Forgiveness, the secret to a successful marriage

February is often called the “month of love” and is designated such because of the feast of Saint Valentine, popularly called “Valentine’s Day.”

Unfortunately, the holiday has become associated not with an abiding love that comes from the heart, but with a definition of love that is often based on emotions. This can create problems down the road, especially when experiencing conflict in marriage.

Pope Francis, when speaking to couples on the feast of Saint Valentine in 2014, urged them to regularly practice forgiveness in order to have a successful marriage.

“Let us learn to acknowledge our mistakes and to ask for forgiveness. ‘Forgive me if today I raised my voice;’ ‘I’m sorry if I passed without greeting you;’… We can say many ‘I’m sorry’s’ every day. In this way, too, a Christian family grows. We all know that the perfect family does not exist, nor a perfect husband or wife... we won’t even speak about a perfect mother-in- law. We sinners exist. Jesus, who knows us well, teaches us a secret: don’t let a day end without asking forgiveness, without peace returning to our home, to our family. It is normal for husband and wife to quarrel, but there is always something, we had quarreled... Perhaps you were mad, perhaps plates flew, but please remember this: never let the sun go down without making peace! Never, never, never! This is a secret, a secret for maintaining love and making peace.”

During this month dedicated to love, may we remember to forgive and seek forgiveness from those we love.

Philip Kosloski - Writer and Content Manager
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network (USA)

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