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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Rosary Plea from Mother Miriam

Hello Beloved,

It is rare that I would send you an email pleading for all of us to pray the Rosary.

However, I indeed do plead for us to trust the power of Our Lady’s intercession through the “weapon” she has given us to defeat evil. Who among us is not keenly aware of the evil that has come, not only upon our nation and the world, but upon millions of souls caught in the deception, blindness, and utter destruction of this very present and growing darkness.

Dr. Mark Miravalle – husband, permanent deacon, and father of eight – is known for his international lectures on our Blessed Mother and a biweekly Mariology television show for www.airmaria.com. Dr. Miravalle is the author of numerous books, several of which helped me personally into the Church. I have met Mark and cannot recommend to you a more saintly and devoted heart for the Church and for Our Blessed Mother than this man of God.

Just yesterday, I came across Dr. Miravalle’s video urging us to pray a million rosaries for the defeat of ISIS. I signed up immediately and urge you to consider the same.

Below is Dr. Mark’s video, and below that, some quotes I have included from several holy Fathers, in addition to one from Sister Lucia herself, to whom Our Lady of Fatima appeared. (Click on the picture to view the video.)

Our Lady of Fatima, June 13,1917

“Say the Rosary every day, to bring peace to the world and the end of the war.”

Conversation between Sister Lucy of Fatima and Father Fuentes, Dec. 26, 1957:

“The most holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the Rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or, above all, spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our families, of the families of the world, or of the religious communities, or even of the life of peoples and nations, that cannot be solved by the Rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy Rosary. With the holy Rosary, we will save ourselves; we will sanctify ourselves; we will console our Lord, and obtain the salvation of many souls.”

Pope Pius XI

“The Rosary is a powerful weapon to put the demons to flight and to keep oneself from sin…If you desire peace in your hearts, in your homes, and in your country, assemble each evening to recite the Rosary. Let not even one day pass without saying it, no matter how burdened you may be with many cares and labors.”

Pope Pius IX

“Among all the devotions approved by the Church, none has been so favored by so many miracles as the Rosary devotion.”

Pope Leo XIII

“The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying.”

St. Dominic…

…prayed to Our Lady that she would force the devils who possessed a man to reveal the truth about devotion to her. The devils were forced by Our Lady to reveal: “Now that we are forced to speak we must also tell you this: Nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because she obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain God’s forgiveness and mercy.”

Miracles of the Rosary:

Battle of Lepanto, 1571 –

On Sunday, October 7, the Christian and Turkish fleets met in Lepanto Gulf, off the coast of Greece. The bitter battle finished with a brilliant victory of the Christians who were vastly outnumbered. That very evening Pope St. Pius V had at Rome a clear knowledge of this success. The same afternoon, the Confraternities of the Rosary, particularly in Rome, had marched through the streets in procession reciting the Rosary. This victory put an end to the naval power of the Turks and saved Christian Europe. To this day this victory has been attributed to the praying of the Rosary. The feast of “The Most Holy Rosary” is celebrated on October 7 now and the month of October is dedicated to the Most Holy Rosary.

Rosary Miracle at Hiroshima – August 6th, 1945

There was a home eight blocks (about 1 kilometer) from where the A-Bomb went off in Hiroshima Japan. This home had a church attached to it which was completely destroyed, but the home survived, and so did the eight German Jesuit missionaries who prayed the Rosary in that house faithfully every day. These men were missionaries to the Japanese people, they were non-military, but because Germany and Japan were allies during WWII they were permitted to live and minister within Japan during the war. Not only did they all survive with (at most) relatively minor injuries, but they all lived well past that awful day with no radiation sickness, no loss of hearing, or any other visible long term defects or maladies. Naturally, they were interviewed numerous times (Fr. Schiffer, a survivor, said over 200 times) by scientists and health care people about their remarkable experience and they said, “we believe that we survived because we were living the message of Fatima. We lived and prayed the Rosary daily in that home.” Of course the secular scientists are speechless and incredulous at this explanation – and they are sure there is some “real” explanation – but at the same time over 55 years later the scientists are still absolutely bamboozled when it comes to finding a plausible scenario to explain the missionaries’ unique escape from the hellish power of that bomb.

