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Pope Francis on Government Reform

 

 


Power ruins you unless connected to tenderness

I would like to share today a message about revolution: the revolution of tenderness. And what is tenderness? It is the love that comes close and becomes real. It is a movement that starts from our heart and reaches the eyes, the ears and the hands. Tenderness means to use our eyes to see the other, our ears to listen to the children, the poor, those who are afraid. Tenderness means to use our hands and our heart to comfort those in need.

Tenderness is the language of the young children, of those who need the other. [But] tenderness is not weakness; it is fortitude. Yes, tenderness is the path of choice for the strongest, most courageous men and women. It is the path of solidarity, the path of humility. Please, allow me to say it loud and clear: the more powerful you are, the more your actions will have an impact on people, the more responsible you are to act humbly. If you don't, your power will ruin you, and you will ruin the other, if you don't connect your power with humility & tenderness.

Source: Time Magazine, "Pope's Surprise TED Talk," by L.M.Segarra , Apr 26, 2017

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