The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Opening Prayer

Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, S.J.

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

Bless the Members of this people's House with wisdom and the courage to address the pressing difficulties of our time. You know each one
personally, through and through, and how they relate with one another.

Help them to know You. Impel them by Your spirit to act justly and walk humbly with You. May their actions and those of our government be marked by kindness and decency, especially toward those who are most vulnerable among us.

Inspire all of our citizens, as well, to look first to their blessings, and then charitably, to the work of this people's House.

Each Member chooses to serve another day; may each serve with honor and merit the appreciation of those whom they serve.

May all that is done this day be for Your greater honor and glory. Amen.

Thought of the Week

“Richard Chenevix Trench, a 19th–century Anglican archbishop and poet:

Make channels for the streams of love,
Where they may broadly run;
And love has overflowing streams
To fill them every one.

But if at any time we cease
Such channels to provide,
The very founts of love for us
Will soon be parched and dried.

For we must share, if we would keep
That blessing from above:
Ceasing to give, we cease to have;
Such is the law of love.”

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