Russians Pullout of Austria, 1948 –

After World War ll, the Allies turned over Catholic Austria to communist Russia. For three years the Austrian people endured this tyranny. Then, a Franciscan priest, Father Petrus, remembered how the Christians although greatly outnumbered had defeated the Turks at the Battle of Lepanto through the Rosary, and he launched a Rosary crusade. Through it 70,000 people, one tenth of the Austrian population, pledged to say the Rosary daily for the Soviets to leave their country. Austria was valuable to the Russians because of its strategic location, rich mineral deposits and oil reserves. Yet on May 13, 1955, the anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady at Fatima, the Russians signed the agreement to leave Austria, and they did so without one person being killed and without one shot being fired. It is the only time that the militant atheistic forces of Marxism have ever peacefully left a country in which they held power. Military strategists and historians are baffled as to why the Russians pulled out. But we are not – it was the power of the Rosary.

The Country That Saved Itself – Brazil 1962 –

In 1962 there was a looming threat of communist takeover in Brazil. A woman there named Dona Amelia Bastos was known to have formed a Rosary rally among the Brazilian women there to do their part in opposing the looming threat. Their goal was simply to pray the Rosary in large groups asking the Virgin Mary for help in opposing the Communist takeover which the President of Brazil was leaning toward at the time. In Belo Horizonte 20,000 women reciting the Rosary aloud broke up a Communist rally. In Sao Paulo, 600,000 women praying the Rosary in one of the most moving demonstrations in Brazilian history, caused the President of Brazil to flee the country and not a single death was encountered, sparing the country from Communist takeover.

God bless and keep you,
Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B.

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Welcome to Our New Site

presentationBeloved, welcome to our new website! I have longed for us to have a live site through which we can grow together and encourage one another to love and good works (Hebrews 10:24). And I know that many of you have been waiting!

What is ahead is simply a start. We will continue to add articles, especially those pertaining to the restoration of the family – the core of our heart for this new congregation – and the strengthening of our faith against the many evils of our day.

Why the image to the left with Simeon and the Child Jesus in the Temple? Simply because it is one of my most beloved images and the heart from which our apostolate has grown.

To the right of the fuller image of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple (above), is the Canticle of Simeon. It is the night prayer of the Church, prayed by every priest and religious and lay faithful who pray the Office of Compline each night. And it has become not only Simeon’s Canticle, but ours:

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.

A further explanation of the Canticle is included in the Introduction to our Charism. For now, it is enough to say that there is nothing that is Christian – indeed, that is Catholic – that does not have its roots in Judaism, that is to say, in the Law and the Covenants which God made, first with Abraham and subsequently through Moses.

How blessed and how rich we are the more we know our heritage, our true identity as a People fulfilled in the Messiah of Israel, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, that we might have life – life in Him – and have it to the full, both now and in eternity.

All of time and eternity could not explain or even describe the unspeakable mystery of God’s love, nor the life He came to give. But with hearts overflowing with endless gratitude, we wish to give our all to and for Him who gave His all for us. And we pray you will join us in holding nothing back from God – while there is yet time – that He may be known and loved, and that the earth may be filled with the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Isaiah 11:9).

We pray you will visit our new site often and let us know what subjects and questions you would like covered, especially those that pertain to the family and religious life. Please feel free also to send us your prayer requests, as well!

Our love, gratitude, and prayers for you to stand tall, steadfast, and faithful in the fight against evil, and in the evangelization of all those who have yet to hear.

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

P.S. – Our first blog entry is our long-awaited newsletter below! If you are new to our site or apostolate, you are welcome to click on the Newsletter heading above for all of our past newsletters and mailings.

Newsletter: Summer 2015

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Prayer of Jesus of Nazareth:

“O Father, here I am…I come to do Thy will.”

Oh that every breathing soul would echo our Lord’s words. Oh that His will would be our food!

I am writing to you, dear Family, after so so long (the first since our Christmas newsletter!), and on the heels of the Supreme Court’s ruling on so-called “same-sex marriage.” I highlight “so-called” because that is what it is – simply “called” marriage. But, we know, in fact, that there can be no marriage between two parties of the same sex.

