The Gift

The Gift

How do you fare?
All day and night,
I shower you with prayer.

© 2017 Joann Nelander

Merciful Faith and Hope

Merciful Faith and Hope

Mercy takes our yesterdays,
And bathes them
In the Blood flowing from Your Sacred Heart.

Hope envisions our tomorrows,
Born in the Water flowing from Your pierced Side.

Faith makes me confident in Your bountiful care, charity and constancy.

© 2017 Joann Nelander

The Indwelling

The Indwelling

Trinity, mine,
Reign in me.

On Your Altar
I place my poor heart.

I lay before You,
All my yesterdays,
All my tomorrows.

My life becomes one holy Now.
Open to Your Mercy,
Confident in Your care.

© 2017 Joann Nelander

“Give them something to eat.”

“Give them something to eat.”

On the mountain of Your Holiness,

You commanded,

“You give them something to eat.”

What have I that would feed,

And satisfy so many?

You give to me,

In steady supply.

You are my All.

In You, I believe,

It is You, I adore,

And from You,

I draw my hope,

And loving trust.

You have fulfilled Your promise,

Feeding me with the finest wheat,

The Eucharistic Wheat,

Made Bread, most holy,

Your body and Your Blood.

“Give them something to eat.”

What have I that would feed,

And satisfy so many?

I will give them my Treasure,

My Only Good.

As life flowing from this temple

Flow from me,

To water,

And sup with the humanity all about me.

© 2017 Joann Nelander


All the people of my life,
I place in Your Life.
Living Savior,
One with the Father,
The Spirit,
And lowly me,
Look on my memory,
And on my forgetfulness.

Search my corridors and halls.
Find all those faces and voices
Of my past, present and forgotten.
Forgive them,
As You’ve forgiven me.
Draw them,
As You have drawn me.

Prepare a heavenly paradise,
In which each may dwell.
Life is short,
Memories fleeting.
You alone endure.
O, Trinity,
Embracing all,
In Your Eternity.


Copyright Joann Nelander © 2011