When we think about the darkening currents of history, we should reflect upon the following:
- Hate-energized movements that feed upon delusional expectations inevitably turn upon themselves and are destroyed. Of course, they can leave in their wake immense suffering.
- Through the mercy of God (and the agency of leaders like Ronald Reagan and John Paul II) the people of the Soviet Union were spared the greatest impact of such self-destruction. Nevertheless, the damage to the culture continues to be felt more than a generation later.
- The world is currently faced with several such delusional movements of growing force. There is no way to predict the outcome in a material sense. The coming suffering of peoples may well be unprecedented in human history.
- St. John had a symbolic vision of this kind of scenario, which he recorded in Revelation 12. God's design for the human race ensures that evil will not triumph.
- As Jesus said, "Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth."
- This faith and this wisdom guided Karol Wojtyla in his non-violent resistance, first to Nazi and then to Soviet occupation of his native Poland. And he lived to share his spiritual success with the world.