The Office of the Chaplain United States House of Representatives

Reverend Gene Hemrick

Catholic University of America
Washington, DC

Date of Prayer: 02/21/2014

Opening Prayer Given by the Guest Chaplain:

Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote: ‘‘To live without hope is to cease to live.''

We pray, Lord, that our U.S. Congress will continue to be a beacon of hope, which is its greatest gift to our Nation and nations around the world. May its mission be that of replacing despondency with the cheerfulness that comes from looking forward to the next day.

May the U.S. Congress grow in hope's life–giving powers, for as St. Paul states: ‘‘Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen,'' and as Dr. Martin Luther King reminds us: ‘‘Everything that is done in the world is done by hope.''


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