Loving God, we give You thanks for giving us another day.
While Members come to the end of a long weekend of constituent visits, bless them and those with whom they consult among those they represent with wisdom, patience, and generosity as they seek law and policy that benefits not only local interests, but where possible, the greater common good of our country.
We again ask You to impel those who possess power here in the Capitol to be mindful of those whom they represent who possess little or no power.
Finally, bless those men and women who work faithfully here at the Capitol, from staffers to maintenance to security, all who serve to enable the engines of legislation to proceed without distraction of day–to–day concerns.
May all that is done today be for Your greater honor and glory.
I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans. As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families. I look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue, in which I hope to listen to, and share, many of the hopes and dreams of the American people.
During my visit I will have the honor of addressing Congress, where I hope, as a brother of this country, to offer words of encouragement to those called to guide the nation’s political future in fidelity to its founding principles. I will also travel to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this, a critical moment in the history of our civilization.
Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination. With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty. That freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions. And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.
Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution. Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation. When it comes to the care of our “common home”, we are living at a critical moment of history. We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about “a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” (Laudato Si’, 13). Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of world we may be leaving to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them. Our common home has been part of this group of the excluded which cries out to heaven and which today powerfully strikes our homes, our cities and our societies. To use a telling phrase of the Reverend Martin Luther King, we can say that we have defaulted on a promissory note and now is the time to honor it.
We know by faith that “the Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us. Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home” (Laudato Si’, 13). As Christians inspired by this certainty, we wish to commit ourselves to the conscious and responsible care of our common home. The efforts which were recently made to mend broken relationships and to open new doors to cooperation within our human family represent positive steps along the path of reconciliation, justice and freedom. I would like all men and women of good will in this great nation to support the efforts of the international community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate integral and inclusive models of development, so that our brothers and sisters everywhere may know the blessings of peace and prosperity which God wills for all his children.
Mr. President, once again I thank you for your welcome, and I look forward to these days in your country. God bless America! ”
Address at the White House
I would like to remind you that our next Mindfulness Meditation Session will be Monday, October 5th, from 1:30–2:00 p.m. in 2103 Rayburn HOB.
Monday’s session will feature special guest instructor Stephanie Sheridan. As a teacher, Stephanie Sheridan witnesses the benefits of yoga and meditation in her student's lives. Yoga is a science of the mind, a continual practice of humbling oneself to love and be of service in order to attain inner peace. Stephanie experiences the benefits of a long term commitment to practicing yoga, both as a physical and mental exercise and a compassionate lifestyle. She is an RYT–200 Hour teacher and holds her Masters from Johns Hopkins.
As always, these weekly meditation sessions are open to both STAFF AND MEMBERS. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
Mark McDevitt | Staff Assistant
Rep. Tim Ryan (OH–13)
1421 Longworth House Office Building | Washington, D.C. 20515
Phone: 202–225–5261 | Fax: 202–225–3719
Join fellow staffers in a study of the Book of Acts each Tuesday. BYOBible!
All are welcome!!
Members and staff are invited each Wednesday at 11:00 am to pray the Rosary in H–234, the Congressional Prayer Room.
Praying the Rosary is a way to reflect on the life of Christ through the perspective of Mary. It only takes twenty minutes for this traditional time of prayer.
We welcome all who are interested, those who regularly pray the Rosary and those who wish to learn. We have prayer sheets and rosaries available.
If you have any questions, please call Karen Bronson in the Chaplain's Office at 6–4835. Or email Karen.Bronson@mail.house.gov
Sponsored by the Office of the Chaplain.
Join Chaplain Black and the Senate Staff
For his weekly Bible Study Series
Lunch is provided.
Jody M. Bogoslavski
Office of the U.S. Senate Chaplain
S–332, The Capitol
Open to Congressional Members, Staff and general public.
For more information contact Moon Sulfab
October 9, 2015
LOCATION: Cannon Caucus Room (345)
Cannon House Office Building
Chick–fil–A Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to RSVP@FaithandLaw.org
Please join us on Friday, October 9, at noon for a lunch time lecture by writer and author Rod Dreher in the Cannon Caucus Room (345). The topic of his lecture will be "The Benedict Option: A Christian Response to the New Normal."
Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for The New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, and The Washington Times. Rod's commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, The Weekly Standard, and Time, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of three books, Crunchy Cons, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming and How Dante Can Save Your Life. He lives in St. Francisville, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children.
Your friends at Faith & Law
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About Faith & Law
Faith & Law is a Christian fellowship seeking to examine the vocational implications of a Christ–centered worldview so that congressional staff better understand the significance of their faith for their calling to the public square.
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Discipleship in the Halls of Power Series
What Now? Faithful Living in Challenging Times
Dr. Michael Cromartie
Ethics and Public Policy Center
October 23, 2015
RSVP & more info:
Michael Cromartie is Vice President of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, where he directs both the Evangelicals in Civic Life and Religion & the Media programs, and Vice Chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.
The Catholic Staff Association is pleased to announce that
Donald Cardinal Wuerl
will be the guest speaker at the monthly luncheon on Friday, NOvember 6, 2015
For more information: