GOD WORKS, NOT to a five years' or a ten years' plan, but with a purpose that realizes itself slowly through the centuries. The Roman Empire, while it persecuted the Church, was preparing the way for its world-domination. The barbarian inroads, which seemed so destructive, breathed life into a dying civilization. The Reformation itself, by provoking us to jealousy, brought home to us the need for a reformation from within. And, centuries hence, men will find it just as easy to find a meaning and a purpose in what is happening now.
- Monsignor Ronald Knox