April 15, 2010
This week I saw a screening of a new documentary, Nine Days that Changed the World, on Pope John Paul IIs June 1979 pilgrimage to Poland, hosted by Newt and Callista Gingrich. The impact this short trip would have first on a country and ultimately on an entire empire of evil was extraordinarily well communicated in the film. The underlying theme of the movie is that freedom is found in faith.
Those interviewed in the movie include noted Polish writers, religious and political leaders, including presidents, priests and ambassadors. As I watched I couldnt help but be reminded of the well-known Peggy Noonan piece on this very trip, We Want God, named for the ongoing chant of the Polish people during one of the religious ceremonies.
Perhaps most importantly this movie brings a message for this particular time period in American history. Political ideologies may try to oppress the human spirit but the inherent capacity for God, truth, love and freedom that exists in every single human being can never be extinguished.