The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

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Reverend Chris Kellerman, SJ

Almighty and loving God, we turn our hearts and minds toward You this day and humbly ask You to grant our Nation the gifts of peace and unity.
Root out the violence and hatred from our communities and political life by rooting out the violence and hatred from our hearts.
Help us to see one another not with fear and dehumanizing animosity, but instead with kindness, empathy, and curiosity––a curiosity that, upon encountering someone with whom we disagree, spurs us not to condemn and attack them, but instead to want to learn more about them and why they believe what they do.
Help us to be good to one another, to care for one another, and to love one another so that all hatred and dissension might end.
We entrust all these prayers to You this morning, and we commend all victims of violence and their families to Your infinite mercy and compassion.  Amen.