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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

From Our Friends at North Kent Connect:

We Can’t Do It Without You

Spread some cheer during these winter months by volunteering at North Kent Connect! Here are some ways you can help:

  1. Do you like to cook OR are you really great at ordering takeout? Provide meals for our volunteer tax preparers. They spend all day or stay late into the evening to provide free tax preparation for our low-income neighbors. Don’t let them do taxes on an empty stomach – sign up here to bring a meal.
  2. Do you love hands-on ways to feed people in our community? Pack or distribute Senior Pantry and Federal Commodities food bags! These bags are filled to the brim with dry goods, canned food, meat, dairy, and other items for seniors and our clients. These are the perfect volunteer opportunities for groups who are looking to give back.

    Prepare Senior Pantry Bags any time during the day on:

    • Tuesday, March 13
    • WednesdayMarch 14
    • Tuesday, April 17
    • WednesdayApril 18
    • Tuesday, May 15
    • WednesdayMay 16

     Distribute Senior Pantry bags (9:30 am – 1:00 pm) on:

    • Thursday, March 15
    • ThursdayApril 19
    • ThursdayMay 17

    Prepare Federal Commodities Bags any time during the day on:

    • Monday, March 19
    • Tuesday, March 20
    • WednesdayMarch 21

    Distribute Federal Commodities (8:30 am – 3:00 pm) on:

    • Thursday, March 22

Need More Information?

For more information on volunteering, contact Community Engagement Coordinator Cassie LaMacchia via email or at (616) 866-3478. Thank you!