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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Abandonment PrayerAbandonment St Francis De SalesAbandonment St Jane Frances De ChantelAct of ContritionAct of Contrition (as taught in Australia in 1970s)Act of Contrition #2Act of Contrition – Clement XIAct of Faith Hope & LoveAct of FaithAct of HopeAct of LoveAn Act Of Praise #1 – St Francis of AssisiAn Act Of Praise #2 – St Francis of AssisiAct of Reparation to Immaculate Heart of MaryAct of Spiritual CommunionAct of Submission To God’s WillAfter Communion Prayer – Blessed Virgin MaryAll Guardian Angels – Prayer To AngelusAn Anglican Litany to Our LadyAn Australian Marriage Prayers TreasuryAn Australian Treasury of Prayers To MaryAn Australian Treasury of Prayers For My SpouseAnima ChristiAve Maris StellaA Universal Prayer – Clement XIBeatitudes – The Eight Beatitudes *Canticle of MaryCanticle of SimeonCanticle of The Creatures – St Francis of AssisiCanticle of the SunCanticle of ZechariahChanel of Thy Peace – St Francis of AssisiChild’s Prayer to Immaculate Heart of MaryChildren’s Prayer to Mary14 Christian Invocation PrayersClass Liturgy – when a student commits suicideCome Holy SpiritConfirmation PrayerConsecration of a Sick Person to MaryConsecration of Unites States to Mary – Archbishop John CarrollConsecration to Christ Our LordConsecration to MaryConsecration to Most Holy TrinityConsecration To Our Lady – St Maximilian KobleConsecration to St JosephDaily Consecration to MaryDaily OfferingDeathbed Family Liturgy – when Priest can’t attendDeathbed Song Of Farewell – May Flights of Angels Lead You On Your Way – Cantor: Richard GarnautDevoutly I Adore Thee – St Thomas AquinasDivine Mercy + Litany – words next updateDivine Mercy Chaplet Divine Mercy LitanyDivine Praises – by St Francis of AssisiEmploymentEntrustment To Blessed Virgin MaryExamination of Conscience Father’s PrayerFor Those Who Do Not Know ChristForgiveness Prayer Fr Robert DeGrandis S.S.J.Guardian Angel Prayer – Angele Dei – O Angel of GodwordsGuardian Angel Prayer – Australian Unborn ChildHail Holy Queen – Salve ReginaHelp Against Spiritual EnemiesHoly Are Your Ways JesusHymns – traditional – simply sung selectionInvocations To The Divine MasterJesus Teach Me To PrayLitany of Loreto – the Blessed Virgin MaryLitany of Most Precious Blood of JesusLitany of Sacred Heart of JesusLitany of St JosephLitany for A Happy DeathLitany for John the Baptist *Litany for Priests *Litany for Interior Peace *Litany for the Dying *Litany for The Holy Souls in PurgatoryLitany of The Holy Spirit – # 1Litany of The Holy Spirit – # 2Litany of The Holy Spirit – # 3Litany in Honour of the Holy Cross *Litany to Christ the King *Litany of Humility * from Prayer book for JesuitsLitany of The Blessed Virgin Mary – Mediatrix of All GracesLitany of Our Lady of Good CounselLitany of Reparation in Honour of the Blessed SacramentLitany of Souls in PurgatoryLitany of St Anthony of PaduaLitany of St Augustine *Litany of St Augustine & St Monica – Our Lady of ConsolationLitany of St Francis of AssisiLitany of St Francis Xavier *Litany of St Francis Xavier – Patron of Foreign MissionsLitany of St GabrielLitany of St Mary Magdalene *Litany of St Michael No 1Litany of St Michael No 2Litany of St Michael No 3Litany of St Philomena *Litany of St Teresa of Avila *Litany of St Therese of the Child Jesus *Litany of the Holy AngelsLitany of the Holy Ghost *Litany of The Holy Guardian Angel 1Litany of The Holy Guardian Angel 2Litany of The Holy Guardian Angel 3Litany of Holy Name of JesusLitany of the Holy Spirit *Litany of The Immaculate Heart of Mary No 1Litany of The Immaculate Heart of Mary No 2Litany of The Mercy of GodLitany of the Passion *Litany of the Poor Souls in PurgatoryLitany of The Seven Sorrows of The Blessed Virgin MaryLitany of The Sorrowful MotherLitany to Our Lady – 8th Century GaelicLitany to Our Lady of FatimaLitany to Our Lady of Good CounselLitany to Our Lady of Mt CarmelLitany to Our Lady of Mt Carmel for Conversion of Sinners – IntercessoryLitany of Our Lady of Perpetual HelpLitany to Our Lady of Seven SorrowsLitany of Our Lady of The Sacred HeartLitany on The Life of MaryLitany to St Francis ofAssisiLitany to St Jude *Litany to the Infant Jesus *Lord Help Me – by St Francis of Assisi *

