Imagining Repentance

Your Grace, it is such an honor to have this time with you.

Thank you my son, I have wanted to meet with you for some time.

Really? A man as busy as you, leading the Church, and you’ve wanted to meet with me?

Of course my son. A good shepherd cares for every sheep from the least to the greatest. But sometimes more time is taken with the greater ones, as they have greater responsibilities. Especially now that you hold such an important position yourself.

I am thankful to God I can serve him and his people as President of the United States.

A fine understanding of vocation, my son, and the reason I have hoped to speak with you. I pray God continues to use you even more mightily in the future!

How do you mean, Your Grace?

My son, you loved your daughter Naomi very much, I know. Her loss – along with your wife – was very hard on you.

The hardest loss in my life, Your Grace.

Very understandable. And yet you support the murder of unborn children. A position you once were much less in agreement with, when you had far less influence than you do now.

I support the rights of women, Your Grace. I strive for the equality men and women are created under by God.

But the Word of God on this matter is clear, my son, as is the voice of the Church. Your Church. The One, True Church. She has not wavered on that stance, though of course some within her wish she would. The stance of the Church upholding the sanctity of human life from conception is clear.

Your Grace, you must understand….

I commend to your reading Job 10:11-12, Psalms 127 and 139. Consider Joseph’s faithfulness to the life of our Lord and Savior in the virgin’s womb. Consider the difficulty, the inconvenience, the scandal that Mary would be found to be with child before her marriage to Joseph was finalized. And yet in spite of these things they acted in faith that the child was of God. You may also be interested to read The Didache which dates to the time of the Apostles and which states categorically that Christians do not murder the children or the unborn. Even though these were common, culturally acceptable practices among the Greeks and Romans.

We must defend the conscience of each person, Your Grace, of each believer.

And at times my son, we must also speak hard truth, even to those in power. Ever this was the case as well you should know from Scripture.

Then what are you saying, Your Grace?

What you already know to be true in your heart. What you have grown accustomed to making excuses for to satisfy any number of needs. You know it is wrong to kill an unborn child, my son. It is a sin. A violation of the Fifth Commandment. A violation of the Holy Church’s Law. You consider yourself a good Catholic, do you not my son?

Of course, Your Grace!

How can you consider yourself as such when you publicly support with your person and words a policy the Bible, the Church, and your Savior condemn as sin? Can you say to your Savior’s face that your public and professional support of abortion is not a sin? Do you think He will commend you for your stance?

I…I do not know, Your Grace.

You must reflect on this, my son. Not in light of politics or career. Not in light of the so-called rights the West has created out of thin air and in blatant contradiction to the Word of God. You should well know that we do not improve upon an error by creating another error.

What am I to do, Your Grace?

No more and no less than each of us must do each day, and by the grace of God we are given a new day in which to do it, or another hour in which to begin it. Repent. Acknowledge your sin and guilt before your Savior. Take refuge in his mercy and grace and forgiveness, which you receive at Holy Eucharist. Turn from your sin. Do not endanger your very soul with so great a sin and worse, so great a refusal to see your sin. Repudiate it. Publicly, as you have embraced and facilitated it publicly.

What you ask, Your Grace….

I do not ask, my son. As the Vicar of Christ I command. I point you to his Word and his Church and call you to confession, to repentance, to forgiveness, and to eternal life. You are not responsible for what others do in spite of your refusal to condone such terrible sin any longer. But you can in your life and words sound a clear warning for all those like you who seek to obey the voice of God through His Church, yet insist on the right to determine which of His words you accept and reject.

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Go now, my son. Reflect. Read. Pray. Repent. Confess. Receive the assurance of your forgiveness in the Eucharist. And trust that in your repentance you find not death but life, not suffering but joy, not enslavement but freedom. And by your great example, many far smaller and weaker sheep may be guided away from paths that lead only to death and suffering. Rise, my son. And may the Lord bless you and keep you; may he make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace. Amen, amen, and amen.

2 Responses to “Imagining Repentance”

  1. Dick DeLorenzo Says:

    Pope Francis: President Biden, I would like to refresh your memory on the words of our very Lord, Jesus Christ, when he said as recorded in the 6th chapter of John’s gospel ” I am the living bread that comes down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh” and “unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in you, he who eats my body and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me and I in him” And many of his disciples said that this is a hard statement and many disciples left him.

    Biden: How does this apply to me?

    Pope Francis: By adopting the killing of unborn babies, you have committed a grace sin. And the Apostle Paul says that to receive Jesus in Holy Communion, one must be in the state of grace when he proclaims ” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of Jesus until He comes again: We cannot receive the sacred body and blood “unworthily” for he brings judgement upon himself. (1 Corinthians 11:26-31).

    As far as your strong advocacy of abortion which the Church considers a mortal sin, you are not worthy nor should you receive the sacred body and blood of Christ.

    And I am reminded of Saint Ambrose who, when the Emperor Theodocius was accused of atrocities, refused to even allow the Emperor to enter the Church, let alone allow him to receive Holy Eucharist.

    It is my duty as the Vicar of Christ to admonish you. For if I do not, as Jeremiah 23;1-3 says: “Woe to the shephards who destroy and scatter the flock of my pasture”

    Biden: What can I do?

    Pope Francis: Very simply, renounce your sinful message, repent, ask for forgiveness and make reparations for your sins. I can hear your confession since Christ gave his Church the power to forgive sins – Whose sins you shall forgive are forgiven and whose sins you shall retain are retained.

    For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world (even the Presidency) and lose his immortal soul. It is more important for you to seek union with God which is permanent than to seek kudos of the sinful which are only temporary.

    • mrpaulnelson Says:

      Hello and thanks, Dick. Definitely a similar, if more direct – scenario. I think yours would work well if Biden had refused to repent. Pastorally, the Law should be spoken always in love, and not more harshly than is necessary. But in the end, if repentance is not forthcoming the pastor/priest needs to stand firmly and immovably on the Word of God to call the sinner to repentance and therefore to forgiveness and life!

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