The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Merciful God, thank You for giving us another day.

Let Your spirit of peace descend upon this place and those who work here. During this week, may the heat of political positions cool and the light of governing wisdom break forth.

Bless the Members back home in their districts, and the people whom they serve.

And as all Americans prepare to celebrate the Fourth of July, may we be forever grateful for the benefits we share as citizens of a common Nation with uncommon diversity. Help us to work together to build a better community as a light for the world.

May all that is done be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.

Thought of the Week

“Prayer to St. Thomas More
(originally for lawyers, but slightly edited for Congressional staff):

Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients constituents, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients constituents' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul.
Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen.

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