Pope Francis says that three phrases are essential in the home for a healthy/happy family to exist. They are: “1.MAY I, 2.THANK YOU, 3. PARDON ME/I AM SORRY.” He says that these phrases are required in our hearts, homes and communities, and mean more than just having good manners.
May I : Pope Francis says we cannot just assume we have the right to certain things. When we ask this permission, we establish trust and respect among our loved ones “. In the book of Revelation it says “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). He went on to say, “Even the Lord asks permission to enter! Do not forget that.”
Thank You – He says 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.”
Pardon me/I am sorry – ‘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 says that the problem is not the fighting – it is letting it last into the next day.
“Never finish the day without making peace,” even if it’s not easy, the Pope says. “A little gesture, a caress, without words,” can be enough, for it “stops the infection.”