UISG Bulletin


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UISG Bulletin 183: The revolution of tenderness


The theme of tenderness returns several times in the magisterium of Pope Francis. In his first homily, at the beginning of his pontificate (19 March 2013), he stated: “We must not be afraid of goodness, of tenderness!” And later, in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii gaudium, in which he refers to tenderness 11 times, he writes: “The Son of God, by becoming flesh, summoned us to the revolution of tenderness.” (EG, no. 88).


In a world of hardened hearts, which contend in small and large daily conflicts or face each other in bloody and futile wars, how much we need someone to circulate a little tenderness in our poor humanity! In every sphere of existence, from family to religious life, from politics to society, from education to finance, an attitude of loving care and tenderness changes things. Because tenderness has a “revolutionary nature”, as Pope Francis says again (cf. EG, no. 288), it creates relationships based on care and love. Tenderness is simply love made sensible, expressed in small things, in humble, and often hidden gestures.


God himself is tenderness. We do not believe in an ordinary deity. We believe in God the Father. We are beloved children. In Jesus, God the Father loves us tenderly and takes care of us. By welcoming the tenderness of His love, we too learn to do those small gestures that reach the heart of our neighbour and kindle in them the love for the Lord and for His creatures.


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