1981: In twenty years we will celebrate the second millennium of the Christian Era. But the question is: “Will there be anything to celebrate?” Many voices wonder if humanity can survive its own destructive powers. As we reflect on the increasing poverty and hunger, the rapidly spreading hated and violence within as well as between countries, and the frightening buildup of nuclear weapon systems, we come to realize that out world has embarked on a suicidal journey. We are painfully reminded of the words of John the Evangelist:
The World…the true light…was coming into the world…that had its being through him, and the world did not know him. He came to his own domain and his own people did not accept him (John 1:9-11).
It seems that the darkness is thicker than ever, that the powers of evil are more blatantly visible than ever, and that the children of God are being tested more severely than ever.
Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart: The Spirituality of the Desert Fathers and Mothers.