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Pope Francis says mind your Ps and Qs
Sunday’s celebration of mass at St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican with the charismatic and humble Pope Francis was the perfect ending for my family’s three-week European vacation.
My friends and family will tell you that I don’t preach about my faith, so I won’t start now.
But Pope Francis’s homily was so simple and elegant, his message so clear and concise, that I felt moved to share it with locals.
Pope Francis said that the secret to having a happy family comes with the use of a few simple words: “Please”, “Thank you” and “I’m Sorry.”
“If families can say these three things, they will be fine...How often do we say thank you in our families? How often do we say thank you to those who help us, those close to us, those at our side throughout life? All too often we take everything for granted,” Pope Francis is quoted as saying in the National Catholic Register.
Words to live by, certainly.
So on Tuesday afternoon, while having lunch at home, I got my first opportunity to use Pope Francis’s message.
In the kitchen, as my wife worked on prepping lunch for me and my boys, I was cleaning up the counter, and threw away what I thought was weeks-old leftovers from the fridge.
Turned out, it was leftovers from the night before, and neither my wife or eldest son, who was planning to finish off his bowl of tasty noodles, were happy with my mistake.
I got my back up, and defended my actions by saying I was well-intentioned, trying to clean up after all.
But as I stewed in front of the computer while scarfing down a sandwich and clam chowder, I remembered Pope Francis’s words.
So, before I left, I swallowed deeply, and said: “Please accept my apology for screwing up lunch, thank you for making lunch, and I’m sorry that I threw your lunch away.”
Instantly, my eldest son and wife came up to me, and we did a group hug.
Instead of leaving a house full of upset occupants, we all had smiles on our faces and love in our hearts.
It doesn’t get any better than that.