God crouches down to love us, says Francis

December 23, 2013

God's love and tenderness are at the heart of Christmas, Pope Francis said.

Celebrating Mass Dec. 12, the pope said God's love is like that of a parent.

It's not so much what God says as how he says it.

When talking to a child, mothers and fathers make themselves smaller, he said.

"That's because a father's or mother's love needs to be close.

I'd say this: They need to crouch down to enter the world of the child."