The Pope's words are cause for great reflection among the People of God, regardless of their state in life. For so many, the image of the Church, her priests and bishops are tainted because of the stories covered by the media in regards to clergy. In his homily, Pope Francis used the metaphor of a tree falling in the woods making more noise than a forest growing. The good works of our priests, the good works of the Church are the growing forest. Each day growing more beautiful and vast in a world that tries to cut it down.
Silent witnesses expand the faith in so many ways that keep the Church alive and, by God's grace, help the Church grow. It is not by the work of merely human hands that this happens, but as Pope Francis explained so beautifully,
“On the contrary, it is impossible to understand – not only – it is impossible to explain how the Church could continue under merely human strength. This diocese goes forward because it has a holy people, many things, and also an anointed one who leads, who helps it to grow. This parish progresses because it has many organizations, many things, but it also has a priest, who carries the parish forward. We in history know but a small part - though how many holy bishops, how many priests, how many holy priests have given their lives in the service of the diocese, the parish – how many people have received the power of faith, the power of love, hope [itself] from these anonymous pastors? We do not know: there are so many.”
An article outlining more quotes from the Pontiff's homily can be found here.