What a tragic day for the (again “so-called”) United States of America – which are hardly “united” in this imposed, Godless, evil decision to turn our nation yet further from God and put countless souls on the road to perdition. The Apostle Paul’s words in his letter to the Romans might have been written today:

For I am not ashamed of the gospel: it is the power of God for salvation to every one who has faith, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed through faith for faith; as it is written, “He who through faith is righteous shall live.

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and wickedness of men who by their wickedness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honor Him as God or give thanks to Him, but they became futile in their thinking and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man or birds or animals or reptiles…

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“Mother Miriam’s Heart for the Family and Church”

Interview by Jim Graves of Catholic World Report, July 06, 2015

The founder of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope discusses her conversion from Judaism, religious habits, family life, and current social upheaval.

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Left: Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (www.motherofisraelshope.org); right: Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B. on Sept. 8, 2011, when the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope became a public association of the faithful under Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa.

Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, O.S.B. is founder of Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope (www.motherofisraelshope.org), a new religious congregation currently headquartered in the Diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma, under the leadership of Bishop Edward Slattery. The former Rosalind Moss was born into a Jewish home in Brooklyn, New York, but converted to evangelical Christianity and then to Catholicism. She worked on the staff of Catholic Answers in San Diego for nine years, before leaving to found her religious congregation.

Mother Miriam spent a year in Europe living with women’s religious communities to learn the basics of religious life, and is now interviewing candidates for her new community. She has had more than a thousand queries from interested women; she plans to select six by the end of the year who will join with her in establishing the community.

Mother Miriam spent a year in Europe living with women’s religious communities to learn the basics of religious life, and is now interviewing candidates for her new community. She has had more than a thousand queries from interested women; she plans to select six by the end of the year who will join with her in establishing the community.

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Church Teachings on the Family

Pope Francis

Pope Benedict XVI

Pope Saint John Paul II

Pope Paul VI

Pope Saint Pius XII

Pope Pius XI

Pope Leo XIII

A Prayer for Marriage and the Family

Almighty God, author of life and author of marriage, we pray that you preserve and protect the sanctity of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony from all of the cultural and legal attacks waged against it.

We invoke the intercession of your martyrs, St. John the Baptist, St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, who all willingly gave their lives in testimony to the sacredness of married love.

May what you have joined together as true marriage in the natural law, one man and one woman, be forever known to this and all future generations as the only authentic definition of marriage.

No matter what counterfeits may be proposed and promoted by foolish social trends and short sighted governments, let your faithful followers boldly proclaim and live the truth.

Give the leaders of your Church the courage and wisdom to defend and uphold your law, and not cower to the unjust laws of man and the persecutions that may come from resisting them.

When you joined Adam to Eve, you declared it “very good,” for this was your plan for humanity, that they may be fruitful and multiply, birthing new lives that would forever glorify and praise you.

Your Divine Son, Jesus, came to save us and also to teach us about selfless love as He laid down his life for His bride, the Church.

By Our Lady’s prompting He performed His first miracle at Cana, giving His presence in the celebration of marital love as a joyful new wine to married couples.

May the Lord Jesus, our Bridegroom, once again shower grace upon this fallen world and reveal the holiness of marriage as intended from the beginning of creation. Amen.

– Pedro de la Cruz

“12 Tips for Praying the Family Rosary daily (Attention Catholic Dads)”

familyrosaryby Dr. Taylor Marshall at taylormarshall.com

The Family Rosary is one of those bedrock devotions for the family recommended by the saints and spiritual masters. The Blessed Virgin Mary herself asked all Christians to pray the “one third {i.e. 5 decades} of the Holy Rosary daily” [1] in her message at Fatima.

The Popes have also attached a “plenary indulgence” to those who pray 5 decades of the Rosary “as a family” (when the other usual conditions are met*). This plenary indulgence cannot be obtained by private recitation – only in the context of a “family” recitation. This stipulation demonstrates that the Catholic Church privileges praying the Rosary as a family. The reason for this is that the Rosary is the “rose garden” of sanctify for children. As the Holy Spirit teaches us: “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6).

Please continue reading this article by Dr. Taylor Marshall: http://taylormarshall.com/2010/09/12-tips-for-praying-family-rosary-daily.html

[1] Note from Mother Miriam: For those who now pray all 20 mysteries of the Rosary (as we do at the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope), 5 decades would be one-fourth of the Rosary daily.