Minnesota State Legislature begins with prayer

ST. PAUL - On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the 90th session of the Minnesota State Legislature began in the most powerful way possible: with prayer.

Archbishop Bernard Hebda (Archdiocese of Saint Paul & Minneapolis) opened the legislative session by asking for God's blessing on all Minnesota legislators, and prayed that they would be "instruments of [God's] providential care"--especially by caring for society's most vulnerable. 

WATCH: Archbishop Hebda shares thoughts on offering opening prayer

The role--and responsibility--of Catholics to participate in the life of our state is ongoing. Each of us can follow Archbishop Hebda's lead and pray that God may guide and enlighten our elected officials. We can also do our part to ensure that our legislators are living up to their vocation of public service, and are seeking to work for the common good.

READ: The Vocation of the Public Servant