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Pelosi: ‘Faith Tells Us That We're All God's Children, That We're Made in the Image and Likeness of God’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 3, 2020 | 5:21pm EDT
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today that “the gift of faith tells us that we’re all God’s children.”

“Now, faith is a gift, not everyone has it,” Pelosi said.

“Sometimes people say to me, ‘How come you believe this or that.’ I say, ‘Well, I have the gift of faith,’” said Pelosi.

“And that gift of faith tells us that we're all God's children, that we're made in the image and likeness of God, and there's a spark of divinity in every person that we have to respect, including in ourselves that we have to act upon,” she said.

“Now, not everybody is of the same mind, and we have to be respectful of those differences of opinion. But we have the values,” she said. “We have to act upon them.

“And the one thing that I missed through all this, of course, is hugging my grandchildren, but also going to church because I just love going to church,” she said.

“And when Father said, ‘You don't have to come. We don’t want you to come,’ because this was early on. I said, ‘Well, no, I want to come. This is such an inspiration for all of us,’” she said.

“So, we–whatever faith people have, that doesn't–you know–I happen to be a devout, practicing Catholic. Whatever their faith, it is predicated on the goodness of people, and that's something that we believe in and that gives us hope,” Pelosi said.

Here is a transcript from the part of “Morning Joe” where Pelosi talked about gift of faith and going to church:

Joe Scarborough: “And finally, I know that you’re a person of great faith.  We’ve talked about it, of course, off TV a good bit, and we’ve talked about it a good bit on.  So, talk about your faith, if you will, in America that we are going to get through this.  That you look at the numbers – the poll numbers during the coronavirus outbreak, actually, most Americans were responsible.  Most Americans, Republican, Democrat, Independent alike, good people that protected their families, sheltered in place, bent the curve.  And we see the same thing with numbers that have come out: an overwhelming majority of Americans support the protestors in the street.  Talk about, talk about how Americans should not be in despair, that Americans should look at these numbers and see that we really are a lot more united than perhaps some politicians would want us to be, and that includes Republicans, Independents and Democrats that you work with every day. 

Nancy Pelosi: “That’s right. Well, I appreciate your focus on faith, because I do believe – you know, sometimes people say to me, ‘Where is hope? Where can I go find hope?’ And I say hope is sitting there where it always has been, right between faith and charity; faith, hope and charity. Faith gives people hope in the goodness of others, and so, it's very important. 

Now, faith is a gift, not everyone has it. Sometimes people say to me, ‘How come you believe this or that.’ I say, ‘Well, I have the gift of faith.’ And that gift of faith tells us that we're all God's children, that we're made in the image and likeness of God, and there's a spark of divinity in every person that we have to respect, including in ourselves that we have to act upon.

So, again, so many things that have happened in our country, whether it’s the civil rights movement, whether it’s living through slavery and the rest of that, have depended on faith as giving them hope, because of love that they are hopeful is out there.  And that is, I think, what people want to see.  They don’t want the negativity.  They want something positive about how we go forward together.

Now, not everybody is of the same mind, and we have to be respectful of those differences of opinion.  But we have the values.  We have to act upon them. And the one thing that I missed through all this, of course, is hugging my grandchildren, but also going to church because I just love going to church. And when Father said, ‘You don't have to come.  We don’t want you to come,’ because this was early on.  I said, ‘Well, no, I want to come.  This is such an inspiration for all of us.’

So, we – whatever faith people have, that doesn't – you know – I happen to be a devout, practicing Catholic.  Whatever their faith, it is predicated on the goodness of people, and that's something that we believe in and that gives us hope.

Scarborough: “Alright, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Thank you so much.  We greatly appreciate you being here.”

 

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