“Please, never insult your parents! Never insult your mother, never insult your father”, with “offensive words”. Pope Francis made these off-the-cuff remarks at the end of his General Audience catechesis today, dedicated to the fourth Commandment: “Honour your father and your mother”. “Make this internal decision”, he told the 13,000 faithful gathered in St Peter’s Square: “From now on, I will never insult the mother or father of others. They have given them life and cannot be insulted”. “The enigmas of our lives – the Pope explained – are enlightened when we discover that God has always prepared us for a life as His children, where every act is a mission received from Him. Our wounds gain potential when, through grace, we discover that the true enigma is no longer ‘why?’, but ‘for whom?’ this has happened to me. To what end has God shaped me throughout my life? Thus everything is reversed and becomes precious and constructive”. “In the light of love, can our experience, although sad and painful, become a source of health for others?”, Pope Francis asked: “Hence we can begin honouring our parents with the freedom of adult children and with a merciful acceptance of their limits”. “Honour the parents of others, they have given us life!”, the Pope remarked off the cuff: “If you have distanced yourself from your parents, make an effort and visit, visit them! Perhaps they are old, but they have given you life”. “Then, we have a habit of saying bad things, even offensive words”, Pope Francis continued: “Please, never insult your parents! Never insult your mother, never insult your father. Make this internal decision: from now on, I will never insult the mother or father of others. They have given them life and cannot be insulted”.