Responding to Tragedy

The Faith & Politics Institute’s Weekly Reflection

For the week of January 10th, 2011


Towards a theology of hospitality…



“In this difficult day, in this difficult time for the United States, it’s perhaps well to ask what kind of nation we are and what direction we want to move in… My favorite poet was Aeschylus.  He once wrote, ‘Even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.'”

– Robert F. Kennedy, bearing news of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in Indianapolis, Indiana, April 4, 1968



Holding Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, her family, and her staff members especially close to our hearts in prayer, we pray also for everyone else wounded or worse in Saturday’s shootings in Tucson.

May our nation gain wisdom through the awful grace of God.





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The Faith & Politics Institute advances reflective leadership among members of Congress and congressional staff to bridge the divides that arise in a thriving democracy.


~ by prayersForMelissa on January 10, 2011.

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