"According to Francis, the only response to the gratuitous love of God can be acceptance, gratitude, and giving love in return.
“Whatever goes wrong in our lives, whatever doesn’t work in the Church, whatever problems there are in the world, will no longer serve as an excuse. It will become secondary, for faced with Jesus’ extravagant love, a love of utter meekness and closeness, we have no excuse,” he stated.
“At Christmas, the question is this,” he continued. “‘Do I allow myself to be loved by God? Do I abandon myself to his love that comes to save me?’”"