THE PILLARS OF HEAVEN

The CLOUD CHAMBER

THE PILLARS OF HEAVEN

I am very nervous.  I adjust my clerical collar again and again and again.  Anuncia Salón – Madam President of the United States of America, Anuncia Salón – has requested The Sacrament of Penance from me before she speaks to the United Nations about the crisis.

I enter the Confessional compartment and sit fidgeting with my crucifix.  I hear her enter into the adjacent Compartment of the Penitent.  God give me courage, my hand is shaking as I open the sliding screen.

I hear her unmistakable voice say, “Forgive me, Father, for I…,” and she hesitates and then she continues, “I have not been to Confession since I was an adolescent.”

I think, “The Politicians’ Creed,” but I say, “Go on Anuncia …, Madam Presi-…, uh, my child,” and so I feel silly and then disrespectful.  Calm down!

Madam President seems to mull…

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