Burning in Your Presence

My life burns in Your Presence as a candle.
Before you I stand as melting wax,
Awaiting Your seal
And assignment.

My days have come in steady supply,
Grace and provision never wanting.
Loaves and fishes You have given me.
In prayer I place my plenty in Your Hands.

Leaning on Your Arm,
I wait for You
To multiply even the smallest morsel
To feed a hungry world.

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Little Candles

Little candles,
Burning with the Light of Christ,
Set on the altar of the world,
Cease not to shine.
You will conquer.
This is your time.

As Darkness grows,
Diminish not!
You will conquer.
Lit from within,
Your Source,
The Remedy for Sin.

Little candles,
Prevail to set afire,
A world on tiptoe,
Waiting to see in your glow,
The revelation of sons and daughters,
In the smiling Face of God.

copyright 2018 Joann Nelander

Wednesday in the 12th week of Ordinary Time or St. Cyril of Alexandria, B & D, Office of Readings


Mary, Undoer of Knots

O loving Mother Mary,
Undoer of Knots,
Look upon the jumble of my life,
And work the wonder
Graced by God to thee

It is said that He Who Is
Writes straight
With crooked lines.
May He Who is the Author of Life,
And Creator
Of my all too brief story,
Allow you to edit these pages.
Untangle the chaos
With your sweet simplicity.

Place Your Child upon my breast;
So may the beating of His heart
Set the rhythm of mine,
That it be in tune
With the eternal chorus,
Singing My God’s praises,
All for the glory
Of He of Whom the angels
Serenade in a perpetual,
“Holy, Holy, Holy! ”

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Sunday in the 12th week of Ordinary Time, Office of Readings – Solemnity


Why Catholic – Testimony of Steven Ray – A MUST SEE for all (English)