The Pope's emphasis on family has got me thinking. It seemed, at first, like his message was mainly things I already know: the family is the seat of earthly love, it was through the family that God brought His Son into the world, the strength of society depends on the strength of families, and so on.
But he is the pope, so I listened carefully anyway, and I realized that he's telling us more than what families in general are supposed to be like. He's telling us about our specific families. He's reminding us to focus on the actual people in front of us. This is why he's always urging us to do simple things like to say "please," "thank you," and "I'm sorry," and to try to make peace before...READ MORE