Parallel Texts from Pope Francis and Brother Charles-Christmas

Brother Charles writes in his Christmas meditation:
"I became this little child, so gentle and vulnerable, for you. Do not be afraid of me, take me in your arms.... See I hold out my arms to you... I am your God... I am gentle and smiling. Be not afraid, but be full of tenderness and love and confidence."


Pope Francis from Fratelli Tutti:
" What is tenderness? It is love that draws near and becomes real. A movement that starts from our heart and reaches the eyes, the ears and the hands...
Amid the daily concerns of political life, the "smallest, the weakest, the poorest should touch our hearts: indeed they have 'a right' to appeal to our heart and soul.
They are our brothers and sisters, and as such we must love and care for them."