Last week President Donald Trump addressed our National Prayer Breakfast. He began by acknowledging Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.). He was shot last June when a gunman attacked a group of Republicans practicing baseball in Alexandria, Virginia. The President said that Scalise’s presence was a reminder that “with God, all things are possible. All we have to do is open our eyes and look around us and we can see God’s hand.”
The President also stressed our constitutional guarantee of the free exercise of religion. He said, “When Americans are able to live by their convictions, to speak openly of their faith, and teach their children what is right, our families thrive, our communities flourish, and our nation can achieve anything at all.”
Mr. Trump highlighted the story of 9-year-old Sophia Marie Campa-Peters, who was sitting in the audience. Last year Sophia asked for 10,000 prayers, including some from President Trump, before she underwent major brain surgery. Mr. Trump responded through his Press Secretary and reminded Sophia that “all things are possible with God.”
At the National Prayer Breakfast President Trump said that when Sophia’s doctors told her that she couldn’t walk, she responded, “If you’re only going to tell me what I can’t do, then I don’t want to hear it.”
The audience laughed.
Mr. Trump added that Sophia “tried and succeeded,” and she walks today. He said, “Heroes like her allow us to see a glimpse of God’s grace.”
President Trump closed by asking all Americans to pray for an extra measure of strength and devotion.”
Let us respond to his request by praying the Novena to Our Lady of America and pray that we may be granted the grace of having morally good leaders who will act according to the revealed will of God and the foundational principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States of America.