Beginning on March 10, 2014, I had the privilege of being one of the spiritual directors on Pilgrimage with Dr. Scott Hahn and his wife Kimberly to the Shrines of Italy with 206 Tours. During the Pilgrimage I had the opportunity to offer 3 homilies. The pilgrimage was scheduled to coincide with the 1st anniversary of Pope Francis' election. The theme I developed in these three homilies was Encountering Christ. Here is the first one I gave upon our arrival at the Church of St. Anne in Vatican City, the church where Pope Francis offered his first Mass after being elected. The readings were from Monday of the First Week of Lent.