I arrived in Rome a day or so early, so that I would have the chance to attending the General Audience in Saint Peter's Square. I had the joy of being close to Pope Francis during the Audience and meeting him briefly afterward. In the Audience, the Holy Father spoke about the importance of belonging to the Church. He said that "Christians are not hatched in the laboratory", but rather are members of a family, a community. He also said that it is absurd to think that one can have a true and authentic relationship with Christ, but not belong to the Church... because it is in the Church where that relationship with Christ can be fostered and strengthened.
Above you can see beautiful Lake Albano, not very far from where I had the retreat. Castel Gondolfo is also not far. The lake was so calm and reflected the sky so perfectly... for a minute, I didn't know if I was looking up or down!