Prayer to St. John the Baptist
"O God, You raised up St. John the Baptist to prepare a perfect people for Christ. Fill Your people with the joy of possessing His grace, and direct the minds of all the faithful in the way of peace and salvation. Grant that as St. John was martyred for truth and justice, so we may energetically profess our Faith in You, and lead others to the Way, the Truth, and Eternal Life. Amen."
I've always liked John the Baptist. Having grown up Baptist I was under the impression he was our founder when I was very young. His example was a rather harsh one in contrast to the One he was heralding. I've thought that he would have made a good career for himself, along with Thoreau and Whitman, writing poetry in the wilds. But always his example to decrease and allow Christ to increase is as important a lesson today as then. Letting Christ increase in us and decreasing all that is not Christ will help us to live better lives.
St. John the Baptist, pray for us!
And on another note, PLEASE pray for those in Gustav's path. Hopefully we will not see the same devastation we saw in 2005.
St. Christopher, pray for us!