Treasury of Prayer

Abandonment Prayer
Abandonment St Francis De Sales
Abandonment St Jane Frances De Chantel
Act of Contrition
Act of Contrition (as taught in Australia in 1970s)
Act of Contrition #2
Act of Contrition – Clement XI
Act of Faith Hope & Love
Act of Faith
Act of Hope
Act of Love
An Act Of Praise #1 – St Francis of Assisi
An Act Of Praise #2 – St Francis of Assisi
Act of Reparation to Immaculate Heart of Mary
Act of Spiritual Communion
Act of Submission To God’s Will
After Communion Prayer – Blessed Virgin Mary
All Guardian Angels – Prayer To
An Anglican Litany to Our Lady
An Australian Marriage Prayers Treasury
An Australian Treasury of Prayers To Mary
An Australian Treasury of Prayers For My Spouse
Anima Christi
Ave Maris Stella
A Universal Prayer – Clement XI
Beatitudes – The Eight Beatitudes *
Canticle of Mary
Canticle of Simeon
Canticle of The Creatures – St Francis of Assisi
Canticle of the Sun
Canticle of Zechariah
Chanel of Thy Peace – St Francis of Assisi
Child’s Prayer to Immaculate Heart of Mary
Children’s Prayer to Mary
14 Christian Invocation Prayers
Class Liturgy – when a student commits suicide
Come Holy Spirit
Confirmation Prayer
Consecration of a Sick Person to Mary
Consecration of Unites States to Mary – Archbishop John Carroll
Consecration to Christ Our Lord
Consecration to Mary
Consecration to Most Holy Trinity
Consecration To Our Lady – St Maximilian Koble
Consecration to St Joseph
Daily Consecration to Mary
Daily Offering
Deathbed Family Liturgy – when Priest can’t attend
Deathbed Song Of Farewell – May Flights of Angels Lead You On Your Way – Cantor: Richard Garnaut
Devoutly I Adore Thee – St Thomas Aquinas
Divine Mercy + Litany – words next update
Divine Mercy Chaplet
Divine Mercy Litany
Divine Praises – by St Francis of Assisi
Entrustment To Blessed Virgin Mary
Examination of Conscience
Father’s Prayer
For Those Who Do Not Know Christ
Forgiveness Prayer Fr Robert DeGrandis S.S.J.
Guardian Angel Prayer – Angele Dei – O Angel of Godwords
Guardian Angel Prayer – Australian Unborn Child
Hail Holy Queen – Salve Regina
Help Against Spiritual Enemies
Holy Are Your Ways Jesus
Hymns – traditional – simply sung selection
Invocations To The Divine Master
Jesus Teach Me To Pray
Litany of Loreto – the Blessed Virgin Mary
Litany of Most Precious Blood of Jesus
Litany of Sacred Heart of Jesus
Litany of St Joseph
Litany for A Happy Death
Litany for John the Baptist *
Litany for Priests *
Litany for Interior Peace *
Litany for the Dying *
Litany for The Holy Souls in Purgatory
Litany of The Holy Spirit – # 1
Litany of The Holy Spirit – # 2
Litany of The Holy Spirit – # 3
Litany in Honour of the Holy Cross *
Litany to Christ the King *
Litany of Humility * from Prayer book for Jesuits
Litany of The Blessed Virgin Mary – Mediatrix of All Graces
Litany of Our Lady of Good Counsel
Litany of Reparation in Honour of the Blessed Sacrament
Litany of Souls in Purgatory
Litany of St Anthony of Padua
Litany of St Augustine *
Litany of St Augustine & St Monica – Our Lady of Consolation
Litany of St Francis of Assisi
Litany of St Francis Xavier *
Litany of St Francis Xavier – Patron of Foreign Missions
Litany of St Gabriel
Litany of St Mary Magdalene *
Litany of St Michael No 1
Litany of St Michael No 2
Litany of St Michael No 3
Litany of St Philomena *
Litany of St Teresa of Avila *
Litany of St Therese of the Child Jesus *
Litany of the Holy Angels
Litany of the Holy Ghost *
Litany of The Holy Guardian Angel 1
Litany of The Holy Guardian Angel 2
Litany of The Holy Guardian Angel 3
Litany of Holy Name of Jesus
Litany of the Holy Spirit *
Litany of The Immaculate Heart of Mary No 1
Litany of The Immaculate Heart of Mary No 2
Litany of The Mercy of God
Litany of the Passion *
Litany of the Poor Souls in Purgatory
Litany of The Seven Sorrows of The Blessed Virgin Mary
Litany of The Sorrowful Mother
Litany to Our Lady – 8th Century Gaelic
Litany to Our Lady of Fatima
Litany to Our Lady of Good Counsel
Litany to Our Lady of Mt Carmel
Litany to Our Lady of Mt Carmel for Conversion of Sinners – Intercessory
Litany of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Litany to Our Lady of Seven Sorrows
Litany of Our Lady of The Sacred Heart
Litany on The Life of Mary
Litany to St Francis of Assisi
Litany to St Jude *
Litany to the Infant Jesus *
Lord Help Me – by St Francis of Assisi *

