Tom Hoopes is Vice President of College Relations and writer in residence at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. He has written for the Register for more than 20 years and was its executive editor for 10. His writing has appeared in First Things’ First Thoughts, National Review Online, Crisis, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside Catholic and Columbia. He has served as press secretary for the Chairman of the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee. He and his wife, April, were editorial co-directors of Faith & Family magazine for 5 years. They have nine children.
U.K.‘s The Independent was agog at Tony Blair’s speech on religion at the U.S. National Prayer Breakfast Feb. 6.
The piece recorded Blair’s words about a boyhood spiritual awakening and noted that his press secretary used to tell reporters, “We don’t do God.”
Blair described an experience he had when he was 10 years old. “That day, my father — at the young age of 40 — had suffered a serious stroke,” he told the audience. “His life hung in the balance.” He described being sent to school where his teacher knelt and prayed with him.
“Now my father was a militant atheist,” Mr. Blair said. “Before we prayed, I thought I should confess this. ‘I’m afraid my father doesn’t believe in God,’ I said. ‘That doesn’t matter,’ my teacher replied. ‘God believes in him. He loves him without demanding or needing love in return.’”