A good summary on the Pope’s Christmas message is clear. Basically, the world improves when God transforms the hearts of people. Force cannot do it. Guile cannot do it. Engineering of the landscape, socially and topologically doesn’t do it. Rather, change rarely appears in an overt form observable with eyes that can see.
Change begins inwardly and expresses itself out into the world. That is the way of the spirit. The catch is, it works through faith and, at times, patient long-suffering. Further, rational processes must be put into proper perspective as to their utility. This is enacted through regular re-alignment with the true source of positive outcomes. You must continually try.
Never give up the sense that the light of genuinely good intent is more useful than the alternatives.