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Pope Francis and the Blessing of Family: Wisdom in Our Homes

When a mother takes her child aside and gently reproves him, saying: “Don’t do this, because…” and explains with great patience, is this the wisdom of God? Yes! It is what the Holy Spirit gives us in life!

Then, in marriage, for example, the two spouses—the husband and wife—argue, and so they don’t look at each other, or if they do look at each other, they look at each other with displeasure. Is this the wisdom of God? No!

But if instead one says: “Ah well, the storm has passed, let’s make peace,” and they begin again and go forward in peace: is this wisdom? [The people answer: Yes!] Now, this is the gift of wisdom. May it come to our homes, may we have it with the children, may it come to us all!

GENERAL AUDIENCE. ST. PETER’S SQUARE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014

Be Apostles of Peace

Be apostles of peace and serenity, beginning with your families. Remind your parents, siblings, and peers that it is a beautiful thing to be loved, and that misunderstandings can be overcome.

Together with Jesus, everything is possible. This is important: everything is possible. But this word is not a new invention; Jesus said this word when he descended from the Mount of the Transfiguration.

What did Jesus say to the father who asked him to heal his child? “Everything is possible for those who have faith.” With faith in Jesus, everything can be done, everything is possible.

ADDRESS TO THE CHILDREN OF ITALIAN CATHOLIC ACTION, CONSISTORY HALL, THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014

Let Us Go Forward, Families!

We must ask the Lord to grant us the Holy Spirit and to grant us the gift of wisdom, that wisdom of God that teaches us to see with God’s eyes, to feel with God’s heart, to speak with God’s words.

And so, with this wisdom, let us go forward, let us build our family, let us build the Church, and we will all be sanctified.

GENERAL AUDIENCE, ST. PETER’S SQUARE, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9, 2014

The Blessing of Family: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis

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