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Obama address at National Prayer Breakfast

Catholic World News - February 03, 2012

Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington on February 2, President Barack Obama discussed how his faith has influenced his policies and avoided any reference to the religious-liberty concerns sparked by his administration’s contraceptive-coverage mandate.

The president recounted that after meeting with Billy Graham, “I thought about my own spiritual journey--growing up in a household that wasn’t particularly religious; going through my own period of doubt and confusion; finding Christ when I wasn’t even looking for him so many years ago; possessing so many shortcomings that have been overcome by the simple grace of God. And the fact that I would ever be on top of a mountain, saying a prayer for Billy Graham--a man whose faith had changed the world and that had sustained him through triumphs and tragedies, and movements and milestones--that simple fact humbled me to my core.”

“I have fallen on my knees with great regularity since that moment,” he added, “asking God for guidance not just in my personal life and my Christian walk, but in the life of this nation and in the values that hold us together and keep us strong. I know that He will guide us. He always has, and He always will.”

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  • Posted by: impossible - Feb. 05, 2012 2:44 PM ET USA

    It is our bishops who need conversion. They have apparently lost sight of the application of "cause and effect." Plainly, they have been efficient causes of the disastrous effects we are now faced with. With their voting guide which they say is not a voting guide, they are once more leading the laity astray. They seem to place their political alliance with Democrats above their duty to teach, sanctify and govern. Was it St. Athanasius who comments on the skulls of bishop paving Hell's floor

  • Posted by: Gil125 - Feb. 04, 2012 4:40 PM ET USA

    Luke 18:11-12.

  • Posted by: mamato085337 - Feb. 04, 2012 7:53 AM ET USA

    "I have fallen on my knees", etc. Yes, that is a part we wonder about; just who is being worshipped?

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Feb. 03, 2012 6:33 PM ET USA

    Let's pray that the President will have a real conversion to the True Church and pray that when he does he will realize his support for the gay agenda and abortion have nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

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