Misericordia Dei



Scene Title Misericordia Dei
Synopsis Lost, Cardinal finds himself standing before a door he never thought he'd open again.
Date November 10, 2010

Dressed in his best suit, dark pinstripes slimming down his form, Richard Cardinal stands in front of a varnished wood door. He stared at the slightly shiny surface as if trying to see his reflection in it - as if some doppleganger of himself could give him advice here, some word of encouragement or guidance to tell him what to do. It was something that he needed right now, some sign to show whether or not he should step forward or retreat from the situation.

If he was being honest himself, he had to admit that he was afraid.

The door represented a part of his life that he thought was over, that he knew had been over for a very long time. It was a life that he had partly turned his back on and partly run away from, that he'd never thought that he'd be returning to. But now, with the life that he'd begun to build crumbling in the fires of November 8th, he was adrift and searching for meaning… and his feet had brought him here, to this place, this building, this door.

Well. He'd come this far. He couldn't turn away now, not without calling himself a coward.

He reaches forward, taking hold of the door's latch and drawing it open to reveal the darkness within. Slowly, he steps inside, letting the door creak closed behind him with a soft click. A small wooden bench was just beyond the door, and he eases himself to sit upon it, arms resting on his thighs and hands clasped together. He stares at them in the dark for long moments, then raises his gaze to the screen in front of him, to the silhouette behind it.

"Forgive me father, for I have sinned," he says quietly, tears streaming silently down his cheeks, "It has been… well over ten years since my last confession."

Deus meus, ex toto corde pænitet me ómnium meórum peccatórum, éaque detéstor, quia peccándo, non solum pœnas a te iuste statútas proméritus sum, sed præsértim quia offéndi te, summum bonum, ac dignum qui super ómnia diligáris. Ídeo fírmiter propóno, adiuvánte grátia tua, de cétero me non peccatúrum peccandíque occasiónes próximas fugitúrum


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