Prayer Offered for January 20, 2022

elegant borderUpon invitation of the President, the following prayer was offered by Senator Leyva, as written by the Chaplain, Sister Michelle Gorman, RSM: 

We begin with the words of the poet, Audre Lorde:

When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.

Gracious and loving God, as we enter new modes of human presence where women are not merely observers, but where each can be a participant in this moment of evolution, we are determined to be bold participants, rather than timid saints-in-waiting; we choose to exercise the authority of honesty, rather than to fearfully defer to power; we wish to influence others for justice, rather than impress them for gain; and, by Your grace, we will bring treasures of joy, friendship, and peace to our world when we all use our strength in the service of our vision.—AMEN.

(Adapted from Wrestling the Light by Ted Loder)elegant border