Watching the students, mothers, children, grandparents in Tahrir Square for 18 days has been an inspiration.  Power not through violence, but through communication and unity of the nation.  To my mind, this is one of the most important moments of history.  It marks the turning of the tide away from force and from dictatorship and toward genuine democracy.  It is also the most remarkable instance of effective pacifism I have witnessed.  What I love is that the dignity of the human person–so hailed by our faith–is being defended and honored.  Those mothers and teenagers protesting for these 2 and a half weeks have been more powerful than most people in history!  Egypt is setting the trend for the upcoming decades.