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How can we keep peace in our families?

Life is too short to allow such conflicts to dominate a family’s life. Better to mend fences now than try to do it in the midst of some crisis.

Try a face-to-face meeting with relatives that disagree, and request that neither one speak until you have finished. Then you will be ready to listen to each one.

If they won’t do that, try separate face-to-face meetings with them with the same request and promise as above. In the last resort, send them identical letters communicating what you would say face-to-face if that were possible.

Keep in mind your efforts may not succeed. You will, however, be able to live with yourself more easily once you have formulated and carried out a reasonable plan to dislodge this conflict from its current stagnation.

Above all, keep praying!

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Saturday, November 10, 2012
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Alphonsus Rodriguez: Tragedy and challenge beset today’s saint early in life, but Alphonsus Rodriguez found happiness and contentment through simple service and prayer. 
<p>Born in Spain in 1533, Alphonsus inherited the family textile business at 23. Within the space of three years, his wife, daughter and mother died; meanwhile, business was poor. Alphonsus stepped back and reassessed his life. He sold the business and, with his young son, moved into his sisters’ home. There he learned the discipline of prayer and meditation. </p><p>Years later, at the death of his son, Alphonsus, almost 40 by then, sought to join the Jesuits. He was not helped by his poor education. He applied twice before being admitted. For 45 years he served as doorkeeper at the Jesuits’ college in Majorca. When not at his post, he was almost always at prayer, though he often encountered difficulties and temptations. </p><p>His holiness and prayerfulness attracted many to him, including St. Peter Claver, then a Jesuit seminarian. Alphonsus’s life as doorkeeper may have been humdrum, but he caught the attention of poet and fellow-Jesuit Gerard Manley Hopkins, who made him the subject of one of his poems. </p><p>Alphonsus died in 1617. He is the patron saint of Majorca.</p> American Catholic Blog People mess up, and it’s especially hard to watch as our children and other young people go down paths we know are likely to lead to heartbreak. Providing gentle guidance when it’s needed, and love even when that guidance isn’t followed, helps them to start fresh.

 
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