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“There is nothing as strong as tenderness, and nothing as tender as true strength.” – Saint Francis de Sales

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13th April 2022

“There is nothing as strong as tenderness, and nothing as tender as true strength.” – Saint Francis de Sales

Tenderness is not a word that is often heard these days. Everything seems to be about force, control, domination, victory, physical strength and power as if these were the most important virtues to applaud.

The Universal Law of Gender, like Ying and Yang and like the fundamental principles of Buddhism, promotes an equilibrium between masculine and feminine traits and the recognition that apparently opposite forces are in fact complementary, interrelated, interdependent and mutually supportive. Imbalance results in conflict, dysfunction and suffering. Balance results in compassion and humility perfectly blended with energy and authentic strength. This is the way to parity of esteem, true equality and absolute love.

Saint Francis de Sales, who lived in the highly dangerous era of the French religious wars, was called ‘the Gentleman Saint’ because of his patience and tenderness. Henry IV of France said of him: ‘a very rare bird…not only devout and learned but at the same time a gentleman. A very rare combination!’ His words and thoughts are as true today as they ever were…

The Law of Gender is discussed in The Way: Finding Peace in Turbulent Times

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