 2019. I was at Sister Wilhelmina’s funeral for her beautiful Holy Requiem, and to be able to witness this extraordinary grace of God is, for me, one of the greatest happinesses of my life. What hope this brings to the community which she founded, and also to the Faithful throughout the world. I’ve included below the article from the National Catholic Register and pray your own hearts will be filled with joy and the heavenly reality of eternal life in Our Blessed Lord that awaits all who put their trust in Him. God bless you.
Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.
Miracle in Missouri?
Body of Benedictine Sisters’ Foundress Thought to Be Incorrupt
According to Catholic tradition, incorruptible saints give witness to the truth of the resurrection of the body and the life that is to come.
A pilgrim venerates the incorrupt body of Benedictine Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster on May 20. Sister Wilhelmina was recently exhumed in Gower, Missouri. (photo: Kelsey Wicks/CNA / EWTN)
Hundreds of pilgrims have descended on a Benedictine monastery for religious sisters in rural Missouri in recent days after news began to spread on social media last week that the recently exhumed remains of the contemplative order’s African American foundress appear to be incorrupt, four years after her death and burial in a simple wooden coffin.
Sister Wilhelmina Lancaster founded the Benedictine Sisters of Mary, Queen of the Apostles — best known for their chart-topping Gregorian chant and classic Catholic hymn albums — in 1995 at the age of 70, leaving the Oblate Sisters of Providence, her community of more than 50 years, to do so.
Known for her devotion to the traditional Latin Mass and her faithfulness to Benedictine contemplation and the Liturgy of the Hours, she died at age 95 on May 29, 2019, on the Solemnity of the Ascension.
Roughly four years later, on the Solemnity of the Ascension in the Latin Rite, the abbess and sisters decided to move her body to a final resting place inside their monastery chapel, a long-standing custom for founders and foundresses.
Expecting to find bones, the Benedictine sisters instead unearthed a coffin with an apparently intact body, even though the body was not embalmed, and the wooden coffin had a crack down the middle that let in moisture and dirt for an unknown length of time during those four years.