|Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have|
mercy on me, a sinner.
But, being Francis, his message about mercy only became more confusing the more he talked about it. Mercy seemed to eat up everything. Now it is like some universal solvent.
The problem the Bear fears is that those of us who are not enamored of Pope Francis will develop resistance to the truth about mercy. That he will have spoiled it for us.
God's mercy remains untouched, unconfused, real, and necessary. Avoid presumption, but never forget God's mercy, even if you're sick of hearing whatever it is that Francis believes about it. And the Bear could no more tell you that than what Francis believes about anything, except for global warming and immigration.
The Bear doesn't know anyone well enough (except himself) to even consider pointing fingers at who might be the Pharisee and who might be the Publican in this parable. He has moods when he is a pretty Pharisaical Bear. Most of the time he's a Publican, a sinner, hardly even trying to be righteous. Sometimes he sees himself as just another Bear, unfit for the company of men, and must resist the temptation to go away forever.
And sometimes still, he remembers that hopeful parable, and the great and ancient Orthodox prayer: "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."
Two men went up into the temple to pray: the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11 The Pharisee standing, prayed thus with himself: O God, I give thee thanks that I am not as the rest of men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, as also is this publican. 12 I fast twice in a week: I give tithes of all that I possess. 13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not so much as lift up his eyes towards heaven; but struck his breast, saying: O god, be merciful to me a sinner. 14 I say to you, this man went down into his house justified rather that the other: because every one that exalteth himself, shall be humbled:and he that humbleth himself, shall be exalted.
(Luke 18:10-14 Douay Rheims)