Listening to Immaculate Heart Radio, you often hear people call-in to share difficult situations they are facing; and our hosts offer information, encouragement, and advice to help. But what happens to those people after they call? Usually we don’t know.
But sometimes we get to hear an update from our listeners, which is just what happened recently on Heart to Heart with Mother Miriam. A listener named Dawn had called Mother Miriam in the past asking for help with her troubled marriage. Dawn explained her situation:
“My husband decided to leave. We had grown children, and he was never a Catholic but we had a dispensation and were married in the Church. It seemed like he did everything and then, you know, broke loose.
And I had not been happy with it, it had not been a great marriage, and I felt like my soul and my body were being ripped in two. I tried to get rid of all anger – and it took a lot. I had to pray unceasingly. And I had to pray for the women that were involved, and that was hard. Everything was hard and I felt abandoned.
When Dawn called in to Heart to Heart with Mother Miriam, Mother Miriam encouraged her to pray a 54-day novena for her husband. Dawn followed Mother Miriam’s advice and called back to give an update:
“You told me to pray the 54-day novena … And I did it. And he came back. And I had to keep praying because Satan wasn’t going to let go that easily. We went to a Retrouvaille program, which is a Catholic marriage program that is unbelievable because it goes into forgiveness. And I prayed for a conversion of his spirit.
And just in January, Christ touched his heart and not only converted his spirit, but he is a different person. He said ‘I want to be Catholic, I want to do what’s right.’ He now goes to Mass … and by the way I didn’t ask him to do any of this, I just kept praying unceasingly. And I have a marriage today that is better than it has ever been. And it is because we cannot give up.
All I can say is do not let Satan win … do the 54-day novena. I had to let go and I had to trust. I learned a lot about myself. And I thought ‘You know Lord, whatever you need me to do, help me know what it is and I’ll just do it. I’m just gonna trust.’ And I finally got to have peace.”
In addition to the 54-day novena she was encouraged by Mother Miriam to pray , Dawn and her husband participated in Retrouvaille, a program for couples facing marital problems. Here is what Dawn had to say about the program:
“This Retrouvaille program is a beautiful program, it’s Catholic, Christ-centered. It lets you see that everyone in that room felt that they were no longer in love with each other, but they came and they asked Christ to come. And He came. And He poured out His grace for people that felt like we were like, wrapping it up. … And I watched a whole room full of people change. God is so good.”
Listen to Dawn’s call with Mother Miriam below:
Heart to Heart with Mother Miriam airs weekdays from 12:00-1:00 pm Pacific.
For more information about the Retrouvaille marriage program, visit Retrouvaille.org