The Pope Gives Families A Recipe For Harmony With Three Crucial Phrases (VIDEO)

10/28/2013 04:17 pm ET

Pope Francis gave families a simple guide to happiness in three little phrases as he addressed a crowd in St. Peter's Square after mass on October 13th.

If families can say these three things, they will be fine. "Sorry," "excuse me," "thank you."

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!

The simple virtues of remorse, patience, and gratitude can be overlooked in the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and by paying attention to those three crucial phrases, we can better appreciate and enhance our family network.

Pope Francis added, "Saying ‘thank you’ is such an easy thing, and yet so hard! How often do we say ‘thank you’ to one another in our families? These are essential words for our life in common.”

On October 27, he celebrated a Sunday mass held for the "Day for the Family" in Rome, focusing on the uplifting parts of being part of a family. During the homily, he said, "I would like to ask a question today. Everyone – how will you carry joy home in your heart? How’s the joy in your home? How’s the joy in your family?"

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