May I? Thank you. And, Pardon me

idea: preparar un taller tomando en cuenta estos elementos.

Living as a Family

43. Many recommend fostering a morality of grace which might lead to the discovery and flowering of the beauty of the virtues inherent in married life, which include: respect and mutual trust; mutual acceptance and gratitude; and patience and forgiveness. Pope Francis says that above the portal leading to family life “are written three words […] ‘may I?’, ‘thank you’ and ‘pardon me’. Indeed, these expressions open up the way to living well in your family, to living in peace. They are simple expressions, but not so simple to put into practice! They hold much power: the power to keep home life intact even when tested with a thousand problems. But if they are absent, little holes can start to crack open and the whole thing may even collapse.”(Francis, General Audience, 13 May 2015). Indeed, the celebration of the Sacrament of Matrimony is the beginning of a process which includes and sustains the various stages and trials of love, all of which, nourished by grace, requires a gradual growth towards full development.

Forgiveness in the Family

105. In family relations, the need of reconciliation is practically a daily occurrence for various reasons. Misunderstandings due to the relationships within one’s family, friction because of different ingrained habits, diverse approaches to bringing up the children, anxiety over economic difficulties and tensions arising from a loss of work are just a few of the reasons which presently create conflict. Resolving these situations requires a continual willingness to understand others and forgive each other. The arduous art of restoring calm to relationships calls for not only the support of grace but also the willingness to seek outside help. In this regard, the Christian community ought to demonstrate a real readiness to offer assistance.

The most painful situations, such as marital infidelity, require a true and proper work of repair, which both consider possible. A broken spousal relationship can be re-established; this hope needs to be taught from the very beginning of marriage preparation.

In this case, the importance of the action of the Holy Spirit needs to be mentioned in the care of such people and wounded families. At the same time, this spiritual journey needs to be accompanied by duly prepared ministers. Indeed, the truth is that the Spirit, “whom the Church calls ‘the light of consciences’ penetrates and fills ‘the depths of the human heart.’ Through just such a conversion in the Holy Spirit a person becomes open to forgiveness” (DeV, 45).

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