Your Saints in Glory

At the moment
You lift Your saintly friends
From the Earth,
And plant them
In the Heaven of Your Being,
At that precious moment,
And by that fateful act,
You endow
The sons and daughters
Of Your Covenant,
Remaining in this world,
With more,
Not less.

When Your friends
Journey forth,
All the Earth
Is, henceforth, blessed,
And not, otherwise,
Disposed or deprived.

As Your Servants,
Enter Your Realms of Light,
Their charisms become infinite,
In their capacity to bless.

When the smallest of the small
Cries out,
In the name of Your forever Friends,
These other Christs
Answer with Your power to succor.

In the Now of Your Essence,
They share Your Glory.
In Heaven,
There is only one glory,
Which cannot increase.
United to You,
Who, are unchanging,
This new rain falls to
the Earth,
And it’s consenting
creatures, here,
Can and do change,
In the shower
Of Your abundant dew fall.

We are, henceforth,
The beneficiaries of new riches,
Streaming from Your Side,
The Door, by which Your saints
Entered Eternity.

Glory upon glory falls,
As golden droplets,
Upon the land
Of sunrise and sunset.

Your gifts do not cease
With the death
Of those who are Yours.
Heaven is united to earth,
And in the celebration
Of their new birth,

©2012 Joann Nelander

Folly’s Zeal

Immodest child,
Immoderate man,
So, you think to slay dragons,
By wit and prowess,
Armed with nature’s sword.

You think it cruel
And mean-spirited,
That a "good" God
Choose to temper you,
By merciful humiliation.

He thwarts your inventions,
And plans of glory.
"All for God," your dream,
Yet you are at the center,
With your well-chosen cross.

"Indiscreet zeal"
Immature man,
Undone by impatience,
And swollen pride.

Each day God waits
Supplies the Way,
Plans a day
Filled to the brim
With humility’s simplicity.

Both arrow and bow,
To hit the mark
Marked out by Love.

copyright 2014 Joann Nelander


In a chapter called, "Immature Zeal" Ralph Martin points out the effectiveness overtime of "ordinary grace" and "common life," in his book, The Fulfillment of All Desires, a Guidebook to God Based on the Wisdom of the Saints.

Ralph quotes Sts. Teresa of Avila and Bernard to point out our folly in relying inordinately on ourselves to become holy and to do great things for God, both early in the spiritual life, and later on, when temptations are subtler.

The knowledge of the mystery hidden in Jesus Christ

From a spiritual Canticle by Saint John of the Cross, priest
The knowledge of the mystery hidden in Jesus Christ

Though holy doctors have uncovered many mysteries and wonders, and devout souls have understood them in this earthly condition of ours, yet the greater part still remains to be unfolded by them, and even to be understood by them.

We must then dig deeply in Christ. He is like a rich mine with many pockets containing treasures: however deep we dig we will never find their end or their limit. Indeed, in every pocket new seams of fresh riches are discovered on all sides.

