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3 Relationship Advice From Pope Francis

Take these pieces of advice to heart!

Pope Francis is very much like our very own lolo when it comes to offering advice. He has spoken about a lot of things– from family relations to the importance of having a job.

And of course, the beloved Pope has also given advice to couples both married and engaged. In his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis used St. Paul’s “hymn to love,” taken from the saint’s First Letter to the Corinthians. Pope Francis used this to offer several pieces of advice on how to keep true love alive and keep the marriage strong throughout the years. (Read: Prayer For A Christ-centered Marriage)

Here are three of them.

Love is patient.

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For Pope Francis, “being patient does not mean letting ourselves be constantly mistreated, tolerating physical aggression or allowing other people to use us.” According to him “love always has an aspect of deep compassion that leads to accepting the other person as part of this world, even when he or she acts differently than I would like.”

Couples will oftentimes encounter problems and this may break or make the relationship. It may become detrimental if the people in the relationship deem it to be perfect or when there is no “give and take” and both expect things to turn out their way. “Then everything makes us impatient, everything makes us react aggressively,” Pope Francis warned.

Love is not jealous.

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“Love has no room for discomfiture at another person’s good fortune,” Pope Francis emphasized. He added that “envy is a form of sadness provoked by another’s prosperity; it shows that we are not concerned for the happiness of others but only with out own well-being.” (Read: WATCH: Richard Poon, Maricar Reyes Talk Love, Money, Jealousy)

In love– true love– the other person values their partner’s achievements. It does not see him or her as a threat because it recognizes that everyone has different gifts and a unique path in life.

Love forgives.

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Relationships are hard work, and as Pope Francis said there is no space for “ill will to take root in our hearts.” He encouraged couples to work for “forgiveness, which is rooted in a positive attitude that seeks to understand other people’s weaknesses and to excuse them.”

“Family communion,” the pope states, “can only be preserved and perfected through a great spirit of sacrifice. It requires, in fact, a ready and generous openness of each and all to understanding, to forbearance, to pardon, to reconciliation.” (Read: LOOK: These 4 Popes Took Family Lessons To Heart And To Their Papacy!)

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