Guest Chaplain, Pennsylvania State Senate Meeting
January 27, 2015

Video of Monsignor Gentili offering the opening prayer

Invocation

Esteemed Governor and members of the State Senate:  Let us bow our heads in prayer and “making room” in order to give thanks to Almighty God for the wonderful gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness under the protection of Divine Providence.  As we gather at this session we invoke You O Lord to bless our deliberations and work which we are about in order to represent and serve faithfully the people of this blessed Common Wealth of Pennsylvania in the year 2015 for the benefit of our communities, our families and our homes.  Guide us in that work in order that it may be done to make these places – places of peace, harmony, justice and mercy.

Benediction

As we gather today and always may Almighty God watch over and guide us as we continue to be ever mindful of our responsibility to humbly represent and serve as instruments of the common good.

Dear Lord may we ever be mindful of Your providential love, send forth Your spirit to breath upon us so that all of our actions begin with Your Divine inspiration and continue with Your gracious assistance, that through You they may reach completion, and that all we do may be, not for our own, but for Your greater honor and glory.

May I suggest that you find inspiration in the words of a well-known prayer; while it comes from my Tradition it is well known in many religious traditions and is entitled the Prayer of Saint Francis.  You are welcome to join in if you know it.  I might add that delegates from all over the world joined in praying this prayer along with Mother Theresa of Calcutta as she addressed the General Assembly at the 40th Anniversary of its founding in 1985.

“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let me sow love.  Where there is injury, pardon.  Where there is doubt, faith.  Where there is despair, hope.  Where there is darkness, light.  Where there is sadness, joy.  O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; for it is in giving that we receive, and it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  AMEN.”