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The revolution of Tenderness – A Reflection


Tenderness is disappearing from men’s hearts and minds; that which is the feminine genius.

Tenderness is chased out or crushed by violence, complacency, power and hardened hearts.

Tenderness is constantly and progressively replaced by……

The Revolution of Tenderness is not the revolution of lust, sex, avarice but of conversion, compassion, healing, forgiveness, affirmation – love, mercy!

Tenderness is that Touch, that look, that feeling, that closeness, that warmth, that assurance, that Unconditional Positive Regard of a mother, a parent, a friend, a pastor, a mentor, a counsellor, a brother, a colleague.

Though the Revolution of Tenderness is too feminine or weak for us men and for the strong, it is better than the Industrial Revolution, the Revolution of Communism, of Marxism, Socialism, Reformation and other Theological, political, scientific, Economic and philosophical ideologies.

The Church and the Religious are now being awakened to our Divine, Human and vocational Tenderness by Pope Francis, as a reawakening, a revolution.

The Bishops’ Conference in Scotland (SCIAF) have come up with sumptuous Stations of the Cross as a similar awakening to the indispensability of Tenderness  first, to Christ in His sufferings and then to the poor and underprivileged in the Missions and to one another – to save the world and make it a better place.

The Sisters of St Anne in Cameroon see it as a Pedagogy of the Heart for Mission and Evangelization.  Thus, The Revolution of Tenderness is to reach out to others with the heart of a mother and the language of the heart, love.  And with love in tenderness, even the hardest heart can be changed.  The Revolutionary Tenderness is to accompany the vulnerable and the stubborn wayward with compassion and tolerance like Christ Himself.

Tenderness is another favourite name for God who embodies, gives birth and radiates” (said one Franciscan sister) and is what mothers, superiors, nurses, doctors, cooks, cleaners, waiters, attendants and some priests do.

Emmanuel Mbeh mhm

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