The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

07/18/2014
Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

Eternal God, we give You thanks for giving us another day.

Once again we come to You to ask wisdom, patience and peace for the Members of the people's House. As they encounter their constituents, endow them with grace and understanding, especially of those issues which are most pressing.

Please keep all who work for the people's House in good health, that they might faithfully fulfill the great responsibility given them in their service to the work of the Capitol.

Bless us this day and every day. May all that is done here this day be for Your greater honor and glory.

Amen.

Thought of the Week

“The Graciousness of Uncertainty – April 29

…Certainty is the mark of the common–sense life; gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness; it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time… Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain about what he is going to do next…
(b)ut when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectation. “Believe also in Me,” said Jesus, not –“Believe certain things about Me.” Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. Remain loyal to Him.

—Oswald Chambers
My Utmost For His Highest

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