I still find it hard not to think that the fall of the Soviet Union and its Eastern European empire was a work of God's Grace. I've said it in a few places, at various times, on Mother of God that Pope John Paul II's attempt to consecrate Russia might have been quite imperfect but was still enough to initiate an incredible, bloodless collapse of the Evil Empire. Certainly, Russia is still very despotic, but the errors of the former Russia have long spread far and wide, hardly a surprise since the Consecration was not only imperfect, but delayed long beyond the time Our Lady asked for it to be done. The seeds of communism were sown in the West well before the 1989-1991 collapse and, if anything, have produced even more demonic fruits in the West than in the East. In the Soviet bloc, the errors had to be enforced by gun and Gulag-in the Western world, people seem to be more than willing to embrace them. At least Stalin never had the neck to claim that the Communists were the real Christians, he simply ruthlessly and unapologetically liquidated all opposition.