“Tenderness is the best way to touch what is fragile in us. Look how nurses touch the wounds of the sick: with tenderness, so as not to hurt them more. And so the Lord touches our wounds with the same tenderness,” he said.
“This is why it is important to encounter God’s mercy, especially in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, in personal prayer with God, having an experience of truth and tenderness.”
The pope said that God’s tenderness is “greater than the logic of the world” and can be “an unexpected way of doing justice.”
“Without this ‘revolution of tenderness’ … we risk remaining imprisoned in a justice that does not allow us to get up easily and that confuses redemption with punishment,” he said.
At the end of his live-streamed audience, the pope’s thoughts turned to those who are in prison today.
“For this reason, today I want to remember in a special way our brothers and sisters who are in prison,” he said.
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