They say the most profound darkness comes just before the dawn. The harshest oppression of our forefathers in Egypt came just before their liberation.

That was a coarse darkness of slavery of the body. Today it is a darkness of the soul, a deep slumber of the spirit of humankind. There are sparks of light, glimmerings of a sun that never shone before—but the darkness of night overwhelms all.

Yet the darkness of night comes only to set the stage for a new dawn.