Pope writes message to married couples: “Forgiveness heals all wounds” – National
Pope Francis sought to encourage married couples on Sunday, acknowledging that the pandemic has made some family problems worse, but urging couples to seek help and always remember three key words in a marriage: please, thank you and sorry. “
Francis wrote a letter to married couples which was published on Sunday, a Catholic holiday commemorating the family of Jesus. It took place halfway through a year-long celebration of the family announced by Francis which is due to end in June with a large family gathering in Rome.
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Speaking outside his studio window on Sunday, Francis said he wanted the letter to be his “Christmas present to married couples.” He urged them to continue having children to fight the “demographic winter” which in Italy has led to one of the lowest birth rates in the world.
âMaybe we weren’t born into a great, trouble-free family, but our family is our story – everyone has to think: it’s my story,â he said. âThese are our roots: if we cut them, life dries up!
In the letter, Francis said closures and quarantines have forced families to spend more time together. But he noted that such forced solidarity sometimes tested the patience of parents and siblings and in some cases led to real hardship.
âThe pre-existing problems worsened, creating conflicts which in some cases became almost unbearable. Many have even experienced the breakdown of a relationship, âFrancis wrote.
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He offered his closeness to these families and reminded parents that the breakdown of a marriage is especially difficult for children, who see their parents as a constant source of stability, love, trust and strength.
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âThe breakdown of a marriage causes immense suffering, as many hopes are dashed and misunderstandings can lead to arguments and wounds that are difficult to heal,â he said. âChildren end up suffering the pain of seeing their parents no longer be together. “
He urged parents to continue to seek help in trying to overcome conflict, including through prayer. âRemember also that forgiveness heals every wound,â he said.
He repeated a refrain he used often in meetings with families and married couples, listing the three most important words in a marriage: âPlease, thank you and sorry. “
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Picking up the theme in his remarks to tourists and passers-by in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said that failure to make peace before bed at night can lead to a âcold warâ the next morning.
âHow often, unfortunately, conflicts arise within domestic walls due to prolonged periods of silence and unchecked selfishness! ” he said. âSometimes it even results in physical and mental violence. It destroys harmony and kills the family.
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He urged families to put their cell phones down at the table and talk. “It’s sad to see a family at lunch, each with their own cell phone not talking to each other, everyone is talking on the cell phone,” he said.
Then when an argument breaks out, everyone repeats their refrains âby staging a comedy they have already seen where everyone wants to be right and at the end a cold silence falls. This dry and cold silence, after a family discussion, is ugly, so ugly! he said.
He urged parents not to think of themselves but of others, and to pray âfor the gift of peaceâ.
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