Now 91 and after attending Catholic schools and spending 30 years in the military and meditating in my post-war activities in Germany after we rid the people of the Nazis, I know that history is a mystery in which the freedoms — divine and human — appear intermingled. Nevertheless, ultimately we are under God’s will because he is the Lord of history.

Even though human progress contains evil elements, progress in history is mostly the pilgrimage of humanity to eternity.

We Christians must take care to avoid being overcome by wars, viruses and riots. But they are merely a part of history. Always keep in mind that we are in God’s hands.

We render service to God by being steadfast in obeying the Ten Commandments and applying in our acts the virtues of faith, hope and charity. We learn and practice temperance, justice and fortitude.

We must never lose hope but concentrate on the truth that we were born to know, love and serve God in this world and be happy with him forever in heaven.

Joseph Foye