Famille Solitude Myriam. (Lay Movements XXI).Solitude Myriam is a life-giving spiritual family of healing and hope, founded in Quebec, that welcomes those who are suffering from divorce or separation. Members of Solitude Myriam offer understanding and compassion from their own experience to people whose personal lives and families are wounded by a broken marriage. They give assistance to others to find strength to forgive, to love and trust again, to discover joy and renewed support in Christ and the Church.
These divorced men and women gain freedom to choose not to begin a new life with another partner but rather to continue their vocation of marriage. They learn to receive grace for their family in faithfulness to their sacramental sacramental, in the Roman Catholic Church, aid to devotion that is not a sacrament. Sacramentals are commonly divided into six classes: prayer, anointing, eating, confession, giving, and blessings. marriage vows Marriage vows are promises a couple makes to each other during a wedding ceremony.
Civil ceremonies often allow couple's to choose their own vows, although many civil marriage vows are adapted from the traditional Catholic wedding vow "To have and to hold, from this day , even as they live "in solitude," without their spouse. Some members live in community, most remain in their own homes. As described in the founding vision, they are to see themselves not as "divorces" but rather as "consacres," those consecrated con·se·crate
tr.v. con·se·crat·ed, con·se·crat·ing, con·se·crates
1. To declare or set apart as sacred: consecrate a church.
a. to Christ.
The Family also assists with marriage preparation classes for engaged couples. Their fervent witness to the indissolubility in·dis·sol·u·ble
1. Permanent; binding: an indissoluble contract; an indissoluble union.
2. , power and beauty of the marriage covenant has also attracted people with solid marriages for formation in Catholic teaching on the sacrament of marriage. Some of these have become members.
How did it start?
Danielle Bourgeois, a Catholic, was divorced and living common-law outside the Church and the Sacraments with Maurice Chartrand, future co-founder The Lord was nudging and calling her back home to His heart and His Church, but she found it difficult to respond. Danielle eventually spent eight months with the community of Myriam Bethlehem in Baie Comeau Baie Comeau (bā kō`mō), town (1991 pop. 26,012), E Que., Canada, on the St. Lawrence River near the mouth of the Manicouagan River. to seek God and His will. She was reconciled with the Church, her prayer life blossomed, and she sensed that God had a special mission for her. She knew that she was called to live a celibate cel·i·bate
1. One who abstains from sexual intercourse, especially by reason of religious vows.
2. One who is unmarried.
1. life and a fidelity to her original marriage vows. With the encouragement and counsel of the bishop, Maurice too found the strength to accept this as a way of life.
Men and women whose lives and families were shattered shat·ter
v. shat·tered, shat·ter·ing, shat·ters
1. To cause to break or burst suddenly into pieces, as with a violent blow.
a. by divorce or separation began gathering in their home, asking their help. With the advice of their bishop and their spiritual director, Danielle and Maurice began the work of Famille Solitude Myriam in 1981. "For several years we had been begging God that the Church would come to our aid. Solitude Myriam was the answer to our prayers!" writes Celine Tisseur of herself and some friends who were all suffering the throes throe
1. A severe pang or spasm of pain, as in childbirth. See Synonyms at pain.
2. throes A condition of agonizing struggle or trouble: a country in the throes of economic collapse. of divorce, separation, and broken families.
In 1984, the Fathers of the Holy Cross gave Solitude Myriam a large house at Mirabel, just outside Montreal. Here some members of the community began a communal life in the service of their wounded brothers and sisters through prayer, hospitality, sharing, and evangelization e·van·gel·ize
v. e·van·gel·ized, e·van·gel·iz·ing, e·van·gel·iz·es
1. To preach the gospel to.
2. To convert to Christianity.
To preach the gospel. . In 1989, single persons also became members of Solitude Myriam, consecrating their lives to God for the unity of families. Widows, widowers, priests, and children are part of the Family today as well.
At the movement's fifteenth anniversary celebration, Danielle's bishop, Charles Valois, affirmed, "The bishops to whom Danielle Bourgeois presented her project always received it with joy. They saw in this movement an action of the Holy Spirit who doesn't want to abandon the Father's children." Said another enthusiastic bishop, "There is nothing like this." At the twentieth anniversary celebration, April 2002, there were seven bishops in attendance.
This spiritual family now has over 400 members, at present primarily French-speaking with four houses in Quebec and groups that meet in several cities both in Quebec and Ontario. It has spread to France, Guadeloupe, Reunion Island (Indian Ocean Indian Ocean, third largest ocean, c.28,350,000 sq mi (73,427,000 sq km), extending from S Asia to Antarctica and from E Africa to SE Australia; it is c.4,000 mi (6,400 km) wide at the equator. It constitutes about 20% of the world's total ocean area. ), Martinique (West Indies West Indies, archipelago, between North and South America, curving c.2,500 mi (4,020 km) from Florida to the coast of Venezuela and separating the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean. ), Switzerland, Brazil, and Argentina.
To contact the group Famille Solitude Myriam, 11120 route Arthur Sauve, Mirabel, QC, J7N 2T9, Phone (450) 258-4200, Fax: (450) 258-1718.