Entrustment

I do not see myself.
Though I long for holiness of heart,
Of this world I am a part.

I do not know myself.
Though I keep Your Image before my eyes,
The world appears in angelic disguise.

I do not trust myself.
Though I choose Your way,
I fear to be led astray.

I do not save myself,
Though I’m broken and and far from Heaven,
You live in me as heavenly leaven.

You, I see and know,
And You, I trust.
To You, my soul, I, mightily, entrust.

 

© 2016 Joann Nelander

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The Embrace

Clutching You to my heart,
My sins before me,
I make Your Death,
My dying,
And find my life.
You give Yourself to me.
You give Yourself for me.
I hold Your cold,
Your bruised and bloodless Body
As I pray.
Wiping the spittle from Your Face,
I behold the Man,
My sins before me always,
I cling to Your Words.
"Father forgive."

Now for Eternity

All days have led to this day.

Yesterdays march up to the edge in Time,

But cannot enter upon my Now.

As precursors, they stand,

Peering onto this Today,

Blind as bats.

Their edges approach,

But halt at the Present.

Here, I reign with my will.

If all my mistakes

Shout for change,

Am I now the fool
Who fails to learn?

With the sun,

I am begun.

Eternity beckons me,

Where Time cannot go,

Invites, “Come.”

He, Who sails on Eternity’s Wing,

Would be my Mender,

Not in a breaking of the Past,

But a knitting of it,

A seamless clothe,

As His very own.

The morrow begins as a Way I choose;

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Are gift to my being,

And beginning in this Now,

I am His.

Just One Glance

Although, I have been resting in Your
Heart,
Safe in Your holy embrace
Throughout this night,
You has been waiting for this moment,
When my eyes open,
Hoping I would look at You,
And return Your loving glance.

Heartbeat

In praise and thanksgiving for the first beat
Of the Sacred Heart of Him
Who was born,
Savior and King.

As today, new life is conceived,
And secreted away in a woman’s womb,
Known only to God in darkness,
As it’s rhythms begin a song of praise
Ever so silent.

Then the moment of joyous awakening,
A singular throb sends a resounding shiver
Through amniotic waters,
Alerting angels of one more heart
Ready to join their chorus of hosannas.

Sounds full of thankfulness,
A Eucharist of being, and becoming,
Ever so sacred,
To the glory of God.

Lifted Up, I Am Drawn

Lifted up,
You hang above the world.
Your outstretched arms
Measure the breath of Your Love.

How great the distance between us,
Yet, greater still,
Your unquenchable thirst for me.

I am a child, a lowly one,
Troubling you, yet, and always.
I tug at the hem of Your garment,
While You tug at my heart.

Lord of my hopes,
Lord of my longing,
Lord of my sorrows,
Lord of my weeping,
Ruler of all Time and Space,
You draw me to an Eternity in Your Embrace.

At Your Table

Here I am at Your Table.
I am all need.
I am all pleading.
I am all receptivity.

Here I Am before Hope.
I am sorrow.
I am grief.
I am empty.

Here I am before Your Throne.
You are Love.
You are Joy.
You are mine.

St. Gertrude Prayer Book

via Catholic Traditions

SEPIA HOLY CARD IMAGE WITH WEAVE FRAME

BANNER
The Prayers of Saint Gertrude and Saint Mechtilde
of the Order of St. Benedict
BURNS AND OATES LTD.
LONDON, 1917, with Imprimatur
DAILY PRAYERS: MORNING—-
DAILY PRAYERS: DAYTIMEDAILY PRAYERS: EVENING
PRAYERS FOR THE HOLY SACRIFICE OF THE MASSPRAYERS TO JESUS CHRIST
THE BLESSED VRGIN MARYOTHER