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
Angelus
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
Employment
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 *

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Abandonment PrayerAbandonment St Francis De SalesAbandonment St Jane Frances De ChantelAct of ContritionAct of Contrition (as taught in Australia in 1970s)Act of Contrition #2Act of Contrition – Clement XIAct of Faith Hope & LoveAct of FaithAct of HopeAct of LoveAn Act Of Praise #1 – St Francis of AssisiAn Act Of Praise #2 – St Francis of AssisiAct of Reparation to Immaculate Heart of MaryAct of Spiritual CommunionAct of Submission To God’s WillAfter Communion Prayer – Blessed Virgin MaryAll Guardian Angels – Prayer To AngelusAn Anglican Litany to Our LadyAn Australian Marriage Prayers TreasuryAn Australian Treasury of Prayers To MaryAn Australian Treasury of Prayers For My SpouseAnima ChristiAve Maris StellaA Universal Prayer – Clement XIBeatitudes – The Eight Beatitudes *Canticle of MaryCanticle of SimeonCanticle of The Creatures – St Francis of AssisiCanticle of the SunCanticle of ZechariahChanel of Thy Peace – St Francis of AssisiChild’s Prayer to Immaculate Heart of MaryChildren’s Prayer to Mary14 Christian Invocation PrayersClass Liturgy – when a student commits suicideCome Holy SpiritConfirmation PrayerConsecration of a Sick Person to MaryConsecration of Unites States to Mary – Archbishop John CarrollConsecration to Christ Our LordConsecration to MaryConsecration to Most Holy TrinityConsecration To Our Lady – St Maximilian KobleConsecration to St JosephDaily Consecration to MaryDaily OfferingDeathbed Family Liturgy – when Priest can’t attendDeathbed Song Of Farewell – May Flights of Angels Lead You On Your Way – Cantor: Richard GarnautDevoutly I Adore Thee – St Thomas AquinasDivine Mercy + Litany – words next updateDivine Mercy Chaplet Divine Mercy LitanyDivine Praises – by St Francis of AssisiEmploymentEntrustment To Blessed Virgin MaryExamination of Conscience Father’s PrayerFor Those Who Do Not Know ChristForgiveness Prayer Fr Robert DeGrandis S.S.J.Guardian Angel Prayer – Angele Dei – O Angel of GodwordsGuardian Angel Prayer – Australian Unborn ChildHail Holy Queen – Salve ReginaHelp Against Spiritual EnemiesHoly Are Your Ways JesusHymns – traditional – simply sung selectionInvocations To The Divine MasterJesus Teach Me To PrayLitany of Loreto – the Blessed Virgin MaryLitany of Most Precious Blood of JesusLitany of Sacred Heart of JesusLitany of St JosephLitany for A Happy DeathLitany for John the Baptist *Litany for Priests *Litany for Interior Peace *Litany for the Dying *Litany for The Holy Souls in PurgatoryLitany of The Holy Spirit – # 1Litany of The Holy Spirit – # 2Litany of The Holy Spirit – # 3Litany in Honour of the Holy Cross *Litany to Christ the King *Litany of Humility * from Prayer book for JesuitsLitany of The Blessed Virgin Mary – Mediatrix of All GracesLitany of Our Lady of Good CounselLitany of Reparation in Honour of the Blessed SacramentLitany of Souls in PurgatoryLitany of St Anthony of PaduaLitany of St Augustine *Litany of St Augustine & St Monica – Our Lady of ConsolationLitany of St Francis of AssisiLitany of St Francis Xavier *Litany of St Francis Xavier – Patron of Foreign MissionsLitany of St GabrielLitany of St Mary Magdalene *Litany of St Michael No 1Litany of St Michael No 2Litany of St Michael No 3Litany of St Philomena *Litany of St Teresa of Avila *Litany of St Therese of the Child Jesus *Litany of the Holy AngelsLitany of the Holy Ghost *Litany of The Holy Guardian Angel 1Litany of The Holy Guardian Angel 2Litany of The Holy Guardian Angel 3Litany of Holy Name of JesusLitany of the Holy Spirit *Litany of The Immaculate Heart of Mary No 1Litany of The Immaculate Heart of Mary No 2Litany of The Mercy of GodLitany of the Passion *Litany of the Poor Souls in PurgatoryLitany of The Seven Sorrows of The Blessed Virgin MaryLitany of The Sorrowful MotherLitany to Our Lady – 8th Century GaelicLitany to Our Lady of FatimaLitany to Our Lady of Good CounselLitany to Our Lady of Mt CarmelLitany to Our Lady of Mt Carmel for Conversion of Sinners – IntercessoryLitany of Our Lady of Perpetual HelpLitany to Our Lady of Seven SorrowsLitany of Our Lady of The Sacred HeartLitany on The Life of MaryLitany to St Francis ofAssisiLitany to St Jude *Litany to the Infant Jesus *Lord Help Me – by St Francis of Assisi *

