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Throughout the movie, I kept coming back to this conclusion: What it means to be human had been forgotten. How could one person act with such cold-hearted, inhumane cruelty towards another person? Could it be that they no longer thought of the recipients of their violence as people, but were viewing them in a detached manner as something less-than-human, thus undeserving of respect?At one point, Karol (who later became Pope John Paul II) learns the fundamental lesson that the response to evil must be love. It would be tempting to be blinded by anger towards those responsible for such atrocities, but this would only continue the cycle of destruction. Only love can triumph over evil. Only Truth can win the victory. And the truth is that even those who have committed the worst crimes were created in the image and likeness of God.
Anne McGuire is Special Projects Coordinator for the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. For more information on the bishops' pro-life activities, please visit www.usccb.org/prolife.
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