The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Bob Little

St. Helena Catholic Church
St. Helena, CA

Sponsor: Rep. Mike Thompson, (D-CA)
Date of Prayer: 11/14/2007

One Minute Speech Given in Recognition of the Guest Chaplain:

(Mr. THOMPSON of California asked and was given permission to address the House for 1 minute.)

Mr. THOMPSON of California. Madam Speaker, I'm honored that Deacon Bob Little, from my home parish and hometown of St. Helena, is serving as today's guest chaplain.

Deacon Little has had a lifetime of exemplary service to our country. He's a 26–year veteran of the Air Force, achieved the rank of major, and served in Vietnam, Panama and eastern Saudi Arabia.

He's also served the community in Napa County. He was a deputy sheriff 12 years and an elementary school science and physical education teacher.

He later came to work at the St. Helena Catholic Church. After 5 years of training, he was ordained as deacon.

Among the many services he provides the residents of our community, he also travels throughout Northern California as a military bugler for the funerals of fallen soldiers.

Deacon Little is a distinguished American citizen and important community leader, and I thank him for his service to our country and for the prayer that he led today.

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Heavenly Father, we thank you for the beginning of this new day. Be fully with us today. Open our eyes that we might see goodness in what we do here in this room. Open our ears that we may hear the will of all your people. Open our hearts that we might be compassionate in all that we do. Share with us your wisdom, O Lord, that we may know the right decisions to make. Share with us your strength, O Lord, that we might resist that which draws us away from good and fair judgment.

We humbly ask you to strengthen our courage and resolve to stand up for those issues we know to be just. We ask you, Father, to protect and watch over those who are, today, in harms way that we might continue to do our work. Console the families of those heroes domestic and abroad who sacrifice their very lives that we might be free. For that freedom and your love we are truly grateful.

Thank you, Father, for the gift of responsibility that you give to each of us as leaders of this great nation.

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