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Edifa | Aug 31, 2020

A few simple words are enough to make true love blossom. And chances are you already know them!

In the course of his numerous speeches, Pope Francis has reiterated the fundamentals of our faith, wisely summing them up in a few plain words. Among other things he has told us is that our unions, conjugal or fraternal, must be inspired by love that comes from God. To make that union permanent, it must be “built on the rock of genuine affection” instead of “moving sands of emotions.” This love is based on a few simple words that must become a part of vocabulary in every household: Please, Thank you, and Sorry.

Meditating and adopting the right attitude

The word “please” is a signs of respect and consideration, vital in any relationship. We don’t force our love on others; we offer it to them. Our partner and children will undoubtedly be touched by such a thoughtful attitude.

“Thank you” is an expression of gratitude for what the other has given us. Sometimes, thanking our partner may seem excessive or even pointless. So why do we say it for something basic and self-evident? It’s simply because if our spouse didn’t do it, no one else would!

“Sorry” is recognition of the consequences of our actions, small and great. It soothes the hearer. It’s a sign of love we offer and share.

Recognizing that we’ve (consciously or unconsciously) wronged the other and asking forgiveness is undoubtedly a pinnacle of true love. It’s a treasure we don’t use often enough in the relationship with our partners.

Using these simple words every day leads to a fulfilling relationship. The humility thus generated opens us to the Lord and makes our love grow.

Marie-Noël Florant

Assumption Parish Family Night Out!

Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00-7:30PM

Please join our Parish Family for Family Night Out on Wednesday, February 7th from 6:00-7:30PM in the Church Activity Center.

We’re inviting and encouraging all parishioners to attend this evening’s event. All ages are welcome! Come and enjoy a delightful “walking taco” dinner with your family and friends. There is no cost for the meal but free will donations will be accepted.

Catechesis

After dinner will be breakout sessions. High schoolers and adults will listen to our engaging guest speaker (see below).  Youth will break into age-appropriate groups to participate in  their own discussions on the topic.

Engaging Motivational Speaker

Fr. Phil Shangraw

Guest Speaker

We’re excited to have Fr. Phil Shangraw sharing the evening with us to speak on the topic of Forgiveness and Reconciliation! Many of you already know Fr. Phil as he presides at the 5:30PM Sunday evening Mass at Assumption every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Fr. Phil, you’re in for a special treat! With his undeniable humor and sharp wit, Fr. Phil is an exceptional motivational speaker. Through clever examples and insightful stories, Fr. Phil will reveal how each of us can obtain freedom from the burden of our sins through the forgiveness that is readily available in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

Babysitting

There will be free babysitting provided after dinner for children who are not old enough to attend the sessions.

If you have any questions, please contact Beth Baltruczak by phone at (616) 361-5126 x258 or email at:  Youthminister@assumptionbvm.com