Reverend Francis J. Maniscalco
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
Date of Prayer: 05/22/2006
Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:
"The Lord takes delight in his people."
How important it is, for us to know that you, our Maker, take delight in us; To know that all that exists came from you in a joy of creation that goes beyond what we can imagine; To know that amidst all the glories made by your hand, it is the human race that you made in your own image. We are called to answer your delight with delight of our known: Delight in praising your name when we begin our day and when we end it; Delight in calling to mind that you are with us throughout the day; Delight in dedicating what we say and do to your glory; Delight in serving our sisters and brothers in the human family and in loving them as we love ourselves; And, when this earthly life at last comes to an end, delight in living in your presence forever.
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