For this reason the apostle Paul said of Christ: In him are hidden all the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God. The soul cannot enter into these treasures, nor attain them, unless it first crosses into and enters the thicket of suffering, enduring interior and exterior labors, and unless it first receives from God very many blessings in the intellect and in the senses, and has undergone long spiritual training.

All these are lesser things, disposing the soul for the lofty sanctuary of the knowledge of the mysteries of Christ: this is the highest wisdom attainable in this life.

Would that men might come at last to see that it is quite impossible to reach the thicket of the riches and wisdom of God except by first entering the thicket of much suffering, in such a way that the soul finds there its consolation and desire. The soul that longs for divine wisdom chooses first, and in truth, to enter the thicket of the cross.

Saint Paul therefore urges the Ephesians not to grow weary in the midst of tribulations, but to be rooted and grounded in love, so that they may know with all the saints the breadth, the length, the height and the depth—to know what is beyond knowledge, the love of Christ, so as to be filled with all the fullness of God. The gate that gives entry into these riches of his wisdom is the cross; because it is a narrow gate, while many seek the joys that can be gained through it, it is given to few to desire to pass through it.

Can Heaven Be Made More Glorious

If heaven can be made more glorious,
Make it so, my Lord.

If the honor and respect,  I show,
Sinner, though I am,
Can render
Your saints more glory,
For the light
They shine on men,
Make it so, my Lord.

If the blood of martyrs,
Can again be received
Before Your throne,
Mingled with the Blood of Christ,
That coursed their veins,
And flowed out
As rivers.
To wash the Nations
And praise Your Holy Name,
Make it so, my Lord.

All time is Now
In Your Eternity.
Your battles,
Though waging on earth,
Have all been won,
And presented to You
In Your Son.

"Thy Kingdom come!"
You make it so , O my Lord.

©2012 Joann Nelander

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All Saints Day–St. Bernard

From a sermon by Saint Bernard, abbot
Let us make haste to our brethren who are awaiting us.

Why should our praise and glorification, or even the celebration of this feast day mean anything to the saints? What do they care about earthly honors when their heavenly Father honors them by fulfilling the faithful promise of the Son? What does our commendation mean to them? The saints have no need of honor from us; neither does our devotion add the slightest thing to what is theirs. Clearly, if we venerate their memory, it serves us, not them. But I tell you, when I think of them, I feel myself inflamed by a tremendous yearning.

Calling the saints to mind inspires, or rather arouses in us, above all else, a longing to enjoy their company, so desirable in itself. We long to share in the citizenship of heaven, to dwell with the spirits of the blessed, to join the assembly of patriarchs, the ranks of the prophets, the council of apostles, the great host of martyrs, the noble company of confessors and the choir of virgins. In short, we long to be united in happiness with all the saints. But our dispositions change. The Church of all the first followers of Christ awaits us, but we do nothing about it. The saints want us to be with them, and we are indifferent. The souls of the just await us, and we ignore them.

Come, brothers, let us at length spur ourselves on. We must rise again with Christ, we must seek the world which is above and set our mind on the things of heaven. Let us long for those who are longing for us, hasten to those who are waiting for us, and ask those who look for our coming to intercede for us. We should not only want to be with the saints, we should also hope to possess their happiness. While we desire to be in their company, we must also earnestly seek to share in their glory. Do not imagine that there is anything harmful in such an ambition as this; there is no danger in setting our hearts on such glory.

When we commemorate the saints we are inflamed with another yearning: that Christ our life may also appear to us as he appeared to them and that we may one day share in his glory. Until then we see him, not as he is, but as he became for our sake. He is our head, crowned, not with glory, but with the thorns of our sins. As members of that head, crowned with thorns, we should be ashamed to live in luxury; his purple robes are a mockery rather than an honor. When Christ comes again, his death shall no longer be proclaimed, and we shall know that we also have died, and that our life is hidden with him. The glorious head of the Church will appear and his glorified members will shine in splendor with him, when he forms this lowly body anew into such glory as belongs to himself, its head.

Therefore, we should aim at attaining this glory with a wholehearted and prudent desire. That we may rightly hope and strive for such blessedness, we must above all seek the prayers of the saints. Thus, what is beyond our own powers to obtain will be granted through their intercession.