As usual Pope Francis showed that great wisdom comes in simple words. In addressing 10,000 couples in St. Peter’s square on St. Valentine’s Day, the Holy Father said that “living together is an art, a patient, beautiful and fascinating journey…which can be summarized in three words: please, thank you and sorry.”
I will let the Holy Father speak for himself in the following excerpts from his message.
Please: A kind request to be able to enter into the life of someone else with respect and care…True love does not impose itself with hardness and aggression…St. Francis said that courtesy is the sister of charity. It extinguishes hatred and enkindles love.
Thank you: Gratitude is an important sentiment…It is important to keep alive your awareness that the other person is a gift from God, and we should always give thanks for gifts from God…It is necessary to learn to say thank you, to journey ahead together.
Sorry: In our lives we make many errors and many mistakes. We all do and this is why we need to be able to use this simple word: sorry…Let us learn to recognize our mistakes and to apologize.
Jesus, who knows us well, teaches us a secret: never let a day go by without asking forgiveness or without restoring peace to your home.
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