As I see it, there are two great gifts that God has given people today: in the Soviet world, the difficult gift of suffering, which by God’s grace will probably be the salvation of Russia; and in the free world, the gift of freedom – to speak and witness the truth and tell what is going on. How poorly this gift is being used among us – and how soon, perhaps, it will be taken from us. While there is daylight, we must speak out.
(Fr. Seraphim Rose, in a letter written in 1970.)
It is yet to be seen whether the Russians will use their gift adequately. Let’s pray to God so that they do.