With all the consternation of traditionalist Catholics regarding Pope Francis, which I perhaps have not taken seriously enough, and even made light of, the following words may help us understand what he has been trying to teach us:
Christian morality is not a titanic effort of the will, the effort of someone who decides to be consistent and succeeds, a solitary challenge in the face of the world. No. Christian morality is simply a response. It is the heartfelt response to a surprising, unforeseeable, “unjust” mercy…. The surprising, unforeseeable, “unjust” mercy…of one who knows me, knows my betrayals and loves me just the same, appreciates me, embraces me, calls me again, hopes in me, and expects from me. This is why the Christian conception of morality is a revolution; it is not a never falling down but an always getting up again.
–Pope Francis (when he was a cardinal; ht: Maclin Horton)