Since the moment of his election, Pope Francis has rekindled the fire of faith in the hearts of many around the world. Time Magazine has named the Holy Father their Person of the Year. While at times the publication’s selection has been controversial, I believe their choice of Pope Francis will be met with a universal affirmation. He has been a strong voice of conscience, compassion, and challenge to believers and non-believers alike. The pope has called us to remain focused on the authentic message of the Gospel, loving God and loving one another, fostering a culture of encounter. Much like his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, the Holy Father is not only the “Man of the Year”, he has proven to be a man with a message for all time. Let us pray that God will continue to bless him and the Holy Spirit strengthen him as he reflects in words and in actions "The Joy of the Gospel".