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Pope: Small acts of kindness, not great speeches, show God’s love best

God shows his love, not with great speeches, but with simple, tender acts of charity, Pope Francis said.

“When Jesus wants to teach us how a Christian should be, he tells us very little,” the pope said, but he shows people by feeding the hungry and welcoming the stranger.

Celebrating Mass in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae on 8th June, the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the pope spoke about the boundless love of Christ, “which surpasses knowledge.”

It is not easy to understand, he said, but God expresses his infinite love in small, tender ways.

In the day’s first reading, the prophet Hosea says the Lord loved his people like a child, taking them into his arms, drawing them in, “close, like a dad” would, the pope said.