From Ted Montemayor's address to the provincial chapter, SUO 2016:
As I traveled the province, I often quoted Pope Francis referring to his visit to our country back in September. Addressing the Bishops of the United States at the Cathedral of St. Matthew he said:
“It is not my intention to offer a plan or to devise a strategy. I have not come to judge you or to lecture you. I trust completely in the voice of the One who, “Teaches all things” (John 14:26). Allow me only, in the freedom of love, to speak to you as a brother among brothers. I have no wish to tell you what to do, because we all know what it is that the Lord asks of us. Instead, I would turn once again to the demanding task-ancient yet never new-of seeking out the paths we need to take and the spirit with which we need to work. Without claiming to be exhaustive, I would share with you some reflections which I consider helpful for our mission.”
Pope Francis came as a brother to dialogue, to listen, to encourage and to show appreciation. I hope we can do that these days. To listen, to encourage, to dream and vision, to show appreciation for each other and our ministries.