The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Peter Folan

God of the unexpected, God who makes the weak strong, who makes the poor rich, who makes the dead alive again, dash our expectations as we begin this week of labor on behalf of the citizens of this country.

Help us seek You, not in the familiar, but in the strange; help us reach out to You, not in the comfortable, but in the challenging; help us realize Your justice, not in the usual patterns that can shackle us, but in the new way You show us, the way that always frees us.

Bless today the Members and the staff of this body. May they be women and men who demand not to be served, but to serve.

Bless, too, their work. May it ease the burden of the downtrodden, lighten the load of the oppressed, and give rest to the weary.

We ask this in Your holy Name.


Thought of the Week

“If I did not believe, if
I did not make what is
called an act of faith
(and each act of faith
increases our capacity
for faith), if I did not
have faith that the
works of mercy do
lighten the sum total of
suffering in the world,
so that those who are
suffering in this ghastly
struggle somehow
mysteriously find their
pain lifted and some
balm of consolation
poured on their wounds
– if I did not believe
these things, the
problem of evil would
indeed be
overwhelming. ”

—Dorothy Day
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