Key Words for Strengthening Family Life

Pope Francis in the Philippines

Pope Francis more than once has shared three phrases key to strengthening family life: “May I?”, “Thank you,” and “Pardon me.” He picked up that theme in his General Audience of May 13, 2015.

“The three key-words for the family are simple words, and perhaps at first they may cause us to smile,” the Holy Father said. “But when we forget them, there’s nothing to laugh about, is there?”

Yes, the phrases seem simple, but living in a spirit of harmony, gratitude, and forgiveness takes practice, and the family is a great place to start our practicing. Which attitude do you need to focus on today? What steps can you take to do that?

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