The Holy Father’s advice on harmony in AL 104 seems about right for the healthy family, people living together who are generally on functional terms. But we are imperfect and mortal. Therefore, sometimes, things get a little more out of hand. So forgiveness comes into play:
105. Once we allow ill will to take root in our hearts, it leads to deep resentment. The phrase ou logízetai to kakón means that love “takes no account of evil”; “it is not resentful”. The opposite of resentment is forgiveness, which is rooted in a positive attitude that seeks to understand other people’s weaknesses and to excuse them. As Jesus said, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do” (Lk 23:34).
Perhaps this analysis sounds familiar for our culture, if not our more dysfunctional families:
Yet we keep looking for more and more faults, imagining greater evils, presuming all kinds of bad intentions, and so resentment grows and deepens. Thus, every mistake or lapse on the part of a spouse can harm the bond of love and the stability of the family. Something is wrong when we see every problem as equally serious; in this way, we risk being unduly harsh with the failings of others. The just desire to see our rights respected turns into a thirst for vengeance rather than a reasoned defense of our dignity.
The remarkable recent instances of Blacks and police coming together might be examples of that much-needed gesture of good will or harmony. May we see more of that in our families and in our nations.
For your reference, remember that Amoris Laetitia is online here.