I just completed the icon of Our Lady of Tenderness.

With us Mary stands in need of a saviour; yet who else cradled the infant saviour in her arms providing him warmth and nourishment, who else sang him to sleep, who else wiped away his tears and gave him encouragement?

When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ (John 19:26-27)

It is a tender thing our Lord does; as he is dying he finds a home for his mother and he gives his Church a mother.

Tenderness is not weakness.

Tenderness reveals the strength of love.

Mary, gentle woman and first of disciples pray with us and for us!