(repeated and expanded here from my comment to an article in Sojourners)
Those of us who hold fast to truth and Wisdom must also hold fast and protect what we know of God, love, and justice. With Shadrach, Meschah, and Abednego, we know that God can deliver us, but if He does not, we will not bow down nor worship anything else…including fear, hate, or discouragement.
It is my opinion that the best position (in addition to protecting and preserving what we know) is to rise up to take a God-perspective of our situation. ‘Bad’ things are sometimes necessary to bring about world-sized changes. There is much ‘good’ coming from this looming dark time: many people who would ordinarily be going about their business are putting more attention to their relationship with God. There is more praying, contemplating, and discussing.
This is a time to keep vigil. This is a time to bury the silver. This is a time to clarify and strengthen one’s own connection to God…and to do that with others. These are dark times but also times of opportunity to focus on what truly matters.
I agree with Pope Francis; this is a change of era. This is an era when seekers of God in truth can pray in silent unison while darkness builds around them. Travelers on the paths of Wisdom, mindfulness, consciousness,… will find themselves walking alongside one another, humming the same tune, speaking the same language. We see the same light. We hold the same light.
Keep watch. Pray. Hold hands. Hunch up close to Jesus. Do not let the light die.