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.