Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Relationship Advice from the Pope?

Over the Valentine's Day weekend thousands of engaged couples gathered at the Vatican to hear Pope Francis speak about marriage and relationships. Now this new Pope has not been afraid to change things up, I mean this guy is on Twitter and takes selfies with the people.

The question is, can a man who has lived a life of celibacy give worthwhile advice on relationships? After reading about some of his advice, I think he does. And not just for Catholics, his advice rings true for anyone in a marriage or relationship.

  • Don't Be Afraid to Marry: Pope Francis recognizes that in this day and age things move so quickly and so many things are temporary until the next bigger and better replacement comes out. This mentality has many young people afraid to take the plunge into the commitment of marriage. Or they go into their marriage waiting for the next thing to come along which leads to divorce. His advice is to build your relationship on a solid foundation of true love, not on fleeting emotions. A solid foundation of true love, respect and faith in each other can make a life-long commitment seem like a prize and not a punishment. 
  • Don't Go to Bed Angry: I have never really agreed with this piece of advice. Sometimes I need to sleep on a problem and come back to it refreshed. I like what the Pope said about this, he said  "Never end a single day without being at peace with each other. This is the secret in order to preserve love.". I like this because the issue may not be resolved but if you can lay your heads down and be at peace with each other in your heart you are golden. I may still be angry that my husband bought a Landcruiser, but at night I am at peace knowing that the issue with be resolved somehow and we are both very much in love with each other. 
  • A Wedding is Not About the Flowers: Pope Francis reminds people who are planning a wedding to remember that it is not the dress, food or flowers that you should be celebrating, but instead your celebration should be about your spirit of love. 
  • Nobody is Perfect: "We all know there isn't a perfect family, neither a perfect husband nor a perfect wife. Of course, we are not talking about the perfect mother-in-law". This is advice that people in relationships should repeat to themselves everyday. We cannot be perfect nor can we expect our significant other to be perfect either. 

What do you think of Pope Francis' advice? 
What is the best relationship advice you have received? 

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