Tenderness is Strength

This TED talk by Pope Francis is a delight (particularly for those of us who speak Italian).

He talks of how each of us is precious and necessary. He calls for us to care for others over “things.” And he asks us to be tender with one another, following the example of Jesus Christ.

Tenderness is strength (La tenerezza e la fortezza), Pope Francis assures us.

This builds on the conversation Mauro Properzi had with Laura Hales, posted to this blog in April.

The restored gospel is required for salvation (aligned with God’s intent, or “true”), but that does not mean that there isn’t great richness to be found as we embrace our brothers and sisters throughout the world.

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Meg Stout has been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ (of Latter-day Saints) for decades. She lives in the DC area with her husband, Bryan, and several daughters. She is an engineer by vocation and a writer by avocation. Meg is the author of Reluctant Polygamist, laying out the possibility that Joseph taught the acceptability of plural marriage but that Emma was right to assert she had been Joseph's only true wife.

2 thoughts on “Tenderness is Strength

  1. Sorella Stout – gracie tanto per questa notizia. (my spelling and grammar are horrible after 35 years.) I don’t get to use my Italian nearly enough, so I’ve been trying to learn Spanish since we have a fair number of Hispanic Saints in my area. Visited Spain last month, and was surprised how much Italian popped into my head as I tried to communicate there. Ran into a guy from Trapani (at a pizza shop no less) where I spent 4 months — I probably killed his ears with my efforts to speak Italian but it was fun to switch mental gears and draw upon old memories. My high school aged daughter, who’s had about 5 years of Spanish, communicated very well, but she cringes when I try to speak Spanish with an Italian accent.

  2. LOL – I was showing my daughter’s friend how the Reluctant Polygamist site translates the book into various languages, and pulled up Spanish. After I’d read a sentence or two, she looked at me and asked, “Do you speak Italian?”

    I hadn’t realized Pope Francis was born in Italy. I hadn’t expected to hear him speaking in Italian, but it was a treat. At least he spoke in a language that I could understand. The translation wasn’t terrible, but it was still nice to “know” what was being said rather than having to trust the translator.

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