Second Warning of Advent


The Second Warning of Advent:

Christ is nigh! Let us rise from the Sleep of Sin, and do Penance.


Rom. xiii. 11: “Know that it is now the hour to rise from sleep.” Luke iii 4: “A voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.”

On Jordan’s banks the Baptist’s voice
Now loudly strikes the ear,
“Prepare His ways, make straight His paths,
The Lord Himself is near.”

Rise, then, from sleep, and in your hearts
Let these his words prevail;
Behold the heavens, the earth and seas,
Their Maker’s coming hail!

Oh! let us then our souls prepare,
To meet so great a guest,
For ’tis our God Himself who comes,
To make us truly blest.

Rise, then, from sleep, and in your hearts
Let these his words prevail;
Behold the heavens, the earth and seas,
Their Maker’s coming hail!

Oh! may our souls again revive
By His refreshing grace;
Then may He bind our stubborn wills,
And every stain efface.

Rise, then, from sleep, and in your hearts
Let these his words prevail;
Behold the heavens, the earth and seas,
Their Maker’s coming hail!

Jesus, Thou art our only hope,
Sole comfort in our grief;
like the parched clay our hearts must be,
Unless Thou bring’st relief.

Rise, then, from sleep, and in your hearts
Let these his words prevail;
Behold the heavens, the earth and seas,
Their Maker’s coming hail!

To Him who came the world to save,
Eternal glory be!
The Mighty Father, equal praise,
And Holy Ghost to Thee!

Rise, then, from sleep, and in your hearts
Let these his words prevail;
Behold the heavens, the earth and seas,
Their Maker’s coming hail!

The Best Moments from LifeSite’s 25th Anniversary Gala!

Beloved, just two weeks following our truly wonderful move to Tyler, Texas, I had the great honor and happiness to be part of LifeSiteNews’ 25th Anniversary Gala in Naples, Florida.

Here is LifeSite’s own brief video of the history and highlights of this most worthy apostolate. The entire article with photos from the Gala can be seen at: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/look-all-the-best-moments-from-lifesites-25th-anniversary-gala/.

 

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Important and Trustworthy Clarity

Beloved, I just now watched Raymond Arroyo’s interview with Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke on The World Over, aired January 20, 2022. To my mind, there is no higher and more authoritative voice of Canon Law and authentic Catholic teaching in the Church today than this holy son of the Church. Regarding the future of the Latin Mass and several recent restrictions that have come from the Vatican and from various cardinals and bishops of the Church, Cardinal Burke gives us what is to me, “healing clarity” – simply to know what is correct and what our response is to be to the confusion in the Church today.

God bless you all with our prayers for a blessed, holy, courageous and steadfast adherence to “THE Faith once delivered to the saints” (cf. Jude 3-4; see below for St. Jude’s complete letter).

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

Letter of St. Jude to the first century believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (bolded emphasis mine):

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Passiontide

 The two weeks of Passiontide begin today, the first week being known as “Passion Week,” and the second week being known as “Holy Week.”

This day–Passion Sunday, also known as Judica Sunday because of the Introit Júdica me (Psalm 42)–memorializes the increasing antipathy against Christ from the Jews who would not accept Him and accused Him of sorcery and of being blasphemous and possessed by a devil. After today and until Easter, the Júdica me and the Glória patris at the Introit and Lavabo are omitted from Masses of the Season. This signifies Christ’s hiding His glory from the world during these next few weeks as He hides Himself away from the Jews until the time has come for Him to enter into Jerusalem (commemorated on Palm Sunday) and to be crucified (commemorated on Good Friday)–after which comes the Resurrection on Easter.

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Beloved, I highly recommend Regina Magazine to deepen our understanding and reverence for the Faith – the Faith once delivered to the saints!

The article below on Saint Athanasius, taken from Regina Magazine’s recent email mailing, is, to us, especially wonderful and indeed fitting in this time of confusion and apostasy. References are included below so that those who wish may read further on this glorious saint.

Saint Athanasius of Alexandria

Saint Athanasius of Alexandria (born c. 296, died 2 May, 373), bishop and confessor, is a doctor of the Church. Athanasius was the greatest champion of Catholic belief on the subject of the Incarnation that the Church has ever known and in his lifetime earned the characteristic title of “Father of Orthodoxy”, by which he has been distinguished ever since. Athanasius was even known as Athanasius Contra Mundum (Athanasius against the World). Athanasius studied under Saint Anthony the hermit, (Athanasius wrote a book titled “Life of Saint Anthony”) then two years later became the understudy of Saint Alexander, the Patriarch of Alexandria.  Athanasius came to prominence during the Council of Nice, where he refuted the Arian heresy.

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The Pure and Costly Truth

Beloved, I don’t know that I’ve heard a better sermon in the 25 years that I’ve been a Catholic. 

