The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

09/19/2014
Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

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

As our world finds itself in armed conflict in so many volatile regions, give those who work for peace, a cessation of violence, and the care of refugees and the victims of these tragedies the strength and fortitude they need to meet such great needs. Grant success to the work of their hands.

The Members of this assembly have returned home to engage in campaigns for election. Bless them with peace, honesty, and fairness. Bless the people of this great Nation with the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding that they might responsibly participate in our American democracy.

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 be for Your greater honor and glory.

Amen.

Thought of the Week

“Prayer is, for me, an outburst from the heart; it is a simple glance darted upwards to Heaven; it is a cry of gratitude and of love in the midst of trial as in the midst of joy! In a word, it is something exalted, supernatural, which dilates the soul and unites it to God. Sometimes when I find myself, spiritually, in dryness so great that I cannot produce a single good thought, I recite very slowly a Pater or an Ave Maria; these prayers alone console me, they suffice, they nourish my soul.

Story of A Soul, Chapter X ”

—St. Therese of Lisieux

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