Many readings of the Christmas season feature dreams. In dreams, Joseph was advised to take Mary as his wife, the Magi were warned not to return to Herod and, finally, Joseph was instructed to take Mary and Jesus to Egypt. When Jesus began his preaching, He shared God’s dream for us, a dream of justice and peace, a dream that the Father’s will would be done on earth as it is in heaven. For many years we in the United States have spoken of the American dream of equality and opportunity. Assuming office on January 3rd, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed the hope that the energy of the newly elected members of Congress and a general commitment to bipartisan cooperation that would “…redeem the promise of the American Dream for every family, advancing progress for every community.” Let us resolve to exercise our duties as citizens as seekers of justice and peace and to continue to pray for the guidance of Our Lady who was no stranger to political difficulties.