Congratulations and prayers go out to Tulsa, where Catholic apologist Rosalind Moss has become foundress of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, a new association of the faithful under Canon 312, in view to its later becoming an Institute of Diocesan Right. God bless Mother Miriam and her sisters, and God bless Bishop Slattery for issuing the decree.
Mother Miriam’s brother, David Moss, was kind enough to send me links to this great blog post about the event (excerpted below) and also to the sermon of Bishop Slattery. You can see more great pictures there.
In every age and place, the Holy Spirit, Lord and Giver of Life, is at work in the Body of Christ to regenerate and extend the various forms of consecrated life by which the Church is enriched and made present in the world.
Beginning with the vocation of Saint Antony of Egypt, the Father of every form of consecrated life in East and West, and continuing through the charisms of Saint Pachomius, Saint Basil, Saint Augustine, and Saint Benedict, and of the myriads of holy founders and foundresses in every century the Church has never been without new and varied expressions of the call to follow the poor and virginal Christ, obedient unto death, even death on a Cross.
Moreover, from Apostolic times, unmarried women and widows have sought to imitate the Daughter of Sion, the Blessed Virgin Mary in her unconditional surrender to the will of the Father and the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Having said her “Yes” in response to the message of the Archangel Gabriel, the Virgin of Nazareth became blessed above all women, the Joy of Israel, and the Glory of Jerusalem.
Among the women who seek to imitate the Blessed Virgin Mary and aspire to share in her spiritual motherhood today, are the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope. The mystery of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple is the luminous pattern of their ecclesial mission to all peoples: Jew and Gentile, young and old, rich and poor.
Contemplating that mystery, they rejoice that the Light of the World has come, and receive the Child Jesus, Israel’s Hope and Consolation, from the arms of His Blessed Mother as did Simeon; their mission is to teach others to do likewise, and so find hope in this valley of tears.
They listen to Simeon’s prophetic utterance and recognize in his arms the Promised One, who from the altar of the Cross will offer Himself to the Father as the Atoning Lamb. Thus are they compelled to undertake works of catechesis so that all peoples may find in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass the wellspring of salvation, life, and resurrection.
They observe Anna, the Daughter of Phanuel, who gave thanks to the Lord and spoke of Him to all who were looking for the redemption of Israel; strengthened by holy Anna’s courage and zeal, they will devote themselves to a missionary outreach to “those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death,” to apostolic works of evangelization, to the consolidation of family life, and to the promotion of a Catholic culture of goodness, beauty, truth, and life.
New foundations of consecrated life are fragile undertakings; they must welcome the wisdom of past generations with humility and gratitude, learning from the teaching and example of the saints who never grow old. It is by a sure and praiseworthy instinct, then, that the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope, have chosen to graft their tender shoot onto the age-old tree of the Benedictine tradition.
From the time of Saint Lioba, one of the evangelizers of Northern Europe in the eighth century, Benedictine missionary women have brought the love of learning and the desire for God to peoples in bondage to ignorance and idolatry. In the fifteenth century Saint Frances of Rome found in the Rule of Saint Benedict a powerful stimulus for her service of the poor, the sick, and the lonely. Since that time, a number of flourishing missionary Institutes of Sisters, dedicated to the active works of the apostolate, have found in the Rule of Saint Benedict the strong support needed by those who would labor as humble servants in the vineyard of the Lord.
For this reason, it pleases me to confirm and approve the Rule of Saint Benedict as the fundamental pattern of the life of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope. Their life will be further governed by the Constitutions here appended, which I hereby approve and promulgate.
Therefore, with these noble ends in mind, and for the greater joy of the Church of Tulsa that is entrusted to my care, by this Decree, I hereby erect and establish the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Israel’s Hope as a Public Association of the Faithful in accordance with Canon 312, in view of being established later as a religious Institute of Diocesan Right.
In accord with the aforementioned Constitutions, I appoint Rosalind Moss, in religion, Mother Miriam of the Lamb of God, prioress of the Community, and authorize the opening of their residence in the Diocese of Tulsa as the Priory of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Given in Tulsa, in the Year of Our Lord 2011, on this 8th day of September, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.