From Pope Francis’ Little Book of Wisdom
And I want to repeat these three words: please, thank you, sorry. Three essential words! We say please so as not to be forceful in family life: “May I please do this?” “Would you be happy if I did this?” We do this with a language that seeks agreement.
We say thank you, thank you for love! But be honest with me: how many times do you say thank you to your wife, and to your husband? How many days go by without uttering this word: thanks!
And the last word: sorry. We all make mistakes and on occasion someone gets offended in the marriage, in the family, and sometimes———I say———plates are smashed, harsh words are spoken, but please listen to my advice: don’t ever let the sun set without reconciling. Peace is made each day in the family: “Please forgive me”, and then you start over. Please, thank you, sorry!
May God bless you, your families, and the week ahead,
Fr Aidan Peter