I have recently had a debate among a few friends on the meaning and intention of this statement from the Pope, I think its a bad mixed message at best and he should of never said it. I also think it was deliberate and they (they being the writers and editors of speeches before they go public) knew it would confuse people . Would love to here your thoughts on it. My thoughts on it , is he had a chance to give Glory and praise to Jesus and failed big time, and left a message that was unclear. "To see and evaluate things from God’s perspective calls for constant conversion in the first days and years of our vocation and, need I say, great humility. The cross shows us a different way of measuring success. Ours is to plant the seeds: God sees to the fruits of our labors. And if at times our efforts and works seem to fail and produce no fruit, we need to remember that we are followers of Jesus… and his life, humanly speaking, ended in failure, the failure of the cross"