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Souder: Regular Prayers And Hymns Failed To Stop Affair

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Souder has been very publicly trying to come to terms with the abrupt end of his career for several weeks now. He spilled his guts to WORLD, which did a cover story based on "more than a dozen emails" from Souder.

It is headlined "Lessons From A Broken Man."

He told the magazine:

"I prayed multiple times a day, sang hymns with emotion and tears, felt each time that it wouldn't happen again, read the Bible every morning. . . . So how in the world did I have a 'torrid' (which is an accurate word) many-year affair? How could I compartmentalize it so much?"

Souder also pointed the finger at the cold nature of Washington life (though he did not mention the lack of windows on Capitol Hill office doors):

One of the biggest dangers--which is partly why intimacy is desired--is loneliness. Loneliness doesn't mean being alone as much as it means being around hundreds of people but not really knowing them. It's a job that results in hundreds, even thousands of friends, but not much closeness.