The other morning my wife said to me that she felt there has been a shift of some kind in the world and she couldn’t put her finger on it or explain the feeling but something has changed. Since our conversation I have been thinking about what she said. Look at all that happened since March of 2020. Every major social activity was stopped and the world was shut down for a so-called pandemic. We were all fooled at the beginning and complied but now we have this feeling deep down that something isn’t right. I don’t recognize the world we live in now. Insanity seems to have permeated every government and civic institution and idiocrasy is now out of control in the world.
But to be realistic I believe this shift actually began much earlier. Within my own life time (I was born in 1954) there has been at least two other “shifts” that changed the course of the world. The first occurred in the 1960’s, roughly from 1962 to 1969 and this was a social revolution against authority and tradition. By 1970 a shift in world consciousness had occurred and society was on a new footing that would eventually lead us to where we are today. But the majority of us had no clue this was happening. My generation believed they were going to make the world a better place, (just listen to some of the songs from those times.) Slowly this social revolution made its way through society and year after year its poison seeped into every aspect of our daily life. There was always a feeling that something wasn’t right but we thought things would go back to “normal.”
The second shift occurred on September 11, 2001 after which Rights and Freedoms were severely limited and a surveillance state was installed in most western countries. Something was happening but most of us didn’t notice and those who did were labeled “conspiracy theorists.” But the stage was being set for a major shift in the lives of every human being on this planet. The “pandemic of 2020” was the culmination of years of planning by organizations who have groomed most of the world leaders today and carefully placed their disciples in key positions in governments throughout the world and with the financial support of the wealthiest people on the planet, the time came for them to spring their “Plan” upon the world.
This is really the point, there has been a shift throughout the world and those who have stolen the power of individual countries have put their plans into play. This is a shift from the beautiful, the good and the true to a world that is hideous, evil and false. All that we held dear to our hearts before March of 2020 has been smothered and, in some instances, wiped out by these plans. Most people in the West don’t seem to realize or care that Western Civilization has collapsed and no longer exists. We have entered a truly “dark age” that is shaping up to be far, far worse than the period after the fall of Rome. It will be a world that Orwell and Huxley dreamed of.
But how do we deal with this as Catholics, as people of “good will”? This question has been troubling me for nearly three years. I personally have been thrown off balance and the foundations of my life, mentally, physically and even spiritually have been shaken and I have nearly lost my inner compass. I’m trying to keep my eyes on Jesus Christ and the Cross and I fly to the refuge of our Blessed Mother but I still feel adrift in a hostile world. The church which should be a sanctuary for us has succumbed to the “Plan” and joined hands with many of these demented leaders. We who are trying to remain faithful have found ourselves exiles in this world.
Yes, we are witnessing a shift and the end of a civilization and this is all happening before our eyes, in real time. I don’t have a solution as to how to deal with this. I am still working this out. I don’t think armed resistance is a solution by itself. There has to be another “shift” in a positive direction and it must be spiritual as well as psychological. It’s obvious that the old world will not work any longer. We have to rebuild something new, a new Christendom upon the ruined foundations of Western civilization. But this can only happen within the hearts of people and so those of us who are still Christian, still Catholics on the margins of society are going to have to keep the faith in small communities scattered through the world and grow the faith as the Benedictine and the Celtic monks did after the collapse of Rome.
Sorry that I don’t have any other solution but as always, God has a plan and it’s been in the works for a long time and I think we are about to see something wonderful happen. Keep your eyes on the sky.
Authors note: See my earlier article; “The Lay Monk as an Active Contemplative” from August 22, 2022