ight Prayers
Night Prayers Australian
O My Jesus *
Parent Daily Prayer For Children *
Parent Prayer To St Joseph *
Poverty – My Only Riches – by St Francis of Assisi
Power of Humility – St Francis of Assisi
Praises of The Virtues – by St Francis of Assisi
Prayer Before Study *
Prayer for Christlikeness – Cardinal Newman
Prayer for One’s Friends
Prayer for Patience
Prayer for Peace of Heart *
Prayer for an End to Gossip *
Prayer for Daily Neglects *
Prayer for Employment *
Prayer for Healing *
Prayer for Military Service *
Prayer for Perfect Trust *
Prayer for Forgotten Ones – in Purgatory *
Prayers for Self-Confidence *
Prayer for the Gift of Knowledge *
Prayer for Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit *
Prayer for Unborn Child *
Prayer for Vocations *
Prayer in Time of Need *
Prayer in Time of Suffering *
Prayer in Times of Distress *
Prayer of Grandparents *
Prayer of Resignation to Divine Will *
Prayer of Self-Gift
Prayer of Self-Offering
Prayer of Unemployed *
Prayer to All Guardian Angels *
Prayer to Be Generous *
Prayer to Be Said by a Sick Person *
Prayer to Defeat the Work of Satan *
Prayer to Holy Redeemer
Prayer To Jesus Crucified
Prayer to Jesus The Divine Master
Prayer To The Sacred Head of Jesus *
Prayer to Sacred Heart of Jesus *
Prayer To Slow Down – Monsignor Bernard Powers *
Prayer to St Joseph *
Prayer to The Holy Spirit
Preparation For Mass – to Blessed Virgin Mary
Preparation For Mass – St Ambrose
Preparation For Mass – St Thomas Aquinas
Reconcilation – Examination of Conscience *

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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,
Rejoices.

