The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend John Peck, S.J.

Almighty God, we praise and thank You for the opportunity to serve You and do Your work.

We know You will require much of those entrusted with much. You have entrusted to the Members of this House great responsibility, a share in the governing of our country.

Bless the Members in their work today, Lord. May they do all You require and please You by their service to the common good. Give them minds open to the truth, and courageous hearts to carry it out in the laws they enact.

As they return to their districts for the month of August, give them ears open to their constituents' views and concerns. Encourage and re–energize them for the important work that lies ahead.

We ask all these gifts through Christ, our Lord.

Thought of the Week

“A Prayer for our Earth

All–powerful God, you are present in the whole universe and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Fill us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth, so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.
Touch the hearts of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature as we journey towards your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.

—Pope Francis
Laudato Si

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