From the Congressional Record Online through GPO
Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Diocese of Stockton, Stockton, California,
offered the following prayer:
O God, in this House, many words are spoken just as in our houses of
Grant us, O Lord, the wisdom to speak words that will always be
edifying--to build up our Nation as a people.
Let our words not only denounce war, violence, and injustices, but
promote all that is necessary for building genuine peace through right
Let our words not only condemn exploitation, racism, and abuses of
wealth, but demonstrate that the cries of the poor and excluded have
been heard. Let our words promote building just systems that ensure the
common good and protect the inherent dignity of every human life.
Let our words not only lament environmental degradation but promote
all that is necessary for respecting the Earth as our common home.
Lord God, grant that our words will always build “one nation, under
God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”