The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrates the apparition of the Virgin Mary, pregnant with the unborn Jesus, to St. Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico.
During the last several weeks I have found myself involved in frequent conversations with many people regarding the responsibility of Catholics to vote in the upcoming election with a good and well-formed conscience. Some people in these conversations have expressed troubled consciences because of their repulsion by the tenor and substance of the candidates’ speeches and political platforms that are each at odds with the Gospel and the authentic teaching of the Church.
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.