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Feb 7
Bono Leads at the National Prayer Breakfast.
Bono continues to show up in the strangest places. On Thursday, February 2, Bono addressed President Bush and members of Congress at the National Prayer Breakfast.  His leadership in thebono bush Prayer.jpg cause against poverty is a lightning rod that crosses political, economical, racial and religious boundaries. That is good and I hope that this message can be universal and supported by all. Bono quoted from Islamic, Jewish and Christian texts in his speech.

The highlights are below. To read the entire text, click here.

"Well, I’m the first to admit that there’s something unnatural… something unseemly… about rock stars mounting the pulpit and preaching at presidents, and then disappearing to their villas in the South of France. Talk about a fish out of water. It was weird enough when Jesse Helms showed up at a U2 concert… but this is really weird, isn’t it?.....
……I presume the reason for this gathering is that all of us here—Muslims, Jews, Christians—all are searching our souls for how to better serve our family, our community, our nation, our God. I know I am. Searching, I mean. And that, I suppose, is what led me here, too…… ……Look, whatever thoughts you have about God, who He is or if He exists, most will agree that if there is a God, He has a special place for the poor. In fact, the poor are where God lives… I mean, God may well be with us in our mansions on the hill… I hope so. He may well be with us as in all manner of controversial stuff… maybe, maybe not… But the one thing we can all agree, all faiths and ideologies, is that God is with the vulnerable and poor. God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house… God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives… God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war… God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them."

Thanks to Gina at Quiltersbuzz for alerting me to this and to Lifestream for the tip on the speech location. Photo Credit AP.

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