As the leader of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis (full name: Jorge Mario Bergoglio) geared towards his retirement which was reported in December 2019 that it will be this December 2020, he has made a beautiful speech ahead of his retirement.
Regardless of religion, see how Pope Francis has beautifully written about the family.
“FAMILY, PLACE OF FORGIVENESS …
(i). There is no perfect family.
We do not have perfect parents,
– you are not perfect yourself.
We do not marry a perfect person or we do not have perfect children.
(ii). We have complaints from each other. We cannot live together without offending one another.
(iii). We are constantly disappointed. Yes for so many reasons at different time we are disappointed by one another.
(iv). There is no healthy marriage or healthy family without the exercise of forgiveness. Forgiveness is the medicine of family joy and happiness
(v). Forgiveness is vital to our emotional health and spiritual survival. No matter the offence or who is the offender. Without forgiveness, the family becomes an arena of conflict and a fortress of evil.
(vi). Without forgiveness, the family becomes sick and unhealthy.
(vii). Forgiveness is the asepsis of the soul, the purification of the spirit and the liberation of the heart. No sin is too big to be forgiven.
He who does not forgive does not have peace in his soul or and cannot have communion with God.
(viii). Unforgiving is Evil and a poison that intoxicates and kills the one who refuses to forgive
(ix). Keeping heartache of unforgiving in your heart is a self-destructive gesture. It’s autophagy.
(x). Those who do not forgive are physically, emotionally and spiritually ill. And they will suffer in two ways
(xi). For this reason, the family must be a place of life and not a place of death; a place of forgiveness,
a place of paradise and not a place of hell; A healing territory and not a disease; an internship of forgiveness and not guilt.
(xii). Forgiveness brings joy where sorrow has brought sadness; of the healing where sorrow has caused the disease.
(xiii). A family is a place of support and not of gossip and slander of one another. It must be a place of welcome not a place of rejection. Shame to those who plant evil about others. We are family and not enemies.
(xiv). When anyone is going through a challenge all they need is support.
By Pope Francisco
Please share to all the families you know. This could help healing some family wounds and settle some battles!