©2012 Joann Nelander

St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs – Memorial

St. Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

Memorial

St. Paul Miki was born in 1580 in Japan. After the early missionary efforts of Bishop John of Albuquerque and St. Francis Xavier in 1548-1549, Christianity was on the rise in Japan. In 1587, when approximately 200,000 Christians were identified, Japan issued an edict of persecution towards Christians.

St. Paul and his Companions were a group of Franciscans, Jesuits, and Japanese Christians identified through the edict. The 26 individuals were arrested, mutilated, and martyred at the hill of Nagasaki. They are remembered for their courage, dedication, and joy despite the religious persecution they endured.
From an account of the martyrdom of Saint Paul Miki and his companions, by a contemporary writer.
You shall be my witnesses

The crosses were set in place. Father Pasio and Father Rodriguez took turns encouraging the victims. Their steadfast behavior was wonderful to see. The Father Bursar stood motionless, his eyes turned heavenward. Brother Martin gave thanks to God’s goodness by singing psalms. Again and again he repeated: “Into your hands, Lord, I entrust my life.” Brother Francis Branco also thanked God in a loud voice. Brother Gonsalvo in a very loud voice kept saying the Our Father and Hail Mary.

Our brother, Paul Miki, saw himself standing now in the noblest pulpit he had ever filled. To his “congregation” he began by proclaiming himself a Japanese and a Jesuit. He was dying for the Gospel he preached. He gave thanks to God for this wonderful blessing and he ended his “sermon” with these words: “As I come to this supreme moment of my life, I am sure none of you would suppose I want to deceive you. And so I tell you plainly: there is no way to be saved except the Christian way. My religion teaches me to pardon my enemies and all who have offended me. I do gladly pardon the Emperor and all who have sought my death. I beg them to seek baptism and be Christians themselves.”

Then he looked at his comrades and began to encourage them in their final struggle. Joy glowed in all their faces, and in Louis’ most of all. When a Christian in the crowd cried out to him that he would soon be in heaven, his hands, his whole body strained upward with such joy that every eye was fixed on him.

Anthony, hanging at Louis’ side, looked toward heaven and called upon the holy names — “Jesus, Mary!” He began to sing a psalm: “Praise the Lord, you children!” (He learned it in catechism class in Nagasaki. They take care there to teach the children some psalms to help them learn their catechism.)

Others kept repeating “Jesus, Mary!” Their faces were serene. Some of them even took to urging the people standing by to live worthy Christian lives. In these and other ways they showed their readiness to die.

Then, according to Japanese custom, the four executioners began to unsheathe their spears. At this dreadful sight, all the Christians cried out, “Jesus, Mary!” And the storm of anguished weeping then rose to batter the very skies. The executioners killed them one by one. One thrust of the spear, then a second blow. It was over in a very short time.

Saints Prayering Before the Throne of God

There is an oft repeated line in a litany of prayers recited by Richard Garnaut, that says, “Remember my intentions every day before the throne of God.” I love that supplication, for with it a picture comes to mind and I am heartened.

Saint after saint is asked to remember, and not stop there , but obliged, by holy love, to take my entreaties to God, who is seated in majesty, and almighty power upon His Kingly throne, and to refresh them through out all my days. Not a bad return for just one prayer for the kind intercession of a dear friend in heaven. I pray once in faith and each merciful patron, who’s been entrusted with my entreaty, the outpouring of my broken, weary, wounded heart, remembers me in the love of our Savior. Their faith, as it were, is now added to mine, even if my words were imperfect, hasty and half spoken. I may even forget that cry for help, but these friends of God, in their perfection, remain vigilant, with candle lit in the heavenly court, pleading my cause. At very least, that’s the image that comes to my mind. My moment of hope, enkindles a kind of perpetual hope, which shines in God’s Presence. Well, that’s my hope and I’m sticking with it.