Now, Lord, I am alone and quiet. Please draw me into your loving Presence and make me attentive only to you.

He said, “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”

John 1:23

How can I make straight your way in this new year? How can I witness to you? As the Baptist also said, “I must decrease; [you] must increase.” In order to make your way straight, I have to get out of it. I must abandon the fear, pride and human respect that keep me from acknowledging you and living only for you. Like Moses, I am not good at speaking, but I can renew my resolution to share whatever you show me in prayer.

I can’t go back and try to catch up, but I will start over once again. Guide me, please, Spirit of God. First let me listen in silence for your “still small voice.”

How can I imitate John the Baptist if I have never experienced the wilderness? Lord, even if it is just for a second, take away all the stimuli and distractions so that I may follow your will.

Take “my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will.” (St. Ignatius Loyola) Take them, Lord; they are yours. Lead me into nothingness that I may prepare for your everything. Thy will be done. Be it done unto me.

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