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May 6, 2021

How to Love Your Difficult Parents

Fr. Mike Schmitz

The Ten Commandments tell us to “honor thy mother and father”, but what does that really look like? Especially for adult children?

Parents are not perfect, and sometimes they make mistakes that leave us and others wounded. So when God tells us to honor them, what does he mean by that? There’s a certain respect that all are owed simply by their personhood, and then there’s a respect that someone deserves because of their role or position. But what if our parents are dishonorable people? Does this commandment change once we’re adults out of their direct care?

Today, Father Mike explains how we can love difficult parents.

Meet Fr. Mike Schmitz

Fr. Mike Schmitz serves as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Diocese of Duluth and as chaplain for the Newman Catholic Campus Ministry at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.

He is a presenter in Ascension’s ChosenAltaration, and The 99 programs, and has a channel on Ascension Presents. He is also the host of the Ascension podcast The Bible in a Year.

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  • Thank you for this podcast. My parents are both deceased but you helped me to do a moral examen of my relationship with them before they died. They were good parents to the best of their ability, but they we’re emotionally broken in many ways. Your podcast helped ease my conscience about how I handled things and still survived their issues. I was their caregiver during their illnesses and made sure they had a provided for death. I appreciate your insightful topics. You’re a true blessing.

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