Pope Francis teaches
The family is a centre for forgiveness
The family is a big training ground, dedicated to teaching devotion and forgiveness. The core meaning of the Lord’s Prayer, ‘Our Father’: forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. If we do not devote ourselves to our families or forgive those around us, “love will not endure”.
I implore families to never end the day on a bad note, but to ask forgiveness. If we learn to ask forgiveness straight away and to forgive one another immediately, wounds will heal, marriages will be strengthened, families will grow stronger. Forgiveness does not only save families from divisions, but makes them better equipped to help society to be less evil, less cruel, Jesus told his disciples “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven”. During this year of the Jubilee of Mercy, I hope that families discover the gift of forgiveness.
Let us often say together as families The Lord’s Prayer: ‘Our Father, forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us’.