"When God meets us, he tells us two things. The first thing he says is: have hope. God always opens doors, he never closes them. He is the father who opens doors for us. The second thing he says is: don't be afraid of tenderness....I am the Father who caresses you....The Bible clearly shows that God's main virtue is that He is love. He waits for us; he nver tires of waiting for us. He gives us the gift and then waits for us. This happens in the life of each and every one of us. There are those who ignore Him. But God is patient."
Pope Francis from a Christmas interview with La Stampa's Andrea Tornielli