God bless you all as you follow, without compromise, the One who gave His all for us,

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

Feast of the Nativity of the Mother of Israel’s Hope!

What a most holy and special day is today: the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, the Mother of the Hope of Israel, the long-awaited Messiah. 

In addition, it is the 12th year of our founding (at the invitation of His Eminence, Cardinal Raymond Burke), and the 9th Anniversary of our becoming a Public Association of the Faithful, the first step in the canonical process of a religious community. 

We watched the video below and did not want to not send it to you. God bless you and your families on this glorious day. Now, more than ever, we need recourse to the Mother of the Savior Who gave His all – and continues to give His all – for us.

God’s blessings be upon you, your families, and your homes,

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

A Warning about THE Warning!

Beloved, I never imagined I would be sending you such a video . . . until today, when I saw this one.

I believe that Our Blessed Lord is reaching out to us in every way, and from every corner of the world, to extend His mercy to every soul while there is yet time. Please watch this video to the very end of Christine’s talk; you will see how close we are to what appears to be next in God’s timetable. This is not our first warning – Our Lady has been speaking all over the world for centuries – but it might be our last. None of us knows that he has tomorrow.

Let’s live as true Catholics, beloved. Let us hold nothing back from God, and keep none of the Gospel to ourselves. We are God’s instruments to a world desperately in need of the Savior and His Church, whether they know or believe it or not. “If we keep the Gospel to ourselves,” said one dear priest, “we are thieves.”

Our love and daily prayers,

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

The Season of Lent

Remember man thou art dust

and to dust thou shalt return

Oh Beloved, I don’t know that I’ll ever get over it – believing, that is – being Catholic – having been led into all that Judaism promised and into the full measure of Christianity, the fullness of all that Our Blessed Savior has given us this side of Heaven.

Having journeyed through 18 years of a fervent Evangelical Protestantism, I was quite floored at the response of many Catholics who bemoaned having to attend Church on Sunday because it was their obligation. “Obligation?” I thought to myself. How could you keep a Catholic away?! It’s a chore to go to Church? . . . to go to the One Who loved us and gave Himself for us??

Then came my first Lent as a Catholic (there was no recognition of Lent in my non-denominational experience). I began to hear, from Catholics, the language of “dread,” of “giving things up,” of suffering through this season.

How on earth, I thought? Do those who dread this season of fasting, penance and prayer have any true knowledge or understanding of the privilege Our Lord has given us in inviting us to share in His very sufferings, in His 40-day fast in the wilderness while experiencing every temptation that the devil would throw on Him – and which God allowed and purposed Him to go through?

For me, dear ones, now after almost 23 years a Catholic, and for our community of sisters, it is a blessed, prayerful, and, please God, transformative time, a time filled with the certainty of Our Savior’s love and of His call for us to be in the world and not of it, to grow deeper into union with Him, and to console that “Heart that so loved the world and is so little loved in return.”

For those who may wish a fuller understanding of or refresher on the history and customs of this blessed season leading all the way to the Resurrection of the Passover Lamb, I would refer you the wonderful article (complete with recipes) from the fisheaters.com website below.

From all of us here at the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, we wish you and your loved ones a most holy and blessed journey through the awful wilderness with the Son of God made Man.

Mother Miriam and Daughters

 

Lenten Overview

Theme: Christ in the Desert, the Babylonian Captivity continued from Septuagesima
Color: Violet
Mood: Penance
Symbols: Cross, crown of thorns, three nails, Chalice, Host
Length: Ash Wednesday to Vespers of Holy Saturday

Lent (the word “Lent” comes from the Old English “lencten,” meaning “springtime) lasts from Ash Wednesday to the Vespers of Holy Saturday — forty days + six Sundays which don’t count as “Lent” liturgically. The Latin name for Lent, Quadragesima, means forty and refers to the forty days Christ spent in the desert which is the origin of the Season.The last two weeks of Lent are known as “Passiontide,” made up of Passion Week and Holy Week. The last three days of Holy Week — Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday –are known as the “Sacred Triduum.”

The focus of this Season is the Cross and penance, penance, penance as we imitate Christ’s forty days of fasting, like Moses and Elias before Him, and await the triumph of Easter. We fast (see below), abstain, mortify the flesh, give alms, and think more of charitable works. Awakening each morning with the thought, “How might I make amends for my sins? How can I serve God in a reparative way? How can I serve others today?” is the attitude to have.

We meditate on “The Four Last Things”: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell, and we also practice mortifications by “giving up something” that would be a sacrifice to do without. The sacrifice could be anything from desserts to television to the marital embrace, and it can entail, too, taking on something unpleasant that we’d normally avoid, for example, going out of one’s way to do another’s chores, performing “random acts of kindness,” etc. A practice that might help some, especially small children, to think sacrificially is to make use of “Sacrifice Beads” in the same way that St. Thérèse of Lisieux did as a child.

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