The main reason for Pope Francis’ journey to the United States was to participate and to speak at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. “The Family” was not only the topic of his address to that gathering of people; rather, it is a metaphor that imbued his entire approach to his time spent among us.
In the first chapter of the Book of Genesis we read how God created the heavens and the earth; God created man and woman in His image and likeness — to whom He entrusted the fruits of the earth to sustain life.
Trust the Holy Spirit, be yourselves, and resist the temptation to change your people — but accompany them on the way of conversion.” These are the words that I most remember as being spoken by Pope Francis to me and to 139 other bishops ordained and installed during this past year. My recent time spent in Rome took on more of the character of a retreat with fellow bishops than that of a vacation. The nine days included lectures, time for prayer together, Mass concelebrated at the tomb of St. Peter, and the audience with Pope Francis.