Pope Francis has given families some practical advice during [yesterday] morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square [13 May, 2015].
Continuing with his catecheses on the family, the Holy Father reminded the faithful of three words that “must be in the home”: “May I, Thank You, Pardon Me [permesso, grazie, scusa].”
For happy family life, the Pontiff said, these phrases are required in our hearts, homes and communities, and mean more than just having good manners.
Speaking on asking ‘May I?,’ the Pontiff said we should not just assume we have the right to certain things. When we ask this permission, he said we establish trust and respect among our loved ones.
Proving his point, Francis recalled the words of Jesus in the book of Revelation: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me “(3:20).
“Even the Lord asks permission to enter! Do not forget that.”
On saying ‘Thank you,’ the Pontiff said our society has a great need for gratitude, which makes us more sensitive to the dignity of the human person and the demands of social justice.
“Listen well to this: a Christian that doesn’t know how to thank is one that has forgotten the language of God. This is ugly.”
‘Sorry,’ the Pope acknowledged is the hardest of the three to say, yet he noted that when it’s not used many bad things happen, especially in marriage. He asked those gathered to ponder how we can be pardoned if we are not willing to forgive.
“Have you fought?” Francis asked. “The problem is not the fighting,” he said as much as letting it last into the next day.
“Never finish the day without making peace,” even if it’s not easy, the Pope said. “A little gesture, a caress, without words,” he pointed out, can be enough, for it “stops the infection.”
The Holy Father invited all those gathered to repeat the three Italian words: ‘permesso grazie, scusa.’ After underscoring these “are the truly the words for entering into the love of the family,” Francis called on them to say, “Never finish the day without making peace.” Source
Pope Francis makes some very good points in the above homily. His Scripture reference and insight is compelling: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me “(3:20). “Even the Lord asks permission to enter! Do not forget that.”
Share your practical tips for making life more pleasant in the home or workplace or simply just getting along with people. Quotes from Scripture or the saints which have deepened your insights would be very interesting. I, for one, could use the help!