The Año Viejo has gone and the New Year has come, but somehow I still feel quiet and silent.
Rather than my own words, today the spirit of poetry moves me to share “Song 36” from the classic Gitanjali by the Bengali sage Rabindranath Tagore.
I offer it, with a personal touch according to my own belief, as a prayer for Año Nuevo:
This is my prayer to you, my [loving God] — strike, strike at the root of penury in my heart.
Give me the strength lightly to bear my joys and sorrows.
Give me the strength to make my love fruitful in service.
Give me the strength never to disown the poor or bend my knees before insolent might.
Give me the strength to raise my mind high above daily trifles.
And give me the strength to surrender my strength to your will with love.