Wisdom of Love: Practical Advice for Families

Wisdom of Love: Practical Advice for Families
by Pope Francis

When family members say something you disagree with—listen first to their frustration and concerns, and delay giving your opinion. Practice patience in listening, and engage with their feelings first. As Pope Francis says, “Dialogue breaks down the walls of division and misunderstandings: it builds bridges of communication, and it does not allow anyone to isolate themselves, or withdraw into their own little world.” “Do not forget: dialogue means listening to what the other tells me, and saying what I think, with kindness. If things proceed in this way, the family, the neighborhood, the workplace will be better.”