Monthly Archives: January 2017


Some Aspirations

A clean heart create for me, O God.
A contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not despise.
A poor and lowly servant am I.
All the glory for God.
For those who love God, all things work together for good.
For You, O God, are my strength.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
Here I am, for You did call me.
Holy Mary, our hope, seat of wisdom, pray for us.
Hail Mary, our hope, handmaid of the Lord, pray for us.
Holy Mary, star of the sea, help your children.
I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.
I do believe; help my unbelief.
I give You thanks for all Your benefits, even the unknown ones.
In You, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame.
Lord, increase our faith.
Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner!
Jesus, Jesus always be Jesus to me.
Lord, You know all things, You know that I love You.
Lord, that I may see.
Lord, what do You want me to do?
Mother of fair love, help your children.
My Lord and my God.
Not as I will, but as You will.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.
Sacred heart of Jesus grant us peace.
Queen of Apostles, pray for us.
Show that you are our mother.
Sweet Heart of Mary, prepare a safe way for us.

Taken from the Midwest Theological Forum’s
‘Handbook of Prayers’


Rosa Mystica

O Mystic Rose, in God’s fair garden growing,
O Mystic Rose, in Heaven’s high courtyard blowing—
Make sweet, make sweet the pathway I am going.
O Mystic Rose!
The darkling, deathward way that I am going.
O Mystic Rose!

O Rose, more white than snow-wreath in December,
O Rose, more red than sunset’s dying ember,
My sins forget, my penitence remember,
O Mystic Rose!
Though all should fail, I pray that thou remember,
O Mystic Rose!

O Mystic Rose, the moments fly with fleetness,
To Judgement I, with all my incompleteness—
But thou, make impression by thy sweetness,
O Mystic Rose!
Be near to soothe and save me by thy sweetness,
O Mystic Rose!

By Denis A. McCarthy



We have a God who is infinitely gracious and knows all our wants.  I always thought that he would reduce you to extremity.  He will come in His own time, and when you least expect it.  Hope in Him more than ever; thank Him with me for the favors he does you, particularly for the fortitude and patience which he gives you in your afflictions.  It is a plain mark of the care He takes of you.  Comfort yourself, then, with Him, and give thanks for all.  –Brother Lawrence ‘The Practice of the Presence of God’

Extremity:  The extreme or terminal point, limits, or part of something; a condition or circumstance of extreme need or distress; to suffer the extremities of being poor; extreme nature or character.  The utmost or any extreme degree: the extremity of joy; an extreme or extraordinary measure, act—to go to any extremity to feed the children.

A blog to consider: The Cloistered Heart.



Day 9: Novena to Mary Undoer of Knots

Most Holy Mary, our Advocate, Undoer of Knots,
I come today to thank you for undoing this knot in my life…
You know very well the suffering it has caused me.
Thank you for coming, Mother, with your long fingers of mercy to dry the tears in my eyes;
You receive me in your arms and make it possible for me to receive once again the divine grace.

Mary, Undoer of Knots, dearest Mother,
I thank you for undoing the knots in my life.
Wrap me in your mantle of love,
keep me under your protection,
Enlighten me with your peace!


Mary, Undoer of Knots, pray for me


A Filmmaker

An introduction to Russian filmmaker, who worked in Italy, Andrei Tarkovsky, a devout Christian, an artist par excellence.


Jesus Prayer

“As often as you can during the day, recall your mind to the presence of God…. Consider what God is doing, what you are doing. You will always find God’s eyes fixed on you in unchangeable love. Our hearts should each day seek a resting-place on Calvary or near our Lord, in order to retire there to rest from worldly cares and to find strength against temptation. Remember frequently to retire into the solitude of your heart, even while you are externally occupied in business or society. This mental solitude need not be hindered even though many people may be around you, for they surround your body not your heart, which should remain alone in the presence of God. As David said, “My eyes are ever looking at the Lord.” We are rarely so taken up in our exchanges with others as to be unable from time to time to move our hearts into solitude with God.” –St Francis de Sales