THE SERVANT GENERAL
ON POPE FRANCIS
WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES
Pope Francis took America by storm. There has been no world
leaderreligious, political, militaryquite like him.
In these past 6 days, America was at a standstill, all focused
on a simple old man who had neither extensive territory nor
standing army. But Pope Francis is the Vicar of Christ, the
head of the over 1.2 billion-strong Roman Catholic Church.
Everyone was attentive to his every word, spoken to the United
Nations, to the White House, to the US Congress, to the poor,
to prisoners, to bishops, to seminarians, to families, to
the world at large. He blessed all, kissed many babies and
touched many hearts. He spoke of faith, of truth, of justice,
of peace, of concern for the poor and the environment. He
was Christ to us all.
A number of things made a deep impression on me. Nothing really
new, but brought to a new striking reality.
(1) The richness of gifts in our Church is truly amazing.
There were great Congress speakers. There were very many
groups, communities, ministries, movements, etc., offering
a very wide variety of pastoral resources.
(2) It is humbling for us to see that, even as we do massive
work, it is very small compared to the totality of the life
and mission of our Church. This is good, as it keeps us
from sinful pride, and keeps us aware of our place in the
big orchestra being conducted by the Holy Spirit.
(3) Evangelization is critical for the well-being of the
(4) The holy and apostolic Roman Catholic Church is the
only hope in Jesus for the world.
The World Meeting of Families also strongly confirmed the
basic elements of our CFC-FFL life and mission: (1) Evangelization,
(2) Family Renewal, and (3) Work with the Poor. We move onward
with greater assurance and commitment.
Goodbye, Philadelphia. See you all again in three years in