It is official, Pope Francis had landed in the United States. Tomorrow he will meet with President Barak Obama and the following day talk to congress. To see his full schedule check here.
In light of this occasion Stuart and I have been talking about what we would say to the President if we had his captive audience. I am partly glad that Pope Francis and not me has the opportunity to have the president’s undivided attention. Our country needs his wisdom, heart, and love for the lord. I am praying the conversation is fruitful and authentic. Just in case Pope Francis or the President reads this I thought I would write out our questions and comments here.
First, Stuart and I agreed that we would ask the president what his drink is. We would then be sure that he had it in hand as we spoke. We would ask him to take a load off and relax since he probably never has the chance to do so. Maybe he could even take off his shoes. I wonder if he has stinky feet?
The conversation at the beginning would be several questions, simple but deep reaching.
What do you wish people knew about your job?
Do you have any strong regrets from your time in office?
If money was not an object what cause would you make right?
How can I help you?
Then transition with another question. What do you think is the most important thing the American people should hear?
After listening to his answer, I think I would follow up with what I believe is the most important thing to offer to the American people. First, you are spectacular. You are made wonderfully. Know that you have something to offer to the world around you. Don’t try to be anything or anyone but you. Secondly, choose goodness. Search out what is true and good and follow it with your whole heart. Do not settle for what does not satisfy. Lastly, love each other. Sacrifice for your neighbor whether it is the smallest human, a colleague or classmate, or the aging person down the street.
After this I would really enjoy some lively debate about some of the issues we disagree about. Specifically focusing on how our country serves the least of all people. Those marginalized, forgotten, or mistreated. Making sure that he understands my point of view and answers my tough questions.
As our time together began to come to a close I would tell him that I am praying for him and I believe government can be used for good. That as an American I am depending on him to do good for all people and magnify the voice of his republic.
Before I left, I would definitely ask him my all time favorite president question. What words have you made up to “hail to the chief”?
Then with a clink of our glasses and a cheers I would let him keep on president-ing. Hoping that my thoughts and comments would Malone an impact beyond our meeting.
What would you ask the President if you were Pope Francis?
Here is a great excerpt I saw posted from pope Francis’s time in Cuba:
“Hope speaks to us of a thirst, an aspiration, a longing for a life of fulfillment, a desire to achieve great things, things which fill our heart and lift our spirit to lofty realities like truth, goodness and beauty, justice and love. But it also involves taking risks. It means being ready not to be seduced by what is fleeting, by false promises of happiness, by immediate and selfish pleasures, by a life of mediocrity and self-centeredness, which only fills the heart with sadness and bitterness. No, hope is bold; it can look beyond personal convenience, the petty securities and compensations which limit our horizon, and can open us up to grand ideals which make life more beautiful and worthwhile. I would ask each one of you: What is it that shapes your life? What lies deep in your heart? Where do your hopes and aspirations lie? Are you ready to put yourself on the line for the sake of something even greater?”