Daily Prayers: Morning
MORNING PRAYER
RECOMMENDATION TO JESUS
ASPIRATION TO JESUS
INTENTION TO BE FORMED IN THE MORNING
COVENANT WITH GOD
MORE EXTENDED COVENANT TO BE RENEWED EVERY WEEK
REMEDY AGAINST DISTRACTIONS
AN EFFICACIOUS METHOD OF OFFERING OUR ACTIONS TO GOD
PRAYER ON LEAVING CHURCH
AT TAKING HOLY WATER

Daily Prayers: During the Day
WHEN THE CLOCK STRIKES
PRAYER BEFORE WORK——AFTER WORK
BEFORE EATING——WHILE TAKING SUSTENANCE
AFTER FALLING INTO SIN

Daily Prayers: Evening
A WONDERFUL THANKS OF EFFICACY
RECOMMENDATION TO THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS
TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN AND OTHER SAINTS
INTENTION BEFORE SLEEP
Prayers for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
PRAYER BEFORE MASS
AT THE OFFERTORY
AT THE SECRET
AT THE PREFACE
AT THE CANON
AT THE ELEVATION OF THE HOST
PRAYER TO GOD THE FATHER
AT THE ELEVATION OF THE CHALICE
PRAYER AFTER THE ELEVATION, OF GREAT EFFICACY
AT THE AGNUS DEI
AT THE DOMINE, NON SUM DIGNUS
AT THE COMMUNION
AT THE POST-COMMUNION
AT THE BLESSING
ACT OF ADORATION OF THE MOST HOLY SACRAMENT

Prayers to Jesus Christ
WREATH OF GEMS
ACT OF RESIGNATION
OBLATION
LOVING AFFECTIONS TOWARDS JESUS
PRAYER TO THE NAME OF JESUS
PETITION TO JESUS
HAIL MOST LOVING JESUS, IN PREPARATION FOR CHRISTMAS DAY
LITANY OF THE MOST HOLY NAME OF JESUS
FROM THE SPECIAL PRAYERS DIRECTORY:
PRAYER OF ST. GETRUDE TO THE SACRED HEART
PRAYER TO THE SACRED HEART 2


The Blessed Virgin Mary
A LITANY OF HOLY MARY
ASPIRATIONS OF A SINNER TO MARY
INVITATION TO THE B.V.M. TO BE PRESENT AT OUR DEATH
THREE AVE MARIAS FOR A GOOD DEATH
ACT OF REPARATION [Most Pleasing to the Blessed Virgin]
THANKSGIVING FOR THE GRACES BESTOWED ON THE BLESSED VIRGIN
GOLDEN SALUTATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
HEAVENLY AVE MARIA
GOLDEN AVE MARIA
ACT OF JOY IN THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
THREE EFFICACIOUS PETITIONS TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN
THE FIVE JOYS OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
AT THE ECCE ANCILLA DOMINI
Other Prayers

ST. GERTRUDE’S HOLY SPIRIT PRAYER
THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF THE SOUL

Full of Grace

In my imperfection
I offer you the perfect.
Full of Grace,
Take up my cause.

Gracious God,
You have prepared grace
And holiness of life
For all men ,
Yet we are not ready
For Your wonders.

We delay.
We play with idols,
And take for granted
The universe that engulfs us,
As though it founded itself
And raised its own pillars.
We swim in a sea of plenty,
As though it is infinite.

Fool that I am,
May the Wise Virgin,
Trim my lamp
To light my way.
Holy Vessel of all graces
Waiting in your labor
To bring us forth,
And give us the Divine Life
Held in your treasury
For the Day
The Promised One will descend from heaven
Into my soul,
And carry me,
With all your children
To that place of safe repose.

The imperfect, washed clean,
In the waters of New Birth,
Rising perfect with resplendent Light,
As swaddling and infusion,
From El Shaddai,
the God of the Great Breast,
And the womb of the chased Virgin,
Immaculate,
Which brought forth Christ
In the unity of Trinity,
Receive again bodies
As splendid as their souls.

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