The past is dead, it is in ashes, it cannot be brought back. Historians pick over its remains to try to find the cause of death, and in this they are like pathologists of the human condition. By their efforts, they try to trace a reasoned explanation for why humans do what they do, and perhaps uncover the other forces at work in history.
We humans are time-locked and have a very poor natural understanding of eternity. Eternity is where God is at home and is present to every-when and everywhere and everything, always. God has total power over Heaven and Creation, but does not use this whimsically, like some deranged dictator. His rule is reasoned and law-abiding, though He knows how to break the rules if such a break enhances Beauty. We call such breaks “miracles”.
God, like us, likes Beauty. He wants a Beautiful Spouse, worthy of Him. For this He has created His Church, who is bound for blissful espousal to Him in Eternity.
In human time, we can only see a Church unshapely and pocked with sores, far from ready for her wedding day.
In contrast, God sees her great beauty, marred briefly by puppy fat and acne. We must not despair, but instead keep our lamps alight for the Bridegroom’s arrival.