Of course, I've watched it a couple of times already to study it in detail. There's one powerful scene, where young Karol -- played by Cary Elwes -- speaks with Archbishop Sapieha of Krakow -- played by James Cromwell--about the best way to resist the horror of Nazi occupation in Poland. These are the lines:
Sapieha - Violence only leads to more violence. If you must use a weapon, choose the one they fear the most.These words are still words to live by, more so today.
Wojtyla - Our faith?
Sapieha - Yes, our faith, and our intelligence. Our fine minds.
We see today a new coterie of atheist apologists making emotional appeals to our vanity by calling us "stupid." They say that if we are believers, we are stupid. They say that they are the really smart, intelligent, enlightened, and tolerant people.
Don't you believe them.
The difference between Wojtyla's time and our own is only superficial. Of course, we don't have goose-marching Nazis parading outside, but the assault upon our culture, faith, and civilization is no less real. It is, in fact, more insidious, because it now occurs within the constitutional and political structures of traditionally free societies. When the law is not enough and the Enemy's constituence can't uproot our Christian roots, they proceed to attack and ridicule Christianity and Christian believers and to create around us a perception of ignorance, credulity, and fanaticism in order to reduce our influence in public affairs and culture. Achieving this will grant them a free rein to do as they please.
Now, as it was back then, we are facing the same Enemy, albeit he's wearing a different mask, one more reasonable and convincing. Earnest, even. But the best weapons at our disposal remain the same, and they are even more effective now: our faith, our intelligence, and our fine minds.